Friday, May 23, 2014

One Final Thank You; RBC Cup To Never Forget:

After 8 days of excitement, the volunteers, organizers, players, and every one of the hundreds involved with the 2014 RBC Cup finally have had a chance to sit back and reflect on the event that was. Also, a nice slideshow at the bottom to finish things off.

For myself, and I'm sure many others, this event will go down as a special memory to tell stories of for years to come. I want to take one last chance to thank everyone that made the RBC Cup such a great time.

Betty Klepp, Don Klepp, Duncan Wray, Mike Lane and Todd Miller were five faces you probably saw the most of around Kal Tire Place over the span of the event, and then some. These five were instrumental in making sure every went smoothly and each volunteer had a direction and a smile on their face. From the top to the bottom, without these people the RBC Cup would not have happened. I pass a special thanks to Todd for presenting me with the opportunity to be in touch with the event in the way that I was.

Keegan Goodrich, Ryan Robins, Derek Amalfa, Jason La Rose, and the Hockey Canada staff were busy at work for almost every second of the tournament, and the work that goes in from their end is much more significant than I ever imagined. Seeing these people constantly on the go yet remaining humble and giving everyone the time of day for a conversation was something everyone enjoyed. A special thanks to Keegan for putting me in a position where I could interact with everyone involved in the tournament while helping to provide scouts and media with access to lineups and coaches.

Rob Abramenko, Phil Hughes, Graham Turnbull, Jolene Chernoff, Kelsey Surowiec, Kyle Anderson and Jen Bailey deserve a round of applause for keeping fans entertained through the week, whether it be at the arena or over the airwaves. Everyone did such a great job of everything they were assigned and I'm sure these folks will continue to be one of the best off-ice teams in the league for years to come.

And, just like that, it's over. To anyone I missed, I'm sorry for not getting your name out there but you are a huge piece of the giant puzzle that in the end wasn't missing a single piece! Here's looking forward to the 2014/15 BCHL season, as the Merritt Centennials look to continue their year-by-year improvement with Luke Pierce and Joe Martin at the realm!

See you at the rink!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Yorkton Terriers Come Back To Win First Ever RBC Cup In Overtime:

After more than a week of Canada's best Junior A teams duking it out at Kal Tire Place in Vernon, the Champion has been crowned and the storyline couldn't have been any better.

With the Vernon Vipers winning the 1999 RBC Cup in Yorkton, the Terriers knew there was a chance for redemption that dates back over a decade. To top it off, Riley Hunt, Corltan Procter and Josh Ellis returned to the region they call home with many supporters cheering them on.

Yorkton looked down and out, unable to get past a very strong defensive team in the Carleton Place Canadians; that is until a quick outburst took all momentum from the CCHL & Fred Page Cup Champions, and gave it to the SJHL & Western Canada Cup Champions.

I have attached a couple interviews below with Terriers Voice Benny Walchuk, as well as TSN's Ryan Moir(former-Merritt Centennial).

On Monday, there will be further updates and thank you notes to be posted, so keep checking back!

This was written by Monte Stewart with the Canadian Press:

VERNON, B.C. — Derek Falloon could not have asked for a better way to end his junior hockey career Sunday.

 Falloon’s goal at 15:01 of overtime sealed the Yorkton Terriers’ first RBC Cup championship with a 4-3 victory over the Carleton Place Canadians.

He jammed in a rebound to cap Yorkton’s comeback from a 3-1 deficit with less than three minutes left in regulation time.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s just the best feeling and I don’t think I’ll ever score a bigger goal than that for the rest of my life,” said Falloon, 21, who has used up his junior eligibility.

Falloon’s goal gave the Terriers their first Canadian Junior A championship in their fifth trip to the tournament. Yorkton placed second to the Burnaby Express, led by current Ottawa Senators centre Kyle Turris, in their last trip to the RBC Cup in Streetsville, Ont., in 2006. The Terriers had finished no better than third in their three other trips, all in the 1990s.

The puck barely crossed the line as Carleton Place goaltender Guillaume Therien attempted to cover it. While the crowd waited, the referee confirmed it was a goal.

Kelowna's Cortlan Procter and Corwin Stevely.
After trailing 3-1 at the end of the second period, the Terriers forced overtime with goals from Tanner Lishchynsky and Dylan Johnson eight seconds apart in the last three minutes of the third period. Daylan Gatzke had Yorkton’s other goal and Kale Thompson made 31 saves.

Anthony McVeigh, Stephen Baylis and Andy Sturtz scored for the Canadians while Therien stopped 42 shots in the losing effort.

Falloon’s overtime winner was his second of the tournament. He also scored in extra time against Dauphin in the round robin.

“I guess I just happened to be at the right place at the right time,” said Falloon. “I’m sure any of the boys could have it. Lucky me, I guess.”

Falloon missed the first three games of this tournament with his third concussion of the season, suffered in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoffs. He missed most of the Western Canadian championship tournament, from which Yorkton qualified for the RBC Cup.

Yorkton General Manager Don Chesney said Falloon’s return brought life to Yorkton’s lineup.

Riley Hunt and his family.
“He has a flair for the dramatic,” said Chesney. “I joked around saying his first overtime goal didn’t make the back of the net. The RBC Cup-winning one, I think, made it — maybe a few inches over the goal-line. But in 10, 20 years, that’ll be the nicest goal he ever scored and the biggest goal he ever scored.”

Johnson also provided some drama as his tying goal, at 17:20 of the third period atoned for an interference penalty he took at 14:05.

“To be honest, when we got that penalty with five minutes left, it was not looking too good, and they shut us down pretty good,” said Chesney. “We didn’t create a lot of high-quality scoring chances.”

Added Johnson: “That goal felt great, especially after getting that penalty a couple minutes before that. Getting that goal was unreal. It brought the life back into the fans. After we got that, we knew this was ours.”



RBC Cup Stage Is Set For Terriers and Canadians:

Two teams. One RBC Cup. 

At 4:30 this afternoon, the Yorkton Terriers and Carleton Place Canadians compete for the National Junior A Championship - the RBC Cup. 

After defeating the host Vernon Vipers 6-3 in Semi-Final #1, the Terriers are looking for their 1st title, which is ironic as the 1999 tournament was hosted by Yorkton and won by Vernon.

In Semi-Final #2, the Canadians used a beauty of a 3rd Period to take a 5-3 win over the Dauphin Kings, and with just 5 seasons' of Junior A under the organizations belt, this would be an incredible feat to take home to Carleton Place.

Fans can purchase their tickets at the gate, or online at, you're not going to want to miss a second of this one! Experience the full reality and be at the rink, though you can watch the game on TSN as well. 

Benny Walchuk will be behind the microphone for the Voice of the Terriers GX94, listen at!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

RBC Cup Championship Game Set After Canadians Slip By Kings:

The RBC Cup Finals are set; Yorkton and Carleton Place will face off at 4:30 on Sunday afternoon vying for a chance to be crowned National Champions.

With wins over the 'wild-card' teams, a pair of regional Champions now have a chance to hoist the RBC Cup above their head, although it will take 60 of the hardest played minutes of the season.

Congratulations to Jesse Bernard, Marlin Murray and the rest of the Dauphin Kings on a great season. You made Manitoba very proud.

