It’s a relatively small sample size, but when he hasn’t been injured or suspended, Danny Todosychuk has been stellar for the Vernon Vipers.
The Vernon product recorded 24 saves for his third B.C. Hockey League shutout in just seven games as the Snakes blanked the host Langley Rivermen 4-0 Saturday night at the Events Centre.
“It was a good, solid game by us, kind of a bounceback after West Kelowna (6-5 OT loss Friday),” said Todosychuk, who turns 20 on Dec. 3.
“We all just bought in and played the way we wanted to play. They didn’t really have much say. They barely had any time in our zone and most of their shots were from the perimeter.”
Todosychuk, who missed six games to suspension, plus several weeks to two separate injuries, credited stablemate Jarrod Schamerhorn for stepping up his game.
“He knows he’s going to play and he ran with it for a bit and did a great job,” said Todosychuk, whose 1.75 goals-against average and .935 save percentage top the 16-team loop. “Ferns (head coach Mark Ferner) knows he’s got two goalies he can play.”
Todosychuk will start tonight (7:00) as the Vipers (13-7-1-2) entertain the Merritt Centennials (14-10-0-1) at Kal Tire Place. The teams are tied for third in the Interior, but the Vipers have two games in hand.
The Cents are coming off consecutive weekend losses to the league-leading Penticton Vees. They led both games heading into the third period.
“I’m disappointed that we wasted a good effort by a good chunk of our team,” said head coach Luke Pierce. “You can’t win without all 20 guys playing well and playing hard.”
Liam Coughlin (8th and 9th) led the Vipers’ attack with two powerplay goals to earn first star against Langley (12-9-1-3). The Boston native fired the first on a bad-angle one-timer set up by second star Thomas Aldworth. He clicked again on the man advantage with TJ Dumonceaux and Aldworth, just 35 seconds into the final frame.
Liam Finlay (7th) worked a sweet passing sequence with Luke Voltin to beat netminder Bo Didur 1:15 into the opening frame. Aldworth (12th) faked a pass and fooled Didur with a wrister from the top of the circle to complete the scoring 7:07 into period three.
Didur (32 saves) was relieved by Darren Martin (11 saves) for the final 12:53.