Vernon Vipers 4 - Camrose Kodiaks 2
NOWICK’S THREE POINTS LEAD VIPERS TO WIN OVER KODIAKS
CAMROSE, Alta. – Darren Nowick scored twice and added an assist as the Vernon Vipers opened defenseoftheir National Junior A Championship with a 4-2 victory over the host Camrose Kodiaks in the 2011 RBCCupcurtain-raiser on Saturday night.
Michael Zalewski and John Knisley added a goal and an assist each for the Vipers, who have lost justonceat the tournament in the last three years – a 6-5 overtime loss to Dauphin in last year’stournamentopener.
Coming off a 22-day layoff following their loss to Spruce Grove in the Alberta Junior Hockey Leaguefinal,the Kodiaks fell behind 2-0 just six minutes in on goals from Brett Corkey and Nowick, but cut the leadinhalf before the end of the first period on a Mario Boilard power play goal at 16:30, on just the thirdshotof the game for Camrose.
The Vipers continued to apply the pressure in the second period, outshooting the Kodiaks 9-5, butCamrosegoaltender Dalyn Flette, as he did time after time during the AJHL playoffs, kept his team in the gameandwithin a goal after 40 minutes.
Zalewski made it a 3-1 game five minutes into the third period, snapping a shot over Flette’s glove onapartial breakaway, but the Kodiaks’ power play struck again midway through the third period, as SamJardinescored to cut the lead to a single goal once again.
But the Kodiak comeback was not to be, as Knisley cleaned up the rebound of a Nowick shot to round outthescoring and clinch Vernon’s 31st win at the national championship, nine more than second-placeCamrose.
The Vipers will enjoy an off day Sunday before facing Portage in Monday’s early game (3:30 p.m. MT),whilethe Kodiaks will look to rebound and earn their first win when they take on Wellington on Sunday night(7:30p.m. MT).
|Arena||Edgeworth Centre||City, Country||Camrose, Alta.|
|Month / Day / Year||04/30/2011||Time||07:00 PM MT|
|Vernon Vipers (PAC)||2||0||2||4|
|Camrose Kodiaks (HST)||1||0||1||2|
04:12 PAC 3 Brett Corkey (10 David Robinson, 27 Bryce Kakoske)
06:13 PAC 16 Darren Nowick (15 Michael Zalewski, 28 Adam Thompson) PP
16:30 HST 27 Mario Boilard (18 Ben Gallacher, 17 Rylan Wiest) PP
05:14 PAC 15 Michael Zalewski (16 Darren Nowick, 12 John Knisley)
09:29 HST 4 Sam Jardine (28 Tyler Jewitt, 29 John Lidgett) PP
12:19 PAC 12 John Knisley (16 Darren Nowick, 24 Steven Weinstein) PP
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Vernon Vipers||16 Darren Nowick|
|Camrose Kodiaks||19 Clayton Jardine|
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