This was written by the Ottawa Sun:

NOTE: Jamie Shinkewski of the Ottawa Sports Page is also covering the event. Jamie is a a Kamloops boy himself, so he welcomed the opportunity to return home! Follow him on Twitter @JShinkewski 

The Carleton Place Canadians are off to the RBC Cup championship.

Anthony McVeigh started and finished the scoring for the the Jr. A Canadians as they defeated Manitoba's Dauphin Kings 5-3 Saturday night in Vernon, BC after losing 4-3 to the top-seeded Kings in overtime during the round robin.

The Canadians will play for the championship Sunday night against the Yorkton Terriers, who defeated the Vernon Vipers 6-3 in the other semi-final Saturday.

Carleton Place got out to an early lead on a goal from Anthony McVeigh at the 2:35 mark but Dauphin answered back with goals from Dyan Butler and Tanner Butler five minutes apart to send the Kings into the first intermission up 2-1.

The Canadians tied the game with another early goal when Luke Edwards scored at the 2:10 mark of the second.

Dauphin's Brayden Cuthbert and Andy Sturtz would trade goals 43 seconds apart to see the game tied 3-3 going into the third period.

Dylan Gareau would score in the final frame before McVeigh added his second of the game with 11 seconds left to seal the deal for the Canadians.

Both teams went 0-for-1 on the powerplay with Carleton Place holding a 34-32 edge in shots.

Guillaume Therien picked up the win in goal for the Canadians.

Vipers Come Up Short As Terriers Look To Reverse History:

The goal of winning a National Championship on home ice came up empty handed for the Vernon Vipers on Saturday afternoon, with a heartbreaking 6-3 loss to the Yorkton Terriers. Read more below.

The Terriers will face either the Carleton Place Canadians or Dauphin Kings, as the 2nd Semi-Final takes place this evening at Kal-Tire Place in Vernon.

Thank you to the Viper fans for their support, now it's time to be HOCKEY fans and continue to enjoy the biggest tournament Vernon may have every held!

The Yorkton Terriers were in their barn when the Vipers took home their 2nd Royal Bank Cup, will the Terriers take their 1st in the Vipers barn?

This was written by Wayne Moore of

The Vernon Vipers dream of winning an unprecedented seventh national Jr. A hockey championship came to an end Saturday.

The Yorkton Terriers ended Vernon's season one game short of the final with a 6-3 win in the first of two semi-finals at the RBC Cup at Kal Tire Place.

Yorkton will face the winner of the second semi-final between Dauphin and Carleton Place.

The Vipers dug themselves a pair of two goal holes - the second of which they were not able to come back from.

Brett Mulcahy missed the net on one of Vernon's few good chances to tie the game in the third.

Trailing 2-0, the Vipers clawed their way back with a pair of power-play goals.

Brett Mulcahy's deflection late in the first and Michael Michael McNicholas on a one-timer from about 15 feet out early in the second got the Vipers even.

But goals on two of their first three shots 2:42 apart midway through the second put the Terriers up by two - a lead they would not relinquish.

Both goals appeared to be harmless wrist shots that somehow made it through a screen and past Smith.

The second goal, the Terriers fourth on just eight shots spelled the end of Austin Smith's day in the Vernon net.

He was replaced by back-up Danny Todosychuk, who also came in for Smith after allowing two goals on five shots in the first period against Dauphin on Tuesday.

"Good question," was all coach Jason Williamson could respond with when asked what happened to Smith's game the past few nights.

"I think it was just wear and tear. We've been at it for a while," offered up Todosychuk. I think he was just tired. He played a lot...he played every single minute in the playoffs and I think it probably started to build up on him."

Dexter Dancs pulled the Vipers to within a goal before the second period ended but Vernon was unable to mount much sustained pressure in the third.

"We just simplified the game a little bit," Yorkton coach Trent Cassan said of the third period.

"I think sometimes the guys were trying to make it too hard and looking for the drop passes in the zone entries a lot of the time. If you give a team like Vernon turnovers like that unforced they can come back and it can be in the back of your net pretty quick."

The Vipers had a glorious opportunity to get the equalizer before the midway point of the third when the Terriers found themselves two men short for 25 seconds.

Vernon called a timeout but were unable to get a good scoring chance.

"We drew up the play and Josh (Bryan) had it right on a tee there and he just missed it. Not faulting him - sometimes that's the way it goes," said Williamson.

A pair of empty net goals in the final two minutes sealed the 6-3 win.

Williamson said the room was devastated after the loss knowing they came within a game of a chance to win the city's seventh national title.

"I'm proud of the group, proud of the things they did accomplish individually and as a team."

2014 RBC Cup Awards Banquet Sees Stiliadis Take Pair Of Awards:

After six days of preliminary round action, the semifinals are set for Saturday. In the early game at 2 p.m. PT, the Vernon Vipers (2-2) will take on the Yorkton Terriers (2-2), while the Dauphin Kings (3-1) will face the Carleton Place Canadians (2-2) in the late semifinal at 6 p.m. PT.

The semifinal winners will meet in Sunday’s championship game, which can be seen at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT live on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters (check your local listings). Both semifinals can be seen live via FASTHockey webcast at

Tickets for both semifinals, as well as the championship game, are available at or at the Kal Tire Place box office in Vernon.

VERNON, B.C. – The 2014 RBC Cup, Canada's 44th National Junior A Championship, held its awards banquet Friday night at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre.

The recipients of all six individual awards were announced at the banquet.

The awards were based on the tournament's preliminary round, which ran from Saturday to Thursday.

The 2014 RBC Cup award winners are:

Most Valuable Player (Roland Mercier Trophy) – Michael Stiliadis (Dauphin Kings)
Top Goaltender – Michael Stiliadis (Dauphin Kings)
Top Forward – Colton Sparrow (Vernon Vipers)
Top Defenceman – Michael Prapavessis (Toronto Lakeshore Patriots)
Most Sportsmanlike Player (T. Schmalz Trophy) – Brett D’Andrea (Carleton Place Canadians)
Top Scorer – Colton Sparrow (Vernon Vipers)

I guess you could say these two guys
have gone on to do some great things, eh?
In addition, Carleton Place Canadians forward Andy Sturtz was presented with the 2014 RBC Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year award. Sturtz made his first season of Junior A hockey a memorable one, leading the Central Canada Hockey League in goals and points, and helping Carleton Place set CCHL records for wins and points in a season en route to the Canadians’ first league championship just five years after the team made the jump from Junior B. The CCHL MVP was also heavily involved in the community, volunteering with everything from the local minor hockey association to the Santa Claus Parade, all while maintaining an A+ average at Algonquin College. Sturtz will enroll at Penn State University in the fall of 2015, where he will pursue a degree in business.

Richard Court of the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders was on hand in Vernon to receive the RBC National Junior A Scholarship. Court was chosen from 10 finalists – one from each of the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s member leagues – to receive the $5,000 scholarship. A two-year member of the Raiders, Court more than tripled his offensive output in the Ontario Junior Hockey League this season, but his off-ice exploits were just as impressive. The Burlington, Ont., native will graduate from Appleby College next month with a 93 per cent average, setting himself up to continue his academic and hockey careers at a CIS or NCAA school. Court was also active in the community; among his many charitable efforts, he volunteered with Big Brothers and helped organize a bowling fundraiser for the organization that raised more than $5,400.

