Interior Division Final: GM 1 Preview


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An old rivalry is renewed starting tonight at the SOEC, as the Penticton Vees host the Vernon Vipers in game one of the Interior Division Final. This is the 22nd time these two franchises have met in the BCHL post-season and the fifth time in the last eight years; familiarity breeds contempt.

The Vees advanced past the first round for the 11th straight season with a five-game series win over the West Kelowna Warriors. The Vees wrapped-up the series on Monday, thumping the Warriors 7-0, buoyed by a four-goal third period. The Vees also bounced the Tribe in five games in their last post-season meeting in 2013.

The Vipers only needed the minimum four games to get past the Merritt Centennials in their first round match-up. Vernon and Penticton combined, played just one game over the minimum to advance to the Interior Final. Vernon won game one 3-2 in OT, won 2-1 in game two, then shutout Merritt 1-0 in game three before a 6-5 win in game four; all four decided by one goal.

It was one year ago to the day these two teams met in the Interior Final. On March 14th, 2014, the Vipers opened up the series with a 4-3 win at the SOEC but the Vees are hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. The Vipers won that series in seven games, with game seven decided in OT on a Michael McNicholas goal.

The Vees did have a very successful regular season against the Vipers, winning six of seven games, including the final meeting 3-2 on February 27th. The Vees won three of four at the SOEC; the only blemish was a 2-1 loss on February 11th. The Vees also swept the three games in Vernon this year, picking up 3-1, 4-2 and 4-3 wins at Kal-Tire Place.

In the regular season, Dante Fabbro led all Vees scorers against Vernon with a goal and six points and was closely followed by former Viper Demico Hannoun (4-1-5), Tyson Jost (2-3-5) and Gabe Bast (1-4-5). Hunter Miska was lights-out against the Vipers, posting a 6-1 record with a stingy 1.43 goals-against average and a sparkling .956 save-percentage; he had two shutouts as well.

Texan Thomas Aldworth led all Vipers in scoring against the Vees with five goals in seven games and TJ Dumonceaux was right behind him with a goal and four points. Former Vee Liam Finlay leads the Vipers in playoff scoring with two goals and four points in as many games.

Vernon Vipers (4-0-0-0) (36-18-1-3, 2nd in Interior)

Penticton Vees (4-0-0-1) (44-9-3-2, 1st in Interior)

GM 1 Venue: SOEC

GM 1 Face-Off: 6pm

Season Series: Oct 17th 3-1 Vees, Oct 25th 1-0 Vees, Nov 14th 4-2 Vees, Dec 5th 4-3 Vees, Jan 2nd 3-0 Vees, Feb 11th 2-1 Vipers, Feb 27th 3-2 Vees.

Playoff Series Schedule

Game 1 March 14th (SOEC) 6pm

Game 2: March 15th (SOEC) 6pm

Game 3: March 17th (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm

Game 4: March 18th (Kal-Tire Place) 7pm

Game 5* March 20th (SOEC) 7pm

Game 6* March 21st (Kal-Tire Place) 6pm

Game 7* March 22nd (SOEC) 6pm

* If necessary

Vees Season Record vs. Vernon: 6-1-0-0

 Home Record (Regular Season / Playoffs): 25-3-1-0 / 2-0-0-1

Vees Record vs. Interior Division: 26-7-1-1

Vees Leading Scorer: Patrick Newell 16-31-47

Vees Playoff Scoring:

Dakota Conroy 3-3-6               Connor Chartier 2-2-4            Jack Ramsey 1-0-1

Demico Hannoun 2-4-6           Gabe Bast 1-3-4                      Steen Cooper 0-1-1

Tyson Jost 4-1-5                      Lewis Zerter-Gossage 1-2-3    Cody DePourcq 0-1-1

Miles Gendron 0-5-5               Riley Alferd 1-1-2                    Dante Fabbro 0-1-1

Jarod Hilderman 0-5-5          Patrick Newell 1-1-2               Patrick Sexton 0-1-1

Matt Serratore 3-1-4             Mitch Newsome 1-1-2                                                                   

Playoff Goaltending                          

Hunter Miska 4-1-0 / 1.75 GAA / .948 SV %

Vees Regular Season Scoring vs. Vernon:

