Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BCHL Report:

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DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 31 Oct 2017

By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

The BCHL Report is a weekly look at Canada’s British Columbia Hockey League. The BCHL Insider is exactly that...a coach, or employee, with incredible insight into the league.


Powell River (10-4-1-1) – The Kings split the home weekend series with Nanaimo and have a humdinger of a roadie set for this week. How does playing at Wenatchee, Penticton, and Salmon Arm on consecutive nights sound? BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The road can beat a team up in a hurry. The fortunate thing for the Kings is they’ll be playing some skill teams rather than teams that try to beat you up so that should help.

Victoria (10-7-2-0) – Craig Didmon’s Grizzlies have been unsuccessful in two straight games after getting beat by Chilliwack and salmon Arm at home. It won’t get any easier this week with visits from Merritt and Trail.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: An improved showing from the Grizz at home can earn them a split, but even that’s not guaranteed.

Nanaimo (8-9-0-1) – Head Coach Mike Vandekamp’s Clips split at Powell River and remain just a single game under par. Trail comes to the Crane Friday before Nanaimo visits Cowichan Valley on Sunday.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: After stealing a W in Powell River, the Clippers remain in the hunt but will most likely remain a game under par for another week.

Alberni Valley (6-9-1-2) – Matt Hughes’ Bulldogs fell in all three road games last week and will have to forget those misfortunes quickly. A Desperate Cowichan Valley club visits tomorrow before Merritt is in on the 4th. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  If this team doesn’t start scoring some goals, it’s going to turn ugly in their barn.

Cowichan Valley (2-13-2-0) – Now that the monkey has been knocked off the backs with the home win over Salmon Arm, the Caps have to stay focused in what’s ahead. With a visit to Alberni Valley set for tomorrow before hosting two games this weekend, now is the time to make a move. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  Alberni Valley losing is the only hope the Capitals have of playing in March. Head to head matchups mean four points on the table. 


Vernon (12-4-0-2) – Vipers’ Head Coach Mark Ferner has his team in high gear. Winners in five of their last six games, the snakes are ready for another productive week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: It’ll be a busy one, though. Chilliwack is playing well and three games in four nights will be a grind.

Trail (12-4-1-0) – Head Coach Cam Keith’s Smoke Eaters flushed the embarrassing loss to Vernon with a dose of big wins over Merritt and Penticton. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The game with Wenatchee on Wednesday night will be exhausting, and the reward is waking up Thursday and heading to the island for three games in three days. This week will be a huge test. I expect them to get 5 of 8 points.

Wenatchee (11-6-0-1) – Head Coach Bliss Littler and the Wild took two of the three games played last week. Tomorrow night’s run up to Trail should be eventful. Powell River visits on the 3rd.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Two tough games for the Wild against teams with great records. With a day off in between games and finishing at home, the Wild should grab at least two points.

Penticton (10-3-1-1) – Head Coach Fred Harbinson’s Vees uncharacteristically lost two of their three games last week and will try to get back on track this week against West Kelowna and Powell River. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: There was a time when just putting on a Vees sweater meant two points a night like clockwork. The rest of the league is catching up. West Kelowna is just as fast, and Powell River is just as tough.

West Kelowna (11-7-0-0) – Coach Rylan Ferster’s Warriors went from leading the division last week to finding themselves in the fifth spot today. That’s life in the Interior Division. This week’s match-ups with Penticton and Vernon won’t be walks in the park.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Warriors are much improved but still need to learn how to close out tough games. This weekend will give them a perfect chance to see where they stand. 

Salmon Arm (9-8-2-0) – Head Coach Scott Atkinson’s Silverbacks don’t have an excuse for overlooking Cowichan Valley and simply HAD to redeem themselves with the overtime win at Victoria. Salmon Arm visits Vernon Friday before hosting Powell River Sunday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The S-Backs are hoping Powell River is run ragged by the time they show up at the Shaw Centre or it’ll be a long weekend in Salmon Arm.

Merritt (6-10-2-0) – Head Coach Joe Martin’s Cents got a solid home win Sunday over West Kelowna and will try to carry that momentum into this week with games at Victoria, Alberni Valley, and Surrey. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Cents will win one. Which one? I’m guessing Alberni Valley.


Langley (10-3-6-0) – Head Coach Bobby Henderson’s Rivermen have now won five straight and appear to be on a mission. This week’s trip to Prince George should be a good indicator. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: If this team hadn’t blown 6 overtime games, their record would be ridiculous. Expect a war this weekend.

Prince George (8-7-2-3) – Head Coach Adam Maglio’s Spruce Kings are still sitting in second place despite getting just a single win in their last eight games… all of which were on the road. Langley visits this weekend. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Home sweet home and the Spruce Kings should have the upper hand but Langley will make them work for it.

Chilliwack (9-8-1-1) – Head Coach Jason Tatarnic’s Chiefs were shutout at home Friday before winning a pair of games on the road. Vernon comes to town tomorrow before the Chiefs go to Surrey Friday and then will host Coquitlam on Saturday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Vernon game will feel like a playoff game, the Surrey game may be high-scoring and Coquitlam will push the Chiefs to the brink.

Surrey (9-8-1-1) – Brandon West’s Eagles are up and over the elusive .500 mark on the heels of four straight wins. Chilliwack and Merritt will try to put a stop to that this week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Surrey is good enough to yank two points out of this schedule.

Coquitlam (3-13-1-1) – Barry Wolff’s Express are losers in five straight games since beating Langley October 13. Something has to buck that trend but I’m afraid it won’t be on Saturday night when they visit Chilliwack. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Chilliwack is getting stronger but overlooking the Express is a bad idea. Chilliwack might be counting this egg as hatched.

Vipers Recieve Honourable Mention In CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings:

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October 30, 2017

Unbeaten Thief River Falls (SIJHL) stays No. 1 Top 20 rankings
3rd week in top spot in 132-team CJHL for 12-0 Norskies

CALGARY, Alta. – November is rapidly approaching and the latest Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Top 20 rankings sees the 12-0 Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) holding on to top spot overall.

MHL: The Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners have jumped to eighth in the CJHL this week while the first-year Edmundston Blizzard are 20th and the South Shore Lumberjacks earned honourable mention.

LHJAAAQ: Tied for first place in the LHJAAAQ with 28 points apiece les Cobras de Terrebonne and College Fran├žais de Longueuil are still ranked.

CCHL: Continuing to climb, the CCHL-leading Carleton Place Canadians have not lost in October, reeling off 11 straights wins, and are No. 4 in the country. Joining them in the listings is the Fred Page Cup-host Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators at No. 11.

OJHL: Four OJHL clubs garner attention in the rankings this week with the Toronto Patriots (9th), Georgetown Raiders (14th) and Oakville Blades (18th) tabbed and the Wellington Dukes (HM) also close.

NOJHL: Soaring to sixth the NOJHL front-running Powassan Voodoos are unbeaten in 10 this month at 9-0-1 and have a league-best .861 win percentage.

SIJHL: While Thief River Falls still rides a franchise-record 12-game winning streak, the Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Dryden GM Ice Dogs are a solid 9-1-2-1.

MJHL: The Steinbach Pistons (10th) and Winkler Flyers (15th) have each won five in a row and the OCN Blizzard (HM) is 8-2-1 in their past 11 games.

SJHL: Back at No. 2 in the CJHL for another week is the 10-0-1 Battlefords North Stars. They are off to a great start and pace the SJHL. The Weyburn Red Wings (17th) are also solid with an 11-3-1 mark.

AJHL: CJHL No. 3 Okotoks Oilers have started 15-1 in AJHL play while the Fort McMurray Oil Barons are 14-2-1 and are slotted seventh across the country. The Brooks Bandits picked up honourable mention.

BCHL: The ultra-competitive BCHL sees the Trail Smoke Eaters and Penticton Vees rated nationally with the Vernon Vipers up for consideration.

CJHL 2017-18 TOP 20 (As of Oct. 30/17)

1. Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) (1)
2. Battlefords North Stars  (SJHL) (2)
3. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (3)
4. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (5)
5. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ) (9)
6. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (10)
7. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (4)
8. Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners (MHL) (12)
9. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (8)
10. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (13)
11. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (14)
12. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (6)
13. College Fran├žais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (11)
14. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (16)
15. Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (19)
16. Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) (NR)
17. Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL) (18)
18. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (HM)
19. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (7)
20. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (NR)
Honourable Mention: Vernon Vipers (BCHL); Brooks Bandits (AJHL); OCN Blizzard (MJHL); Wellington Dukes (OJHL); South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL)


Picked by an independent scouting service, the rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including winning percentage; win-loss record; point totals; goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc., and the league they compete in.