The RBC Cup Legacy Scholarships were also handed out at the awards banquet. Established following the 2004 RBC Royal Bank Cup in Grande Prairie, Alta., and contributed to following successful National Junior A Championships in Weyburn, Sask., Prince George, B.C., and Cornwall, Ont., these $500 scholarships are awarded to one graduating 20-year-old player from each of the five participating teams.

The RBC Cup Legacy Scholarship winners are:

Josh Bryan (Vernon Vipers)
Devon McMullen (Yorkton Terriers)
Larry Smith (Carleton Place Canadians)
Andreas Tsogkas (Toronto Lakeshore Patriots)
Mitch Van Teeling (Dauphin Kings)

NOTE TO MEDIA: Keegan Goodrich, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of media relations, is on site at the 2014 RBC Cup and is the media contact for interviews, information or photos. He can be reached at 403-519-5754 or

For more information on the 2014 RBC Cup, visit, or follow the tournament via social media at and

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Vipers Live Another Day; Will Face Terriers On Semi-Final Saturday:

When Vernon Viper fans look back 10 years from now at big goals of the past, Cam Sylven's 1990 Centennial Cup winner will be right at the top... But the 2014 RBC Cup goal scored by Dexter Dancs came at a time when the season was within one shot of ending, giving the Vipers an opportunity to play in Saturday's Semi-Final against the Yorkton Terriers.

Unfortunately, I personally will only catch the latter half of the game as I am committed to my weekend duties at Q101 in Merritt. I thank everyone for following this week and apologize to anyone who will miss my updates in the early afternoon. I expect to be back in Vernon near 4 PM, and I look forward to once again seeing the fans and hockey-faithful in the Okanagan!

On a side note, I want to send a big thanks to Keegan Goodrich, Ryan Robins, Rob Abramenko, Don & Betty Klepp and Todd Miller for giving me the opportunity to work so closely with this event. Nothing has been more humbling and eye opening than working and offering my help to these people that without, this tournament would not happen. It's going to be one hell of a weekend!!

This was written by Kevin Mitchell of the Vernon Morning Star: 

Dexter Dancs figured he was overdue to pull something big for the Vernon Vipers.

The big North Vancouver winger went sky-high Thursday night, recording the overtime snipe as the Vipers iced the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots 3-2 in a Royal Bank Cup round-robin showdown at Kal Tire Place.

The Vipers will face the Western champion Yorkton Terriers in the national Junior A hockey semifinal Saturday (2 p.m.). Vernon, Yorkton and the Eastern Rep Carleton Place Canadians of Ottawa all finished the round-robin at 2-2. The Vipers placed second by virtue of a better goals for and against record (plus one) in games between the group.

The West No. 2 seeded Dauphin Kings topped preliminary play and will face the Canadians Saturday at 6 p.m. The Kings had the choice of either the matinee or evening game.

Dancs, voted the Vipers’ co-MVP a week ago, scored with 9:43 left in OT, beating Toronto goalie Evan Buitenhuis from in tight. Michael McNicholas and d-man Riley Guenther drew assists on the powerplay marker.

Toronto star sniper Kevin Shier had served 68 seconds of a high sticking minor.

Vernon goalie Austin Smith made a stellar save off Shier (32 points in the post-season) from the slot, three minutes into overtime.

The crowd of 2,400 figured it was game over when Demico Hannoun went hard to the net and redirected a gorgeous pass from the left side wall by McNicholas

Toronto forced overtime with seven seconds left with Viper playoff hero Colton Sparrow off for high sticking. Smooth-skating d-man Michael Prapavessis netted the equalizer on a wild scramble, the assist going to Nathan Feric. Sparrow had been in the penalty box 29 seconds.

Centre Andreas Tsogkas put Toronto up six minutes into the game with a wrister from the middle past a screened Smith. Vernon d-man Kenny Citron had just returned to the ice after serving a minor for holding.

Shortly after the Vipers couldn’t convert on a brief 5-on-3 powerplay, Brett Mulcahy tipped in a Sparrow feed from behind the net for the equalizer.

Vernon outshot Toronto 46-24 and were the better team on the night, but didn’t have a ton of quality scoring chances. The Patriots are a patient, gritty team and they hung around long enough to cause the Vipers some grief.

Winger Brendan Persley, who was injured early in Vernon’s tournament opener Saturday, played a handful of shifts before taking a seat. The Vipers’ hit parade was led by Citron and Logan Mick. Both players rocked Toronto’s Rory Bell, Citron knocking Bell’s lid flying near the Viper blueline early in the second period.

Mick belted the durable Bell along the side wall in the neutral zone seven minutes later.

Hannoun lost an edge and fell on a partial breakaway early in the third, while Mulcahy just failed to jam the puck past Buitenhuis short side a few minutes later.

Guenther made a gigantic shot block just seconds before Smith stood his ground on Shier in the extra session.

The gold-medal game goes Sunday at 4:30 p.m., live on TSN.

Terriers Clinch Spot In Semi's With OT Win Over Kings:

This is from Benny Walchuk's Yorkton Terriers blog:

The Yorkton Terriers faced elimination twice in the RBC Cup and both times the Terriers prevailed, which included a big 2-1 OT win over the Dauphin Kings to clinch a berth into Saturday's semi-finals.

It would be a little bit of slower start to the 1st period for both sides until we got about half way through the first frame as Terriers' forward Matt Cox would have a couple opportunities but couldn't beat Kings' netminder Michael Stilliadis who was very solid in that 1st period.

The Terriers would also get penalized a couple times in the 1st period but the penalty kill that has been getting better as the tournament was very solid in a scoreless opening frame where Dauphin led in the shot column at 11-9.

A Kings powerplay would carry over into the start of the 2nd period and just 46 seconds in, Dauphin would capitalize as Brent Wold would deflect home his 3rd of the RBC Cup to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.

The Terriers would get a total of 3 powerplays as the middle frame continued and would have some glorious opportunities as Chase Norrish was creeping in back door and was robbed in front and then Tyson Enzie was fed right in the slot area for the one-timer and his shot went off the post and out to keep it at a 1-0 advantage for the Kings after 2 periods of play.

In the 3rd period, the Terriers would really come on looking for that equalizer and for the opening 5 minutes but he couldn't get it. Then Dillon McCombie went in alone with Kale Thomson just after a flurry of Terrier chances but Thomson made a unbelievable save.

Then at the 8:10 mark of the 3rd, Tyler Giebel would send a no look back hand through some traffic that Stilliadis didn't see as it would go five-hole on the Kings' netminder for his 1st of the tournament to tie it up a 1-1. The teams would once again exchange chances in the late stages of the 3rd period, but both teams would come up empty in the process sending the game into sudden death OT.

Did You Know: Trent and Jeff Cassan both
played with the Terriers. For one season,
the brothers suited up together.
In the extra period, Turner Ottenbreit would send a puck deep where Brett Boehm would take over behind the net and dish it out in front where Derek Falloon (pictured above) would jam it throught the Kings netminder for his 1st goal of the RBC Cup to give the Terriers a 2-1 OT victory.

Kale Thomson put together his 2nd very good start in a row as he stopped 35 shots for his 2nd straight W while Michael Stilliadis turned aside 31 Terrier shots in a losing cause.

The Yorkton Terriers will take on the Vernon Vipers on Saturday afternoon in the first Semi-Final, 2:45/3:00 SK time on GX94 while Dauphin Kings will battle the Carleton Place Canadians at 7:00 SK time in the late Semi-Final.

