Game Summary
Vernon Vipers  5 -  Dauphin Kings  6


DAUPHIN, Man. – As if an MJHL championship and an ANAVET Cup title weren’t enough to prove the Dauphin Kings aren’t the average RBC Cup host team, a win over the defending champions just might do the trick.

Mathew Backhouse found the back of the net 42 seconds into overtime, lifting the Kings to a 6-5 overtime victory over the Vernon Vipers on Saturday night in the opener for both at the National Junior A Championship.

Backhouse’s shot from the point got past a screened Graeme Gordon, igniting the capacity crowd of 2,135 at the Parkland Recreation Complex and ending the Vipers’ RBC Cup winning streak at nine, which included last year’s unbeaten run to the franchise’s record fifth national title.

The game was a showcase of two of the pre-tournament favourites and two of the nation’s top offences, and it did not disappoint.

Twice in the opening 40 minutes the Vipers opened up two-goal leads, at 2-0 and 4-2, but could not hold off the hard-charging Kings, who scored twice in the first five minutes of the third period to pull even at 4-4 at set up an exciting finish.

David Robinson restored Vernon’s lead at 12:36 but Zeanan Ziemer replied just 1:44 later, blasting a shot to the far side past Gordon and eventually forcing overtime, where Backhouse made sure it ended early.

Kellen Jones, playing without twin brother Connor, who did not dress, scored twice to pace the Vernon offence, while Braden Pimm and Mike Collins also scored. Cody Esposito’s two goals led the way for Dauphin, which also got goals from Colton Graf and Troy Hunter.

The Vipers are right back to action Sunday night, taking on La Ronge in the evening game (7 p.m. CT), while the Kings will enjoy an off day to end the weekend before hitting the ice in Monday’s lone game against Brockville (7 p.m. CT).


Game Information
Game Number Round Preliminary
Arena Credit Union Place City, Country Dauphin, Man., Canada
Month / Day / Year 05/01/2010 Time (local) 07:00 PM CT
Attendance 2135 Game Status Final in Overtime

Box Score   1     2     3   OT1 Total
Vernon Vipers (PAC) 2 2 1 0 5
Dauphin Kings (HST) 1 1 3 1 6
First Period
   10:08 PAC 15 Kellen Jones (19 Jonathan Milhouse)
   15:06 PAC 14 Braden Pimm (8 Curtis Gedig, 5 Mike Collins) PP
   16:07 HST 19 Colton Graf (16 Devin Mitzner)

   00:00 HST 29 Brett Willows (10-Minute Misconduct)
   03:28 PAC 18 David Robinson (Holding)
   14:14 HST 15 Troy Hunter (Hooking)
   18:52 HST 27 Patrick Kozyra (Cross Checking)

Second Period
   06:17 HST 14 Cody Esposito (27 Patrick Kozyra, 18 Mitch Czibere) PP
   07:27 PAC 15 Kellen Jones (17 Sahir Gill, 19 Jonathan Milhouse)
   11:14 PAC 5 Mike Collins (12 Cole Ikkala, 14 Braden Pimm)

   05:11 PAC 5 Mike Collins (Roughing)
   05:11 HST 16 Devin Mitzner (Roughing)
   05:20 PAC 8 Curtis Gedig (Interference)
   11:45 PAC 5 Mike Collins (Boarding)
   13:11 PAC 21 Kevin Kraus (Cross Checking)

Third Period
   00:24 HST 15 Troy Hunter (14 Cody Esposito, 17 Mike Boese)
   05:12 HST 14 Cody Esposito (17 Mike Boese)
   12:36 PAC 18 David Robinson (11 Cory Kane)
   14:20 HST 74 Zeanan Ziemer (18 Mitch Czibere)

   00:38 PAC 3 Garrett Noonan (Hooking)
   07:05 PAC 14 Braden Pimm (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
   07:05 HST 74 Zeanan Ziemer (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)


   00:42 HST 4 Mathew Backhouse

Vernon Vipers
35 Graeme Gordon On 1/00:00   Off 4/00:42
Dauphin Kings
35 Joe Caligiuri On 1/00:00   Off 4/00:42

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   OT1 Total
Vernon Vipers 8 14 11 0 33
Dauphin Kings 8 12 14 1 35

Player of Game
Vernon Vipers 15 Kellen Jones
Dauphin Kings 14 Cody Esposito
Referee Trevor Hansen
Lines People Dustin Deck, Darrel Surminski