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 Vipers-Silverbacks game as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 3-2 in front of 1,718 fans at Kal Tire Place.
Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Salmon Arm: Angus Redmond
1st Period: Both teams come ready to play as it was pretty tight & evenly matched in the opening minutes. Both teams went back and fourth but it was Vernon who had the better scoring opportunities. The Vipers would open the scoring after Luke Voltin was stopped by Angus Redmond before Anthony Latina burried the rebound giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 8:24 Voltin and captain Riley Guenther collected the assists. The Vipers were outshooting the Silverbacks 5-0 at this point. Salmon Arm come right back off the next shift and had a great opportunity to quickly tie the game. Former Prince Albert Raider Shane Danyluk with a quick release from the slot was stopped by Jarrod Schamerhorn. Salmon Arm would capitalize on a Viper pinch wich sent Taylor Maruya in for the three on two rush, Maruya fed Backs leading scorer Taro Hirose in front who beat Schamerhorn tied the game 1-1 at 11:48 Maruya picked up the lone helper. Just over a minute later TJ Dumonceaux lead the attack on a two on one with Liam Coughlin, Dumonceuax kept and shot was stopped by Redmond. Vernon would get the games first powerplay, struggled as the Backs would kill off the minor. The Silverbacks who were outshot 6-1 at one point slowly crept back carried a slight edge in the play in the second half. Jarrod Schamerhorn just about got caught handling the puck behind his goal on atleast two different ocassions. Salmon Arm would get their first shot with the man advantage late, couldnt capitalize before the buzzer. It was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. I thought both teams had a good start, battled hard, were pretty evenly matched but it was the Vipers that had the better scoring chances opened the scoring. Give Salmon Arm credit, they didnt take long to tie the game and looked a little better in the second half. The Vipers outshot the Silverbacks 9-6.
2nd Period: The Backs started the period on the PP that was carried over from the opening period. Just thirty two seconds into the middle frame Salmon Arm would get an early two man advantage. The Silverbacks waisted little time, Chase Priskie's hard shot from the point found it's way through traffic beat Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn going post and in giving the Backs their first lead of the night 2-1 at 1:19 Priskie's powerplay goal was unassisted. The Silverbacks come out strong, with a relentless forecheck Salmon Arm was really forcing the Vipers defence into turning over the puck giving Vernon all kinds of trouble as it was all Silverbacks early. The Vipers were back on their heels at times. Karl El-Mir with a quick shot from in close couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn. The Vipers would get an early powerplay that didnt last very long before the Silverbacks evened things up after Vernon got into penalty trouble giving the Backs their second five on three of the evening. Salmon Arm who was firing from anywhere missed the net on several occasions before any shots that looked to get to the net were blocked by a very determined Vernon penalty kill. The Vipers would kill off the first penalty before Thomas Aldworth just about stole the puck from a Salmon Arm d-men, on the same play-shift the Vipers strong forecheck paid off. Trevor Fidler picked the pocket of one Silverback player before sending Aldworth in for the shorthanded breakaway, while being hooked on the play Aldworth went topshelf on Silverbacks starting goaltender Angus Redmond tied the game 2-2 at 8:58 Fidler with the lone helper. The Backs with a great opportunity to re-gain the lead couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn. Carson Bolduc from the slot was stopped in close. The Vipers would get their first powerplay of the 2nd period but again struggle. Shorthanded Josh Blanchard and Bryden Marsh lead the way on a Salmon Arm two on one rush, Blanchard kept and shot but couldnt beat the Vipers goaltender who played well this period. The Vipers would kill off the penalty. Vernon just couldnt seem to get much offence going, didnt seem to have their legs played most of the period in their own end. It was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes of play. The Silverbacks with an early two man advantage made the Vipers pay took their first lead of the night early with a PP goal really dominated most of the 2nd period. The Backs with a very strong yet relentless forecheck were giving Vernon's defence all kinds of troubles clearing the zone-getting out of their own end. Salmon Arm was firing everything towards the net, missing the net lots but also getting lots of pucks to the net. The Vipers with very little puck possesion in the middle frame tied the game after a hard working shift-play from Thomas Aldworth were very good on the penalty kill. Vernon with not alot of scoring opportunities really, other then Aldworth's shorthanded goal. Salmon Arm carried most of the play and had the better chances were tied heading to the third. The Silverbacks outshot the Vipers 11-10.