Centennials Snag New Trainer, Bringing Kim Penner To Nicola Valley:

The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce the hiring of Kim Penner as their new Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager.

Penner replaces Hayley Hill, who spent a season with the Centennials before moving on to other opportunities.

Penner spent the 13/14 campaign in the BCHL with the Trail Smoke Eaters, where she served as Trainer for one season.

Kim brings a friendly smile to the rink on a daily basis and during her time in the BCHL, Merritt has always been one of her favorite destinations around the league in part to having family in the Nicola Valley.

"We are very excited to add Kim to our staff for the upcoming season," said Cents Head Coach and General Manager Luke Pierce. "She has the experience that we need and is a very professional and dedicated individual."

"After speaking with several references we are confident Kim is the right fit for us and we look forward to her getting started with us at our Evaluation Camp in June."

Kim joins the Centennials with an additional 5 years of experience in the BC Major Midget League, most recently with current Cent-Rhett Willxox and the Valley West Hawks.

"I am very excited to be the newest member of the Centennials organization. I am looking forward to working with the staff and players, as well as getting to know the great fans and community of Merritt! Here's to a long, successful, healthy season!" said Penner, who arrives with a Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.

The entire Merritt Centennials organization would like to welcome Kim to her new home.

I am very excited to get to know Kim in the future, we had a great friendship during the Merritt vs Trail games and I feel as though she will be a great fit for Merritt and the Centennials!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Terriers Put Pressure On RBC Competitors With Critical Win:

Another day is done, another day is needed until the RBC Cup standings solidify as the single game on Day 5 saw the Yorkton Terriers defeated the Carleton Place Canadians by a score of 3-1, erasing a 1-0 deficit to pick up the 'Dogs first win of the tournament.

Thursday is the biggest day for the teams involved, as a Yorkton win in the early game (vs Dauphin) would force a must-win for both Toronto and Vernon in the evening game.

This is written by Yorkton Terriers PxP man Benny Walchuk:

The Yorkton Terriers will live to see another day at the 2014 RBC Cup in Vernon, BC as they got their first victory of the championship with a 3-1 win over the Carleton Place Canadians.

The Terriers started off with a very solid start to the opening frame, as they would have some glorious chances with a couple coming off the stick of Brady Norrish but the Terriers weren't able to break through and get any past Canadians netminder Guillaume Therien who stopped all 16 shots he faced in the opening period.

Carleton Place were able to get the early advantage though as with a man short the Canadians would go in shorthanded and Stephen Baylis would slide it across to Anthony McVeigh who went top shelf on Kale Thomson for his 1st of the RBC Cup to give the East Reps a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.

In the 2nd period, the Terriers would continue with their solid play and they would rewarded for their efforts as Brett Boehm would get a nice backhand feed from Riley Hunt to put home his 2nd of the RBC Cup to even it up at 1-1.

Yorkton would get their first lead of the night at the 13:50 mark of the middle frame as Tayler Thompson would find a loose puck and flip it over top of Therien for his 2nd goal of the tournament to give the Terriers a 2-1 lead after 2 periods.

It would be hold on mode for the Terriers in period 3 as they played their best period of defensive hockey in the tournament and then they would get that insurance marker as Chase Norrish would rifle home a one-timer bar down for his 1st goal of the RBC Cup, to push the Terriers to a 3-1 victory over the Carleton Place Canadians to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Kale Thomson (pictured above) rebounded and put together a very good start for the Terriers make 25 saves on 26 shots for his 1st win of the tourney while Guillaume Therrien was solid in a losing cause stopping 34 Terrier shots.

The Terriers will be in must win territory once again as they wrap up their round robin tomorrow afternoon (Thurs) against the 3-0 Dauphin Kings, 2:45/3:00 SK time on GX94 with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey on GX94.

The Canadians finish round robin with a 2-2 record and will now wait to see their seeding for this weekend's playoffs.

Dauphin Clinches Semi-Final Spot With Big Win Over Host Vipers:

The Vernon Vipers were in their third different jersey in three games, as they looked to move one step closer to the Royal Bank Cup semifinals.

Instead, the Dauphin Kings became the first team through to the semifinals at the Junior A National Championship with a 5-2 win over the Vernon Vipers Tuesday night at Kal Tire Place.

The Vipers took control Monday night against Yorkton when they scored three times in 41 seconds. Tuesday night, the Kings took control with two goals under a minute.

The Vipers didn't have the same, "'take no prisoners" mentality. They seemed a step slower and they didn't hit people with the same umpf.

"I don't know why we didn't come out with the same intensity. Nervousness is one thing you see with that hockey team right now," said Vipers' head coach and GM Jason Williamson. "They need to be simple and prepared, they are good players on a good hockey team. We were just sitting on our heels a little bit."

The Vipers (1-2) had a pair of glorious opportunities in the first on a lengthy two-man advantage. Colton Sparrow and Brett Mulcahy just missed connecting on a pair of one-timers.

The Kings (3-0) goalie Michael Stiliadis has been impermeable all tournament. Stiliadis had great positioning on the Vipers' powerplay chances.

"It's really a credit to those guys in front of me. They are doing a great job which makes my job easier," said Stiliadis.

Stiliadis has a sparkling 1.91 goals against average and a 0.944 save percentage at the RBC Cup.

The Kings rallied after killing Brett Sharples' penalty. A battle to the right of Vipers' goalie Austin Smith saw the puck squirt out onto the stick of Brayden Cuthbert. Dillon McCombie picked up the assist 15:13 in the first.

Jared Morris struck 45 seconds later from Jesse Bernard, beating Smith down low.

This wasn't Smith's finest hour, he allowed two goals on five shots. He got the hook for local boy, Danny Todosychuk in the second.

"It's tough, I don't want to fault Smitty, I tried to inject some life by switching to Danny," said Williamson.

A dump in from Brett Hope bounced off the end boards, off Todosychuk's foot and in. Not the start Todosychuk had envisioned.

"It is never an easy situation being the host team, we know what they are going through. There is a lot of pressure involved," said Kings' head coach Marlin Murray.

Tyler Garrioch stunned the 2,500 patrons in attendance when he scored 16:09 in the second from Hudson Morrison. Morrison won the face-off to the left, where Garrioch quickly chipped it over Todosychuk. Dauphin were in front by a mile; 4-0 after two periods.

"We are working hard, but we aren't working smart all the time. We need to get back to Viper hockey on Thursday," said Mulcahy.

Williamson has double-shifted Mulcahy and Sparrow to try the most production with Brendan Persley still sidelined with an injury.

Sparrow has turned into must-see tv. Fans cling to the edge of their seats when he steps on the ice. He is leads the RBC Cup in goals and never takes a shift off. He was named Playoff MVP at the Vipers recent awards banquet and has backed it up in the RBC.

The Vipers were on a five-on-three man advantage when Sparrow was the recipient of nice passing from Demico Hannoun and Josh Bryan. Sparrow's fifth goal came on the powerplay 1:07 into the third.

Shortly after another Vipers' powerplay ended, captain Ryan Renz showed off his soft hands as he walked in from the point and snapped home his first of the playoffs from Sparrow.

The Kings snuffed out any chances of a comeback when Brent Wold responded with a goal from Justin Valentino.

