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-Smoke Eaters game as Vernon defeated Trail 5-2 in front of 1,699 fans at Kal Tire Place.
Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Trail: Brett Clark
Before tonight's game Vipers forward TJ Dumonceaux presented his father with one of his own framed Vipers jerseys as well as a cheaque for over $5000 wich will be doanted for mens prostate cancer awareness. TJ raised the money himself.
1st Period: The Smoke Eaters had some early energy off the opening puck drop had a bit of jump over Vernon who was a little slow off the draw. The Vipers would get the games first powerplay early but with not alot of pressure didnt record a shot with the man advantage as the Smokies were able to kill off the penalty. Riley Brandt tried adding some spark to the Viper lineup was throwing his weight around early as Vernon was having trouble getting pucks to the net. The play looked very scrambed at times early as the Vipers needed eight minutes before they would get their first shot on goal. A minute later Liam Finlay with a burst of speed setup Luke Voltin on a two on one as Voltin's shot beat Brett Clark graizing the crossbar on the Vipers first good opportunity. On the same shift the Smokies come right back the other but it was Jarrod Schamerhorn making a big save off Kienan Scott who was one on one with Brandon Egli got around the Vernon defenceman before going in for a parcial breakaway couldnt beat Schamerhorn in close. Two great opportunities at both ends of the rink. On the following play Thomas Aldworth with a low shot from inside the slot just missed the far corner before Trail would get their first powerplay. The Smoke Eaters would get a few looks at the net but Vernon was able to kill off the minor before Brandon Egli with a long stretch pass setup TJ Dumonceaux who went in for the breakaway beat Clark high glove giving the Vipers a 1-0 lead at 12:32 Egli with the assist. As the period went on the Vipers slowly picked up their game and took over the edge in play. With just over five minutes remaining Paulsen Lautard was robbed by Jarrod Schamerhorn who come across the crease to make a huge pad save off the Smoke Eaters forward on a Trail two on one. Lautard went hard into the boards was slow to get up needed attention on the Trail bench and didnt see much to very little ice time through out the remainder of the contest. With three minutes to go Vernon Product Harlon Orr with a great scoring play couldnt beat Schamerhorn in close. Vernon was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Vipers didnt get off to a quick start, were a little slow off the opening draw. Trail on the other hand had a little more jump and energy then Vernon as the Vipers needed eight minutes to record their first shot of the period. Both hockey clubs with some real good chances were both working hard. I thought the Smokies looked pretty good early but once the Vipers got their legs going Vernon was the better of the two teams in the second half. Vernon outshot Trail 9-8.
2nd Period: The Vernon Vipers with a much better start to the middle frame put a bit of a distance between the Trail Smoke Eaters scoring two quick back to back goals. The Vipers with an early powerplay would capitalize. Liam Coughlin collected his own rebound in front beat Smokies starting goaltender Brett Clark down low giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 3:53 Liam Finlay & Luke Shiplo collected the helpers. Just fourteen seconds later the Vipers stormed right back into the Trail zone, Jagger Williamson spotted Luke Voltin going hard to the net beat Clark in front giving the Vipers a 3-0 lead at 4:07 Williamson and Brandon Egli picked up the assists. The Smoke Eaters come right back with a strong push back, a good hard working shift back the other way as the Smokies with atleast two decent looks at the net would eventually get on the board. Harlon Orr left all alone at the circle ripped a shot high glove on Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn at 6:03 Scott Davidson and Bryan Basilico collected the helpers. This was all the offence Trail would muster this period as the Vipers come right back with a push back of their own, Vernon with some good sustained pressure allowed Trevor Fidler with two good opportunities, none better then beating Clark fivehole as the puck hit the post coming out the other end. Vernon would get back to back powerplays early in the second half. The Vipers with a strong first PP moved the puck around had a few good looks at the net couldnt concert. On the second man advantage the Smoke Eaters were a little more aggresive and would come up with two big penalty kills only down by two goals with lots of time left in the game. Seconds after the back to back powerplays, Trail would get a late powerplay of their own. A very strong penalty kill by Vernon would kill off the minor. In the final minuteLiam Coughlin carried the play into the offensive zone waited before setting up TJ Dumonceaux going to the net who beat Brett Clark at 19:50 for his second of the night, gave Vernon a 4-1 lead with seconds remaining. Coughlin with the lone assist. The Vipers were up 4-1 after 40 minutes of play. A strong start put Vernon up by three goals after two quick back to back goals just fourteen seconds apart. Trail didnt backdown, come right back with a hard working shift would get on the board to get within two but couldnt muster much of an attack after their lone goal of the period. Giving up the fourth goal in the final 9.4 seconds was a huge blow to the Smokies. Vernon with a chance to put the game out of reach couldnt capitalize with back to back powerplays. The Smokies then with a great chance to get within one heading into the 3rd couldnt convert on their man advantage in the final minutes of the period. Instead of down two heading into the 3rd now down three on the road was a heartbreaker. Not many scoring chances in frame as the Vipers carried the better of the play. Vernon outshot Trail 13-8.
