Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vipers Lose Longtime Season Ticket Holder:

I would like to take this time to send my condolences out to the Zaitsoff family.  On Friday afternoon the Vernon Vipers lost another diehard long time Vipers season ticket holder after the passing of Phil Zaitsoff. 

Phil moved to Vernon in 1996 and became a Vipers season ticket holder that season.  Phil and his wife Evy instantly became diehard Viper fans going to every game.  I first had the chance to meet Phil & Evy in the brand new Vernon Multi-Plex in 2001 and we became good friends ever since.  Phil and myself always enjoyed talking hockey especially about the Vipers.  Phil was always asking me questions about hockey and the Vipers.  He also enjoyed telling stories of his famous hunting and fishing trips as well as talking about his hand crafted guns and knives he made.

Phil was always asking me to e-mail him the minute I found out about a trade or new player.  Phil visited my blog daily and always enjoyed reading where former Vipers were playing these days as well about any news regarding the team.     

Since 2001 we would always see each other at the Viper games and even exchange e-mails after the Vipers played on the road talking about the game.  A few years ago Phil got sick and had to miss the entire 2010 Vipers playoff run.  The following season he was back at the rink but then needed hip surgery, wich forced him to miss most of last Vipers season and this season.  It was very hard for him to get around.  He missed going to the games and was missed by everyone at the rink.  Going to the games just wasnt the same without Phil & Evy there. 

Phil you will be truly missed by all especially your friends and hockey buddies at the rink!  Going to the games wont be the same without you!  I will miss our hockey talk and e-mails. 

R.I.P Phil


Stanwood Stymies Vipers:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Stanwood Stymies Vipers
Sunday, September 30, 2012 - Submitted by Don Klepp

Trail’s Bill Birks has maintained that his goalies have been better than their record would indicate, and Lyndon Stanwood confirmed his coach’s opinion with a 33-save shutout that keyed a 3-0 victory over the Vernon Vipers in Trail on Saturday. 

Newly acquired defencemen Braden Pears and Marley Keca helped shore up Trail’s defence against a Viper squad that created 21 scoring chances but were unable to beat the diminutive goalie. He had some luck on his side as Adam Tambellini hit the cross bar in the second period. Tambellini also had a number of pucks roll past or bounce over his stick when he had Stanwood at his mercy.
For the second straight night, the Vipers failed to capitalize on five power plays, while the opposition struck with the man advantage.

Trail went two for seven as the Vipers took a number of undisciplined penalties, mostly by Viper veterans.

The opening goal came early in the game. A lack of communication by Viper defencemen allowed Luke Sandler to cruise unimpeded out of the corner and stuff the puck past Joe Young at the far post at 1:41.

Young, who played very well in his first full BCHL game, later made a fine save on Garrett McMullen, who blew by Kevin Guiltinan on the right wing.

However, at 15:26 of the opening frame Young was beaten by Scott Davidson’s excellent snap shot. Playing the off wing on the power play, Davidson was left alone. Young came out to challenge the talented Trail rookie, but started to go into the butterfly and Davidson put the puck over Young’s left shoulder.

The third period began as a defensive struggle but the Vipers started to force the issue. Each time that they gained momentum, however, a penalty would negate that momentum. Following one of those penalties, a Ryan Renz boarding call, Trail scored its second power play marker at 13:52. Braden Pears’s point shot skewed off the back boards to Brent Baltus, who poked in his third goal of the year.  

The closing goal typified Viper frustration. Moments earlier, Aaron Hadley nearly had had a short handed breakaway, but the puck went on edge and rolled between his legs at the last moment, allowing Pears to collect it.

As Jason Williamson pointed out following the game, his team was guilty of trying to make the fancy play too often instead of simply going hard to the net and competing for the puck “in those hard areas.”

With the win, Trail now moves ahead of Vernon in the Interior Conference standings.

Sprucies Punish Snakes On Powerplay:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Sprucies punish Snakes on powerplay

By Graeme Corbett - Vernon Morning Star

Published: September 30, 2012

The Vernon Vipers looked like a team possessed for 20 minutes, and then one completely disinterested for the remaining 40 Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

The problem is, they never scored in that opening period – even when they were gifted three consecutive powerplays – and ended up falling 5-2 to the workmanlike Prince George Spruce Kings in front of 1,500 B.C. Hockey League fans.

The Kings, who have just six returning players, including third-year netminder Kirk Thompson (28 saves), connected three times on the man advantage. It’s actually four if you count their opening goal by Cam Lawson in the second period. He collected the first of his two goals with a top-corner shot past a screened Austin Smith, just as Bryce Eviston returned to the ice after serving an interference minor.

Lydon Martell, formerly of the WHL Regina Pats, and Sean Landrey, each with a goal and assist, completed the 4-0-1-1 Spruce Kings’ attack.

“Eight rookies, so a lot of new faces, but we’re meshing as a team,” said Kings’ first star defenceman Brad Ryan, who ended the night with a goal and three helpers.

The 6-foot-5 Ryan and 6-foot-4 defence partner Trevor Esau were stellar in their own end, shutting down Vernon’s top line of Adam Tambellini, Aaron Hadley and Craig Martin.

TJ Dumonceaux was the only real standout up front for the 2-2-0-2 Vipers, recording the opening goal in the second period with a surgeon-like blast just inside the post from the top of the circle. The 18-year-old Kelowna product set up Mitch Van Teeling for a consolation snipe late in the third frame.

“Two points in a game where all he did was work and do the things we asked – simplify our game, shoot pucks on net and give an honest effort,” said Vipers’ head coach Jason Williamson.

Vernon’s composure deteriorated as the game wore on, and despite a couple borderline blow-to-the-head calls, and a missed slashing penalty that led to the Kings’ opening goal, Williamson placed the responsibility squarely on his players.

“We put ourselves in some bad spots and took too many penalties,” he said.

“It’s a man’s game – you’re going to get bumped, you’re going to get hit so you’ve got to be willing to pay a price, and we weren’t.”

Smith recorded several all-world stops among his 41-save performance, including a couple nice glove saves and a penalty shot by Coltyn Hansen late in the first period.

“Those were probably our two bright spots (Smith and Dumonceaux),” said Williamson. “He made some big stops.”

Four of the Kings’ five goals were top-corner blasts, a couple of them through screens. Ryan suggested it was by design.

“We scout the goalies before we play them, and our goalie was watching their goalie in warmup and said ‘Try to shoot high on him,’ so that’s what we were doing,” he said.

Last season, Spruce Kings’ head coach Dave Dupas could rely on the firepower of forwards Paul De Jersey, Jujhar Khaira and Jarryd Ten Vaanholt. He doesn’t have that luxury this year.

“I don’t know if we have a top line,” admitted Dupas. “We’ve got four lines that are going pretty well and that makes us a little tougher to beat. We can’t just rely on one line to win us games. We’re going to have to grind away.”

The Vipers visited the 2-5 Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday night at Cominco Arena. They visit the 5-1 Penticton Vees Friday night.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Trail 3 Vernon 0



Trail Smoke Eaters at 1:41 - Luke Sandler from Adam Wheeldon 
Trail Smoke Eaters at 15:26 (PP) - Scott Davidson from Garrett McMullen and Braden Pears


No Scoring 


Trail Smoke Eaters at 13:52 (PP) - Brent Baltus from Jesse Knowler and Braden Pears

Vernon outshot Trail 33-25 Lyndon Stanwood made 33 saves for the shutout while Joe Young made 22 saves in the loss.

For more on tonight's game visit the boxscore,

(Game Preview) Vernon @ Trail:

Vernon (2-2-0-2) @ Trail (2-5-0-0) 7:30pm start

Tonight is the second of seven meetings between the Vipers & Smoke Eaters.  The Vipers defeated the Smokies last weekend in Vernon 7-2. 

Last Game:

Friday, September 28th Prince George defeated Vernon 5-2
Friday, September 28th West Kelowna defeated Trail 9-2

Next Game:

Friday, October 5th Vernon @ Penticton
Sunday, September 30th Powell River @ Trail

Since the 2003-04 pre season Vernon is 3-0 vs Trail

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 50-12-1-0 vs. Trail

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Trail 266-143

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 25-4-0-0 at home vs. Trail

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 18-6-1-1 in Trail

The Vipers are 10-0-0-0 in their last ten games at home vs. the Smoke Eaters

The Vipers are 8-1-0-1 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Smoke Eaters

The Vipers are 8-1-0-1 in their last ten games vs. Trail

Vernon's last regular season loss in Trail was a 3-2 loss back on Friday, October 15th 2010

Trails last win in Vernon was a 5-2 victory back on Saturday, October 4th 2008

The Vipers went 7-0-0-0 vs Trail last 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: 1013
Wins: 643
Losses: 269
Ties: 16
Overtime Losses: 88

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

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Vipers are coming off a 5-2 loss to the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings last night make their first visit of the season to the Cominco Arena tonight.  Tonight is also the first of a two game road trip for the Vipers.  Vernon will now play six of their next eight games away from home.