The Vipers still control their own fate. The top four teams advance to the semifinals.

"We got to win three more games and we win a national championship. We need to realize the opportunity in front of us and do it for ourselves," said T.J. Dumonceaux.

The Kings take on the Yorkton Terriers Thursday afternoon.

The Vipers take on the Dudley Hewitt Cup champions the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (1-2) Thursday night.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Vipers & Kings Clash At Halfway Point Of RBC Cup Round Robin:

Day 4 of the RBC Cup is ready to wrap up this evening as the tournament host Vernon Vipers host the MJHL's Dauphin Kings. Both teams look to make it consecutive victories, as the Kings remain the tournament's only unbeaten team at 2-0 while the Vipers sit at 1-1.

Game time is 7 PM. Tune in with Graham Turnbull on 107.5 KISS FM or Christian Laughland on 730 CKDM.

In the early game, it was an All-Ontario matchup as the Carleton Place Canadians and Toronto Lakeshore Patriots brought a finesse-first style of play. Much different than the play the Vipers, Kings, and Terriers are used to facing.

This is written by Jason La Rose of Hockey Canada:

Brett D’Andrea scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of the second period, and also added two assists to help the Carleton Place Canadians to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots in the Battle of Ontario on Tuesday afternoon at the 2014 RBC Cup. 

It was the first all-Ontario match-up at Canada’s National Junior A Championship since the Pembroke Lumber Kings beat the Wellington Dukes 5-2 in preliminary round action at the 2011 tournament.

Vinny Post, Anthony Latina and Luke Edwards had the other goals for Carleton Place (2-1), which bounced back from Sunday’s overtime loss to Dauphin and put itself in position to play in Saturday’s semifinals.

Edwards was the only other Canadians skater with multiple points, finishing with a goal and an assist.

Andreas Tsogkas and Marcus Rose scored for Toronto Lakeshore (1-2).

It took just 82 seconds for the Canadians to open the scoring, and it was a beauty; Post stepped out of the corner, danced around a Patriots defenceman and snuck a backhand to the far side past Evan Buitenhuis for an early 1-0 lead.

That would be the lone goal in a first period that saw Carleton Place hold a 13-9 advantage in shots.

Post’s goal would stand up until the 17:32 mark of the second period, when Tsogkas’ wrist shot from just inside the Canadians’ blue-line hit a Carleton Place stick and changed direction, beating Guillaume Therien to tie the game.

But Anthony Latina restored the Canadians’ lead at 18:31, tucking a rebound around Buitenhuis, and D’Andrea made it a 3-1 game 1:10 after that, ripping a one-timer past the Toronto Lakeshore goaltender on a Carleton Place power play.

Edwards added insurance 12 minutes into the third period, finishing off a feed from D’Andrea after an end-to-end rush by Owen Stewart on a delayed Toronto Lakeshore penalty.

Rose capped the scoring with 2:53 left, jamming a loose puck past Therien after a bounce off the end glass.

Therien earned his second win with a 24-save performance, while Buitenhuis turned aside 29 of 33 in a losing effort.

The Canadians close out the preliminary round against the Yorkton Terriers in Wednesday’s lone game (2 p.m. PT), while Toronto Lakeshore meets the Vernon Vipers in the round robin finale on Thursday night (7 p.m. PT).

Vipers Fly To Victory Thanks To Sparrow Netting The Trick:

Home town product Colton Sparrow had a hat trick leading the Vernon Vipers to a 6-4 win over the Yorkton Terriers at the RBC Cup.

Sparrow got Vernon's first goal and it's fourth -- which was part of 3 goals in 41 seconds to start the second period -- and sealed it with an empty netter in the final minute.

"Seems like things are going my way right now. The game is slowing down. It was good to get those because obviously we needed them in the end," Sparrow told Kiss FM and other media.

The Vipers got their first win of the five team tournament, despite almost blowing a 5-0 lead.

 The tenacious Terriers, the Saskatchewan and Western Canadian champs, scored four straight goals at the end of the second and through ten minutes in the third, two on the power play.

Defenceman Devon McMullen was Yorkton's player of the game.

"We knew we couldn't keep playing in this tournament losing 5-1 or whatever. We needed to bare down and show some pride and the guys showed it. We came back a bit, but we just didn't have enough," McMullen told the media.

Yorkton outshot Vernon 44-33, a busy night for Vernon goalie Austin Smith.

Michael McNicholas had one of the Vernon goals, and says the close game brought back bad memories of the team's four losses to Coquitlam in the BCHL Final.

"It was like the Coquitlam series. We had a big lead and we almost blew it, but we played hard at the end and got the win and that's all that matters I guess," says McNicholas.

McNicholas credits Sparrow for being their "best player in the playoffs."

"Unbelievable. He's keeping it going. It's so nice to see that from a home town kid. He's been great."

Vipers coach Jason Williamson says it was a relief just to win the game.

"It's tough because, our group, they've been reeling and they had lost 5 in a row if you go back to the Coquitlam series. I think the panic set in and you think, 'Oh no, here it comes again,' but finally we hung on and we won, on the back of Colton Sparrow" says Williamson who recently got word of a two year contract extension from Vipers owner Duncan Wray.

A crowd of around 2,500 took in the game at Kal Tire Place, smaller than Saturday's game.

Vernon plays the 2-0 Dauphin Kings Tuesday night at 7, while Carleton Place meets Toronto in the all-Ontario afternoon game at 2.

This was written by KISS FM News Director Pete McIntyre. Thank you to Pete and all other members of the media for allowing me to share their work.

Monday, May 12, 2014

RBC Cup Action Picking Up As Kings, Patriots Win On Day 2:

Fans at Kal Tire Place were treated to a very exciting game last night, despite their host team not playing in the game. The MJHL Dauphin Kings and CCHL Carleton Place Canadians finished their checks early and often, as the Kings slipped out with a 4-3 overtime thriller.

The early game saw the Yorkton Terriers open their tournament with a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. Although I missed the game due to work back in Merritt, buzz around the area is seeming to keep Yorkton in the hunt as their play on Sunday resembled the other 4 teams play in their tournament openers.

The Yorkton Terriers and Vernon Vipers will meet tonight for the first time since Spring of 1999, when the Vipers fell 3-1 in the Royal Bank Cup round robin, before defeating Bramalea and Charlottetown on the way to the Vipers 2nd National Championship.

The Terriers fell 6-5 in 2OT to the Charlottetown Abbies in the 1999 Championship. On this year's roster is Revelstoke's Riley Hunt, a former Vernon Viper and Salmon Arm Silverback.

Tonight's game will be broadcast on 107.5 KISS FM with Graham Turnbull, as well as on GX94 with Benny Walchuk. Watch on FAST Hockey with Robb Hunter and Dan Marshall at!

For a great preview of Monday's game, visit VipersDieHardFan's blog, which has been kept up to date with all the RBC Cup information you can ask for!

This is from the Dauphin Herald:

Brent Wold's goal 8:37 into overtime lifted the Dauphin Kings to a 4-3 win over the Carleton Place Canadians at the RBC Cup in Vernon, B.C.

The win improves Dauphin's record to 2-0 and they sit in first place in the standings.

The Kings opened the scoring on a power-play goal from Jesse Bernard at 14:42 of the first period.