The Canadian Junior Hockey League is made up of the 10 Junior ‘A’ leagues across Canada.

Representing 132 teams and over 3,000 players, the CJHL also boast over 2,800 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.

Blizzard Acquire Former Viper Foward Dale:

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League OCN Blizzard have acquired former Vernon Vipers forward Brody Dale.

No official press release from the Blizzard but Dale is listed on the teams roster. In six games this season with OCN Dale has recorded (3-goals-1-assist-4-points).

Prior to joining the OCN Blizzard Dale was playing with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kelowna Chiefs & an affiliated player "AP" with the Penticton Vees. In six games this season with the Chiefs, Dale was leading the team in scoring with (6-goals-7-assists-13-points).

Dale started last season in Kelowna, played in 26 games with the Chiefs collected (15-goals-24-assists-39-points) was also an "AP" affiliated player with the Vipers last year before signing with the Vipers January 10th 2017. Brody finished last year with the Vipers,  went pointless in 25 games, was one of thirteen players returning from last year's team, was cut-released after training camp.

Brody Dale's Player Profile:


Monday, October 30, 2017

Lake City Casino Goal Of The Game – #11 Jagger Williamson

This is posted on the Vipers website:

October 28, 2017

#11 Jagger Williamson Goal Of The Game 10-27-17

by Vernon Vipers

Home Goal Of The Game

Vernon Viper captain #11 Jagger Williamson scores early in the second period to give the Vernon Vipers a 2-0 lead over the Wenatchee Wild on October 27th, 2017. #14 Jesse Lansdell caused the turnover and made a great pass to the slot to set up Williamson.


Stapley Named Player Of The Week-Lambert Receive's Honourable Mention:

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Stapley earns BCHL POW honours

October 30, 2017

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 29, the league announced Monday.

Stapley scored four goals in Vernon’s two home wins over the weekend. On Friday, he scored a first period power play goal to give the Vipers a 1-0 lead over the visiting Wenatchee Wild. He also scored an unassisted goal in the second period as his team cruised to a 4-1 win. He was named second star of the game. The following night, the five-foot-ten 170-pound native of Campbell River, B.C. opened the scoring again in the first period against the West Kelowna Warriors. In the second period, he scored what proved to be the winning goal on the power play, putting the Vipers up 3-2 en route to a 5-2 final. Stapley was named 1st star of the game.

The 18-year-old now has 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in 18 games so far this season, which puts him in a four-way tie for the league scoring lead and also a tie for third in goals.  After their two weekend wins, Vernon sits alone in first place in the Interior Division and is tied with the Langley Rivermen for first in the BCHL with one game in hand. Stapley is committed to Denver University for the 2018-19 season

Honourable Mentions this week:

Chilliwack Chiefs G Daniel Chenard: 2GP, 1W, 56/58 saves, .966 sv%, 1.01 GAA, 1st star, shutout

Langley Rivermen F Angus Crookshank: 2GP, 2G, 2A, 1st star

Vernon Vipers F Jimmy Lambert: 2GP, 2G, 2A, 3rd star twice

Trail Smoke Eaters F Levi Glasman: 2GP, G, 3A, 2nd star

Wenatchee Wild F Jasper Weatherby: 3GP, 2G, 3A, 1st star twice

Surrey Eagles F Aaron White: 3GP, 2G, 2A, 1st star

Surrey Eagles F John Wesley: 3GP, 2G, 2A, 1st star

Rating The Junior Hockey Leagues:

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Rating The Junior Hockey Leagues – Tier II United States And Canada 2017 Edition

By Admin -

July 12, 2017

I want to remind all readers that this series of articles rating the junior hockey leagues in North America is based upon independent opinions and analysis of scouts throughout the United States and Canada.

This rating is based upon the 2016-2017 season and nothing more.  The NCDC is NOT included as they have not played at the Tier II level yet and will be included next year.

The criteria that was used in rating these leagues, was how do teams within the leagues compare when developing players who move on to the NHL, NCAA, Canadian University, the USHL and Major Junior hockey programs.  The size of the league as in number of teams was also taken into account for depth of player talent throughout the league.  THIS IS NOT TO BE SEEN AS A DESCRIPTION OR STATMENT ON ANY LEAGUE LEVEL OF COMPETITION.

Again this is not a historical account of each league but a rating based upon last season alone.  We hope this series of articles is informative and promotes a healthy discussion.

1.  The NAHL

The NAHL continues to separate itself from all other Tier II leagues when it comes to marketing players to higher levels of hockey.  While it is not the USHL, many teams are now actively doing more work to move players on to the USHL.  An official development agreement being worked upon between the NAHL and USHL has continued to improve the NAHL product.

2.  BCHL

The BCHL is still one of the top development leagues in the world and is well scouted.  The BCHL lags behind the NAHL in player development volume and marketing reach.  With NCAA scouting geography being influenced by travel budgets, the BCHL must make some changes to its player promotion system in order to maintain a hold on its standing.


A well run, well established league that is focused on developing players.  This year the development of defenseman Cale Makar played a large role in the increased scouting presence.  It will be incumbent upon the AJHL to take advantage of the 2017 season moving forward into 2018.

4.  OJHL

The OJHL can thank its geography and proximity to scouts for their advantage over other leagues.  The OJHL is still producing and developing many talented players moving on to higher levels.  The OJHL barely hung on to a top five ranking as other leagues are on their heals.  Rising pay to play costs in many instances are to blame for chasing talent away to other leagues.

5.  Manitoba Junior Hockey League

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League clearly made some changes and increased their player promotional efforts for the 2016-2017 season.  While not producing the volume of some other leagues the quality of player being developed was seen as being higher than in the past.  If this continues forward, the geographic challenges facing the league could be minimized.

6.  CCHL

The CCHL continues to be a top developer of players in Canada.  While changes continue to take place in the league and development structure, things could be better.  While a great league, complaints regarding rising player fee’s continue to grow in number.

7.  SJHL

The SJHL has risen in their effort to promote players upward.  While a focus on winning games within their league is still the priority, leadership worked harder last season to get more scouts involved.  The SJHL should continue to improve their standing with this new effort that is player centered.


The NOJHL, once again featured more in season call ups to higher levels than any other Canadian Junior A or Tier II league.  Yes, the NOJHL lead the entire country.  The NOJHL has a lot of potential, and has positioned itself to become a development leader.  The question remaining to be answered is do they want to be an NCAA development league or a Major Junior development league.  Until that question is answered in one voice the league will hold itself back.

9.  WSHL

The Western States Hockey League maintained its position this year.  While some teams dramatically improved their level of play, others showed that they are not deserving of the Tier II label.  Until weaker programs weeded out, the WSHL will not live up to its potential. The WSHL annual Las Vegas showcase sets them apart from other leagues in its well structured and marketed approach.

10.  SIJHL

The SIJHL continues to fail to live up to its potential.  Boasting access to Minnesota and Wisconsin, the league continues to be unable to capitalize on the number of NCAA programs in the area.  When you contine to repeat what you have always done and expect different results……….

11.  Maritime Junior Hockey League

The Maritimes is good hockey.  That’s about all you can say about the league that continues to prove they don’t care about anything other than moving players to the QMJHL.

12.  Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League

Highly skilled players and no plan to promote them that anyone can tell.

Next week we will tackle Canadian Junior B hockey.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Vernon-Ottawa Trade:

The Vernon Vipers have traded forward Finn Evans to the CCHL Ottawa Jr Senators for future considerations. Evans recorded an assist in his first game with the Senators.

Evans left the Vipers two weeks ago for personal reasons.

Evans was acquired in a trade with the Ontario Junior Hockey League St. Michaels Buzzers for future considerations August 16th 2017. In 8 games with the Vipers Evans collected (0-3-assists-3-points).

Finn Evans Player Profile:


This is on the Senators twitter account:

Ottawa Jr. Senators @OttawaJrSens

October 28 2017

The Ottawa Jr. Senators have acquired, '99 born FWD Finn Evans from the BCHL Vernon Vipers in exchange for future considerations! Welcome!

Vipers Upend W. Kelowna Warriors:

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Vipers Upend W. Kelowna Warriors

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

VERNON, B.C. OCTOBER 28th, 2017

The Vipers wrapped up parents weekend on the right foot with a 5-2 win over the West Kelowna Warriors. Brett Stapley scored 2 goals and Ty Taylor made 29 saves in front of over 1900 fans at Kal Tire Place.