Adam Tambellini (3-4-7) leads the Vipers with seven points

Aaron Hadley (4-2-6) leads the team in goals with four 

Games Played: 6
Wins: 2
Losses: 2
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 1-1-0-1
Road Record: 1-1-0-1
Goals For: 19
Goals Against: 17
Streak: One game losing streak
Standings: 3rd Place

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Brett Corkey (92)
Marc Hetnik (92)
Geoff Crisfield (93)
Aaron Hadley (93)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Jedd Soleway (94)
Ryan Renz (93)
Adam Tambellini (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Michael Zalewski (92)
Brendan Persley (93)
Darren Nowick (91)
Danny Todosychuk (94)
Riley Hunt (95)
John Knisley (92)
Colton Cyr (91)
Patrick McGillis (91)
Sean Robertson (91)
Ben Gamache (91)
Max Mowat (93)
Turner Lawson (94)
Kirby Halcrow (91)

Vernon’s home record vs. Trail this season:


Vernon’s road record vs. Trail this season:


Vernon’s Powerplay vs. Trail this season:


Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Trail this season:

Brendan Persley (1-2-3)
Jedd Soleway (2-1-3)
Colton Sparrow (2-1-3)
Craig Martin (0-2-2)
Mitch Van Teeling (0-2-2)
Landon Robin (0-2-2)
Adam Tambellini (1-1-1)
Aaron Hadley (1-0-1)
Pearce Eviston (0-1-1)

Ryan Renz (0-2-2)

Austin Smith (1-0 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 10th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the BCHL's 7th best penalty kill

Lets take a look at the Trail Smoke Eaters:

The Smoke Eaters are coming home after a 9-2 loss in West Kelowna last night lost both games on their two game road trip.  The Smoke Eaters were outscored 16-4 in the two games.  The Smokies return home for a three game home stand play five of their next seven at home. 

Garrett McMullen (5-2-7) & Tyler Berkholtz (2-5-7) lead the team in points with seven each

Garrett McMullen (5-2-7) leads the Smoke Eaters in goals with five  

For more on tonight's game and the Trail Smoke Eaters, please visit Chris Wahl's Trail Smoke Eaters blog,

Regular Season:

Games Played: 7
Wins: 2
Losses: 5
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 1-1-0-0
Road Record: 1-4-0-0
Goals For: 15
Goals Against: 38
Streak: Two game losing streak
Standings: 4th Place

Trail Smoke Eaters Returning Players:

Garrett McMullen (92)
Brent Baltus (92)
Tanner Clarkson (93)
Brandon Egli (94)
Adam Wheeldon (94)
Lyndon Stanwood (93)
Marley Keca (93)

Trail Smoke Eaters Departing & traded players from last years team:

Erik Cooper (91)
Connor Tiechko (92)
Brandon Long (93)
Luke Bertolucci (95)
Clayton McEwan (91)
Taylor House (92)
tim Coish (92)
Riley McDougall (93)
Shane Poulsen (94)
Adam Fares (93)
Kyle Horsman (94)
Joren Johnson (94)
James D'Andrea (92)

Trails Home record vs. Vernon this season:


Trails Road record vs. Vernon this season:


Trails Powerplay vs. Vernon this season:


Trails scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Tyler Berkholtz (2-0-2)
Brent Baltus (0-1-1)
Jesse Knowler (0-1-1)
Garrett McMullen (0-1-1)

Lyndon Stanwood (0-1 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Trail has the BCHL's 15th best powerplay

-The Smoke Eaters have the league's 16th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Trail Smoke Eaters:

Spruce Kings Special Teams Sink Vipers:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Spruce Kings Special Teams Sink Vipers
Friday, September 28, 2012 - Submitted by Don Klepp

The Prince George Spruce Kings won the special teams battles en route to a convincing 5-2 win over the host Vernon Vipers on Friday.

Brad Ryan was the PG linchpin, registering a goal and two assists on the power play, to go with another assist while playing five on five. Along with captain Trevor Esau, he was also a solid defender on the penalty kill.

Ryan and Esau were instrumental in blanking Vernon during their five power plays. The two trees – Ryan is 6’ 5” and Esau is 6’4” – controlled the PG crease whenever the Vipers tried to collect a rebound in front of goalie Kirk Thompson.

The big defencemen, who each logged about 30 minutes of ice time, typified the Spruce Kings’ effort in this game. From the 7-minute mark of the second period, they outworked the Vipers and caused numerous turnovers.

They seemed to be sparked by Cam Lawson’s tying goal at 7:00. Lawson fired a high shot to Austin Smith’s glove side after a turnover in the Viper zone.

The next two goals also found the top corner. Sean Landrey converted another Viper turnover at 14:47 and Brad Ryan’s point shot went through a maze of players for a power play marker at 18:55.

The onslaught was a pronounced turnaround. The Vipers were the better team in the early going, creating eight scoring chances in the first period while limiting the Spruce Kings to four. And the Vipers scored the first goal on TJ Dumonceaux’s first BCHL goal, a low slap shot at 3:30 of the second period.

Then, the Spruce Kings piled up the scoring chances and the shots, eventually outshooting the Vipers 46 to 30.

Though beaten five times, Austin Smith was actually very good in the Viper net. He stopped Coltyn Hansen on a penalty shot in the first period and made several impressive saves after his team mates coughed up the puck in the neutral zone or the Viper zone in the second and third periods.

The only goal he might have saved was Cam Lawson’s power play shot that slipped through Smith’s pads at 2:13 of the third. Lyndon Martell followed with another power play strike at 5:15 to make the score 5-1.

Vernon’s Mitch VanTeeling closed the scoring at 16:30 after TJ Dumonceaux’s spirited rush had led to a scramble in the PG crease area. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Prince George 5 Vernon 2

For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's BCHL game as Prince George defeated Vernon 5-2 in front of 1,543 fans at the Wesbild Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon:  Austin Smith
Prince George:  Kirk Thompson

1st Period:  A minute into the opening frame Vernon would win the draw off a faceoff in the Prince George zone, The Vipers with control would move the puck around before Craig Martin setup Adam Tambellini in front who was stopped by Kirk Thompson.  Just under a minute later Marc Hetnik who made his return to the Vipers lineup after being injured in the second game of the regular season took a quick shot from the point that was deflected in front by TJ Dumonceaux who was stopped by Thompson who come up with a nice pad save.  On the same play Colton Sparrow hit Latrell Charleson who challenged Sparrow to fight, Charleson went after Sparrow before both players dropped the gloves.  Charleson would get the instigator and ten minute misconduct as Vernon would get an early powerplay.  The Vipers who couldnt get much setup with the man advantage struggled as the Spruce Kings would kill off the minor as Vernon wouldnt get a single shot on the powerplay.  PG come back with atleast two or three hard shifts recording their first shot on net four and a half minutes into the game.  On the next shift Liam Board come up with the Spruce Kings first scoring opportunity with a great chance but was stopped by the pad of Austin Smith.  The Vipers come right back with a flurry of chances in and around the goal.  Adam Tambellini and Craig Martin with good chances couldnt beat Kirk Thompson.  Just before the midway mark the Vipers would get their second powerplay of the night but again Vernon would struggle with the extra attacker.  Pearce Eviston with a chance at the side of the net in the dying seconds of the powerplay couldnt raise the puck up and over Thompson who come across the crease making a big pad save keeping Eviston off the scoreboard as PG would kill off the minor.  Sean Landrey come back the other way and with a quick low shot from the circle couldnt beat Austin Smith who kicked out the left leg making a big pad save.  Just over two minutes later the Vipers would go back to the powerplay for their third man advantage of the period.  Once again the Vipers would struggle as Prince George would kill off another penalty keeping the game scoreless.  The Spruce Kings slowly started to get their game going as PG come up with a few good scoring opportunities late in the period.  Cam Lawson setup Liam Board on an odd man rush but Smith made another nice save.  Coltyn Hansen would get a parcial breakaway as Brett Corkey would hustle back to try and tigh up Hansen who got off a low shot that was stopped by Smith but Hansen was still rewarded with a penalty shot with 2:09 left in the opening period.  Hansen would lose control of the puck but collect and get off a weak second chance as Smith made the fairly easy save keeping this game 0-0.  The Vipers were the better of the two teams in the first half outshooting PG 10-3 at one point but the Spruce Kings battled back and played well in the second half.  The Vipers could have been up a couple of goals but went 0-3 with the man advantage.  It was 0-0 after 20 minutes of play.  Shots were even 11-11.

