Vipers season ends

The Vernon Vipers season has come to an end.

The Snakes were swept 4-0 by the Prince George Spruce Kings in the BC Hockey League finals Wednesday.

Prince George was crowned kings of the league after beating the Vipers 3-1 at Kal Tire Place to take the best-of-seven series in four games.

The Spruce Kings will now take on the Alberta champions Brooks Bandits for the Doyle Cup.

The Spruce Kings have also secured at spot at the National Junior A Hockey Championship in May in Brooks.


Vipers down 3-0

The Vernon Vipers are behind the eight ball, trailing 3-0 in the best-of-seven series against the Prince George Spruce Kings.

The Vipers rallied late in regulation to force OT, but the Spruce Kings outlasted the Snakes in a 4-3 overtime win in game three of the BC Hockey League finals.

The Vipers kept pressure on the Spruce Kings throughout the contest but in the end, the Poisson proved to be the undoing for the Vipers.

Early in the third period, Nick Poisson jumped on a rebound to give Prince George the lead once again.

another lead.

That lead would hold up for most of the period until Lane Zablock struck again with hsi second of the noght to make it 3-3 forcing overtime.

In overtime, Ben Poisson ended the game 12 minutes into the extra period sliding home a rebound to give the Spruce Kings the win and a commanding series lead.

Game four goes tonight at Kal Tire Place.

The puck drops at 7 p.m.

A Vipers win would send the series back to Prince George for game five April 19.

Warriors add Delta prospect

The West Kelowna Warriors have added 17-year-old forward to their stable of prospects for the upcoming BC Hockey League season.

John Evans has committed to the Warriors after working his way through the Delta Hockey Academy.

In 35 games with the Delta Academy midget team last season, Evans scored 20 times and added 52 assists. He had four assists in three playoff games.

Evans also played eight games with the BCHL Surrey Eagles as an affiliated player last season, scoring once.

“Brandon West was coaching in Surrey when I attended Eagles training camp last year so he got to know my game,” said Evans. 

“When he was hired to coach West Kelowna it made sense for me to play for coach West and the Warriors.”

West, the Warriors head coach and GM said he is thrilled Evans chose to commit to the Warriors for the upcoming season.

“John is coming off another terrific season with the Delta Hockey Academy who have developed him on and off the ice," said West.

"John is going to have a bright future here with us and we expect him to be a leader in the offence in due time. We feel that he is an elite 2002 who can make things happen on the ice and Warrior fans will be excited to watch him develop over the coming years."

Evans went unselected in the 2017 WHL draft, but was listed that fall by the Kamloops Blazers.

Evans and the rest of the Warriors will be in town in late August for the start of training camp in preparation for the 2019-2020 season.


Vipers make run for cup

The run for the BC Hockey title begins Friday.

The Interior Division champs Vernon Vipers will travel to Prince George to kick off the best-of-seven series with the Spruce Kings.

The first team to reach four wins brings home the Fred Page Cup and bragging rights as best in the league.

The series opens with the first two games being played in Prince George April 2-13, before the actions shifts back to Vernon for games three and four April 16-17.

Should additional games be required they will alternate between the two communities April 19, 21 and 23.

The winners of the Fred Page Cup, with then take a run at the national title, which Vernon has won six times in its history.

Champs welcomed home

A crowd of well-wishers welcomed home the victorious Vernon Vipers over the weekend.

Hockey fans gathered behind Kal Tire Place to surprise the team, Saturday,  after their Game 5 victory over the Wenatchee Wild on Friday night.

The 3-1 win puts the Vipers into the Fred Page Cup Finals.

The mood was celebratory as the crowd surprised the team as their bus pulled up to the arena. They waved banners, rang cowbells and hugged the players as they filed off the team bus.

The welcome home was organized by the players' billet parents. The crowd of about 100 people included MLA Eric Foster, friends, family and fans, many decked out in Vipers jerseys.

The Vipers will now play the Prince George Spruce Kings in the Fred Page Cup Finals, starting Friday night in PG.

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