For the eighth time in franchise history and the second time in three seasons the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters will meet in the BCHL playoffs. The Vipers eliminated Trail in five games in the 1st round of the BCHL playoffs two years ago.
The Vipers went 4-2 vs Trail this season outscoring the Smoke Eaters 17-11 in the six games. The Trail Smoke Eaters finished 7th in the Interior division with a 23-24-8-3 finished one point behind the 6th place West Kelowna Warriors. The 4th place Vernon Vipers finished with a record of 26-21-8-3 finished six points ahead of Trail.
Trail eliminated the 2nd place Merritt Centennials in five games in the opening round of the playoffs, while Vernon eliminated the 5th place Salmon Arm Silverbacks in five games in the first round of the playoffs.
Here’s a look at the previous seven playoff meetings between Vernon & Trail:
1996-97 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (1st round)
1997-98 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 3 (1st round)
2002-03 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 0 (Interior Conference Finals)
2003-04 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 1 (1st round)
2006-07 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior Conference Semi finals)2007-08 Vernon defeated Trail 3 games to 0 (1st round)
2016-17 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior division semi finals)
Here's a look at this years regular season series vs Trail
September 15th Trail @ Vernon: Smoke Eaters won 3-1
October 17th Trail @ Vernon: Vipers won 4-0
November 14th Vernon @ Trail: Smoke Eaters won 3-2
November 24th Trail @ Vernon: Vipers won 1-0
December 12th Vernon @ Trail: Vipers won 3-2 overtimeFebruary 1st Vernon @ Trail: Vipers won 6-3
Vernon Vipers-Trail Smoke Eaters Playoff Schedule:
Game 1 Friday, March 15th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Game 2 Saturday, March 16th Trail @ Vernon 6pm
Game 3 TBA Vernon @ TrailGame 4 TBA Vernon @ Trail