2nd Period:  Geoff Crisfield had a great chance to give Vernon the lead in the opening minute after the Vipers with some nice passing created a scramble in front of Kirk Thompson, the puck come out to the slot to a wide open Crisfield who couldnt connect who had a wide open cage.  The Vipers were buzzing early with lots of pressure deep in the Spruce Kings zone, Thompson had to be sharp in the opening few minutes as the Vipers were pressing creating some good opportunities.  Adam Tambellini from the circle was stopped by Thompson, TJ Dumonceaux was stopped in close as was Colton Sparrow.  The Vipers would finally get rewarded for their hard work after TJ Dumonceaux stepped over the blueline before ripping a low hard shot that beat Kirk Thompson from the circle giving the Vipers a 1-0 lead at 3:30 Ryan Renz with the lone helper.  PG would get their first powerplay of the night a minute and a half later, moving the puck around well the Spruce Kings created and generated some real good chances.  Austin Smith had to be sharp making several key saves.  Smith stopped Cam Lawson, Sean Landrey and Mitch Eden before Lawson beat Smith high just as the penalty expired as the Spruce Kings tied the game 1-1 at 7:00 Liam Board and Coltyn Hansen with the assists.  The Vipers won the draw, got the play in deep and come right back with a few flurries of their own.  Adam Tambellini again with a quick shot couldnt beat Thompson, before TJ Dumonceaux with a quick shot from the slot off a PG turnover was stopped by Thompson who played very well tonight.  The Vipers just like the first period were the better of the two teams in the first half getting the better of the scoring chances.  Jeremiah Luedtke with an odd man rush was stopped by Smith who also played well between the pipes.  Just like the opening frame Prince George played better in the second half.  With five and a half minutes remaining one of the Vipers had their stick slashed out of their hands, with no call on the play Brad Ryan collected the loose puck setting up Sean Landrey who wired a high shot up and over Smith giving PG a 2-1 lead at 14:47 Ryan with the lone helper.  This goal-play was the TSN turning point as for whatever reason this goal turned the tables and deflated the Vipers as a team.  The Vipers were not the same team after this goal and couldnt recover as it was all Prince George from here on in.  The Vipers who lost all their energy looked dejected as the Spruce Kings carried the better of the play for the final five minutes taking it to Vernon as the Vipers just couldnt do much of anything.  Cam Lawson with a nice move inside the Vipers blueline made an amazing pass setting up Coltyn Hansen who was robbed by the glove of Austin Smith.  The Vipers would get into penalty trouble late and it cost them.  On the penalty kill the Vipers would take another penalty but yet to touch the puck Brad Ryan's lazer of a point shot beat Smith high going crossbar and in on a wicked blast giving PG a 3-1 lead at 18:55 Mitch Eden and Tyson Witala collected the assists.  The Spruce Kings would head right back to the powerplay moving the puck around well Brett Corkey made a huge defensive play just getting his stick in the way blocking the PG shot on a wide open cage.  Vernon would excape the period as the buzzer sounded.  The Vipers got off to a quick start and looked very good getting several good chances, opened the scoring before the wheels fell off late in the period.  As I stated before Prince George's second goal took the life out of the Vipers and they wernt the same team for the remainder of the game.  Give the Spruce Kings credit they didnt give up and played well in the second half scoring three straight unanswered goals.  PG was up 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.  The Spruce Kings outshot the Vipers 16-11.

3rd Period:  The Spruce Kings started the third with the man advantage that was carried over from the end of the second.  The Vipers would get into more penalty trouble early and often taking three straight penalties giving the Spruce Kings back to back two man advantages.  The Vipers would lose Kevin Guiltinan for half of the third after picking up a ten minute misconduct.  PG moving the puck around seemed to be firing on any chance they had as Austin Smith was busy facing 19 shots in the final frame.  Cam Lawson put Prince George up by three at 2:13 beating Smith on a weak goal fivehole.  Brad Ryan and Mitch Eden picked up the helpers.  This took the crowd out of the game and basically put the game away.  With both teams back to five on five Cam Lawson come right back with some slick moves cutting through the Vernon zone Lawson on a parcial breakaway was stopped by Austin Smith who had to be quick to jump back into position to rob Coltyn Hansen on the rebound before making a third save off Liam Board.  Smith with back to back to back saves keeping this a four goal game.  Adam Tambellini come back one on one, beat his man before snapping off a quick shot from the circle that was stopped by Thompson.  The Spruce Kings would then get a short two man advantage making Vernon pay after Lyndon Martell beat Smith high giving PG a 5-1 lead at 5:15 Mitch Eden and Brad Ryan with the assists.  The third was all PG as the Vipers who looked out of gas didnt have much ebergy left in the tank other then the odd scoring chance the Vipers were outplayed, outhustled and outhit in the final frame.  TJ Dumonceaux who played with alot of energy and played very well had a great chance in front but couldnt beat Kirk Thompson.  At the other end Austin Smith made a nice save off Sean Landrey and Lyndon Martell.  Vernon would get back to back powerplays but had very little to show for the man advantage as PG would kill off both minors.  The Spruce Kings come right back with more offence, Alec Butcher with a great chance in front couldnt beat Smith before Latrell Charleson's point shot was redirected in front after Smith made a tough pad save with traffic in front.  The Vipers would get on the scoreboard late after Jedd Soleway setup Mitch Van Teeling in front cutting the lead to three at 16:39 Soleway and TJ Dumonceaux with the assists.  In the final minute of play the Vipers would lose Logan Mick who picked up a check to the head-ten minute misconduct.  With the man advantage PG moved the puck around well creating a few chance.  Michael Statchuk made a solid defensive play in the dying seconds stopping Alec Butcher in front of the open net.  Prince George couldnt capitalize before the final buzzer as the Spruce Kings knocked off the Vipers 5-2.  Two early powerplay goals put the game away early for the Spruce Kings after crusing to a 5-2 victory in the third.  PG outshot Vernon 19-8.

Top Players:  (Vernon)

Brett Corkey I thought was the Vipers best defenceman tonight.  Corkey played very well through out tonight's game.

Adam Tambellini didnt stand out but played well coming up with several opportunities.

Craig Martin played very well in the opening period was one of the Vipers better players.  Was really playing with alot of jump and energy, had atleast one or two scoring chances.

TJ Dumonceaux (1 goal & 1 assist) Was the Vipers best player this evening.  Played with alot of jump and energy all night.  Collected his first career BCHL goal on a nice low shot from just inside the PG blueline.  Had several good chances through out the game.

Austin Smith (41 saves)  Even though Smith gave up five goals, yes the fourth PG goal was a softie I thought Smith played very well making several big saves through out the night.

Game Thoughts:  (Vernon)

I thought Vernon played very well for almost two periods until the wheels fell off.  I thought the Vipers come ready to play, showed alot of energy, had the better of the scoring chances and looked very good in the first and second period before the Spruce Kings second goal late in the period.  For whatever reason after PG's second goal with five and a half minutes remaining in the 2nd the Vipers lost all confidence, jump, any energy they had and looked dejected.  The whole team just wasnt the same after this goal.  It looked like they ran out of gas and just quit skating.  After opening the scoring the Vipers gave up five straight goals and way too many penalties.  Tonight was a big test for the Vipers, facing one of the top teams from the Mainland Division (PG tied for 1st place with Coquitlam) and they couldnt play a full sixty minutes.  Vernon struggled with the man advantage tonight, three straight powerplay's in the 1st could have put this game away early or atleast put PG in a big hole but they couldnt get much going all night with the man advantage.  I dont get how a team that was playing so well up until the second goal just fell apart and couldnt recover?  Let's hope the Vipers can regroup, handle the bus ride to Trail and play a full sixty minutes tomorrow night.  Former Vernon Lakers forward and Assistant Coach Spencer Ward was at tonight's game as was former Vernon Vikings goaltender and current Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland was also in attendance. 

Top Players:  (Prince George)

Brad Ryan (2 assists) Played well on the Spruce Kings blueline.

The line of Cam Lawson (2 goals), Coltyn Hansen (1 assist) & Sean Landrey (1 goal) was the Spruce Kings best line tonight.  Lawson & Hansen also played with Lyndon Martell and Liam Board on a few shifts.  Cam Lawson was the Spruce Kings best player tonight, this kid really carried the offensive attack for PG creating and generating chances all night.  This kid is quick and very dangerous with and without the puck.  Sean Landrey had two real good chances in the opening period as well as a few others through out tonight's game.  Landrey a bigger kid can skate and show his offensive side.  Liam Board also played well on PG's top line.

Mitch Eden (3 assists) Was involved in the play alot, also was very solid on the Spruce Kings backend.

Tyson Witala (1 assist) Looked fairly good up front for PG.  This kid is also quick and skate.

Kirk Thompson (28 saves) Played very well especially in the first two periods.  Kept his team in the game giving them a chance to win.

Game Thoughts:  (Prince George)

The Spruce Kings improve to 4-0-1-1 and sit in 1st place in the Mainland Division after Coquitlam fell 2-1 to Surrey.  I thought the Vipers were the better of the two teams in the first half in each of the first two periods but give PG credit they didnt give up and in both first two periods come back and played very well in the second half.  The Vipers did also have the better of the scoring chances in the first two periods but Kirk Thompson kept his team in the game and PG capitalized on their chances.  Down 1-0 they battled back scoring five unaswered goals.  I thought the Spruce Kings penalty kill was good and really liked their powerplay.  Like in past years once again PG has a big team with solid goaltending.  Ive always liked Vernon-Prince George games so it's sad to see this is the only time Viper fans will get a chance to see the Spruce Kings play in Vernon.  PG moves the puck well and likes to try and generate odd man rushes.  Prince George was shooting and going high on almost all their shots beating Smith high on four out of the five goals.  PG has a pretty good team from what I saw but I didnt like their new third set jerseys.



