2011 RBC Cup

Vernon Vipers 4 - Camrose Kodiaks 2


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.

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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).


Game Information
Game Number 1 Round Preliminary
Arena Edgeworth Centre City, Country Camrose, Alta.
Month / Day / Year 04/30/2011 Time 07:00 PM MT
Attendance 2795 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Vernon Vipers (PAC) 2 0 2 4
Camrose Kodiaks (HST) 1 0 1 2

First Period
   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

   05:01 HST 23 Brooks Myers (Hooking)
   14:37 PAC 22 Colton Sparrow (Interference)
   19:30 HST 27 Mario Boilard (Boarding)

Second Period

   09:23 PAC 18 Kyle Murphy (Hooking)
   13:31 PAC 16 Darren Nowick (Hooking)
   16:16 PAC 15 Michael Zalewski (Slashing)

Third Period
   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

   02:08 HST 26 Cole Wilson (Tripping)
   08:07 PAC 12 John Knisley (Tripping)
   11:37 HST 2 Jesse Altheim (Checking from Behind)
   13:17 HST 28 Tyler Jewitt (Hooking)
   13:52 PAC 2 Malcolm Lyles (Interference)

Vernon Vipers
30 Kirby Halcrow On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Camrose Kodiaks
35 Dalyn Flette On 1/00:00 Off 3/18:54

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Vernon Vipers 9 9 13 31
Camrose Kodiaks 6 5 12 23

Player of the Game
Vernon Vipers 16 Darren Nowick
Camrose Kodiaks 19 Clayton Jardine


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