Vinny Post tied it early in the second period for Carleton Place and the Canadians took the lead five minutes into the third on a shorthanded goal from Stephen Bayliss.

The Kings used the power play to regain the lead shortly after. Bernard netted his second of the game at 6:18. Then Dylan Butler put the Kings in front at 8:53 on another man advantage.

The lead would not last long as Stephen Cooney tied the game at 12:05.

Neither team could net the go-ahead goal the rest of the period and the game went into overtime where Wold would end the game on a backhand shot in front of the net.

Dauphin's Michael Stiliadis and Carleton Place goalie Guillaume Therien each made 31 saves.

The Kings were 3-7 on the power play, while Carleton Place was 0-3.

Tanner Butler was named Player of the Game for Dauphin.

The Kings have an off-day, Monday, and return to action, Tuesday when they play the host Vernon Vipers at 9 p.m., Manitoba time.

This is from VipersDieHardFan's Blog:

1st Period: The Terriers got on the board first and early, just 1:18 into the contest Yorkton caught Evan Buitenhuis out of position and out of the blue paint were able to get the loose puck into the open cage for their only goal of the game. The Patriots responded quickly tying the game just twenty two seconds later before taking over the game. Just over three minutes later Toronto Lakeshore took a 2-1 lead and even though either team didnt get alot of pucks to the net the Patriots were the better of the two teams, carried most of the play. The Terriers didnt have alot of puck possesion most of the afternoon was in their own end most of the game. Toronto Lakeshore was up 2-1 after 20 minutes of play. Shots were even 6-6.

2nd Period: The Patriots with two goals in the middle frame really took over the game outplayed Yorkton in the 2nd period. The Terriers got into penalty trouble were down three goals looked rattled and come unglued at times getting involved in the after the whistle activities getting off their game. The Patriots again were the better team, carried the play and looked good. Yorkton with very little puck possesion had troubles all afternoon generating any kind of offensive attack. The Terriers had troubles getting into the Toronto Lakeshore zone, and getting any kind of forecheck or pressure going. The puck would get into the Patriots zone before coming right back out. Kale Thomson made two big saves late in the period to keep this game from getting away on Yorkton. The Pats were up 4-1 after 40 minutes of play. Toronto Lakeshore outshot Yorkton 13-7.

3rd Period: With a three goal lead heading into the third, the Pats slowed the game down, carried the better of the play at times but did a good job at winding down the clock without giving up any real scoring chances, and did a great job at not allowing the Terriers back in the game. A pretty slow period with not alot of action in a period where it looked like both teams just wanted to wind the clock down and call it a game. The Patriots would score once more for a 5-1 lead. Toronto Lakeshore outshot Yorkton 13-10.

Game Thought's: (Toronto Lakeshore)

I wouldnt say today was a must win but the Pats didnt want to go down 0-2 in their first two games at the RBC Cup. After a 2-1 loss yesterday to the Dauphin Kings in a game the Patriots should have won, Toronto Lakeshore has really impressed me so far in the tournament. This team I would say is the smallest club at the 2014 Royal Bank Cup but one of if not the fastest-quickest team I have seen and Ive been at all the games so far. The Patriots are quick, they move the puck well, good on their feet, not that physical or really play the body but more of a puck moving team that is skilled and can put the puck in the net. There defence so far has looked pretty good. In the two games they have played its been hard to get a read on there goaltending, as I dont think Evan Buitenhuis has been overly tested yet in the first two games. Hes looked good at times making some good saves.

Game Thought's: (Yorkton)

It looked good early as the Terriers scored 1:18 into the game before giving up five straight falling 5-1 to Toronto Lakeshore in the teams first game of the RBC Cup. I wasnt overly impressed with Yorkton much of the afternoon. The Terriers had trouble all day getting the puck-play into the Pats zone and if they did couldnt generate much of a forecheck or pressure generating very little offence all afternoon. Yorkton kind of like the Vipers last night took too many penalties and seemed to get off their game in the 2nd period. The Terriers were outplayed and outworked most of the afternoon will play the Vipers tomorrow night.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Pair Of Games In Day 2 Action At RBC Cup:

The RBC Cup continues this afternoon as four teams will hit the ice for game action, leaving the host Vernon Vipers on a day off. Taking to the ice first will be the Yorkton Terriers and Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

For the Terriers, it's the opening game of the tournament as they were given a chance to witness the start of the event before getting to work. Trent Cassan's Terriers could be labelled a favourite in this tournament, however with just 5 teams anything can happen in a short span. Without having hit the ice, indications point to the veteran status players for key roles, such as Brett Boehm, Tayler Thomspon and Chase Norrish. Boehm and Thompson combined for 104 points in 79 regular season games in Terrier colours, while Norrish was the SJHL's top scoring d-man.

The Patriots will be looking to ramp up their play and keep the transition game going as Yorkton is a puck-first team, so Toronto will need to get another strong game from Evan Buitenhuis. With that, having goalies with great numbers along with a few defensemen in the lineup who put up nearly a point per game in the regular season shows that this club has a strength offensively, where you never know who will create the scoring opportunities. 8 players had 10+ goals on the regular season for the Patriots.

For the Merritt folks!
Later tonight, the Carleton Place Canadians will face the Dauphin Kings as both teams were victors in Day 1 action on Saturday. The Kings came away with a 2-1 decision over Toronto while Carleton Place disappointed the host Vernon Vipers 3-2 in the evening game.

That game begins at 7 PM, while the afternoon game has puck drop set for 2 PM.

Watch online with FASTHockey through, and check their right sidebar for post-game video interviews as well!

RBC Cup Home:

From last night, here is a big hit that left a pair of players in the dressing room for the remainder of the evening. Please check for great videos of the RBC Cup and much more!! 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Late Goal Propels Canadians To 3-2 Victory Over RBC Host Vipers:

What a great game on Saturday night as the Vernon Vipers and Carleton Place Canadians came out with a up-tempo style of play that featured several big checks along with a pair of hits big enough to end the games for a player from each club.

Unfortunately, there is limited time to post this as I am off to Merritt tonight, so I will leave it to Vernon Vipers Assistant Coach Dave Robinson and Carleton Place Canadians Head Coach Jason Clarke to tell you how THEY saw it!

Written By Hockey Canada's Jason La Rose:

Vinny Post’s goal with 4:28 left was the game-winner, helping the Carleton Place Canadians to a 3-2 win over the host Vernon Vipers in the opening day finale Saturday at the 2014 RBC Cup.

The win came in the Canadians’ debut at Canada’s National Junior A Championship; they’ve played 50 fewer RBC Cup games than Vernon, which fell to 35-16 all-time in its 10th appearance.

Post took a gorgeous cross-ice feed from Owen Stewart and outwaited Austin Smith, dancing around the sprawling Vernon goaltender before depositing the puck into a wide-open net, capping a back-and-forth third period.

Dylan Gareau and Adam Lloyd had the other goals for Carleton Place (1-0), which scored all three of its goals in the final 20 minutes, erasing a 1-0 deficit after two periods.

Colton Sparrow and Demico Hannoun both scored shorthanded goals for Vernon (0-1), which lost its tournament opener for the sixth time in its 10 appearances. But history is on the Vipers’ side; in the five previous tournaments they’ve started with a loss, they won the national championship at four of them (1991, 1996, 1999, 2010).

