Vernon Vipers make blueline deals

BCHL team trades veteran D-man Mitch Oliver to Chilliwack for forward; pick up WHL blueliner Connor Clouston from Medicine Hat...

The Vernon Vipers have dealt veteran defenceman Mitchell Oliver to the Chilliwack Chiefs in exchange for forward Jesse Lansdell.

The Vernon Vipers have dealt veteran defenceman Mitchell Oliver to the Chilliwack Chiefs in exchange for forward Jesse Lansdell.

The Vernon Vipers have made a number of roster moves ahead of tonight’s B.C. Hockey League game in Chilliwack versus the Chiefs.

Vernon traded defenceman Mitch Oliver to the Chiefs in exchange for forward Jesse Lansdell.

Oliver, 19, leaves the Snakes after appearing in 117 regular season games over three seasons. The Kelowna product had five points in 12 games this year, and will return to Vernon Wednesday when the Chiefs pay a visit in the back end of the home-and-home contests.

Lansdell, 18, a five-foot-11, 206-pound centre, had 44 points in 55 games last season. He has five points in the first nine games this year.

Lansdell is committed to Notre Dame for next season.

Vernon also added 20-year-old defenceman Connor Clouston from the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers.

Clouston, who hails from Medicine Hat, is a veteran of 158 WHL games and, at six-foot-three, 205-pounds, brings size to the Viper blueline.

He’s also not afraid to drop the gloves.

In order to make room for Clouston, the Vipers have released forward Tyler Maser.

The Houston, B.C. native played in 10 games with Vernon, registering one goal and two points.

Both Lansdell and Clouston are expected to make their Viper debuts tonight in Chilliwack.