Dante Fabbro 1-5-6                    Matthew Serratore 2-1-3       Mitch Newsome 1-0-1
Demico Hannoun 4-1-5             Jack Ramsey 1-2-3
Tyson Jost 2-3-5                         Patrick Sexton 0-2-2
Gabe Bast 1-4-5                          Cody DePourcq 1-1-2
Lewis Zerter-Gossage 2-2-4    Steen Cooper 1-1-2
Patrick Newell 0-4-4                Mike Lee 0-2-2
Riley Alfred 1-2-3                     Dakota Conroy 1-0-1


Goaltending vs. Vernon:

Hunter Miska GP 7 6-1-0 / 1.43 GAA / .956 SV % / 2 SO

 Vees Situational Scoring (Regular Season / Playoffs):

Score 1st: 31-4-2-2 (3-0-0-1)                           Lead after 2nd: 39-2-1-1 (2-0-0-1)

Opposition Scores 1st: 13-5-2-0 (1-0-0-0)       Tied after 2nd: 4-2-2-1

Lead after 1st: 22-1-1-1 (3-0-0-0)                    Trail after 2nd: 3-5-0-0 (2-0-0-0)

Tied after 1st: 17-5-1-1 (1-0-0-1)                    More Shots: 38-9-0-1 (3-0-0-1)

Trail after 1st: 5-3-1-0                                     Outshot: 6-0-2-1 (1-0-0-0)

Shots Tied: 0-0-1-0


Vipers Regular Season Record vs. Penticton: 1-6-0-0

Vipers Road Record (Regular Season / Playoffs): 15-12-0-2 / 2-0-0-0

Vipers Record vs. Interior Division: 20-13-1-1

Vipers Leading Scorer: Liam Finlay 23-41-64

Vipers Playoff Scoring:

Liam Finlay 2-2-4                    Mitch Meek 0-2-2

Thomas Aldworth 2-1-3          Blaine Caton 1-0-1

TJ Dumonceaux 1-2-3             Luke Voltin 1-0-1

Riley Guenther 1-2-3              Mackenzie Bauer 0-1-1

Liam Coughlin 0-3-3               Johnny Coughlin 0-1-1

Riley Brandt 2-0-2                   Brandon Egli 0-1-1

Anthony Latina 1-1-2              Jagger Williamson 0-1-1

Colton McCarthy 1-1-2


Vipers Playoff Goaltending

Danny Todosychuk GP 1 0-0-0 / 1.05 GAA / .970 SV %

Jarrod Schamerhorn GP 4 4-0-0 / 2.26 GAA / .916 SV % / 1 SO


Vipers Regular Season Scoring vs. Penticton:

Thomas Aldworth 5-0-5          Luke Shiplo 0-1-1
TJ Dumonceaux 1-3-4            Luke Voltin 1-0-1
Liam Finlay 0-4-4                    Jagger Williamson 1-0-1
Liam Coughlin 0-3-3               Riley Brandt 0-1-1
Anthony Latina 2-1-3              Riley Guenther 0-1-1
Mitch Meek 0-1-1
Goaltending vs. Penticton:

Danny Todosychuk GP 3 1-2-0 / 2.02 GAA / .938 SV %

Jarrod Schamerhorn GP 4 0-4-0 / 2.78 GAA / .923 SV %

 Vipers Situational Scoring (Regular Season / Playoffs):

Score 1st: 24-3-1-1 (3-0-0)                               Lead after 2nd: 25-2-0-1 (4-0-0)

Opposition Scores 1st: 12-16-0-2 (1-0-0)        Tied after 2nd: 7-2-0-0

Lead after 1st: 18-2-1-1 (1-0-0)                       Trail after 2nd: 4-14-1-1

Tied after 1st: 11-7-0-0 (2-0-0)                        More Shots: 30-12-0-2 (3-0-0)

Trail after 1st: 7-9-0-2 (1-0-0)                         Outshot: 5-5-1-1 (1-0-0)

Shots Tied: 1-1-0-0




About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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