After a scoreless first period it was Vernon that found the scoreboard first, seven minutes into the middle frame; just 12 seconds into a Dexter Dancs minor for high-sticking, Sparrow burst down the left wing before beating Carleton Place netminder Guillaume Therien to the far side.

That would be it for scoring in the first 40 minutes, with Carleton Place holding a slight 16-15 edge in shots on goal through two periods. The Canadians struck quickly in the third period, tying the game just 47 seconds in.

Brett D’Andrea worked the puck to the slot and onto the stick of Gareau, who spun and beat Smith along the ice to make it 1-1.

Lloyd gave Carleton Place its first lead on the power play at 5:57, poking in a loose puck at the side of the net, but Hannoun pulled the Vipers even on the same man advantage at 8:11, finishing off a shorthanded two-on-one with T.J. Dumonceaux by rifling a wrist shot past a stretching Therien.

Post’s winner made the Canadians the first team to beat the RBC Cup hosts in their opener since 2011, when the Vipers beat the Camrose Kodiaks.

Carleton Place is back in action Sunday, taking on the Dauphin Kings in a battle of Day 1 winners (7 p.m. PT), while the Vipers see the ice at Kal Tire Place next on Monday, facing the Yorkton Terriers in the day’s lone game (7 p.m. PT).

Dauphin Squeaks By Toronto 2-1 To Open RBC Cup:

Written by: JASON LA ROSE

Jesse Bernard broke a 1-1 tie with just 1:37 to go, leading the Dauphin Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots in the tournament opener Saturday afternoon at the 2014 RBC Cup.

The win keeps Dauphin undefeated in preliminary round games at Canada’s National Junior A Championship; the Kings went a perfect 5-0 when they hosted the tournament in 2010 before losing to Vernon in the championship game.

Bernard took a pass from behind the net from Tanner Lomsnes and roofed a shot over the shoulder of Toronto Lakeshore goaltender Evan Buitenhuis to give the Kings the lead for the first time, and for good.

Tanner Butler had the other goal for Dauphin (1-0), which scored twice in the final 12 minutes to erase a one-goal deficit after two periods and score the victory. Michael Stiliadis earned the win in the Dauphin goal with a tremendous performance, making 41 saves.

Jacob Hayhurst scored the lone goal for Toronto Lakeshore (0-1), which lost for just the fifth time in 25 postseason games.

The Patriots carried the play in the early minutes of the first period, holding a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal at one point, but Stiliadis was there time and time again to keep the game scoreless through 20 minutes.

It took just 2:57 of the second period for Toronto Lakeshore to get on the board; after a scramble in front of Stiliadis the puck fell to Hayhurst, who beat the sprawling Dauphin goaltender for a 1-0 lead.

The Patriots pushed for more before the end of the middle frame, but were stymied by Stiliadis, who is playing for his third team this season – he started with the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders and spent a month in Vernon with the RBC Cup host Vipers before landing in Dauphin.

The Kings finally pulled even with 12:04 left in the third period; Butler’s original shot was kicked out by the right pad of Buitenhuis, but he gathered up his own rebound and beat that same right pad to tie the game.

Bernard’s winner came just seconds after another sustained push from Toronto Lakeshore, which held a 42-29 advantage in shots on goal.

Both teams are back in action Sunday; the Kings try for a 2-0 start when they take on the Carleton Place Canadians in the late game (7 p.m. PT), while the Patriots face the Yorkton Terriers in the matinee (2 p.m. PT).

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Chatting with RBC Cup Event Manager Don Klepp:

Continuing to kick off the RBC Cup with a chance to learn about Vernon, the BCHL and beyond, as I had a chance to chat with one of the main faces behind the works of the RBC Cup, Don Klepp!

Enjoy! And if you'd like to hear an interview this week from someone involved with the tournament, feel free to let me know whose voice you'd love to hear from and I'll get their thoughts on the 8-day event!

Vernon Vipers Owner Duncan Wray On Hosting RBC Cup:

Thanks to Duncan for making the time to chat with me this afternoon.

Let The Games Begin, RBC Cup Kicks Off Today:

It's go time for five teams and hundreds of personnel, as the 2014 RBC Cup kicks off this afternoon at Kal Tire Place in Vernon. Dauphin and Toronto open the tournament at 2 PM this afternoon while Vernon and Carleton Place meet up at at 7 PM this evening.

As the tournament begins, I would like to welcome all of the out of town visitors and competitors alike to the Okanagan Valley, this is going to be an incredible next 8 days. If you have any questions regarding the tournament or community, please feel free to contact me at or 250-315-7514.

Here is Friday's Morning Star article:

Too bad life doesn’t hand out second chances like Oprah. It did in the cases of four Vernon Vipers who get another shot at the Canadian Junior A Hockey League title.

Michael McNicholas, 20, and defencemen Josh Bryan, 21, lost in the semifinals of the Western Canada Cup with the host Nanaimo Clippers last year.

Forwards Brett Mulcahy, 21, and 18-year-old Demico Hannoun lost in overtime in the semifinals at the RBC Cup with the Surrey Eagles last year in Summerside, P.E.I.

“I feel pretty fortunate, not many guys get the opportunity to play in one, let alone two RBCs,” said Mulcahy, a Kelowna product.

Mulcahy returned to the Okanagan this year as the Surrey Eagles traded their captain to the Vipers for Chase McMurphy and future considerations.

A Sidney product, Bryan is revelling in the fact that he gets another crack at the Royal Bank Cup.

“It feels like someone is looking down on me by giving me a chance to play for the host team. It feels like someone up there wants me to win it,” said Bryan.

The Vipers open the tournament against the Carleton Place Canadians (54-6-1) of Ottawa Saturday night at Kal Tire Place. Saturday nights’ game will be the first meaningful game for the Vipers since April 15.

“We have been practising way too long, I’m jealous of all the other teams that have been playing,” said Bryan. One more sleep until the RBC Cup gets underway. McNicholas, who came to Vernon in the Aaron Hadley trade with Nanaimo last year, believes the Snakes will be ready.

“Our team last year at Westerns wasn’t nearly as focused as this team is right now. These tournaments are always fun and we will be ready to go,” said McNicholas.

The RBC presents a format unlike anything the Vipers have experienced this season. “It is going to be different, we gotta treat each game like Game 7,” said Hannoun. “We need to limit our mistakes and make sure we capitalize on the other teams.”

Hannoun came to the Vipers from the Eagles in the blockbuster deal involving Adam Tambellini. It may have taken two and a half weeks for the RBC to get here for the Vipers, but it will be over before you know it.

The RBC looks to be a grind house as the teams that play the finals will end up playing six games in eight nights.

“We know its going to be tough. We need to eat good and drink a lot of water, just like we have been doing all playoffs,” said McNicholas.

The tournament gets underway Saturday with the Dauphin Kings taking on the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots at 2 p.m.

The Vipers-Canadians game follows at 7 p.m. Sunday features the Yorkton Terriers and the Patriots at 2 p.m., with the Canadians and the Kings at 7 p.m. 

Carleton’s Andy Sturtz picked up some serious hardware, as he was named the 2014 MVP and the Top Forward at the CJHL awards Wednesday in Calgary. Sturtz sits second in Canadians’ playoff production with 12 goals and 22 points. He exploded for 51 goals and 104 points in his first CJHL season.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Buffalo product is headed to Penn State University next fall to play for the Nittany Lions.