The Vipers came out like they did a night ago and really took the play to the Warriors and really controlled the puck for a good chunk of the period. They caused a number of turnovers and one led directly to the first goal as Jimmy Lambert set up Brett Stapley who ripped a shot over the should of Nik Amundrud. The Vipers powerplay moved the puck around well, but the Warriors had timely clears to keep it 1-0. The Warriors on a powerplay of their own had a couple of good chances, but were stymied by Ty Taylor who made his best of the period off Chase Stevenson.

Powerplays were the theme in the second period as each team rattled off two powerplay goals. The Vipers took a 2-0 lead on a Jimmy Lambert one timer set up by Chris Jandric. The Warriors man advantage was has sputtered at time this year, but looked locked in scoring two goals in a span of 3 minutes. Willie Reim scored both of them in different fashions. The first one on a failed clearing attempt, and Reim ripped it home from the right circle. The second on a 5 on 3, a scramble ensued and a loose puck was centered and Reim put it home to tie the game at 2. Shortly after a scrum at the Viper bench, the Vipers were awarded a powerplay and Brett Stapley scored his second of the night to allow the Viper to retake the lead 3-2.

The Vipers killed off a carry over West Kelowna powerplay and once the game got back to even strength, used their speed and skill to control the puck and greatly minimize West Kelowna chances. Jagger Williamson scored a big goal in the first five minutes to increase the lead to 4-2 after a nice drop pass from Jesse Lansdell. Ty Taylor felt the puck 11 times in the final period, but not too many over the dangerous variety and was up to the challenge finishing the night with 29 saves on 31 shots for his 7th win of the season. Connor Marritt would add another at the 13 minute mark with his 2nd of the season to make it 5-2. That was the way it would finish as the Vipers extend their win streak to 3 games with a 5-2 win.

The Vipers will get on the road Wednesday for a date with the RBC Cup host Chilliwack Chiefs. Puck drop is 7pm from the Prospera Centre.


Vipers Shut Down Wild Attack:

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Vipers shut down Wild attack

October 29 2017

Anthony Yamnitsky boosted the Wenatchee Wild to the B.C. Hockey League regular-season banner a year ago.

The 20-year-old Ohio product used his knowledge of the Wild to advantage Friday night, recording 32 saves as the Vernon Vipers dispatched Wenatchee 4-1 before 1,940 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Yamnitsky, released by the Wild during training camp this season, improved to 5-3. He recorded a gorgeous pad save off his former roommate Lucas Sowder after a turnover by Vernon defenceman Michael Ufberg early in the third period when the Wild finally earned some quality scoring chances.

“I always love playing in this barn,” smiled Yamnitsky, chosen first star. “I only played here once last year and had a pretty good outcome and followed it up with the win tonight, my first home win. It was definitely something to look forward to, playing against them. I know their shots so it was more about just trying to read the play just like any other team. I was trying not to get too high or too low, just staying even.”

Brett Stapley converted his ninth and 10th snipes of the season, while captan Jagger Williamson registered his seventh and Jimmy Lambert pocketed his eighth for Vernon.

AJ Vanderbeck spoiled Yamnitsky’s shutout bid with 3:49 to play with a low point shot. Ufberg had 29 seconds left in his minor. Vanderbeck, who rang up 39 goals with Wenatchee last year, wasn’t stoked with the Wild’s moxy.

“We just didn’t come out as strong as we needed to,” said the Colorado product who just signed a scholarship offer with the Ohio State Buckeyes. “We didn’t get pucks deep and bang bodies and they took it to us a little bit and we gotta be better.”

Vanderbeck, who has six goals this season, said the Wild failed to generate much of their track-meet forecheck while standing back.

“We know they are a hard team to play against and we need to bring our A game.”

Williamson netted the winner at 5:13 of the second period, taking a feed from Jesse Lansdell and beating Wenatchee net detective Seth Eisele five-hole from in tight on Parents Weekend.

“We played a full 60 minutes,” said Stapley, second star ahead of Lambert. “Our lines were clicking and we had a few big penalty kills and ultimately we put more in the net than them. We did a good job defending tonight; our defence was solid and Yam stood on his head. I’m sure it’s nice for him to get a win against his former team.”

Stapley opened the offence on a powerplay at 5:35 of the first period after Ufberg rattled a slapper from the point off theend boards and Stapley knocked the puck out of mid-air past Eisele.

Eisele recorded spectacular back-to-back saves off Jordan Sandhu and Lambert early in the second period beforeWilliamson connected.

Stapley made it 3-0 midway through the middle stanza with a sweet toe drag which fooled d-man Chad Sasaki beforeburying a low wrister glove side. Sandhu drew the gorgeous assist.

Lansdell tossed the heaviest hit of the night on Sowder in the dying seconds of the period.

Lambert upped the lead to 4-0 at 7:25 of the third with a beauty shot from the slot after a behind-the-net feed by SandhuD-man Sol Seibel was also in on the bang-bang play.

The Vipers improved to 11-4-0-2 for sole possession of first place in the Interior Conference. The Wild dipped to 10-5-0-1. Wenatchee outshot Vernon 33-30 but most of their shots were from the perimeter. Vernon entertained the West KelownaWarriors (11-5-0-0) Saturday night, while Wenatchee hosted Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

SNAKE BITES: The Wild carry three Canadians, including former Penticton Vee F Nathan Iannone. Wenatchee leading pointgetter Jasper Weatherby drew the primary assist on Vanderbeck’s goal. Weatherby has 13-7-20…Seibel took the Fortis Energy Player of the Game honour…Injured F Tanner Wishnowski did not play for Vernon…The Wild had to cover one of their assistant captain letters since only three alternates are allowed under Canadian Amateur rules…Levi Glasman scored with 2:43 left as Trail Smoke Eaters clipped Merritt Centennials 5-4 at Nicola Valley Arena…Jared Nash recorded a deuce as the Vees iced the Bulldogs 4-2 before 3,021 fans…Jared Ross converted at 3:10 of OT as the host Surrey Eagles shaded Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-3.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Vernon 5 West Kelowna 2

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. 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-Warriors game as Vernon defeated West Kelowna 5-2 on parents weekend in front of 1,906 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
West Kelowna: Nik Amundrud

1st Period: Both teams went back and fourth early with a lot of battling hard for pucks, both teams looked to be figuring one another out early as neither team had a shot on goal for over two minutes. Five and a half minutes in Jimmy Lambert down the right wing ripped a low shot from the circle that Nik Amundrud was able to get a piece of but not all of the puck as the puck come out the other end, just rolled by the far corner on a close call early and a good chance for the Vipers. A few plays later Keyvan Mokhtari would be denied in front on a good look in close. On the following shift Jimmy Lambert on a turnover setup Brett Stapley at the side of the net, beat Nik Amundrud high giving Vernon the 1-0 lead at 6:23 Lambert and Michael Young drew the assists. A minute later the Snakes would get the games first powerplay, but didn't really generate much as the Warriors killed off the minor. Just past the halfway mark West Kelowna would get their first look with the man advantage. Bennett Norlin alone in front had Ty Taylor down and out would be robbed by Taylor who somehow made the large save keeping this a one goal game. The Vipers would kill off the remainder of the penalty. Vernon would get a late powerplay to finish the opening frame had some looks but unable to capitalize. It was 1-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. I thought the Snakes were the better of the two teams, carried the better of the play, had more puck possession, and had the better opportunities. The Warriors didn't see a lot of time in the offensive zone, had one quality chance but didn't generate much for offence. Vernon outshot West Kelowna 13-8.

