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Vipers Game Day! – Vipers Visit Bucks For First Time This Season

Vernon Vipers

GM & Head Coach: Jason McKee

2022-23: GP 34 – 16-14-0-4, 6th Interior Division

Home: 13-5-0-2

Away: 3-9-0-2

Goals For: 90

Goals Against: 109

Powerplay: 26 for 119 – 21.8% (4th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 121 of 139 – 87.1% (1st in BCHL)

Season Series:

Oct. 29 vs Cranbrook, 1-0 W

Nov. 25 vs Cranbrook, 6-5 OTL

Jan. 15 @ Cranbrook, 3PM (PST)

Feb. 4, @ Cranbrook, 6PM (PST)

Feb. 24 @ Cranbrook, 6PM (PST)

Last Game: The Vipers won their second straight game on Friday night as they defeated the Cowichan Valley Capitals 4-1 in front of 2500 fans.  Walker Erickson had a goal and assist in his first game with the Vipers and Roan Clarke made 24 saves for his 9th win of the season.  The Vipers took both sides of the special teams ledger going 1 for 3 on the powerplay and killed off all 3 Capital powerplays.

Tonight’s Game:  The Vipers are in search of their fourth road win of the season today in Cranbrook.  It’s been a struggle away from the friendly confines and the challenge doesn’t get any easier.  The Bucks have lost just 3 times at home this season.  Vernon has played some really tight games on the road including a 3-0 loss in Salmon Arm on the 6th of January as they outshot and outchanced the Backs but couldn’t solve Matthew Tovell.  The Vipers have gained 3 out of a possible 4 points from the Bucks this season.  Last year the Vipers won both games at Western Financial Place, both by 2-1 scores and both in the shootout.

Cranbrook Bucks

GM & Head Coach: Ryan Donald

2022-23: GP 34 – 23-10-1-0, 2nd Interior Conference

Home: 12-3-0-0

Away: 11-7-1-0

Goals For: 125

Goals Against: 82

Powerplay: 17 for 116 – 14.7% (18th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 89 of 106 – 84.0% (3rd in BCHL)

Last Game: The Bucks got back in the win column on Friday night as they shut out the Wenatchee Wild 2-0.  Noah Quinn scored his 11th goal of the season midway through the 3rd period and Blake Cotton hit the empty net to secure the win.  Carter Capton was perfect in the goal crease making 32 saves for his 3rd career shutout and second of this season.

Today’s Game:  This is the second of a six game homestand for the Bucks.  They’ll play nearly four straight weeks without having to leave Cranbrook.  Jack Silich leads the Buck offense with 18 goals and 13 assists.  The Bucks are 8-2 in their last 10 games and came off a 9-game win streak that ended early in 2023.

Today’s game will be broadcast on 107.5 Beach Radio and HockeyTV, starting with the pregame show at 2:45 pm.