3rd Period: Just fifty seconds into the final frame TJ Dumonceaux lead the Vernon attack with a three on two, Dumonceaux kept and fired beat Angus Redmond hitting the post on a close call. Salmon Arm would get an early powerplay to start the 3rd, former Vernon Viper forward Logan Mick with a great opportunity at the side of the net couldnt beat Schamerhorn who made a big save. With just one shot the Vipers were able to kill off the minor. It took the Vipers just over five minutes to get going before Vernon took control of the game. The Vipers using their speed really picked it up a notch were really flying most of the period carrying the play. It was the Silverbacks who were now back on their heels as the Vipers with a strong period played and battled hard. Vernon was really buzzing didnt get alot of Grade A chances tried their best to get pucks on net. Newly acquired Brandon Egli jumped into the rush made a nice move just inside the Silverbacks blueline tried beating Redmond fivehole as the puck just about got through on a close call on the Vipers best quality chance of the period. Vernon was outshooting Salmon Arm 7-1 at this point as it was all Vipers. Angus Redmond had to be alert made some big saves during the final frame keeping the Backs in it. Redmond made a quick glove save off newly acquired Mitch Meek and then stopped Luke Voltin in close. Salmon Arm with no offence at all this period was having troubles containing the Vipers speed down low. With the game looking to overtime Liam Coughlin beat Redmond fivehole from a hard shot down the left wing just snuck the puck through the pads of the Silverbacks goaltender with 1:58 to go. Thomas Aldworth with the assist. The Vipers would call a timeout before the Backs would get Angus Redmond to the bench for the extra attacker with 1:04 remaining. In the final minute Salmon Arm tried four or five times to just get pucks and bodies to the net come very close to tying the game in the final seconds. Andrew Farny's point shot somehow got through traffic was stopped by Jarrod Schamerhorn before a pile of black jerseys crashed the crease looking for the loose puck. Schamerhorn was very solid in the final thirty seconds made several big saves with tons of traffic in front of the blue paint. The Backs couldnt force overtime as a huge scrum formed deep in the Vipers zone at the buzzer, as everyone was pushing and shoving, two different fights broke out before the referee's broke things up. In the end Vernon would come away with the 3-2 victory. After hitting the post in the opening minute the Vipers with a huge penalty kill early poured on the pressure carried most of the play outplaying the Silverbacks for most of the final twenty minutes. Vernon's speed and hard work was the difference as the Backs had troubles containing the Vipers in the 3rd. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 11-6.
Top Players: (Vernon)
Brandon Egli looked a little nervous at the start of the game, was on the ice for the Silverbacks two goals really settled down as the game went on. The veteran defenceman made his Vipers debut tonight gained confidence as the game went on, a smooth skater likes to jump up into the rush, did on several occasions.
The line of Anthony Latina (1 goal), Luke Voltin (1 assist) & Trevor Fidler was very good for Vernon. These three were really buzzing-playing hard especially in the 3rd. Ive been very impressed with Latina so far and like Voltin. This line seems to have good chemistry and plays well together.
TJ Dumonceaux had a very strong game for the Vipers. Was very good on the draw, and like always was hitting almost everyone in sight. Dumonceaux skates hard, never stops moving, competed and battled tonight. One of the hardest working Vipers almost every night.
Luke Shiplo made his Vipers debut tonight after injurying himself during Training camp. I thought played well on the blueline.
Thomas Aldworth (1 goal & 1 assist) Used his size, hard work and skill to tie the game in the 2nd period scoring on a shorthanded breakaway. Aldworth is very hard to knock off the puck, defend against and contain. On most nights is very dangerous with and without the puck. Played a strong game this evening.
Jarrod Schamerhorn (21 saves) After starting the season as the teams backup Schamerhorn has looked to take over the #1 job in Vernon. The former Merritt Centennials goaltender has played the last three games. Schamerhorn who gave up 11 goals in two games has really come on the last two games. Looks more confident, making the key saves when needed and seeing the puck well. This kid dosnt give up alot of rebounds was very good between the pipes tonight. Made some very tough saves in the final seconds to preserve the win.