2nd Period: The Vipers started the middle frame on the powerplay, that was carried over from the 1st period. The Snakes struggled to get out of their own end, before former Viper forward Chase Stephenson setup Cavin Tilsley shorthanded was stoned by Vipers starting goaltender Ty Taylor who come across the blue paint to make a huge save in the final seconds of the powerplay. Less then four minutes in Vernon would get a two man advantage and capitalize. Chris Jandric setup Jimmy Lambert at the side of the net, who beat a down and out Nik Amundrud giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 5:18 Jandric & Michael Ufberg collected the helpers. Amundrud was up immediately after the goal, talking to the referee about goaltender interference. After a short discussion from the officials the goal stood and it was 2-0 Vernon. Still on the powerplay, Michael Ufberg with a lazer shot from the point, forced Warriors starting goaltender Nik Amundrud into flashing the leather, making a quick glove save. WK was able to kill off the remainder of the minor. Less then two minutes later West Kelowna would head to the powerplay. Willie Reim was allowed to walk right into the high slot and rip one past Ty Taylor cutting the Vernon lead to 2-1 at 8:34 Michael Ryan with the lone assist. The Snakes PK sitting back, weren't out to challenge, allowed Reim to walk in from the point and score. A minute and a half later WK sprung Chase Stephenson for the breakaway, who was denied by Ty Taylor who made the huge pad save, keeping this a one goal game. On the play Shane Kelly would get tossed from the conest after hitting a Warriors forward from behind into the end boards. Kelly was given two minutes for checking from behind and a game misconduct. The Warriors back to the powerplay. On the man advantage, the Snakes would take another minor, giving West Kelowna a two man advantage. WK moved the puck around before a goal mouth scramble at the side of the Vernon goal. Ty Taylor down and out was forced into making two-three big saves while on his stomach before Chase Stephenson come around the net, before setting up Willie Reim in front, hit the open cage scoring his second of the night past Ty Taylor tying the game 2-2 at 11:19 Chase Stephenson and Jared Marino picked up the helpers. Vernon was able to kill off the remainder of the second penalty. A minute later the Vipers would head to the powerplay in a period filled with penalties. Brett Stapley banging away at the puck in front beat Nik Amundrud giving Vernon the 3-2 lead at 13:48 Jordan Sandhu and Michael Young with the assists. Shortly after Jagger Williamson on a two on one rush, decided to keep and shoot looked to beat Nik Amundrud as the puck looked to go fivehole but come out the other end and go off the end boards as the Snakes close to grabbing a two goal lead. With three and a half minutes remaining Jimmy Lambert hustling down the right wing, took a hard shot from the circle forced Nik Amundrud into making the save. On the same shift the Vipers top line with some nice three way passing setup Brett Stapley in front put some slick moves on the Warriors defender before being robbed by Nik Amundrud who somehow made the save, catching the puck between his arm and blocker. The Warriors would get a late powerplay that would continue into the 3rd period. It was 3-2 Vernon after 40 minutes of play. A penalty filled 2nd period slowed the game down at times, as specialty teams were kept busy. After a two man advantage I thought the Vipers looked sharp and moving the puck well, had some good looks, had a slight edge in play for most of the first half. It was the Warriors who also had a two man advantage and some puck possession of their own, created/generated some opportunities. Both goaltenders made some good stops. Vernon was outshooting West Kelowna 22-9 at one point before the Warriors rallied back, as the Snakes went a good six-seven minutes having just a few shots of their own. The Warriors looked good just before the halfway mark and into the second half before the Vipers come on strong late with some good looks-chances. West Kelowna outshot Vernon 18-12.

3rd Period: The Vipers with a big kill to start the final frame would kill off the remainder of the minor that was carried over from the 2nd period. Jesse Lansdell with a nice pass setup captain Jagger Williamson in the slot who ripped a shot shortside past Nik Amundrud giving Vernon a 4-2 lead at 4:44 Lansdell and Michael Ufberg drew the helpers. Just over two minutes later Jimmy Lambert took a late hit while falling to the ice. Lambert got up giving a push before everyone jumped in. Lots of pushing and shoving in front of the Warriors bench. Just past the midway mark Jagger Williamson setup Connor Marritt on a two on one attack, Marritt beat Nik Amundrud shortside giving Vernon a 5-2 lead at 12:58 Williamson and Coleton Bilodeau picked up the assists. On the following shift West Kelowna would get a PP. Nathan Reilly with a quick hard shot forced Ty Taylor into stretching out to make a big pad save on the Warriors lone opportunity with the man advantage. A lot of back and fourth play with no real scoring chances at either end of the rink. Vernon would come away with the 5-2 victory. The Snakes with two big 3rd period goals, didn't sit back on that lead, jumped on their chances-opportunities, but also played well defensively. I thought Vernon did a good job at keeping WK to the outside, limiting their shots & opportunities, slowing the pace down. The Warriors down just a goal heading into the final frame, didn't create/generate much for offence. Both teams with very limited chances. West Kelowna gives up two goals that basically put the game away. Not a lot of action in the 3rd. West Kelowna outshot Vernon 11-8.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Michael Ufberg (2 assists) I thought played very well on the Viper blueline. Took a heavy-high hit in the 2nd period but was ok and stayed in the game. Was good at both ends of the rink, made at least two big shot blocks.

The top line of Jimmy Lambert (1 goal & 1 assist), Brett Stapley (2 goals) & Jordan Sandhu (1 assist) was very good for a second straight night. This line has a ton of chemistry, created/generated several looks-opportunities in the win. Stapley had several chances to get the hat trick while Lambert also with some looks-opportunities took three penalties wich is rare.

Jagger Williamson (1 goal & 1 assist) I thought played well through out the night. Made some nice plays through out the game.

Keyvan Mokhtari Had a heck of a game. Went pointless but played with a ton of jump/energy, was all of the rink. Gave the Warriors all kinds of troubles with his speed and quickness. Really opens up the ice once he gets going. A huge spark plug for Vernon tonight.

Ty Taylor (29 saves) Was good. Made some big stops at key times in the contest. Played very well between the pipes.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

The Snakes with back to back wins over two good teams over the weekend. I thought Vernon played well for a lot of the night in a game where specialty teams was a factor. Penalties, especially in the 2nd period really slowed the game down. I thought the Snakes were the better of the two teams, had more opportunities, were more dangerous with and without the puck. I thought the Vipers had more puck possession and more time in the offensive zone. The Vipers jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Warriors bounce back with two quick back to back powerplay goals, tie the game. Vernon didn't seem to panic, pushed back strong with a powerplay goal of their own just minutes later. I thought the Snakes speed and skill took over and gave West Kelowna troubles defensively at times. I thought the Vipers fought through adversity at times and re grouped at key times through out the night. Former Viper Trevor Keenan (2002-03)was in attendance. Vernon has won three straight and five of their last six games. With the win the Vipers improve to 12-4-0-2 and remain atop the Interior Division. These two teams will meet again next Saturday, face each other three times in nineteen days.

Top Player's: (West Kelowna)

Chase Stephenson (1 assist) The former Viper forward was one of the more offensive minded Warriors in the loss. Stephenson seemed to fight his way through traffic, to try and generate-create opportunities. Had several good looks, couldn't find the back of the net. Seemed to get frustrated in the 3rd was getting involved in some pushing and shoving in and after the whistles.

Cavin Tilsley was doing his best at getting under the skin of several Vernon players. Tilsley was involved in several after the whistle activities, trying to sucker the Vipers into penalties. Played with an edge, was mixing it up at times through out the night.

Stephen Kleysen I thought played well on the WK backend.

Willie Reim (2 goals) Scored twice on the powerplay, scored the only goals of the game for West Kelowna. Played well on the backend. Has a quick shot, likes to get pucks to the net.

Game Thought's: (West Kelowna)

For a team that has spent a lot of their time near the top of the Division early on this season, the Warriors didn't overly impress me tonight. West Kelowna has a big team, lots of big kids but I didn't think looked/played all that well for most of the night. The Vipers were the better of the two teams in the opening period, with WK getting just one real quality chance. The Warriors fell down 2-0 were back on their heels a bit before specialty teams took over and WK scored back to back powerplay goals, to get them back in the contest. I thought West Kelowna had their better opportunities in the middle frame, generated most of their offensive chances in that 2nd period. Down a goal heading into the 3rd the Warriors didn't press that hard. A lot of back and fourth play with very limited chances at both ends of the rink. West Kelowna gives up the next two goals and basically ends any kind of comeback. I didn't think WK generated enough zone time through out the game. West Kelowna doesn't have the speed/skill that Vernon has. The Vipers were the better of the two teams. The Warriors have lost back to back games, are in Merritt tomorrow afternoon. With the loss the Warriors fall to 11-6-0-0 and fifth place in the standings.



Tanner Wishnowski
Adam Panacci

West Kelowna:

Matt Kowalski
Chase Dubois
Peter Tomaras

Energy Player of the Game:

Keyvan Mokhtari

Three Star's:

1st Star: Brett Stapley (2 goals)
Willie Reim (2 goals)
Jimmy Lambert (1 goal & 1 assist)

Boxscore-Game Summary,


Trevor Miller's West Kelowna Warriors Blog,


Game Report,


Text Boxscore,


Vipers Rookies Talk Parents:

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Vipers Rookies Talk Parents

October 28, 2017 HockeyTube

Vipers Rookies Talk Parents – The Vernon Vipers have a long tradition of hosting a Parents Weekend ever season where they invite and recognize the efforts of the player’s parents over the years. For the past few years we have put together a montage video where players thank mom and dad but also poke a little fun at the ‘rents.

