Friday, April 12, 2019

Vipers-Kings Ready To Battle; Owner Says Vernon Is Underdog:

This is posted on the 107.5 Beach radio website:

Vipers-Kings Ready To Battle; Owner Says Vernon is Underdog

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 Beach Radio Vernon

Pete McIntyre

April 12, 2019 

The BCHL Final-Fred Page Cup gets started tonight with the Prince George Spruce Kings hosting the Vernon Vipers.

It’s the first time the teams have played for the league championship.

Vernon teams (Essos, Lakers and Vipers) have won 12 BCHL titles since the league started in 1970, while PG has never won it.

Listen for all the games on Beach Radio with Graham Turnbull, starting Friday and Saturday nights at 6:45.

Vipers co-owner John Glen feels his team is the decided underdog in the series.

“I know they (PG) are loaded. I know they have three top lines, a very good defence. I know their power play is clicking at 25 to 28%. I know they have swept both Chilliwack and Victoria and dropped one game through all the playoffs (to Coquitlam). They’re hitting on all cylinders, they’re rested, and they’ll be ready to go,” Glen tells Beach Radio News.

Glen says the Kings beat Vernon both times this season, beat “very good” teams in Victoria and Chilliwack, and they made it to last year’s final before losing to Wenatchee.

“I always respect the opposition, but at the same time I believe in our group, so hopefully we do have a good showing. but I know this will be the toughest task to date.”

Glen says he’s “cautiously optimistic” his team can win the series.

“I do know, just by looking at some video and stats, that we’re up against it,” says Glen who along with his brother Tom purchased the Vipers from the Wray family last September.

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