3rd Period: Up by three goals with twenty minutes to play, the Vipers with a strong effort early and often jumped on Trail. Vernon with lots of puck possesion and time in the Smokies zone looked to have the puck on a string at times, carried the play for most of the first half. The Smoke Eaters now down by three didnt seem to have the jump couldnt contain the Viper pressure. The Vipers would basically put the game away going up 5-1 after Luke Voltin went hard to the net scored his second of the night at 6:55 Jagger Williamson with the assist. The Smoke Eaters didnt have much attack, getting very little pucks to the net or pressure in the offensive zone. Both teams got a little chippy in the second half as two or three little scrums broke out. Jarrod Schamerhorn made his second biggest save of the night after stopping Jake Lucchini. Trail would get the first of two powerplays this period. The Smokies would get a few cracks at the net couldnt beat Schamerhorn on the first man advantage. Schamerhorn then made another big save off Bryan Basilico just before the second PP. Trail would get a late surge had a few looks at the net had their most pressure-opportunities all period late in the second half. Schamerhorn wasnt tested often after the opening frame made some key saves in the final period. With just three seconds left on the man advantage Harlon Orr would get his second of the night beating the Jarrod Schamerhorn glove side at 18:27 cutting the Vernon lead to 5-2. Scott Davidson and Griffyn Martin collected the helpers. The Vipers would come away with the 5-2 victory. Vernon with a great start to the period jumped on the Smokies early and often, with a strong forecheck the Vipers had Trail hemmened in their own end early. The Vipers carried the play for most of the first half didnt give the Smoke Eaters much chance of getting through the neutral zone. Trail didnt generate enough offence in the final two periods needed more pucks to the net. With two powerplays the Smokies were able to generate some chances in the second half, scored once but couldnt mount any kind of a comeback tonight. Trail outshot Vernon 11-10.
Top Players: (Vernon)
Brandon Egli (2 assists) Has really come on as of late and been playing some real good hockey for the Vipers the last few weeks or more. Picking up two assists tonight Egli with another strong game on the blueline.
The line of Liam Coughlin (1 goal & 1 assist), Thomas Aldworth & TJ Dumonceaux (2 goals) were really buzzing. Coughlin is another Viper that has really picked up his game and been playing some real good hockey latley. Coughlin with several scoring chances last night made several real nice passing plays tonight was very good with the puck. Dumonceaux with an emotional speach and presentation for his father before tonight's game was flying all night, scored twice scoring a real nice breakaway goal to open the scoring had a strong game. Was also strong on the backcheck, had a few chances for his hat trick couldnt find the back of the net.
The line of Luke Voltin (2 goals), Liam Finlay (1 assist) & Jagger Williamson (2 assists) had a strong game. Voltin with two made atleast two maybe three bad turnovers seemed to settle down as the game went on playing more consistant at both ends of the rink. Williamson with two helpers is another kid that has come along way from the start of the season. The young 16 yr old Vernon product has been playing very well this month chipping in with some points as well as getting involved in the game.