This year we thought it would be fun to talk to the Vernon Viper rookies about good ol’ mom and dad.


Game Preview: Parents Weekend: West Kelowna @ Vernon:

West Kelowna (11-5-0-0) @ Vernon (11-4-0-2)

Tonight is the first of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & West Kelowna Warriors. The Vipers won last season's regular season series 4-3

Last Game:

Friday, October 27th Vernon defeated Wenatchee 4-1
Sunday, October 22nd Salmon Arm defeated West Kelowna 3-1

Next Game:

Wednesday, November 1st Vernon @ Chilliwack
Sunday, October 29th West Kelowna @ Merritt

Since the 2006-07 regular season Vernon is 34-30-4-5 vs West Kelowna

Since the 2006-07 regular season Vernon is 22-10-3-2 at home vs West Kelowna

Since the 2006-07 regular season Vernon is 14-21-1-3 in West Kelowna

The Vipers are 4-4-2-0 in their last ten games vs West Kelowna

The Vipers are 2-6-2-0 vs West Kelowna in their last ten games at Royal LePage Place

The Vipers are 6-3-1-0-0 vs West Kelowna in their last ten games at Kal Tire Place

Since the 2010-11 regular season the Warriors have just five wins at Kal Tire Place

Vernon's last win at home vs West Kelowna was a 3-1 victory on Saturday, February 11th 2017

West Kelowna's last win at Kal Tire Place was a 6-4 victory on Wednesday, February 1st 2017

Vernon's last regular season win at Royal LePage Place was a 2-1 victory on Friday, January 20th 2017

West Kelowna's last regular season win at home vs Vernon was a 3-2 overtime victory on Friday, November 18th 2016

Here's a look at last year's regular season series vs West Kelowna

September 17th Vernon @ West Kelowna: Warriors won 3-1
October 8th Vernon @ West Kelowna: Vipers won 3-2
November 18th Vernon @ West Kelowna: Warriors won 3-2 overtime
December 2nd West Kelowna @ Vernon: Vipers won 6-1
Friday, January 20th Vernon @ West Kelowna: Vipers won 2-1
February 1st West Kelowna @ Vernon: Warriors won 4-3 overtime
February 11th West Kelowna @ Vernon: Vipers won 3-1
Let's take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The 11-4-0-2 Vernon Vipers are coming off a 4-1 victory over the visiting Wenatchee Wild Friday. Tonight is the first of six games vs West Kelowna as the Warriors & Vipers will meet three times in the next nineteen days. These two teams will meet again November 4th in Vernon. The Vipers went 4-1-2-0 vs West Kelowna last year. The Snakes come into tonight having won two straight and four of their last five. Vernon has six wins in their last ten games. Vernon sits atop the Interior Division are three points up on Wenatchee & Trail and two points up on West Kelowna & Penticton.

Vernon Vipers Roster:


Brett Stapley (10-13-23) leads the team lead in goals with ten & in points with twenty three.

Sol Seibel played two games as an "AP" with West Kelowna during the 2015-16 season

Vernon Vipers 2017-18 regular season stats:

Games Played: 17
Wins: 11
Losses: 4
Ties: 2
Overtime Wins: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 4-1-0-1
Road Record: 7-3-0-1
Overtime Record: 0-0-1
Record vs Interior Division: 5-1-0-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 6-3-0-1
Record In September: 6-1-0-1
Record In October: 5-3-0-1
When the Vipers score first: 9-2-0-0
When the opponents score first: 2-2-0-2
Leading after the 1st period: 7-2-0-0
Tied after the 1st period: 2-2-0-2
Trailing after the 1st period: 2-0-0-0
Leading after the 2nd period: 8-0-0-0
Tied after the 2nd period: 3-3-0-0
Trailing after the 2nd period: 0-1-0-2
Out shooting opponents: 7-3-0-2
Out shot by opponents: 4-1-0-0
One goal games: 3-4-0-0
Goals for: 63
Goals against: 34
Standings: 1st Place (Interior Division)
Longest winning streak: Unbeaten in eight games (7 wins-1 tie) (Exhibition & Regular Season)
Longest losing streak: Winless in three games (2 losses & 1 tie)

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Brett Stapley (99)
Jagger Williamson (98)
Jimmy Lambert (97)
Niko Karamanis (98)
Jesse Lansdell (98)
Michael Ufberg (97)
Shane Kelly (97)
Sol Seibel (99)
Chris Jandric (98)
Ty Taylor (99)

Vernon Vipers departed & traded players from last years team:

Austin Adamson (96)
Riley Brandt (96)
Ryan Brushett (98)
Simon Sagissor (97)
Brody Dale (99)
Hunter Zandee (96)
Luke Gingras (98)
Steven Jandric (97)
Cooper Watson (96)
Cameron Trott (97)
Connor Clouston (96)
Darion Hanson (97)

Vernon's home record vs West Kelowna last year:


Vernon's road record vs West Kelowna last year:


Vernon's scoring leaders vs West Kelowna last year:

Brett Stapley (5-2-7)
Jimmy Lambert (1-5-6)
Austin Adamson (5-0-5)
Ryan Brushett (2-3-5)
Steven Jandric (2-3-5)
Niko Karamanis (3-1-4)
Chris Jandric (0-3-3)
Jagger Williamson (1-1-2)
Michael Ufberg (0-2-2)
Hunter Zandee (0-2-2)
Shane Kelly (0-2-2)
Riley Brandt (0-1-1)
Cooper Watson (0-1-1)
Cameron Trott (0-1-1)
Sol Seibel (0-1-1)
Jesse Lansdell (0-1-1)
Luke Gingras (0-1-1)

Ty Taylor (0-1 Record)
Darion Hanson (3-1 Record)

Let's take a look at the West Kelowna Warriors:

The 11-5-0-0 West Kelowna Warriors make their first of three regular season visits to Kal Tire Place, are coming off a 3-1 loss in Salmon Arm Sunday. Since the 2010-11 regular season the Warriors have just five regular season wins at Kal Tire Place. The Warriors lost two of three games in Vernon last season. Tonight's the second game of a three game road trip. The Warriors come into tonight having won three of their last five games, have won seven of their last ten. West Kelowna is an impressive 7-2 at home but just a game above 500 on the road with a 4-3 record. The Warriors have lost three of their last five road games. West Kelowna sits 3rd in the Division tied in points with Penticton, with the Vees taking 2nd place.

West Kelowna Warriors Roster:


Jared Marino (6-7-13) leads the team in goals with six and in points with thirteen.

Warriors Head Coach-GM Rylan Ferster played one season in Vernon (1989-90) with the Centennial Cup Champion Vernon Lakers

Cole Demers played in 12 games with the Vipers last season going 3-8 before being released

Chase Stevenson attended the Vipers 2016 training camp, was released after the start of the regular season.

Trevor Miller's West Kelowna Warriors Blog:


West Kelowna Warriors 2017-18 regular season stats:

Games Played: 16
Wins: 11
Losses: 5
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 7-2-0-0
Road Record: 4-3-0-0
Goals for: 52
Goals against: 37
Standings: 3rd Place (Interior Division)

West Kelowna Warriors Returning Players:

Jordan Todd (98)
Chase Dubois (98)
Chase Stevenson (99)
Cavin Tisley (98)
Peter Tomaras (98)
Parm Dhaliwal (99)
Jared Marino (97)
Tyler Jutting (97)
Jake Harrison (99)
Stephen Kleysen (97)
Michael Ryan (97)
Cole Demers (99)
Nik Amundrud (97)

West Kelowna Warriors departed and traded players from last years team:

Quinn Foreman (96)
Connor Sodergren (96)
Braiden Epp (96)
Logan Mostat (97)
Jon Russell (98)
Matthew Campese (97)
Jonas Gordon (96)
Scott Allen (96)
Nicholas Ruttigliano (96)
Gabriel Morency (98)

West Kelowna's home record vs Vernon last year:


West Kelowna's road record vs Vernon last year:


West Kelowna Warriors scoring leaders vs Vernon last year:

Quin Foreman (3-2-5)
Braiden Epp (3-2-5)
Chase Dubois (2-3-5)
Pharm Dhaliwal (1-3-4)
Mitchell Barker (1-2-3)
Jake Harrison (0-3-3)
Matthew Campese (0-2-2)
Nicholas Rutigliano (1-1-2)
Michael Ryan (2-0-2)
Connor Sodergren (2-0-2)
Jon Russell (0-1-1)
Jared Marino (0-1-1)
Chase Stevenson (0-1-1)
Stephen Kleysen (0-1-1)
Logan Mostat (0-1-1)
Scott Allen (0-1-1)

Nik Amundrud (0-1 Record)
Cole Demers (1-2 Record)

Yamnitsky Shuts Down Former Team:

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Yamnitsky Shuts Down Former Team

October 28, 2017

by Vernon Vipers

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The Vipers welcomed parents weekend with open arms and two points as they defeated the Wenatchee Wild 4-1 at Kal Tire Place. Brett Stapley had 2 goals, and Anthony Yamnitsky stopped 32 for his 2nd win over his former club.