Game Thought's: (Vernon)
I really liked the start the Vipers got off too, come out with alot of jump-energy created a few chances early opened the scoring for a second straight game. I thought both teams were fairly evenly matched in the 1st period but as the game went on Vernon had troubles against a very strong yet relentless Salmon Arm forecheck. The Vipers just couldnt seem to get much going in the 2nd period had all kinds of troubles clearing the zone-getting offensive chances. Vernon didnt look very good in the middle frame was lucky to come out of the 2nd period tied. A big play-goal by Thomas Aldworth really changed the game. Give the Vipers credit they didnt panic or quit and come out with one of their best periods of the season in the 3rd. I really liked the way the Vipers responded in the 3rd after a lack luster second period. Vernon with a huge penalty kill early to start the third come on and didnt look back, the Vipers really using their speed forced the play most of the period. I was very impressed with the young kids tonight, I thought most of them really come to play and showed it in the 3rd. The Vipers never quit skating-working in the 3rd outplayed Salmon Arm most of the period, would get rewarded with Liam Coughlin's goal with just under two minutes to go, proved to be the game winner. I thought the Vipers penalty kill was very good, blocked alot of shots, forced the Silverbacks into taking shots that missed the net. Other then the 2nd period I thought Vernon looked good and played very good. Both teams didnt generate alot of Grade A scoring chances but put on a good show for the fans. The Vipers win back to back games for the first time this season. Tonight was a key game for the Vipers, just one point back of Salmon Arm, Vernon now slides into 4th place with the win. The Vipers are in tough tomorrow night when they host the 6-1 Chilliwack Chiefs.
Top Players: (Salmon Arm)
Andrew Farny played very well on the Backs blueline. The assistant captain was very good tonight. Saw alot of minutes.
The line of Karl El-Mir, Bryden Marsh and Thomas Plese was very strong for the Silverbacks. I really liked these three, showed some good chemistry, created and generated chances through out the game. Gave the Vipers troubles most of the night.
Carson Bolduc I thought played well up front for Salmon Arm.
Taro Hirose (1 goal) I thought had a good game, tied the game on a nice three way passing play in the opening frame.
Taylor Maruya (1 assist) Also looked very good tonight. A quick skater, really sees the ice well. Hard to contain and slow down.
Angus Redmond (27 saves) Was good between the pipes for the Backs. I think he may want the Vipers third goal back but other then that played well. Made some timely saves through out the game played very well in the 3rd when the Vipers were coming on strong.
Game Thought's: (Salmon Arm)
I thought the Salmon Arm Silverbacks come ready to play, just like Vernon come out strong with alot of energy and jump couldnt seem to get shots on goal early gave up the games first goal, but responded well tying the game just over three minutes later. I thought as the opening period went on Salmon Arm got better and had a slight edge in play at times. Outshot 6-1 early crept back in the game and finished the 1st strong. The Silverbacks with a great 2nd period were all over the Vipers, with an early two man advantage grabbed their first lead of the night just 1:19 into the second period couldnt get the powerplay going to really put away the Vipers. The turning point of the game was giving up a shorthanded goal tying the game at two. If Thomas Aldworth dosnt score, and Salmon Arm scores once maybe even twice on the five on three this is now a 3-1 or 4-1 game instead its now tied 2-2 and Vernon gets the momentum after the big penalty kill-shorthanded goal. The Backs had Vernon on their heels for most of the period should have put the Vipers away, instead were tied heading into the 3rd. Im not sure what happened to SA in the final frame but the Silverbacks just couldnt get anything going. The Backs now on their heels were chasing the Vipers, having all kinds of trouble with Vernon's speed and hard work ethic. With just one maybe two shots until the final minute of the 3rd your not ging to win many games. I thought Salmon Arm has a fairly big team this season, with a strong-relentless forecheck. The Backs were winning the battles-one on one races in the 2nd looked very strong and hard to defend against. I thought Salmon Arm's defence played very well tonight. The Silverbacks have now lost four straight will wrap up their three game road trip tomorrow in Merritt.
Energy player of the game:
1st Star: Thomas Aldworth (1 goal & 1 assist)
2nd Star: Liam Coughlin (1 goal)
3rd Star: Taro Hirose (1 goal)
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