The line of Trevor Fidler, Anthony Latina and Colton McCarthy I thought was another solid line for Vernon. Fidler with two good chances in the 2nd period played a hard working game tonight. Really battled-competed earned his ice time. McCarthy who played hard in the win in Salmon Arm Friday was working hard tonight, going to the net was involved in some after the whistle activities getting under the skin of a few Trail players. This line worked hard all game.
Riley Brandt laid out a few good checks was really buzzing early to start the game. A real sparkplug for the team plays with a ton of energy and it showed again tonight.
Jarrod Schamerhorn (25 saves) Made his biggest saves in the 1st didnt see much action in the 2nd period was forced to make a few key saves in the 3rd played well between the pipes. Schamerhorn made his biggest save off a Smokies two on one, robbing Paulsen Lautard with a big pad save.
Game Thought's: (Vernon)
What an emotional night for TJ Dumonceaux and his father, give the kid credit for coming out in front of everyone and giving a speech to his dad, and also personally raising over $5000 for mens prostate cancer awareness. Great Job TJ!! The Vipers responded with a strong performance and full team effort come away with their fourth straight win. I thought Vernon got off to a bit of a slow start, once they got their legs going slowly took over the game and were the better of the two teams. Holding off Trail early before opening the scoring was big and then scoring two quick back to back goals early in the second was huge. This gave the Vipers a 3-0 lead and put a little distance between them and the Smoke Eaters. This was a blow to Trail who tried fighting back just couldnt muster much of an attack from here on in. The Viper defence played much better after last night, the Vipers with some very nice passing, created-generated some good opportunities played very well as a team. I thought the Vipers looked more consistant, played their positions better and were good on the backcheck. Playing the two bottom teams in the Division this weekend, the Vipers needed to come away with two wins if they wanted to continue to climb up the standings and stay with the rest of the top teams in the Division. All four lines chipped in and played well. I thought Vernon played and looked very good for most of the night. Mark Ferner returned to the Viper bench after missing the last two games. Former Vipers Head Coach-GM Troy Mick was at tonight's game. Why wouldnt Mick be at the Silverbacks game in Merritt tonight? Hmmmmm
Top Players: (Trail)
Harlan Orr (2 goals) Played in front of his hometown scored twice in a losing cause. Orr with two goals had another chance in the opening frame for a goal played well up front for the Smoke Eaters.
Kienan Scott I thought played well for Trail, was always involved in the play, battled and competed.
Max Newton played with alot of jump and energy looked good tonight.
Game Thought's: (Trail)
Trail was coming off a big 3-1 win over the visiting West Kelowna Warriors last night did a good job of containing the Vipers speed and skill early. Once the Vipers got their legs going and opened the scoring Trail had troubles. I thought the Smoke Eaters played a fairly good 1st period generated and created some good quality chances couldnt find the back of the net. In the 2nd and 3rd the Smokies really didnt have much of an attack, would get a few opportunities in the 3rd but not enough for a comeback. Giving up two quick back to back goals to start the 2nd hurt, the Smoke Eaters couldnt recover. After two big penalty kills in the 2nd Trail would get a late powerplay, the Smoke Eaters couldnt convert. A goal with the man advantage and its now a one goal game heading into the 3rd, but the Smokies dont capitalize with the man advantage end up giving up a goal with 9.4 seconds to go in the second are now down 4-1 heading into the 3rd. Trail with not alot of offensive chances tonight, worked hard just didnt have the talent or get the opportunities to keep pace with the Vipers. Trail has just seven wins in Vernon since the 2003-04 season. These two teams will meet again next weekend in Trail.
Riley Guenther (Injured)
Mackenzie Bauer (Injured)
Energy player of the game:
Jagger Williamson (2 assists)
1st Star: TJ Dumonceaux (2 goals)
2nd Star: Luke Voltin (2 goals)
3rd Star: Harlan Orr (2 goals)