Vipers welcome back Bauer from injury; suspend Fidler

Vernon Vipers suspend forward Trevor Fidler; welcome back Mackenzie Bauer from lengthy injury.

The Vernon Vipers will be without winger Trevor Fidler when they face the Penticton Vees tonight at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Fidler, a 19-year-old Boston native, rang up eight goals and 20 points in 30 games as a rookie with the Vipers.

“We have suspended Trevor Fidler until we can make a trade, hopefully within the B.C. Hockey League,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner.

Fidler, a 5-foot-8, 165-pounder, was unhappy with the ice time he was getting in Vernon.

Centre Mackenzie Bauer, meanwhile, is returning to the Vipers after having an MRI done in Philadelphia.

Bauer was dropped by the Vipers before the Dec. 1 carding deadline with a suspected sports hernia. Ferner will now re-card the Three Hills, Alta. product, who had 4-2-6 in 12 games.

“He and his family went to see a doctor in Philadelphia who does all the NHL sports hernia surgeries,” said Ferner. “He did (Claude) Giroux’s surgery and others. They did an MRI and Mackenzie was told he had a high hip flexor. He’s skating with us and he says it feels fine. It bothered him last year too.”

Ferner planned to start veteran Danny Todoyschuk in net tonight. The Vernon product has been on injured reserve a few times this season and is 7-2 with a 2.38 GAA.

Workhorse Jarrod Schamerhorn, who is 15-10-1 with a 2.20 GAA, will likely play Saturday when the Snakes host the Trail Smoke Eaters (6 p.m.) at Kal Tire Place.

Scott Davidson and Charlie Zuccarini each scored twice as the Smokies surprised the West Kelowna Warriors 7-3 Sunday night before 875 fans at Cominco Arena.

Trail is last in the Interior Division at 13-19-0-2, while West Kelowna is third at 18-13-0-5. The Vipers are second at 22-10-1-2, 12 points back of the Vees. Vernon is six points ahead of the Warriors.

Former Viper Demico Hannoun has 16 goals and 28 points with Penticton. He was one of four Vees who played for Team Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Sask. just before the Christmas break.

Team West finished sixth in the six-team tournament, falling 3-2 to Switzerland in the playoffs. The Americans clipped Denmark 3-2 in overtime for their third straight gold medal.

“It’s always a great experience to put on the jersey and represent your country,” said Hannoun, who won a bronze last year and had one assist in four games in Kindersley. “It wasn’t really the outcome we were looking for. It was good to get the second shot at it.”

Added Hannoun: “Yeah, it was a little different, jumping up from the BCHL. It’s a lot faster pace. Less time to make plays.”