Saturday, December 3, 2011

(Game Preview) Vernon @ Merritt

Vernon (13-10-1-2) @ Merritt (14-7-2-4) 7:30pm start

Tonight is the third of eight regular season meetings between these two teams.

Let's take a look at the regular season schedule between these two hockey clubs,

Saturday, October 8th Vernon @ Merritt (Vipers won 3-2 in double overtime)

Friday, December 2nd Merritt @ Vernon 4-4 Tie)

Saturday, December 3rd Vernon @ Merritt
Saturday, January 7th Merritt @ Vernon
Friday, January 13th Vernon @ Merritt
Friday, February 3rd Merritt @ Vernon
Friday, February 10th Merritt @ Vernon
Tuesday, February 14th Vernon @ Merritt

Last Game Played:

Friday, December 2nd 4-4 tie between Vernon & Merritt

Next Game:

Thursday, December 8th Trail @ Vernon
Wednesday, December 7th Merritt @ Chilliwack

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 47-6-1-6 vs. Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Merritt 270-139

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 20-2-1-3 at home vs. Merritt

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 21-1-0-4 in Merritt

The Vipers are 7-0-1-2 in their last ten games at home vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 9-0-0-1 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 7-0-1-2 in their last ten games vs. Merritt

The Vipers are 22-0-1-2 in their last 25 games vs Merritt

The Vipers last loss in Merritt was a 4-3 overtime loss back on Friday, November 5th 2010

The Centennials last win in Vernon was a 3-2 overtime victory back on Friday, February 11th 2011

The Vipers went 3-0-0-3 last season vs the Merritt Centennials during the regular season.

The Vernon Lakers changed their name to the Vernon Vipers to start the 1995-96 season. Here’s a look at the Vipers all-time regular season record

Games Played: 982
Wins: 628
Losses: 254
Ties: 16
Overtime Losses: 86

For more stats & former Vernon Junior Hockey Team rosters & lineups please visit Paul’s Vernon Junior Hockey History website,  

After a 4-4 tie with the Centennials last night, the Vipers head into Merritt tonight for the second game of a home and home series with the Cents. The Vipers are winless in eight games and are now tied with Chilliwack for 3rd place five points back of 2nd place Merritt. Vernon has struggled on the road going 6-7-0-1 this season away from home.

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

Games Played: 26
Wins: 13
Losses: 10
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 7-3-1-1
Road Record: 6-7-0-1
Goals For: 83
Goals Against: 80
Streak: Eight game winless streak
Standings: Tied for 3rd Place with Chilliwack

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Brett Corkey (92)
Aaron Hadley (93)
John Knisley (92)
Patrick McGillis (91)
Max Mowat (93)
Darren Nowick (91)
Ryan Renz (93)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Michael Zalewski (92)
Kirby Halcrow (91)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Marcus Basara (93)
Dylan Walchuk (92)
David Robinson (90)
Bryce Kakoske (90)
Malcolm Lyles (90)
Trevor Fitzgerald (92)
Adam Thompson (90)
Steven Weinstein (90)
Kyle Murphy (90)
Dane Muench (92)
Philip Patenaude (91)
Zach McPhee (93)
Blake Voth (91)

Vernon's Home record vs. Merritt this season:


Vernon's Road record vs. Merritt this season:


Vernon’s Powerplay vs. Merritt this season:


Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:

Darren Nowick (4-2-6)
Michael Zalewski (1-4-5)
John Knisley (0-1-1)
Luke Juha (0-1-1)
Jedd Soleway (0-1-1)
Brett Corkey (0-1-1)
Max Mowat (0-1-1)
Adam Tambellini (1-0-1)
Aaron Hadley (0-1-1)
Ryan Renz (0-1-1)

Kirby Halcrow (1-0-1-0 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 5th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the BCHL's 9th best penalty kill

-Kirby Halcrow (10-11-1 Record, 2.94 GAA & Danny Todosychuk (3-1 Record, 2.97 GAA) are both in the top ten goaltenders

-Darren Nowick (20-12-32) is the lone Viper in the leagues top twenty in scoring

The Vipers are 10-4-1-1 when scoring the games first goal

-Vernon is 2-5-0-0 when giving up the games first goal

For more on tonight's game and the Merritt Centennials, please visit Brian Wiebe's Merritt Centennials blog, http://www.http//

The Centennials return home after a 4-4 draw in Vernon last night. Merritt is 8-2-0-3 on home ice. The Cents play four of their next six games on home ice looking to put a little distance between them and the Vipers.

Lets take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 27
Wins: 14
Losses: 7
Ties: 2
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 8-2-0-3
Road Record: 6-5-2-1
Goals For: 86
Goals Against: 90
Standings: 2nd Place

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Chad Brears (91)
Brent Fletcher (92)
Silvan Harper (92)
Dustin Lebrun (92)
Sean Maktaak (92)
Billy Marshall (91)
Brandon Pfeil (92)
Jakob Reichert (93)
Regan Soquila (93)
Evan Stack (91)
Reece Willcox (94)
Lino Chimienti (91)
Tyler Steel (93)

Departing & traded players from last years team:

David Sabey (91)
Richard Sabourin (92)
Stephen Wall (91)
Dylan Playfair (92)
Kameran Crawford (91)
Max Vallis (91)
Jeff Jones (91)
Blaine Bokenfohr (90)
Steve Tresierra (90)
Brett Kolins (92)

At Home this season vs. Vernon:


On The Road this season vs. Vernon:


Merritt’s Powerplay vs. Vernon this season:


Merritt’s scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Dustin Lebrun (1-1-2)
Sean Maktaak (1-1-2)
Chad Brears (2-0-2)
Reece Willcox (1-0-1)
Brent Fletcher (0-1-1)
Payton Schaefer (0-1-1)
Evan Stack (0-1-1)
Regan Soquila (0-1-1)
Brandon Bruce (0-1-1)
Dustin Lebrun (1-0-1)

Lino Chimienti (0-1-1-0 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Merritt has the leagues 15th best powerplay

-The Cents have the BCHL's 15th best penalty kill

-Former Merritt Centennial and Vernon Vipers forward, Luke Pierce faces his former team

-Goaltender, Tyler Steel faces his former team this season. Steel was cut by the Vipers last year and then signed with the Centennials to start the regular season

-Regan Soquila (9-24-33) is the lone Centennial in the league's top twenty in scoring

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Merritt Centennials:

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