It was a showcase of two good teams going head to head in the first period. The Vipers used their forecheck to disrupt the Wenatchee breakout. The Vipers had a few good scoring chances in the period, but it wasn’t until a powerplay when Brett Stapley banked home an end wall bounce for his 9th goal of the season. It was the only man advantage of the period as two teams continued to play free flowing structured hockey. The Wild finished with 12 shots, but none of the overly dangerous variety. Jordan Sandhu had a great chance late in the period, but just missed the net, keeping the score 1-0 Vernon after 1.

Much like the first the Viper forecheck was on display causing plenty of turnovers. It was on one of those turnovers that resulted in the 2-0 goal as Lansdell stole a puck and fed Williamson in front for his 7th of the season. A little over three minutes later, Brett Stapley snapped home his 2nd of the night to make it 3-0. The Vipers couldn’t convert on a four minute powerplay, but their defensive play was outstanding, limiting the Wild to just 9 shots in the period.

The Vipers managed to extend their lead thanks to Jimmy Lambert after a great feed from Jordan Sandhu from behind the net. The Wild pushed in an attempt to break the shut out bid, but a handful of great sames by Anthony Yamnitsky kept it 4-0. The Vipers played a simple and smart game the rest of the way keeping the Wild to the outside and minimizing their time of possession. A later powerplay goal from AJ Vanderbeck broke the shut out bid in the final few minutes, but the Vipers stayed the course and finished with a 4-1 win in front of over 1900 fans.

The Vipers will look to continue their weekend Saturday night as West Kelowna comes to town for the first meeting between the two teams.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Vernon 4 Wenatchee 1

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. 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-Wild game as the Vipers defeated the Wild 4-1 on parents weekend in front of 1,940 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Anthony Yamnitsky
Wenatchee: Seth Eisele

A bit of a delay before tonight's game as the Vipers welcomed out all the players parents-billet families onto the ice before the National Anthems.

1st Period: A strong forecheck from former Chilliwack Chief Jesse Lansdell, stole the puck before breaking in on a parcial breakaway was denied at the top of the blue paint by Seth Eisele who stayed with the play, made a big stop just a minute into the contest. Four minutes in Josh Prokop with a quick shot was stopped by Seth Eisele on a quality chance in close. On the play the Vipers were rewarded with the games first powerplay. Shorthanded Jasper Weatherby lead the attack on a two on one rush, Weatherby who scored the overtime winner in Penticton Wednesday decided to keep and shoot, was stopped by former teammate Anthony Yamnitsky who stood tall, making a big stop shorthanded. Vernon struggled on the man advantage, the Wild with more shots shorthanded then the Viper powerplay, as Wenatchee killed off the minor. Just as the minor expired Brett Stapley beat Seth Eisele in close, giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 5:35 Michael Ufberg & Jimmy Lambert collected the helpers. The Wild with a strong forecheck, were quick on the boards/puck, had lots of pressure early and often but no real quality chances. The Snakes having troubles getting out of their own end, were losing a lot of the battles down low as Wenatchee was pressing. With just over eight minutes left, Shane Kelly's point shot got through traffic, was stopped by Seth Eisele who somehow fought the puck through a maze of bodies in front, made a big stop keeping this a one goal game. Minutes later Jimmy Lambert with a burst of speed, was denied by Seth Eisele. Again the Wild with a ton of puck possession couldn't muster much for offensive opportunities. In the dying seconds the Snakes setup Jordan Sandhu alone in the high slot ripped a heavy shot but missed the net on a good chance in front just before the buzzer. It was 1-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. I thought the Wild were the better team, had a ton of puck possession, loads of pressure in the Vernon zone, had the Viper defence struggling to clear the zone, but didn't really generate any real great opportunities. I thought Wenatchee's lone quality chance come shorthanded off the stick of Jasper Weatherby on the two on one rush. Most of the Wild's shots were from well out, with no bodies in front, hitting Anthony Yamnitsky in the chest. The Wild won a lot of the races-battles for the pucks. On the other side I thought the Snakes had the better of the scoring chances. Vernon with several good looks, scored once but couldn't seem to generate any real sustained pressure. The Vipers saw a lot of that opening period in their own end, had troubles with Wenatchee's forecheck and clearing the zone-getting through the neutral zone. I didn't think the Vipers were skating all that well, had very limited zone time. A physical period with both teams laying the body. Wenatchee outshot Vernon 12-9.

2nd Period: The Wild jumped on the Vipers early, Wenatchee with a strong forecheck had good pressure off the opening faceoff. The Wild with a good start, were all over the Snakes for the first three minutes before Vernon turned the game around. Back come the Vipers slowly got their legs moving, were buzzing early and often in the offensive zone. Jimmy Lambert, Jordan Sandhu, Josh Prokop and Brett Stapley all with quality chances on back to back hard working shifts by Vernon. Jesse Lansdell sprung captain Jagger Williamson in for the breakaway, beat Wild starting goaltender Seth Eisele fivehole giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 5:13 Lansdell drew the lone assist. Off the following draw, the Vipers tried springing Alex Swetlikoff for the breakaway who couldn't connect on the pass. A few minutes later a long shot from outside the circle caught Vipers starting goaltender Anthony Yamnitsky high went up and behind the netminder looked to be rolling into the open cage, before a Viper defender was quick to get back and clear the crease. As the puck was within inches of going in the play continued up ice, where Brett Stapley with a great individual effort broke in for the parcial breakaway, beat Seth Eisele giving Vernon a 3-0 lead at 8:10 Stapley's goal was unassisted. A scoring chance at one end, comes back up ice for a goal at the other end. The Wild cant catch a break. Just before the halfway mark Wenatchee would get their first powerplay of the evening. The Wild struggled as the Snakes with a strong penalty kill would kill off the minor. Vernon would get a late powerplay (double minor) but it was the Wild's aggressive forecheck that was the story. A strong penalty kill by the Wild, forced the Snakes into having all kinds of troubles setting up the man advantage. Wenatchee would kill off the first two minutes before Cooper Zech with a strong forecheck-puck battle come out with the puck, before creating an opportunity shorthanded. Sam Hesler with a strong forecheck, forced the Viper defence back into their own end to regroup as Wenatchee would kill off the double minor. Inside the final minute captain AJ Vanderbeck took a big hit inside the neutral zone, was quick to get up before taking several runs at three different Vipers just before the buzzer. It was 3-0 Vernon after 40 minutes of play. The Vipers struggled early, before getting their legs going, opened up the middle frame. Vernon with a much stronger game come the 2nd period, were flying-buzzing in and around the Wild goal early and often. The Snakes created/generated a ton of good looks-quality chances, had a ton of puck possession, would score back to back goals minutes apart played very well this period. I thought the Vipers really used their speed and skill to make things happen in a hurry, created/generated several good opportunities. Vernon looked to have more jump-energy this period. The Wild jumped on Vernon early, had good pressure early, before playing a lot of that frame in their own end. Wenatchee didn't have the puck nearly as often as the opening frame, were chasing the puck-Vernon often. The Wild gave up lots of opportunities, looked good on the penalty kill late in the frame. Wenatchee with very little offensive zone time, didn't generate much for offence. A very fast paced period with very little whistles. Vernon outshot Wenatchee 12-9.