Mitch McAllister (Injured)
Braeden Russell (Injured)
Brendan Persley

Prince George:

Tanner Fjellstrom
David London

Vipers energy player of the game:

TJ Dumonceaux (1 goal & 1 assist)

3 Stars:

1st Star:  Brad Ryan (2 assists)
2nd Star:  Cam Lawson (2 goals)
3rd Star:  Mitch Eden (3 assists)

For more on tonight's game visit the boxscore,


(Game Preview) Prince George @ Vernon:

Prince George (3-0-1-1) @ Vernon (2-1-0-2) 7pm start

Tonight is the first of just two regular season meetings between the Spruce Kings & Vipers.  The Vipers travel to PG March 1st to finish off the season series.

Last Game:

Saturday, September 22nd Vernon defeated Trail 7-2
Saturday, September 22nd Merritt tied Prince George 2-2

Next Game:

Saturday, September 29th Vernon @ Trail
Saturday, September 29th Prince George @ Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 36-17-1-4 vs. Prince George

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Prince George 234-160

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 14-4-1-4 at home vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 14-10-0-1 in Prince George

The Vipers are 8-1-0-1 in their last ten games at home vs. the Spruce Kings

The Vipers are 5-5-0-0 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Spruce Kings

The Vipers are 7-3-0-0 in their last ten games vs. Prince George

The Vipers last loss in Prince George was a 7-2 loss back on Friday, January 28th 2012

The Vipers last loss at home to Prince George was a 5-1 loss on Sunday, January 15th 2012

The Vipers went 4-3-0-0 vs Prince George last season 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: 1012
Wins: 643
Losses: 268
Ties: 16
Overtime Losses: 88

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

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Vernon Vipers are coming off their highest offensive game of the season after a 7-2 win over the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday night.  The second place Vipers sit just a single point up on second place Merritt & West Kelowna but are still four points back of Division leading Penticon.  Tonight is the Vipers final game of a three game home stand before the team hits the road for a mini two game road trip starting tomorrow night in Trail.  Vernon plays six of their next nine games away from home. 

Adam Tambellini (3-4-7) leads the team in points with seven

Aaron Hadley (4-2-6) leads the club in scoring with four goals

Games Played: 5
Wins: 2
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 1-0-0-1
Road Record: 1-1-0-1
Goals For: 17
Goals Against: 12
Streak: One game winning streak
Standings: 2nd Place

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Brett Corkey (92)
Marc Hetnik (92)
Geoff Crisfield (93)
Aaron Hadley (93)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Jedd Soleway (94)
Ryan Renz (93)
Adam Tambellini (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Michael Zalewski (92)
Brendan Persley (93)
Darren Nowick (91)
Riley Hunt (95)
Danny Todosychuk (94)
John Knisley (92)
Colton Cyr (91)
Patrick McGillis (91)
Sean Robertson (91)
Ben Gamache (91)
Max Mowat (93)
Turner Lawson (94)
Kirby Halcrow (91)

Vernons Home record vs. Prince George last season:


Vernons Road record vs. Prince George last season:


Vernons Powerplay vs. Prince George last season:


Vernons scoring leaders vs. Prince George last season:

Michael Zalewski (6-3-9)
Patrick McGillis (4-4-8)
Colton Cyr (4-3-7)
Aaron Hadley (2-4-6)
Ben Gamache (2-4-6)
Ryan Renz (0-5-5)
Adam Tambellini (1-3-4)
Darren Nowick (2-1-3)
Colton Sparrow (2-1-3)
Jedd Soleway (1-2-3)
John Knisley (1-1-2)
Max Mowat (0-2-2)
Brett Corkey (0-2-2)
Riley Hunt (0-2-2)
Marc Hetnik (0-1-1)
Sean Robertson (0-1-1)

Danny Todosychuk (1-2 Record)
Kirby Halcrow (3-1 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 9th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the BCHL's 3rd best penalty kill

Lets take a look at the Prince George Spruce Kings:

The Prince George Spruce Kings make their first and only visit of the regular season to the Wesbild centre after a move from the Interior Division to the Mainland Division over the off season.  PG comes into Vernon coming off a 2-2 tie with the Merritt Centennials Saturday night sit tied for first place in the Mainland with Coquitlam are just two points up on second place Surrey.  Tonight is the first game of a current six game road trip as the Spruce Kings play eight of their next ten games on the road.

Coltyn Hansen (2-4-6) & Mitch Eden (1-5-6) are both tied with the team lead in points with six each 

Tyson Witala (4-0-4) leads the team in goals with four

For more on tonight's game and the Prince George Spruce Kings, please visit Ron Gallo's Spruce Kings Crusader blog,


Games Played: 4
Wins: 2
Losses: 2
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-1-0-0
Road Record: 2-1-0-0
Goals For: 10
Goals Against: 10
Streak: Two game losing streak
Standings: 4th Place

Regular Season:

Games Played: 5
Wins: 3
Losses: 0
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 2-0-1-1
Road Record: 1-0-0-0
Goals For: 19
Goals Against: 14
Streak: Unbeaten in last two games
Standings: Tied with Coquitlam for 1st Place

Prince George Spruce Kings Returning Players:

Lyndon Martell (93)
Tyson Witala (93)
Skylar Pacheco (94)
Trevor Esau (92)
Sean Landrey (93)
Kirk Thompson (92)

Prince George Spruce Kings Departing & traded players from last years team:

Paul De Jersey (92)
Jujhar Khaira (94)
Michael Colantone (91)
Jarryd Ten Vaanholt (91)
Ben Woodley (91)
Chase Golightly (92)
Myles Fitzgerald (93)
Gerry Fitzgerald (93)
Leo Fitzgerald (93)
Ben Matthews (91)
Michael Betz (92)
Cody Bardock (93)
Zack Russell (92)
Patrick Chore (93)
Latrell Charleson (95)
Ty Swabb (92)

Prince George's Home record vs. Vernon last season:


Prince George's Road record vs. Vernon last season:


Prince George's Powerplay vs. Vernon last season:


Prince George's scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Paul De Jersey (7-7-14)
Jujhar Khaira (4-5-9)
Ben Woodley (0-6-6)
Chase Golightly (0-5-5)
Trevor Esau (0-5-5)
Gerry Fitzgerald (2-3-5)
Jarryd Ten Vaanholt (2-3-5)
Michael Colantone (3-1-4)
Zack Rassell (2-2-4)
Sean Landrey (3-0-3)
Tyson Witala (1-2-3)
Ben Matthews (0-2-2)
Myles Fitzgerald (0-2-2)
Leo Fitzgerald (1-1-2)
Dylan Tappe (0-1-1)
Skylar Pacheco (0-1-1)
Josh Gray (1-0-1)
Patrick Chore (0-1-1)
Latrell Charleson (0-1-1)
Cody Bardock (0-1-1)

Kirk Thompson (1-1 Record)
Ty Swabb (1-2 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Prince George has the BCHL's 12th best powerplay

-The Spruce Kings have the league's 13th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Prince George Spruce Kings:

Vipers Get A Read On Defence:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers get a Read on defence

By Graeme Corbett - Vernon Morning Star

Published: September 28, 2012

Jason (JR) Read was brought in to tighten up the Vernon Vipers’ defence, and so far he has done just that.

Through five B.C. Hockey League outings, the Snakes have allowed a measly 23.8 shots per game, and their 2.4 goals against average is in the top half of the Interior Division.

The Viper blueline will be tested tonight (7:00) when Vernon (2-1-0-2) hosts the Prince George Spruce Kings (3-0-1-1) at Wesbild Centre. The Snakes visit the 2-4 Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday at Cominco Arena.

Read, who grew up in St. Albert and was living in Calgary when he joined the Vipers as an assistant coach this summer, is a big believer in empowering players to take charge of their game. He is impressed with the poise of Vernon’s defensive corps, led by veterans Brett Corkey, Ryan Renz, Geoff Crisfield and Marc Hetnik.

“The most impressive thing is the kids are willing to learn and they take charge of their own actions,” said Read, 41. “They compete every night.

“The d-men do a good job and from there you just try to help them with the things they want to get better at, and encourage them on the things they’re already good at.”

Read was the Vipers’ southern Alberta scout while he coached the Calgary Midget Tier 1 Royals for the last few seasons. Not only does he have good recruiting contacts in the region, he understands the mindset of the players making the jump to Junior A.

“All the players think they’re going to make it,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with having those dreams, but you’ve got to put in the time and you’ve got to work.

“Bottom line, if you don’t realize what your asset is as a player, your window gets narrower. A lot of the kids that grasp that, they’re still playing. The ones that didn’t, they fade out quick.”

Through Read’s Alberta connections, the Vipers have a top-four d-man in Crisfield (he coached him on the Royals two seasons ago) and a No. 1 netminder in Austin Smith, formerly of the WHL Swift Current Broncos, in the fold.

Said Vipers’ head coach Jason Williamson: “It’s simply because JR knew a kid (Smith) who wanted an opportunity, so he recruited him to come try out for our team.

“Recruiting is a huge part of our game, especially when there’s no draft, no protected list, no nothing. He’s got lots of contacts out there, which is something we definitely use to our advantage.”

