Saturday, September 9, 2023

Game Recap - Exhibition - Vernon 3 Salmon Arm 0

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following Junior hockey in Vernon my whole life. My family watched Senior men's hockey in Vernon in the 1950's and has been watching Junior hockey in Vernon since it started in 1961. I have two family members that played Junior hockey in Vernon. I have had season tickets since 1990 and missed 5 home games since 2004 and 46 home games since 1990. I started and created this blog in November 2008 and have over 2.5 million viewers. For anyone who couldn't watch or attend tonight's Vipers game, here are my thoughts and views from tonight's hockey game. You may agree or disagree, but we all have our own opinion on the hockey game and see things differently. I try to be professional and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for visiting my blog.

I was at today's Vernon Vipers-Salmon Arm Silverbacks pre-season game as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 3-0 at Kal Tire Place. (No attendance was announced)

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon Vipers: Ethan David 
Salmon Arm Silverbacks: Ryan Tamelin

1st Period: The Silverbacks jumped on the hometown Vipers early and were the better of the two teams in the first half. The Apes with lot's of pressure, zone time also had at least four or five quality chances in the opening period. The Backs were winning the races, forcing the Viper defence into turning over pucks that resulted in opportunities. Salmon Arm was skating, moving their feet, hard in on pucks, played with a lot of jump/energy. SA had the lone power play of the 1st period. The Snakes got off to a slow start, didn't seem to have their legs going, made several defensive mistakes, were turning over pucks, had troubles getting out of their own end, sloppy in their own end and relied on Ethan David to bail them out. Second year forward Julian Facchinelli opened the scoring, seemed to give the Vipers a little life as the Snakes responded and seemed to get their legs going, get some jump in their game and played much better in the second half. Georgios Stavrianeas rang a shot off the far crossbar with about seven minutes remaining in the period as the Vipers picked up the pace and were the better team for a good five minutes or so. Vernon had three good looks/opportunities. Both teams were fairly even towards the end of the period. A physical period with the Gorillas being the more physical team. It was 1-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play as Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 9-8.

2nd Period: Liam Payne gave the hometown Snakes an early 2-0 lead on an early man advantage but it was all Salmon Arm as the S'Backs were the better team, carried the better of the play, were winning the races, puck battles, had a ton of pressure and zone time and created/generated lots of quality opportunities. The Vipers looked very sluggish, weren't skating, were being beat to the puck, struggled defensively, had troubles clearing the zone, didn't defend well and gave up way too many chances. Ethan David was once again solid between the pipes, kept Vernon in the hockey game. The Vipers had trouble generating zone time, pressure and creating opportunities. Vernon didn't get a whole lot of looks or chances in the middle frame. The Vipers didn't look good or play very well. Again both teams were physical. It was 2-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 12-10.

3rd Period: The Vipers would start the period with three straight power play's. Vernon had some zone time but struggled with all three man advantage's, only mustering two shots on three PP's. The Snakes carried the better of the play in the first half, due to being on three power play's. Vernon played a little better in the final frame, didn't generate a whole lot of opportunities and struggled getting pucks to the net, but played much better defensively. The Vipers went a lengthy period of time with only two shots on goal. The Vipers did a better job at shutting down Salmon Arm's forecheck and offensive attack. Ethan David was also very sharp in goal and was the entire contest. The Silverbacks got into some penalty trouble, took the only three penalties of the 3rd but were very good on the PK limiting the Snakes to only two shots and killing off all three minors. SA didn't control the period like the first two periods, had troubles getting their offence going. The Apes had a good four or five real good looks/opportunities but didn't have the better of the play for long. Matthew Gillard had Ethan David beat but rang his shot off the crossbar late in the period as Vernon product Erik Pastro added some insurance as the Vipers come away with the 3-0 victory. Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 10-4.

Vernon Vipers Top Performers:

Georgios Stavrianeas I thought played fairly well and one of the few Vipers that played well.

Ethan David (31 saves/shutout) Making his pre-season debut stopped all thirty one Salmon Arm shots for the win/shutout. David was the difference this evening, kept the Snakes in this contest. The third year veteran netminder was very solid, looked focused, confident and calm between the pipes, made some large saves through out the hockey game. If it wasn't for David, this may have been a different outcome.

Game Thought's: Vernon Vipers

- A fairly big crowd tonight for only the Vipers second exhibition game

- I think the Snakes have looked good and played very well so far in the teams first two games but didn't look so good or play that well this evening

- I spotted several college scouts at tonight's game

- The Vipers went 1-4 with the power play

- The Vipers & Silverbacks will open the 2023-24 regular season September 22nd in Salmon Arm

- Ethan David was the difference in his pre-season debut, made 31 saves keeping the hometown Vipers in tonight's game

- The Snakes looked slow/sluggish tonight, made way too many mistakes in their own end and didn't have a whole lot of jump/energy

- Vernon improves to 3-0 in the pre-season

- The Vipers win back to back games over Salmon Arm by a combined score of 4-0

- Vernon's next pre-season game is Friday in West Kelowna

- Assistant Coach Colton Sparrow wasn't behind the bench tonight

- The Vipers struggled offensively, didn't create or generate a whole lot of good looks or opportunities 

- I thought Vernon played well in the second half of the opening frame and that was the best they played all night. The Vipers played a little better in the 3rd but overall weren't very good.

