Sunday, February 23, 2020

Vipers Meet Wild In Opening Round Of Playoffs:

For the third time in franchise history, the Vernon Vipers will face the Wenatchee Wild in the BCHL playoffs.

After Salmon Arm's 3-2 victory this afternoon over the visiting Merritt Centennials, the Silverbacks finished tied in points with Wenatchee for 3rd place, with the Silverbacks winning the tiebreaker, claiming 3rd. Wenatchee finishes 4th, while Vernon finishes 5th in the Interior division. Salmon Arm will play Victoria in the opening round of the playoffs, while the Vipers & Wild will meet for a third straight postseason.

Vernon Vipers regular season

Record: 30-24-2-2
Home record: 16-12-1-0
Road record: 14-12-1-2
Goals for: 174
Goals against: 178
Standings: 5th Place

Wenatchee Wild regular season

Record: 30-23-4-1
Home record: 18-10-0-1
Road record: 12-13-4-0
Goals for: 184
Goals against: 183
Standings: 4th Place

The Vipers eliminated the Wild in last years playoffs in five games, winning the Interior division championship for the seventeenth time in franchise history. The Vipers were eventually eliminated in the league finals, in four games by the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Here's a look at the previous two playoff matchup's vs Wenatchee

2017-18 Interior division semifinals: Wild won series 5-1
2018-19 Interior division finals: Vipers won series 4-1

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

September 13th Vernon @ Wenatchee: Wild won 2-1
September 14th Vernon @ Wenatchee: Vipers won 3-2 shootout
December 7th Wenatchee @ Vernon: Vipers won 6-4
January 5th Wenatchee @ Vernon: Vipers won 7-3
January 29th Wenatchee @ Vernon: Vipers won 4-3
February 14th Vernon @ Wenatchee: Wild won 5-2

The Wild have announced Game 1 will open Saturday, February 28th in Wenatchee, with Game 2 going Sunday, March 1st (The remainder of the schedule will be announced soon)

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