Similar to Williamson and assistant Dave Robinson, Read remains relatively calm (for a coach) behind the bench.

“He doesn’t let his emotions show through,” said Williamson. “He pushes the guys, but at the same time, he asks them questions.

“And he’s a good sounding board for me when I ask him questions. He’s got a good amount of experience; he’s easy to talk to about certain scenarios and personalities, with game concepts, with everything.”

Read’s previous Junior coaching experience includes a stint with the BCHL Victoria Salsa as an assistant under Campbell Blair (former Vernon Laker d-man, now coaching the NCAA Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves) for two years (1999-01), and one as head coach (2001-02). Read coached against Williamson in his playing days with the Vipers.

The biggest difference between now and then is speed, says Read.

“The kids and how they train in summertime clearly comes into play. Before, the guys with the higher-end skill could get away with it. Now there’s no way.”

Read cut his coaching teeth at age 23, learning from Larry Keating of the Kelowna Midget League program.

“We still hold that record for back-to-back provincial titles,” smiled Read, noting Keating is still in Kelowna coaching his grandchildren.

“He keeps it simple and doesn’t try to reinvent the game.”

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Silverbacks Suspend Former Vipers Tryout Forward Alex Holland:

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have suspended former Vernon Vipers tryout forward Alex Holland after requesting a trade. Holland was traded from Trail to Salmon Arm in early September played last season with the Victoria Grizzlies. Victoria traded Holland to Trail in late July.  Holland attended the Vipers 2011 training camp but was released before signing with the Victoria Grizzlies. In 60 games with the Grizzlies last year Holland collected 17-17-34.

Alex Holland's Player Profile:

Vipers Add Grit With The Addition Of Persley:

When I had first heard Brendan Persley wasnt attending the Vipers Training camp and was giving the Western Hockey League another shot attending the Tri-City Americans Training camp I was pretty disappointed.  I wasnt sure if Persley would make the Am's 2012-13 season roster or come back to Vernon and join the Vipers early into the regular season.  But when I had heard that the Vipers sent the playing rights of Persley on September 4th to the Virden Oil Capitals for Mitch Van Teeling something told me that the Vipers must have got word from the Americans Persley wouldnt be returning to BC. 

It was this past Friday afternoon when I read Persley was cut by the Am's and then added to the Vipers roster.  I was surprised but yet happy as I have always liked the hard work, physical play and gritty play from the Kelowna BC native.  Persley who started to come on and play some of his best hockey of the season towards the end of the 2011-12 season brings alot of character & leadership to the Vipers roster.  Persley is one of those kids who isnt afriad to go into the corner, get in front of the net and fight for the puck or try and create something down low.  Brendan may not be a big goal scorer but can put the puck in the net and has shown he does have a little offensive side to his game.  I really like the mix of this year's Vipers roster and like the addition of Brendan Persley. 

During Friday's game I was trying to figure out wich two Viper players would be released or traded once the return of Mitch McAllister and Braeden Russell.  (Can only have a 22 man roster) As I looked down the roster I saw Riley Hunt's name but in no way would they trade the young fan favorite.  Well Tuesday evening when getting home from work I was shocked to see Hunt had been traded to Salmon Arm.

I for one was never very impressed with Riley Hunt, sure he works and plays very hard but is one of the smallest kids in the league as well as one of the most ineffective players in the league.  Hunt who scored just a single goal last season as a 16 yr old I was very surprised even made the team-yet stuck with the club for the entire season last year.  If you look at the stats from last year Hunt had the lowest points total out of all the sixteen year olds in the league.  I really paid attention and watched the other teams sixteen year olds closely last season and on most nights the visiting teams sixteen year old outplayed or stood out over the Vipers Hunt.  Yes he plays with alot of energy but dosnt generate or rarly creates any scoring chances on most nights.  If anything I was hoping the Vipers would have played Hunt on the penalty kill, his speed and energy may have been used to advantage killing penalties.  I just didnt see a whole lot in Riley Hunt and figured last year he would have been better to play a full season in Jr B get some experience, lots of icetime and develope more in Jr B. 

After watching Training camp and all of the Vipers exhibition games I thought their was atleast two or three other kids who were bigger, stronger, and more offensive minded over Riley Hunt.  I just never saw what the scouts or Vipers coaching staff saw in this young kid but as we all know everyone see's and watches the game and players differently.  I sure hope this trade is for the best of Riley and maybe a new fresh start with a new team will help him.  I wish him all the best in Salmon Arm and his hockey career.

Once the Vipers get back Mitch McAllister and Braeden Russell it will be interesting to see who will be released-traded.  The Vipers currently have a 23 man roster with both Russell and McAllister on the injured reserve.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thunder Re-Sign Former Vipers Defenceman Cam Brodie:

The ECHL Stockton Thunder have re-signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Cameron Brodie.  Brodie is entering his third season with the Thunder.  Brodie played in 52 games with the Thunder last year as well as three games with the AHL Texas Stars before returning to Stockton. In 52 regular season games with the Thunder Brodie collected 0-7-7 & collected just one assist in eight playoff games. Brodie played parts of one season in Vernon (2008-2009) after being aquired from the Coquitlam Express at the BCHL trade deadline.

Cameron Brodie's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Thunder website:

Thunder Re-Sign Cameron Brodie; Sign Eric Hunter


STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, and head coach Matt Thomas announced today the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Cameron Brodie and center Eric Hunter. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Brodie is the eighth player to return from last season’s team that advanced to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third time in four seasons.

Last season, the 24-year old earned his first call-up to the American Hockey League with the Texas Stars, skating in three games on a professional tryout agreement. He also suited up in 52 games with the Thunder, collecting seven assists and 68 penalty minutes.

“Cam has been a huge part of our blueline over the last two seasons and is a guy who gives you a physical presence each night,” said Thomas. “There are not many left wingers now who like skating down his side. Adding to that, his character and his commitment off the ice resonates with everyone in the dressing room, retaining a valuable part of our nucleus.”

The 6-foot-1 and 210 pound defenseman has appeared in 112 career games with the Thunder since 2010-11 and notched 19 points (2g-17a) and 119 penalty minutes.

He made his Kelly Cup Playoff debut last season and appeared in eight games while posting an assist. Brodie also collected a career high +7 rating, 12 points and 60 games played in his 2010-11 rookie season.

Brodie began his pro career skating for the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 Vancouver Canucks YoungStars Tournament. He skated with Surrey, Langley, Trail, Burnaby, Vernon and Merritt of the British Columbia Hockey League for five seasons and capped off his amateur career with three points in 12 games with the University of British Columbia (CIS).

“I’m looking forward to returning to the organization that makes me feel comfortable,” said Brodie. “I’m excited to meet the new guys and get back into a winning routine. Building off our run in the playoffs last year helps with preparing for a great start to this season. Stockton feels like a home away from home where the best fans in the league come to cheer you each night, making it an exciting place to play.”

Hunter, 26, comes to Stockton after closing his first full professional season with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League in 2011-12. He suited up 75 games with the Monsters – missing only one during the season and earned 16 points (6g-10a) – all at even strength.

Formerly skating with the University of Alberta Golden Bears (CIS), his connections to Edmonton at the NHL level include a spot in Oilers training camp in 2005 and preseason action against the Oilers as a member of the Golden Bears.

“Eric is a player we have been targeting for a long time after seeing him play against the Edmonton Oilers in their rookie camp a few seasons ago,” said Thomas. “He is a very skilled forward that is tough to knock off the puck and earned a reputation in the AHL as a player that can contribute in critical situations. He gives us another offensive weapon that competes hard every night.”

Hunter was twice selected in the NHL Entry Draft, beginning with the Chicago Blackhawks in the eighth round (229th overall) in 2004 and with the New York Rangers in the sixth round (174th overall) in 2006. Prior to his pro debut in Lake Erie, he wrapped up his college career with the Golden Bears as team captain in 2010-11 and earned the Dr. Randy Gregg Award for athletic ability, academics and citizenship.

The 6-foot-1 and 194 pound forward was selected as Canada West Freshman of the Year and helped guide Alberta to the CIS University Cup championship in 2007-08. He achieved career highs in assists (20), points (31) and tied another in goals (11) in the 2009-10 season.

Hunter completed his four year career with the Golden Bears with 98 points (40g-58a) in 105 games.

The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba also suited up with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League for five seasons (2002-07) and scored 233 points (111g-122a) in 323 career games, skating with current NHL notables Devin Setoguchi (Minnesota) and Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg).

“The decision to come to Stockton was easy and based on many factors,” said Hunter. “I heard good things about its reputation based on advice from a good friend (Bakersfield Condors and former Thunder forward), Jesse Gimblett and others in the hockey world. It’s an attractive destination when you factor in fan support, the great looking city, success of the team and sending players up to the AHL.

Hunter continued, “I’m looking forward to bringing a consistent game to the Thunder this season. I work hard, have an offensive upside, can be trusted in most situations and am not afraid to mix it up in the corners.”