- The Vipers will finish the pre-season with a home & home series next weekend vs the West Kelowna Warriors

- I heard the Vipers will only be going with two goaltenders this season

- I will say even though the Snakes didn't play very well tonight, they have looked pretty good and I have been impressed with what I have seen in the previous games before tonight

- Vernon's defence struggled, turned over way too many pucks in their own end and had troubles clearing the zone

- The Snakes dressed six players tonight from last season

Salmon Arm Silverbacks Top Performers:

Nathaniel Davis I thought was one of if not Salmon Arm's best defenceman. Saw a lot of ice time, played very well at both ends of the rink

Ryan Gillespie Was one of the more noticeable forwards in the loss

Isaac Lambert Was another Silverbacks forward who played well and stood out

Luke Drury Not the biggest kid but I thought was Salmon Arm's hardest worker. This kid didn't take a shift off, was quick on his feet, engaged in the play, finished his checks and playing the body

Game Thought's: Salmon Arm Silverbacks

- The Silverbacks finish the 2023 pre-season with a home & home series next weekend vs the Merritt Centennials

- The Apes were shutout in back to back games

- Salmon Arm went 0-2 with the PP

- SA played very well and looked very good

- The Silverbacks unveiled their new jerseys this weekend and I don't like either the home or away jerseys

- The Gorillas eliminated the Vipers in 5 games during last years Playoffs

- Tempers heated up on a few occasions as some pushing and shoving occurred during a few plays through out the game

- The Silverbacks with a strong forecheck, forced Vernon's defence into turning over pucks often

- The Silverbacks & Vipers will meet nine times during the 2023-24 regular season

- I thought SA was by far the better team

- The S'Backs played with a lot of jump/energy, were quick on their feet, won a lot of the races/puck battles, created/generated opportunities and carried the better of the play

- I only spotted three or four Silverbacks fans in attendance

- The Backs dressed seven players from last season's team

- The Silverbacks ran into a hot goaltender, didn't get any bounces or puck luck go there way

- This was a physical game with the Backs being the more physical team

Vernon Vipers Roster:


Colin Reay 05
Ethan David 03


Connor Elliott 03
Cooper Cleaves 06
Anthony Cliche 03
Russell Weatherhead 06
Jordin Palmer 04
Fritz Berback-Rosengreen 06


Shea Busch 07
Hank Cleaves 03
Luke Buss 03
Adam Csabi 05
Erik Pastro 05
Liam Payne 06
Georgios Stavrianeas 05
Isaac Tremblay 04
Bronson Ross 06
Julian Facchenilli 04
Jiri Duda 05
Marcello Giorgi 05

Salmon Arm Silverbacks Roster:


Ryan Grout 07
Ryan Tamelin 06


Marcus Broberg 03
Nathaniel Davis 03
Chris Kobelka 03
Tristan Allen 03
Ryan DeAngelis 05
Matthew Gillard 05


Nick Wellenreiter 06
Reid Varkonyi 06
Cole Cooksey 05
Lian Gayfer 05
Zach Nicolas 04
Christian Kim 05
Riley Ashe 06
Ben Buckley 05
JJ Monteiro 06
Maddux Martin 05
Ryan Gillespie 03
Isaac Lambert 03
Luke Drury 05


Vernon Vipers:

No scratches announced

Salmon Arm Silverbacks:

No scratches announced

Three Star's:

1st Star: Ethan David (31 saves)
2nd Star: Liam Payne (1 goal & 1 assist)
3rd Star: Julian Facchinelli (1 goal)

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Game Report,

Text Box Score,

Vernon Junior Hockey History website,

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Here are some photo's I took before and during tonight's Vernon Vipers-Salmon Arm Silverbacks game.


Bobby C said...

The players from last year's roster sure didn't look good. Cliche Tremblay and Cleaves seem like they are taking their roster spots for granted and the 2 imports don't impress. Ethan David looks like he's definitely going to carry this team on his back this season

Anonymous said...

All the hype and in the end, the same old, same old! MAAAAAAAAAN, they need to get rid of this coach!!, PERIOD!

BINGO said...

The vipers will have to work harder on generating good defense because if not when you face a team like penticton with such a strong offense it will not be pretty. As I said before you can have all the best offense in the world but without showing ones skills with good coaching developing a teams defense it will be a long season with multiple losses. I guess will just have to see how this years team develops. GO,VIPERS,GO.

Anonymous said...

Agreed although I thought Julian played great!

Bob McInnes said...

It's too early to judge whether this team is better or worse than last season. Several of the players who sat out the Saturday game against Salmon Arm are likely to be on the team. Walker Gelbard and Owen Kim who came to Vernon in the Luke Ashton trade are experienced Junior A players. And Luke Pakulak didn't dress either. Nor did Owen King, already scholarshipped and not to be confused with Owen Kim. Nor did defenseman Isaac Fecteau who is probably the best skater on the team. There were a lot of players who DID play in that game who are on the bubble.

And speaking of Luke Ashton, we had him here for his 16 and 17 years and we kept hearing "why is he on the team?" from some fans. He started to figure out that big body late last season and now he's in Langley as an 18 year old. He's going to be a really good player.