Snakes, Smokies square off

It has come down to a best-of-three series between the Vernon Vipers and the Trail Smoke Eaters who will meet tonight in Vernon.

The two BC Hockey Interior Division teams are knotted up at two games apiece in the best-of-seven playoff race.

The Smokies won the first two games of the series in Vernon before the action shifted to Trail, where the Snakes earned back-to-back wins.

Game five goes tonight at 7 p.m. at Kal Tire Place.

Game six will be back in Trail Saturday and game seven, if needed, will be in Vernon on March 25.



Vipers tie up series

After being down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series, the Vernon Vipers have stormed back to tie things up against the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Vipers rolled into Trail Tuesday, after dropping the first two meetings of the BC Hockey League Interior Division playoffs on home ice.

The Vipers powered their way past the Smoke Eaters 4-3 on Tuesday and brought the series even with a 3-2 win on Wednesday.

The Smoke Eaters opened the scoring with two goals in the first, but the Vipers kept pressing with singles by Jagger Williamson, Jack Judson and Trey Taylor for the win.

The Vipers will now return to Kal Tire Place Friday for game 5. Game 6 will be back in Trail Saturday and if required, game 7 will be in Vernon March 25.

BCHL alum up for Hobey

Three BC Hockey League grads are among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

The Hobey Baker is presented each year to the top player in U.S. college hockey.

The list of finalists include a pair of former Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Taro Hirose (Michigan State) and Chase Priskie (Quinnipac University).

Hirose led the NCAA in scoring with 51 points in 36 games. He recently signed with the Detroit Red Wings and recorded his first NHL assist.

Priskie amassed 17 goals and 22 assists from the blueline over 34 games. He was a sixth round draft choice of the Washington Capitals in 2016.

Also among the finalists is former Penticton Vees forward Patrick Newell (St. Cloud University).

Newell won the NCHC scoring title with 13 goals and 28 points in 24 conference games.

Other notable names up for the award include Vancouver Canucks prospect Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar, a first round selection of the Colorado Avalanche in 2017.

The three finalists will be unveiled April 4 with the winner announced April 12.

Big win for Vipers

The Vernon Vipers came up big when they had to, scoring three goals in third period Tuesday evening to beat the Trail Smoke Eaters 4-3.

It was an impressive come-from-behind with for the Vipers with Jesse Lansdell scoring the winning goal with just 72 seconds left to play.

It was Lansdell's second of the night with singles coming from Coleton Bilodeau and Connor Marritt.

The Vipers went into the BC Hockey League Interior Division playoff contest down 2-0 in the best of seven.

Game four takes place tonight in Trail, with game five being decided at Kal Tire Place March 22.

Games six and seven, if needed, will be in Trail March 23 and Vernon March 25.

Vipers down 2-0

Despite scoring two goals in 31 seconds to tie the game with just minutes to play, the Vernon Vipers lost to the Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday.

The Smoke Eaters managed to win 5-4 in overtime.

The Smokies beat the Vipers twice at Kal Tire Place over the weekend to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of seven series.

The two BC Hockey League Interior Divisions teams will meet again in Trail Tuesday and Wednesday.

Should games five, six and seven be necessary, they will alternate between Vernon and Trail.

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