Thursday, April 23, 2009
VIPERS BACK IN RBC
The Vernon Vipers are back in familiar territory. They will play for the Canadian Junior A Championship after defeating the AJHL champion Grande Prairie Storm 5-2 in game 4 to sweep the Doyle Cup.
Connor Jones led the offensive attack in game 4 by tallying the hat-trick in the win.
The Vipers will represent the Pacific region at the RBC which begins in Victoria on May 2nd. Vernon's win assures there will be two teams representing the BCHL at the tournament. The Victoria Grizzlies earn an automatic berth in the tournament as hosts.
This is Vernon's first visit to the Royal Bank Cup since they won it all last in 1999. Prior to that, Vernon won the inaugural Royal Bank Cup in 1996 and it's predecessor the Centennial cup in back to back years in 1990 and 1991.
Vernon will look to become the first BCHL team to win the RBC since the Express brought it back to BC 3 years ago in 2006.
Vernon will play their first game of the tournament on Sunday May 3rd vs. the Fred Page Cup champion representing the Eastern region.
Here's how the rest of the field is shaping up for the RBC.
The Anavet cup between the defending RBC Champs Humboldt Broncos and Manitoba League champion the Portage Terriers sees the defending national champions on the brink of elimination trailing the series 3-1. The winner of this series will be the Western region representative.
The Central and Eastern region representatives are determined with the league champions going head to head in a week long tournament.
The Dudley Hewitt Cup in Ontario features the Fort William North Stars who played in the 2006 RBC, host Schreiber Diesels, Soo Thunderbirds and the Kingston Voyaguers. The winner of this tournament will be crowned Saturday and represent the Central region.
And out east the 4 teams competing for the Fred Page Cup are the Pembroke Lumber Kings who played in the 07 RBC in Prince George, Sherbrooke Cougars, Summerside Western Capitals and Dieppe Gagnon Commandos. The Eastern representative will be determined Sunday.