Vernon, BC: After a 10 day break, the Vernon Vipers hit the ice again tonight as they head to Penticton to take on the 4-0 Vees in Okanagan Cup action.
The Vipers (0-2) head into the matchup after a pair of tight losses to the West Kelowna Warriors. On Saturday the 26th of September, the Vipers came within a hair of forcing overtime in a tight 2-1 loss. The consistency was better and the team will surely need that on full display tonight.
On paper the Vipers offense was an issue, but looking a bit deeper, the team was able to put up over 30 shots and generate a number of quality scoring chances.
“It’s only a matter of time,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee. “As the group continues to get more in game action I expect those scoring chances to go in. The players just need to continue working through the process.”
On the other side of the ledger the Vees are rolling right out of the gate. They have a 4-0 record through 4 games. They had two lopsided wins over Salmon Arm outscoring the Backs 15-2, before a pair of tight wins over West K. In their most recent outing at RLP the Vees outlasted the Warriors in a shootout.
Quinn Hutson has led the charge offensively for the Vees with 5 goals and 3 assists.
It’s the first of a home and home set that will see these two teams play again Saturday night in Vernon.
You can catch all the action starting at 5:45 on HockeyTV, 107.5 Beach Radio or stream online at VernonMatters.com if you’re outside of the listening area.