3rd Period: Brett Stapley got in behind the Wenatchee defence, couldn't solve Seth Eisele in close on a great chance thirty seconds into the final frame. Two and a half minutes in Lucas Sowder with a slick move at the top of the crease, looked to have Anthony Yamnitsky beat was robbed by the former Wild goaltender who stretched out the right pad to make a huge pad save before Sowder somehow missed the open cage on the rebound. Two good chances in close as Wenatchee cant seem to catch a break. The Wild with an early powerplay, get some good looks but cant capitalize on the man advantage as the Snakes kill off the minor. Just over a minute later Jordan Sandhu with some nice work behind the Wild goal, setup Jimmy Lambert in the slot, beat Seth Eisele giving Vernon a 4-0 lead at 7:25 Sandhu and Sol Seibel picked up the assists. On the following play, back come the Wild as Anthony Yamnitsky had to be sharp made two or three saves in close on a goal mouth scramble before stopping Lucas Sowder in the blue paint as Wenatchee pressing. The Wild pushing hard, looking to get on the score board, once again were strong on the attack-forecheck, down four goals still battling. Wenatchee with several good looks-chances in close couldn't solve Anthony Yamnitsky. At the other end of the rink Alex Swetlikoff missed an open cage at the side of the goal, come close to giving Vernon a 5-0 lead. Just past the midway mark the Snakes would get a powerplay, moving the puck around the Vipers with a few looks couldn't capitalize. Just as the penalty expired, the Wild would jump on the PP on a questionable call-penalty. AJ Vanderbeck with a lazer of a shot from the circle beat Anthony Yamnitsky glove side, cutting the Vernon lead to 4-1 breaking Yamnitsky's shutout bid at 16:11 Jasper Weatherby & Murphy Stratton drew the helpers. A minute later the Vipers would get a late powerplay, moving the puck around, looked to be winding down the clock. Seth Eisele was forced into making a tough save off a deflection in front. The Vipers with a few looks as Wenatchee killed off the minor. Just as the penalty expired Jordan Sandhu with a great effort in front was robbed by Seth Eisele who made a huge right pad save off the former Alberni Valley Bulldogs captain. For the first time all night, some pushing and shoving at the final buzzer, before the officials quickly broke things up as Vernon come away with the 4-1 victory. I thought the Wild responded with a back bounce period, down three goals heading to the 3rd pushed hard, created/generated some looks-opportunities, some of their better opportunities of the night, only managed one to find the back of the net. I thought Wenatchee once again was strong on the puck, had a slight edge in play, more puck possession and played with an aggressive forecheck. The Wild couldn't seem to get any bounces in and around the goal. The Snakes up three goals in the final twenty minutes, didn't have to fight as hard, created/generated their fare share of opportunities, played well when needed. The Vipers had their own pressure-zone time as well. I thought the Viper defence played well, keeping the Wild to the outside and allowing Anthony Yamnitsky to do the rest of the work. Another quick period with very few stoppages in play. Wenatchee outshot Vernon 12-9.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

The Vipers #1 line of Jimmy Lambert (1 goal & 1 assist) Brett Stapley (2 goals) & Jordan Sandhu (1 assist) was by far Vernon's best unit. This line has played very well all season, had another strong game this evening. Lambert & Stapley gave the Wild all kinds of troubles while Sandhu was hard to defend against down low-in and around the net. Sandhu had at least three maybe four solid opportunities, couldn't find the back of the net. Played-battled hard all night.

Jesse Lansdell (1 assist) I thought played hard, was physical and finished his checks. Wore down the visitors on the forecheck and battles along the wall. Was very good in the win.

Jack Judson I thought played a very solid game on the Snakes blueline. Seeing time on the PP was comfortable, getting pucks to the net and good defensively. All round good effort-game.

Anthony Yamnitsky (32 saves) Made his first regular season start at home. Ty Taylor has played in all the Vipers previous home games prior to tonight. Coming off a 20 save performance in a 9-0 win in Trail Sunday afternoon, Yamnitsky was just minutes away from recording his second straight shutout. The former Wenatchee Wild goaltender was solid between the pipes. Improving to 2-1 vs his former team this season played with a ton of confidence. Was out at the top of the crease, covering a lot of net, didn't give up many if any second opportunities, had help from his defence, clearing the front of the net.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

Up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play, I didn't think the Vipers looked all that hot! I thought Vernon played ok, had the better of the scoring chances but didn't generate much for zone time-pressure. Saw a lot of time in their own end, were being outskated at times and not coming out of the boards with the puck. Give the Snakes credit for responding with a much better effort-performance come the middle frame. The Vipers with back to back goals just minutes apart, started skating, were really using their speed-skill that really opened up the ice, giving Vernon a ton of room to create/generate opportunities. The Vipers were really buzzing in and around the goal that 2nd period, played very well. Give credit to the Vipers who had the better of the play at times, limited the Wild's chances-opportunities. Up three goals heading into the 3rd Vernon may have been sitting back a bit but didn't quit either. Both teams went back and fourth at times as the Vipers got some strong goaltending in the final twenty minutes. Overall the Snakes played well, had some quality chances through out the night, made some exciting plays, played-battled hard. I really like how the Vipers went to the grey area often, had traffic in and around the net, had several deflections in front, made a life a little difficult at times for Seth Eisele. I thought Vernon played very well staying out of the box tonight. The Snakes one of the more penalized teams in the league, played very disciplined. I liked how the Vipers adjusted after the 1st period, found a way to get by-around the Wild forecheck and get out of their own end. Give credit to Vernon's defence who played very well in front of Anthony Yamnitsky. Cleared the front of the net, giving Yamnitsky all kinds of time to see pucks. I thought the Vipers young kids played very well holding their own vs Wenatchee. After blowing a 2-0 lead and then losing 3-2 in Wenatchee October 11th you can bet the Vipers had tonight's game marked on the calendar. Since the Wild joined the league in 2015 tonight was the first time the Vipers defeated Wenatchee in Vernon. The Vipers will be in tough tomorrow when they host the 2nd place West Kelowna Warriors. With the win the Vipers improve to 11-4-0-2 moving into 1st place in the Interior Division two points ahead of Penticton & West Kelowna. Former Vipers Aaron Volpatti (2003-2006), David Robinson (2006/07 & 2009-2011)& Bryce Kakoske (2008-2011) were in attendance tonight.

Top Player's: (Wenatchee)

Chad Saski I thought played well on the backend. Not the biggest kid but quick on his feet, moves the puck up ice, likes to carry the play often. Had a strong night in the loss.

Noah Kim Was another Wild defenceman that played well. Another kid that isn't all that big but can skate-move the puck.

Cooper Zech Impressed me. Quick on his feet, likes to get involved in the play, was solid on the PK, sees-reads the ice well. Very shifty.

Lucas Sowder Had his fare share of chances in and around the net. Was robbed by Anthony Yamnitsky early into the 3rd before somehow missing an open cage on the second opportunity. Had at least three-four quality chances tonight.

Jasper Weatherby (1 assist) This kid can skate-move the puck. Very fast, plays hard up and down the wing. Was stopped on a 1st period shorthanded two on one rush.

AJ Vanderbeck (1 goal) The captain with a strong game in the loss. Played physical, played with a bit of an edge at times, battled-competed hard all night.

Sam Hesler caught my attention, played a strong game. Was good on the PK.

Seth Eisele (26 saves) Made some big saves at times, gave his team a chance to win. Had lots of bodies in and around the net, had to fight his way through traffic to see several Viper shots tonight.

Game Thought's: (Wenatchee)

I thought the Wild played a very strong opening frame. Wenatchee playing their second game in three nights showed no signs of rust early. The Wild with a strong forecheck, were hard on pucks, winning a lot of the battles-races in that 1st period. Wenatchee had a ton of pressure-puck possession didn't generate much for offence. The Wild's shots were from well out with no traffic in front. Don't know what happened between periods but the Wild jumped on Vernon off the opening 2nd period faceoff let their game get away from them. The Wild were now the ones spending time in their own end, chasing pucks-the Vipers, gave up way too many opportunities in the middle frame. Wenatchee lucky to only be down 3-0 heading into the 3rd as the Snakes were pushing-pressing with a ton of looks-chances. The Wild struggled offensively again for the second straight period. It was the 3rd and final frame where Wenatchee pushed hard, finally started creating-generating chances, had some solid looks-opportunities but couldn't solve former teammate Anthony Yamnitsky. Give the Wild credit, down 4-0 they didn't quit, kept battling and playing hard down the stretch. The Wild didn't get any breaks tonight, had no puck luck in and around the goal. Wenatchee needed more net presence in front of the Vernon net, saw a lot of their shots fired right at the chest-Vipers logo of Anthony Yamnitsky. The Wild needed to drive to the net more, most of their shots were from outside. Overall a very entertaining hockey game, with a lot of back and fourth action, very few whistles made for a quick game. Both teams played hard-physical in a game where there was no activities after the whistle. The referee's let both teams play and called a fairly even game. Wenatchee wearing their third set jerseys, all in black with dark blue numbers and name bars. The Wild fall to 1-2 vs Vernon this year. With the loss the Wild's three game winning streak comes to an end as Wenatchee falls to 10-6-0-1 into 5th place tied in points with Trail.