The Canadians have 10 players committed to NCAA schools next fall. D-man Jim Roll will be attending Lake Superior State along with Vipers’ captain Ryan Renz.

Forward Evan Peterson will head to Colgate University with Vipers’ blueliner Kenny Citron. Carleton Place set a record with 54 wins and 110 points in the Ontario League this season.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Stay Up To Date With RBC Cup Social Media Links:

With the RBC Cup beginning Saturday, here is a list of social media contacts so fans can stay more in touch with Canada's National Junior A Hockey Championship.

Please check out the other broadcasters blogs' on a daily basis, as I know they will be working hard to keep local fans in touch with the event.

I, too, will have coverage here on the 'Cafe' but regardless, there are many great people writing about this great event!

I may add to this list if I come across other terminals of information!


Vernon Vipers Play-by-Play Voice Graham Turnbull's Twitter:

Vipers Twitter:

Vipersdiehardfan Blog:


Dauphin Kings Play-by-Play Voice Christian Laughland's blog:

Christian's Twitter:

Kings Twitter:


Yorkton Terriers Play-by-Play Voice Benny Walchuk's blog:

Benny's Twitter:

Terriers Twitter:


Toronto Patriots Team Blog:

Patriots Twitter:


Carleton Place Canadians Website Stories:

Canadians Twitter:

Nicola Valley Memorial Arena To Add Hanging Clock:

The time has come for a new clock at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena — thanks to funding from Westcan Auto Parts, the City of Merritt and Tourism Nicola Valley.

 “We think it’s going to be a tremendous asset to a city-owned facility,” City of Merritt leisure services manager Larry Plotnikoff said. “We thought that would be great to have. It’s going to be a really good asset for all the user groups in the arena,” he said.

 Plotnikoff said the city put forward $25,000 for a new clock and issued a challenge to the Centennials hockey club to raise the other $25,000 in order to finance a hanging clock.

 The Cents heard the challenge and Westcan and Tourism Nicola Valley answered, he said. “We’re a fairly community-oriented company,” Westcan owner Ron Jhaj said.

“We do this at all the places we have stores. It’s one of those things that’s a good thing for the community.”

Jhaj, who lives in Kamloops but recently opened the Westcan store in Merritt, said he came to a Cents game last year and has heard about the need for a new clock at from the club.

Centennials president Jerry Canuel said the hanging clock will raise the profile of the arena even higher, and the club is excited to see the investment become a reality.

 The hanging clock is expected to go up over centre ice in about 10 weeks.

Monday, May 5, 2014

RBC Cup Ready To Go Live Friday From Vernon(Team Preview):

All stats are GP-G-A-P-PIM, with both Reg. Season and Playoffs shown.

Regular Season: 30-18-4-6, 70 pts. 3rd in Division, 6th in League.
Playoffs: Lost in League Final to Coquitlam Express. Defeated West Kelowna and Penticton.
Leading Scorers:
1. Michael McNicholas (F)5623466920|19513186
2. Dexter Dancs (F)5626416758|1647112
3. Liam Coughlin (F)5318274570|19761314
4. Demico Hannoun (F)4715294455|18391214
5. Colton Sparrow (F)5011233449|19814228
Starting Goalie: 
1. Austin Smith362.63.917|192.98.907
2. Danny Todosychuk253.15.902|
Head Coach: Jason Williamson

Regular Season: 37-12-2-5, 81 pts. 1st in League.
Playoffs: Western Canada Cup & SJHL Champions. Defeated Melville, Humboldt, Notre Dame. 
Leading Scorers:
1. Tayler Thompson (F)5223386147|12281010
2. Chase Norrish (D)569364564|1478154
3. Brett Boehm (F)2721224328|141061616
4. Kailum Gervais (F)4612203263|14561124
5. Brady Norrish (D)549213032|141786
Starting Goalie:
1. Kale Thomson451.89.934|141.74.936
2. Riley Medves122.57.908|
Head Coach: Trent Cassan
Team Notes: Yorkton hosted the 1999 RBC Cup, in which Vernon won their 4th National Championship.

Regular Season: 40-17-3, 83 pts. 1st in Division. 3rd in League.
Playoffs: Western Canada Cup Finalists. Lost in League Final to Winnipeg Blues. Defeated OCN and Virden.
Leading Scorers:
1. Dylan Butler (F)5420375718|1377140
2. Jesse Bernard (D)5818355331|1324618
3. Justin Valentino (F)589404953|1333616
4. Brent Wold (F)4320274744|13571214
5. Mitch VanTeeling (D)6023234629|1326812
Starting Goalie:
1. Michael Stilliadis262.50.907|122.09.909
2. Jordan Piccolino102.28.911|42.47.889
Head Coach: Marlin Murray
Team Notes: Vernon's Kevin Swales was a part of the Kings roster a couple seasons ago.

Regular Season: 54-6-1-1, 110 pts. 1st in League.
Playoffs: Fred Page Cup and CCHL Champions. Defeated Kempville, Pembroke, Smith Falls.
Leading Scorers:
1. Andy Sturtz (F)58515310496|141091918
2. Evan Peterson (F)6034629629|1696156
3. Brett D'Andrea (F)6219476620|16561114
4. Stephen Baylis (F)5224386286|169142322
5. Kelly Summers (D)5617436012|1658134
Starting Goalie:
1. Guillaume Bélanger-Thérien282.07.923|162.44.907
2. Justin Laforest272.75.896|25.47.706
Head Coach: Jason Clarke

Regular Season: 35-12-3-3, 76 pts. 1st in Division, 3rd in League.
Playoffs:  Dudley Hewitt and OJHL Champions. Defeated Toronto, North York, Goergetown, Aurora.
Leading Scorers:
1. Andreas Tsogkas (F)5331265730|19791622
2. Kevin Shier (F)4621335450|198243216
3. Michael Prapavessis (D)47549542|19213154
4. Doug Bonar (F)522030508|19912210
5. Niko Kovachis (D)5110273778|1816725
Starting Goalie:
1. Evan Buitenhuis121.85.943|192.04.932
2. Jeremy Helvig282.69.904|0--
Head Coach: Jason Fortier

This is from Monday's Vernon Morning Star:

The 2014 Royal Bank Cup roster is now confirmed.

The host Vernon Vipers will open the national Junior A hockey tournament Saturday night at Kal Tire Place against the Eastern champion Carleton Place Canadians of Ottawa.

The Canadians enjoyed a record-setting season with 54 wins and 110 points and took the Fred Page Cup Sunday with a 3-1 win over the host St. Jerome Panthers.

The Canadians were unbeaten in the tourney.

The Dauphin Kings of Manitoba earned their RBC berth with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Spruce Grove Saints Sunday night at the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Dauphin.

Dauphin opens the RBC Saturday afternoon against the Central champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

Toronto claimed the Dudley Hewitt Cup by clipping the Wellington Dukes 2-1.

Spruce Grove made the RBC qualifying game by derailing the BCHL champion Coquitlam Express 5-3 Saturday afternoon.

The Yorkton Terriers were the first team through to the RBC Cup after they beat Dauphin 5-4 Saturday night in the Western Canada Cup Championship game.

Yorkton gets a bye Saturday and play Toronto Sunday afternoon.

The Vipers are off Sunday before taking on Yorkton Monday night.