Persley Powers Up Vernon Viper Forward Corps:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Persley powers up Vernon Viper forward corps

Published: September 26, 2012

Jason Williamson might get to do something this weekend he hasn’t had the luxury of in two seasons as head coach/GM of the Vernon Vipers – name a healthy scratch.

Maybe two.

With Saturday’s re-acquisition of forward Brendan Persley, the Vipers were two players over the B.C. Hockey League’s mandated 22-man roster limit. That was OK because forwards Braedan Russell and Mitch McAllister were on the long-term injured reserve, but Russell could possibly return Friday when Vernon (2-1-0-2) hosts the Prince George Spruce Kings (3-0-1-1) at Wesbild Centre.

Defenceman Marc Hetnik (leg) is also likely to return for weekend action.

The Snakes visit the Trail Smoke Eaters (2-4) Saturday at Cominco Arena.

Only able to dress 20 players, and with 15 forwards in the stable, Williamson cleared some room by sending winger Riley Hunt to the Salmon Arm SilverBacks in exchange for future considerations Tuesday.

Hunt, a 5-foot-6 energy forward committed to Harvard University, was pointless in four games, and found himself the odd man out on the Vipers’ fourth line.

“I just don’t have room for him and he’s gotta play,” said Williamson. “(Logan) Mick, (Mike) Roberts and TJ (Dumonceaux) on the weekend were really good (on the fourth line).”

Vernon went 3-for-7 on the man advantage and set a season-high offensive output in Saturday’s 7-2 win over the Smokies at Wesbild.

Persley’s return to the lineup yielded instant rewards as he pocketed a goal and two helpers for third star in front of nearly 1,400 fans.

“Hopefully I can keep that going,” he said. “I think I’m an all-around player; I like to hit, and I take the body a lot, but I also feel like I can put the puck in the net as well.”

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Kelowna product left Viper main camp to audition with the WHL Tri-City Americans, but decided a larger playing role in the BCHL was his best option.

“Things went really well there, but as a 19-year-old I just felt I should be playing a lot more,” said Persley. “I only have two years left (of junior) to prove a point in hockey and hopefully make it to the next level. If I want to do that, I have to be playing.”

After Persley’s departure, Williamson dealt his Junior A rights to Manitoba’s Virden Oil Capitals in exchange for forward Mitch Van Teeling, but made a second deal with the Caps, this one for future considerations, to get him back.

“We missed his character in the room and his grit and tenacity. We knew what we were getting, and he makes us a little bit older.”

Also having big nights for the Vipers were first star Jedd Soleway and second star Colton Sparrow, each with 2+1.

Aaron Hadley opened the scoring just over a minute into the first period, and Soleway used his booming shot for the 2-0 goal 5:01 into the second, beating netminder Lyndon Stanwood low blocker side on a 2-on-1.

Less than two minutes later, Sparrow pounced on a rebound after Persley drove to the net.

With Vernon up 4-2 early in the third period, Soleway and Van Teeling clicked on a slick powerplay passing sequence to set up Sparrow for a wide open tap in.

Viper rookie forward Craig Martin, on a great second effort, knocked the puck out to Adam Tambellini, who beat Stanwood five-hole for the final goal, shorthanded. Vernon denied Trail four times on the man advantage.

Tyler Berkholtz counted both of Trail’s goals, one of them assisted by Jesse Knowler.

Austin Smith recorded 20 saves for the win, while Stanwood made 34 stops for the Smokies.

For the second weekend in a row, Vernon outshot its opposition nearly 2-1, only this time Williamson said the Snakes made sure on their chances.

“We got some rebound goals, we got guys going to the net, some second- and third-effort goals. When you’re not scoring the pretty kind of goals, you have to manufacture goals.”

SNAKE BITES: Viper d-man Kevin Guiltinan is second in the league in penalty minutes with 19 in five games. Former Viper Turner Lawson, now an alternate captain with the Victoria Grizzlies, tops that category with 22 PIM in seven games...The Vipers’ penalty kill is third in the BCHL at 90.91 per cent (two goals on 22 disadvantages). The Coquitlam Express have yet to yield a man-advantage goal on 26 powerplays...Second-year Salmon Arm netminder Adam Clark has signed with the NCAA Division 1 New Hampshire’s Wildcats. The 6-foot-6 Sherwood Park, Alta. product is committed for the 2014-15 season.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vernon-Salmon Arm Trade:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Make Trade
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - Submitted by Vipers Staff

The Vernon Vipers have traded 17 year old forward Riley Hunt to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations.

Hunt was in his second season with the Vipers recording no points in 5 games.  In 2011-2012 he had 1 goal and 5 assists in 49 games.

The Vipers would like to thank Riley for his contribution to the club and wish him the best of luck in the future.
For more information please call the Viper office at 250-542-6022.

Riley Hunt's Player Profile:

Building A Champion Video: Episode 2 ‘Dry-Land Training’

For the first time ever, The Six Time National Vernon Vipers allowed cameras to go behind the scenes to capture the action on and off the ice as they prepare for the 2012-13 season.

The crew will spend two weeks following the team thru training camp, the exhibition season and finally the first ever BCHL Showcase.
In episode two of ‘Building A Champion’, it’s day 2 of the Vernon Vipers training camp.  The day features a star studded practice and a gruelling session of dry land training. The Vipers also gear up for the annual blue vs white intra-squad game.

Capitals Trade Former Viper Tryout Adam Fauchoux:

The Cowichan Valley Capitals traded former Vernon Vipers tryout forward Adam Fauchoux Thursday to the SJHL Melfort Mustangs. Fauchoux played the last two seasons with the Prince Albert Mintos attended the Vernon Vipers Training camp playing in three exhibition games before being released before the start of the BCHL regular season.  Fauchoux signed with the Capitals just days after being released by the Vipers.  Fauchoux went pointless in two games with the Capitals before being traded.    

Adam Fauchoux's Player Profile: 

This was posted on the Capitals website:

Caps Make Moves
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Submitted by Cowichan Capitals

Head Coach and General Manager Jim Ingram was busy making changes  to his team on Wednesday Sept. 19th. First move of the day saw 93 F Luke Sandler go to the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for 93 F Travis Stephens.

The second move of the day saw 94 F Adam Fauchoux sent to the Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Finally, in the last move of the day, 93 F Steven Iacobellis was moved across the water to the Powell River Kings in exchange for 92 F Teal Burns.

These moves come early in the season and are designed "to improve the performance of our team in the long run" said GM Jim Ingram.

The Capitals thank Luke, Adam and Steven for their contributions to our organization both on and off the ice. "We wish them all the best as they join their new teams and pursue their futures."

"We welcome Teal and Travis to the team and look forward to seeing them contribute on a nightly basis." Both Teal Burns and Travis Stephens will be in the lineup on Friday when the Capitals host the Nanainmo Clippers at the Island Savings Center.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Former Vipers Defenceman Chad Brownlee Releases Latest Single "Listen"

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Chad Brownlee has released his newest single "Listen"  Brownlee a 2011 CCMA Rising Star award winner played two years in Vernon (2001-03). In 113 regular season games with the Vipers, Brownlee collected (14-28-42). Brownlee was drafted in 2003 in the 6th round, by the NHL Vancouver Canucks but retired from hockey after a short stint in the ECHL with the Idaho Steelheads before becoming a Country music star.

Here is the official video for Chad Brownlee's latest single "Listen",

Chad Brownlee's Player Profile:

For more on Chad Brownlee visit his website,

Huskies Add Former Vipers Goaltender Voth To Roster:

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have added former Vernon Vipers goaltender Blake Voth to their roster.  Voth started last season with the USHL Muskegon Lumberjacks before signing with the SJHL Melville Millionaires.  In two games with the Lumberjacks Voth went 0-2 with a 6.50 GAA In 28 games with the Millionaires Voth went 16-11-1 with a 3.05 GAA in his final year of Junior hockey.  Voth played two seasons in Vernon (2009-2011) In 64 games with the Vipers Voth went 46-13-3 collecting 7 shutouts.  Voth was traded on May 26th 2011 to the SJHL Battlefords Stars as part of the future considerations in the trade that sent Dane Muench to the Vipers on the January 2011 trade deadline. Voth never played with the Stars before playing with Muskegon and Melville.

Blake Voth's Player Profile:

This was in last week's StarPheonix Newspaper:

Huskies add goalie on emergency basis

By Darren Zary, The StarPhoenix September 20, 2012

Needing an emergency replacement in net, Dave Adolph looked under dial-a-goalie in his contact list and dug up the name Blake Voth.

It was Voth who had inquired in the off-season about whether the University of Saskatchewan Huskies - already solid in net with veteran returnees David Reekie and Ryan Holfeld - would consider adding a third goalie to their roster.

At the time, this was not something the hockey Huskies wanted to do, not with two veteran goalies already sharing playing time.

When Reekie got in a motor vehicle accident a couple of weeks ago, everything changed.

With Reekie out indefinitely and unable to suit up for two exhibition games this past weekend in Regina, the call went out to Voth, who happily obliged to fill the void.

Voth, a five-foot-10 goalie from Herbert, was already studying at the U of S, so it wasn't a difficult recruiting process.