Tanner Wishnowski
Mitch Andres


Jackson Wozniak
Jack Lippis
Bryce DeFazio

Energy Player of the Game:

Sol Seibel (1 assist)

Three Star's:

1st Star: Anthony Yamnitsky (32 saves)
2nd Star: Brett Stapley (2 goals)
3rd Star: Jimmy Lambert (1 goal & 1 assist)

Boxscore-Game Summary,


Game Report,


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Game Preview: Parents Weekend: Wenatchee @ Vernon:

Wenatchee (10-5-0-1) @ Vernon (10-4-0-2) 7pm

Tonight is the third of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Wenatchee Wild. The season series is tied 1-1

Last Game:

Sunday, October 22nd Vernon defeated Trail 9-0
Wednesday, October 25th Wenatchee defeated Penticton 3-2 double overtime

Next Game:

Saturday, October 28th West Kelowna @ Vernon
Saturday, October 28th Alberni Valley @ Wenatchee

Since the 2015-16 regular season Vernon is 2-6-0-0 vs Wenatchee

Since the 2015-16 regular season Vernon is 0-2-0-0 at home vs Wenatchee

Since the 2015-16 regular season Vernon is 2-2-0-0 in Wenatchee

The Vipers are 0-2-0-0 vs Wenatchee at the BCHL Showcase

Since the 2015-16 regular season Wenatchee has outscored Vernon 30-18

The Vipers have yet to defeat Wenatchee at home

The Wilds last regular season win in Vernon was a 3-1 victory on Friday, February 10th 2017

The Wilds last regular season win at home over Vernon was a 3-2 victory on Wednesday, October 11th 2017

The Vipers last regular season win in Wenatchee was a 5-1 victory on Saturday, September 16th 2017

Here's a look at this years regular season series vs Wenatchee:

September 16th Vernon @ Wenatchee: Vipers won 5-1
October 11th Vernon @ Wenatchee: Wild won 3-2
October 27th Wenatchee @ Vernon:
November 22nd Vernon @ Wenatchee:
November 29th Wenatchee @ Vernon:
February 23rd Wenatchee @ Vernon:

Let's take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The 10-4-0-2 Vernon Vipers are coming off a 9-0 victory in Trail Sunday afternoon. Tonight is the third meeting of the season vs Wenatchee with the two teams splitting the season series 1-1. The last time these two teams met, the Wild defeated the Vipers 3-2 October 11th in Wenatchee. These two teams meet again November 22nd in Wenatchee. Tonight's the first game of a two game home stand where the Snakes are 3-0-0-1 on home ice. Vernon comes into tonight having won three of their last five games, have only three wins in their last seven games. The Vipers sit 2nd in the Division are tied in points with Division leading West Kelowna. The Warriors take top spot due to more wins.

Vernon Vipers Roster:


Brett Stapley (8-12-20) leads the team lead in goals with eight, while tied with Jimmy Lambert (7-13-20) in points with twenty.

Vernon Vipers 2017-18 regular season stats:

Games Played: 16
Wins: 10
Losses: 4
Ties: 2
Overtime Wins: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 3-1-0-1
Road Record: 7-3-0-1
Overtime Record: 0-0-1
Record vs Interior Division: 4-1-0-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 6-3-0-1
Record In September: 6-1-0-1
Record In October: 4-3-0-1
When the Vipers score first: 8-2-0-0
When the opponents score first: 2-2-0-2
Leading after the 1st period: 6-2-0-0
Tied after the 1st period: 2-2-0-2
Trailing after the 1st period: 2-0-0-0
Leading after the 2nd period: 7-0-0-0
Tied after the 2nd period: 3-3-0-0
Trailing after the 2nd period: 0-1-0-2
Out shooting opponents: 7-3-0-2
Out shot by opponents: 3-1-0-0
One goal games: 3-4-0-0
Goals for: 59
Goals against: 33
Standings: 2nd Place (Interior Division)
Longest winning streak: Unbeaten in eight games (7 wins-1 tie) (Exhibition & Regular Season)
Longest losing streak: Winless in three games (2 losses & 1 tie)

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Brett Stapley (99)
Jagger Williamson (98)
Jimmy Lambert (97)
Niko Karamanis (98)
Jesse Lansdell (98)
Michael Ufberg (97)
Shane Kelly (97)
Sol Seibel (99)
Chris Jandric (98)
Ty Taylor (99)

Vernon Vipers departed & traded players from last years team:

Austin Adamson (96)
Riley Brandt (96)
Ryan Brushett (98)
Simon Sagissor (97)
Brody Dale (99)
Hunter Zandee (96)
Luke Gingras (98)
Steven Jandric (97)
Cooper Watson (96)
Cameron Trott (97)
Connor Clouston (96)
Darion Hanson (97)

Vernon's home record vs Wenatchee this year:


Vernon's road record vs Wenatchee this year:


Vernon's scoring leaders vs Wenatchee this year:

Brett Stapley (2-0-2)
Keyvan Mokhtari (2-0-2)
Jimmy Lambert (1-1-2)
Chris Jandric (0-2-2)
Michael Ufberg (0-1-1)
Shane Kelly (0-1-1)
Josh Prokop (0-1-1)
Tanner Wishnowski (0-1-1)
Alex Swetlikoff (1-0-1)
Jagger Williamson (1-0-1)

Anthony Yamnitsky (1-1 Record)

Let's take a look at the Wenatchee Wild:

The 10-5-0-1 defending Mainland Division champion Wenatchee Wild make their first of three regular season visits to Kal Tire Place, are coming off a 3-2 double overtime victory over the Penticton Vees Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. This was the second of back to back wins over the Vees as the Wild sweept the home & home series with Penticton. The Wild come into tonight having never lost in Vernon are a career 2-0 at Kal Tire Place. Since joining the league in 2015 Wenatchee is 6-2 lifetime vs the Vipers. Tonight's the second and final game of a two game road trip where the Wild are 5-3-0-1 on the road. Wenatchee has won three of their last four games away from home. The Wild enter tonight having won three straight and three of their last five. Wenatchee sits 4th in the Interior Division tied in points with the Trail Smoke Eaters are one point up on Penticton & one point back of Vernon & West Kelowna.

Wenatchee Wild Roster:


Jasper Weatherby (13-7-20) leads the team in goals with thirteen and in points with twenty.

Wenatchee Wild 2017-18 regular season stats:

Games Played: 16
Wins: 10
Losses: 5
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 5-2-0-0
Road Record: 5-3-0-1
Goals for: 63
Goals against: 44
Standings: 4th Place (Interior Division)

Wenatchee Wild Returning Players:

August Von Ungern (97)
Lucas Sowder (98)
Sam Morton (99)
Jasper Weatherby (98)
AJ Vanderbeck (97)
Chad Sasaki (98)
Slava Demin (00)
Jacob Modry (99)

Wenatchee Wild departed and traded players from last years team:

Matthew Baker (97)
Brian Williams (96)
Colin Burston (97)
Charlie Combs (96)
Dakota Raabe (97)
Troy Conzo (97)
Jimmy O'Brien (97)
Brendan Harris (96)
Tyler Rockwell (96)
Austin Chavez (96)
Alex Bates (97)
Logan Milliken (97)
Chris Jones (96)
Anthony Yamnitsky (97)
Devin Cooley (97)
Hayden Chieffo (98)

Wenatchee's home record vs Vernon this year:


Wenatchee's road record vs Vernon this year:


Wenatchee Wild scoring leaders vs Vernon this year:

Cooper Zech (0-2-2)
Jack Lippis (0-2-2)
Lucas Sowder (0-1-1)
Jasper Weatherby (1-0-1)
AJ Vanderbeck (0-1-1)
Chad Sasaki (1-0-1)
Noah Kim (0-1-1)
Sam Morton (0-1-1)
Sam Hesler (1-0-1)
Daniel Chladek (1-0-1)

Seth Eisele (1-1 Record)