"We were fortunate - Blake Voth, who's a Saskatchewan kid who had lots of options to go to various schools - but he's a farmer by heart and he got into ag resource management here and he was on campus," Adolph said.

"He's going to be our No. 2 guy until Christmas, probably."

Voth won a Royal Bank Cup national junior A hockey championship with the BCHL's Vernon, B.C. Vipers and reached the league final with them the following year. He won the goaltender of year award and broke a goals-against average record in 2009-10 with Vernon.

Voth was the top playoff performer and fan favourite with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Melville Millionaires last season.

"I talked to Dave at the start of the off-season and nothing really panned out," Voth explained, adding that he wanted to take agriculture and had a couple of offers to go elsewhere but decided to go to the U of S.

"I got a call a couple of weeks ago and he asked me if I wanted to come out and I decided to go with it.

"I'm definitely very thankful, that's for sure. It's a good opportunity for me and hopefully I can make the best of it.

"I'm having fun while it lasts so far."

In some ways, Voth has followed the same career path as Holfeld. Both of them played midget triple-A with the Tisdale Trojans and both of them ended up in the BCHL, although Holfeld spent most of his junior career in the Western Hockey League.

"I like to play in the big games, that's for sure," said Voth, who said he considers himself a clutch goaltender.

It's unclear whether Voth would remain on the team's roster for the remainder of the season.

"Everybody talks about having a third goalie, but what do you do with him on the ice?" Adolph asked. "A third goalie is a nice luxury, but it's difficult to manage in the practice scenario and there's no game time and we only play 28 league games.

"It's more of a player management thing. It's nice to have somebody in the bullpen, but it's certainly not fair."

Reekie is out another four to six weeks with cracked ribs and a bruised sternum.

"It all depends on how he recovers," Adolph said of Reekie, who got out of the hospital last Thursday and resumed classes this week, "but he's got some internal injuries. He smacked his car pretty good.

"He's on the road to recovery." DOG TALES: Brennan Bosch, who is still recovering from knee surgery, has been elected the new captain of the hockey Huskies. He replaces graduate Kyle Ross. Assistants include Chris Durand, Derek Hulak and Andrew Bailey.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Oilers Land Former Viper Tryout Defenceman Nick Josephs:

The Nanaimo Clippers have either traded or released former Vernon Vipers tryout defenceman Nick Josephs.  Josephs attended the Vernon Vipers Training camp and played in two BCHL pre-season games with the Vipers picking up one goal before being released-cut in late August.   The Clippers picked up Josephs just days after being released by the Vipers but Josephs never made the Clippers opening day roster for the start of the BCHL regular season.  Josephs is now listed on the AJHL Okotoks Oilers roster.  No official press release from either team on how Josephs landed in Okotoks.  Josephs played last season with the Calgary Flames midget AAA team.

Nick Josephs Player Profile:

Changes Work For Vipers:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Changes Work For Vipers
Sunday, September 23, 2012 - Submitted by Don Klepp

Changes made by Jason Williamson resulted in a 7-2 win over Trail on Saturday.

Playing in new positions, Colton Sparrow and Jedd Soleway each had two goals and an assist for the Vipers who had not been scoring early in the season. Sparrow, who had been playing left wing with Adam Tambellini and Aaron Hadley, moved to centre between Brendan Persley and Landon Robin.

Soleway was shifted to right wing on a line with Mitch VanTeeling and Pearce Eviston. Meanwhile, Eviston was moved back to centre and Craig Martin moved up to the first line with Tambellini and Hadley.

Brendan Persley, whose playing rights had earlier been traded to the Virden Oil Kings for Mitch VanTeeling, had a goal and two helpers in a rambunctious return to Vernon. He was a late cut at the Tri-City Americans camp and was delighted to get another chance to play for the Vipers: “It’s just a good place to play with great fans.”

The Smoke Eaters had fashioned an emotional win over West Kelowna the previous evening but were unable to match the Vipers’ pace early in Saturday’s contest. After a flurry of scoring chances that were stopped by Trail netminder Lyndon Stanwood, the Vipers got a fortunate bounce to open the scoring.

At 1:14, Adam Tambellini’s shot glanced off Aaron Hadley. The Smokies rebounded to create some chances of their own, but faded in the last eight minutes of the period as the Vipers’ speed created turnovers and scoring chances.

Stanwood was heroic at times in the second period, stopping 16 of 19 shots, but he was unable to cope with two ferocious wrist shots from Jedd Soleway, at 5:01 and 17:08. In between, Colton Sparrow capitalized on a tenacious forecheck by Persley and Landon Robin at 6:47. 

Tyler Berkholtz twice gave some hope the Smoke Eaters when he scored at 15:24 of the second period and 1:12 of the third to bring the score to 3-1 and 4-2.  But then the Viper special teams took over. Sparrow and Persley notched power play goals in the third period and Adam Tambellini ripped a short handed effort past Stanwood after Craig Martin had forced a Trail turnover.

The Viper power play had sputtered in the first four games of the season, but Jason Williamson introduced some changes, including placing rookie Craig Martin on the point. The tinkering worked as the Vipers had three power play markers to go with Tambellini’s shortie. Trail, meanwhile, failed to score during four power plays.

For the fourth straight game, Vernon held its opposition to under 25 shots (22) while peppering Stanwood with 41.

The game was a physical affair, as the Smoke Eaters registered 38 hits and the Vipers dished out a season-high 46. Jason Williamson praised his team’s effort, saying that the Vipers “played as well as we have so far in this young season. From top to bottom, the effort was there. We’ve had some other games where we laid it on the line but didn’t get rewarded with goals. Tonight, we capitalized on some of our chances. Now the guys don’t have to grip their sticks so hard.” 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Vernon 7 Trail 2

For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's BCHL game as Vernon defeated Trail 7-2 in front of 1,377 fans at the Wesbild Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon:  Austin Smith
Trail:  Lyndon Stanwood

1st Period:  The Vipers got off to a quick start and come up with several scoring chances early.  Vernon got the play in deep off the opening draw, Mitch Van Teeling collected the dump in behind the Smoke Eaters net, Van Teeling went for the wrap around but hit the outside of the net before Lyndon Stanwood tried to cover up the loose puck, as the puck bobbled around Stanwood was caught out of position as Pearce Eviston come in, collected the loose puck, skated back before cutting hard towards the front of the net but was stopped by Stanwood all this in the first fifteen seconds.  The Vipers kept coming and were throwing everything towards the goal.  Eviston again with a chance in front beat Stanwood through the fivehole as the puck come out the other end went through the crease but missed the open cage.  Adam Tambellini with a quick shot from the bottom of the circle snapped a low shot that was stopped by Stanwood.  On the same play Tambellini through a shot-pass through the middle wich went off Garrett McMullen's arm and into the back of the Smokies goal giving Vernon a early 1-0 lead at 1:14 Tambellini's goal was unassisted.  Trail who played last night at home vs West Kelowna looked to have the bus legs as the Vipers with lots of energy and scoring chances carried the play and dominated the edge in play in the opening period.  Pearce Eviston with another great scoring oportunity in front missed the net on a one timer from the slot.  Eviston with atleast three or four good chances in the first half was working hard.  Vernon would get the games first powerplay but a strong penalty kill by Trail would kill off the minor.  The Smoke Eaters with just two shots in the first half finally got their first scoring chance of the night in the second half after Connor Collett come down the left wing, snapping a low hard shot from the circle that kinda fooled Austin Smith who was forced to make a bit of a tough pad save.  Logan Mick & Michael Roberts come right back with a two on one, but Lyndon Stanwood made another big save keeping the Smokies in the contest.  Just two minutes later Kevin Guiltinan stepped over the blueline and ripped a hard low shot from the top of the circle that was stopped by Stanwood who made a nice pad save off the Viper d-man.  Trail finally put together a few good hard working shifts as the play evened out a little bit more in the second half of the period but the Smoke Eaters couldnt generate any offence.  Vernon again this time on a three on two with some nice passing was stopped again by Stanwood.  The Vipers were by far the better of the two teams, dominating the opening period.  Lyndon Stanwood come up with some big saves keeping his team in the game early as Vernon was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.  Vernon outshot Trail 11-6.

2nd Period:  Trail come out hard to start the second period, with some good hard working shifts early the Smokies with some good pressure moved the puck around well before Austin Smith had to come up with a nice glove save off Garrett McMullen in the opening few minutes.  The Vipers held off some early pressure by the Smoke Eaters before coming right back with some nice three way passing on an odd man rush.  A nice smart heads up play from the Vernon d-man setup the Viper odd man rush, Mitch Van Teeling setup Pearce Eviston before Eviston found Jedd Soleway who beat Lyndon Stanwood with a hard shot high giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 5:01 Van Teeling & Eviston picked up the helpers.  The Vipers kept coming and come right back just under two minutes later.  Brendan Persley who was just cut by the WHL Tri-City Americans was making his debut tonight battled and worked hard down low setup Colton Sparrow in front giving the Vipers a 3-0 lead at 6:47 Persley with the lone assist.  The Vipers kept coming again getting some good chances in front.  Tempers heated up at the midway mark after some pushing and shoving occurred deep in the Vipers zone before everyone gathered in the corner as more pushing and shoving went on along with a few punches being thrown.  After the dust settled it was the Smoke Eaters who would come out of the minor scrum with their first powerplay of the night.  Kevin Guiltinan would be lost for the remainder of the period after picking up a ten minute misconduct.  With the Smokies on the man advantage it was the Vernon penalty kill that was the difference after Colton Sparrow with some hard work, collected the puck dishing off to Adam Tambellini who was robbed in front after Lyndon Stanwood come across to make a nice glove save.  The Vipers would kill off the minor before both teams would play a little four on four action.  Both goaltenders were sharp as Stanwood made two nice saves at his end before Austin Smith had to be alert making a quick pad save off Braeden Jones point shot.  Trail would eventually get a very late powerplay but the Vipers would kill off the final few seconds.  Shortly after the Smokies would finally get on the board.  Geoff Crisfield's blocked shot went right on the stick of Tyler Berkholtz who beat Smith fivehole down low at 15:24 on a soft goal cutting the lead to within two goals.  I think Smith thought Berkholtz was going to try and setup a guy in the slot and was cheating before being scored on.  Just over a minute later the Vipers would get a late powerplay and capitalize Brendan Persley and Colton Sparrow both with some hard work kept the play alive setup Jedd Soleway for his second of the night at 17:08 giving Vernon a 4-1 lead.  Persley and Sparrow with the assists.  The Vipers with a great chance tried to go up by four goals after a scramble in front Logan Mick who was tied up in the crease couldnt get his stick loose as the puck sat in the crease before the Smokies cleared the puck from the crease.  Vernon who I dont think dominated the play as much as the 1st period still was the better of the two teams and did carry the better of the play for the second straight period.  The Vipers were up 4-1 after 40 minutes of play.  Vernon outshot Trail 19-8.

3rd Period:  The Vipers looked a little flat to start the final frame as the Smoke Eaters jumped on the Vipers early, with some pressure in the Vernon zone Trail would capitalize early after Michael Statchuk turned the puck over in behind his goal as Josh Knowler setup a wide open Tyler Berkholtz in the slot who beat Smith at 1:12 making this a two goal game with lots of time remaining.  The Smokies who come out hitting hard battled and won several of the battles along the wall played well early as Vernon looked slow and just not in the game.  The Smokies with atleast three or four good chances but Austin Smith looked confident making the saves.  The Vipers would get a good chance with a three on two but Wayland Williams with a heads up defensive play broke up the Vipers scoring drive.  The play then really slowed down as both teams didnt generate much before Anthony Conti started chasing a few Vipers around the rink trying to get someone to drop their gloves.  With no challengers Conti would take a penalty on the same shift resulting in a Vernon powerplay.  The Vipers would make Trail and Conti pay as Jedd Soleway with all the work used his upper body and size to cruize through the Smoke Eaters zone before holding off and setting up Colton Sparrow for a nice goal at 7:52 giving Vernon a 5-2 lead.  Soleway with the lone helper.  This goal seemed to wake the Vipers up as Vernon would blow the game open with three goals in the next five or so minutes.  Almost a minute after the goal Vernon would head right back to the powerplay and capitalize again.  Brendan Persley with his first of the season in his season debut put Vernon up 6-2 at 10:33 Ryan Renz and Landon Robin with the assists.  Just two minutes later tempers heated up once again as some pushing and shoving occurred as a few punches were thrown.  In the end Trail would get a four minute powerplay after Logan Mick took two minors.  With the Smoke Eaters on the man advantage it was the Vipers penalty kill who went to work.  Mitch Van Teeling and Aaron Hadley on the two on one, Van Teeling shot but a diving play by the Smokies d-man took the puck off his leg as the puck went up into the mesh neeting behind the goal.  Trail's powerplay couldnt generate much having all kinds of trouble with Vernon's speed and strong forecheck.  The Vipers who forced the Smoke Eaters into several turnovers looked very good shorthanded.  Still shorthanded Craig Martin with some good hustle tried to race down a loose puck for a shorthanded breakaway got tied up by a Trail defenceman, but Martin who stayed with the puck, battled hard got the puck loose setup a wide open Adam Tambellini who wired a lazer of a shot past Lyndon Stanwood at 13:15 Martin with all the work collected the only helper on the shorthanded goal.  This goal took the wind out of the sails of the Smoke Eaters as the Trail bench looked dejected.  The Smokies then really started throwing their weight around, never quit battled hard in and around the net looking for some extra pushing and shoving after the whistle.  Both teams showing some emotion after the whistles as both teams didnt back down from the minor scrums.  In the final two minutes TJ Dumonceaux and Logan Mick showed some good hustle went in on the breakaway but neither of the two could beat Stanwood who stood tall making the save.  Trail come out hard, scored early cutting the lead to within two goals but the Vipers specialty teams was the difference in the third scoring two powerplay goals and one shorthanded goal all within five minutes putting this game out of reach.  The Vipers would come away with just their second win of the season with a 7-2 victory.  Vernon outshot Trail 11-8.

Top Players:  (Vernon)

Brett Corkey who didnt stand out offensively played a very solid defensive game tonight.

Adam Tambellini (2 goals) Had a few good chances played well up front.

The line of TJ Dumonceaux, Logan Mick and Michael Roberts played very well.  This line played with alot of energy, grit and didnt back down from the rough stuff.

Pearce Eviston (1 assist) I thought played a very strong game up front for the Vipers.  Eviston who come up with atleast three or four real good opportunities in the opening minutes sparked his team with several solid hits, as well as generating chances and working extremely hard all night.

Colton Sparrow (2 goals &1 assist) Was another Viper who played a solid game.  Sparrow who always works hard was rewarded tonight with three points. 

Jedd Soleway (2 goals & 1 assist) Ive been impressed with Jedd Soleway's play so far this season and really like the way he has stepped up his game.  Soleway really used his size and body well in the offensive zone to create and open scoring opportunities.  Soleway tried getting a little too cute with two plays turned the puck over but overall played very well tonight.

Brendan Persley (1 goal & 2 assists) Made his season debut tonight made a strong impression picking up three points.  Persley who really adds alot to the Viper lineup brings grit, a physical presence and hard work.  All three wich he showed tonight.  Really battled and worked hard down low created two goals with his hard work.

Game Thoughts:  (Vernon)

After allowing Salmon Arm to come back and walk away with a 3-2 overtime victory last weekend in a game wich they should have won I thought the Vipers rebounded with a pretty strong effort and win tonight.  Give the boys credit tonight for coming ready to play and playing a almost 60 minute hockey game.  Other then a few shifts early in the 2nd and 3rd periods the Vipers pretty well carried and controlled the better of tonight's hockey game.  It was nice to finally see the pucks go in tonight after getting so many chances in the previous games with little reward for their hard work.  I thought the Vipers battled hard and played with some good energy, didnt back down from the scrums after the stopage in play and played as a team.  I thought their breakout and passing looked good as well as specialty teams.  Most of the Viper offence came from the bangers and crashers wich was good to see.  The Vipers gritty players stepped up and lead the way offensively.  A few turnovers in theor own end but overall a pretty good effort tonight.  Former Vipers Head Coach Mark Holick was in attendance tonight.

Top Players:  (Trail)

Matthew Alexander I thought played very well on the Smoke Eaters blueline. 

Connor Collett played with alot of jump and energy, seemed to be the Smokies little spark plug showing lots of hustle and getting involved in the play.

Garrett McMullen was another Trail player who I thought played well.  Didnt show alot of signs of offence but worked hard and battled hard most of the night.

Lyndon Stanwood (34 saves) Kept his hockey club in tonight's game early, especially in the first and second periods.  Stanwood didnt look very sharp early had troubles with the puck but did make several good saves through out the first two periods.  A much smaller goaltender is very quick on his feet.  I was surprised the coaching staff kept him in the game once the Vipers got six past him.  If it wasnt for Stanwood this could have been a much higher score.

Game Thoughts:  (Trail)

Trail wasnt really in tonight's game from the start.  The Smokies who played last night looked a little sluggish early and were outplayed most of the night.  The Smokies couldnt and didnt generate alot of offence.  Trail did have a few good shifts especially off the opening faceoff in the 2nd and 3rd periods but were unable to sustain the pressure for long periods of time.  Trail looked to have troubles with the Vipers speed and skill.  The Smokies couldnt slow down the Vipers speed or skill and because of this were giving up way too many scoring opportunites.  Specialty teams was also the difference as the Vipers scored shorthanded and three powerplay goals.  Trail played with a bit of an edge and some chippy play at times wasnt afraid to mix it up after the whistles.  Lyndon Stanwood gave his team a chance to win early but couldnt hold off the Vipers attack all night.



Marc Hetnik (Injured)
Mitch McAllister (Injured)
Riley Hunt
Braeden Russell (Injured)


Joren Johnson
Bryce Knapp
Michael Bell

3 Stars:

1st Star:  Jedd Soleway (2 goals & 1 assist)
2nd Star: Colton Sparrow (2 goals & 1 assist)
3rd Star:  Brendan Persley (1 goal & 2 assists)

For more on tonight's game visit the boxscore,