Distraught over missing the playoffs, the Vernon Vipers will be somewhat joyous tonight when they hold their awards banquet tonight at the Prestige Hotel.
John Knisley (2+3) and Brendan Persley each scored twice as the Vipers closed the B.C. Hockey League season with a 10-1 ambushing of the Salmon Arm SilverBacks before 1,450 fans Saturday night at the Shaw Centre.
The Vipers, who finished fifth in the Interior Conference, eight points back of the Chilliwack Chiefs for the fourth and final playoff berth, outshot the Gorillas 51-27 with rookie Danny Todoyschuk earning his sixth win of the season.
Meanwhile, the BCHL named winners of major awards today with former SilverBack Paul DeJersey, of the Prince George Spruce Kings, taking the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy as Interior MVP. Alex Petan of the Coquitlam Express won the Coastal MVP.
Fred Harbinson of the 54-4-0-2 Penticton Vees, claimed the Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy as Interior Coach of the Year. The Vees, who are the No. 1 team in the CJAHL, had their win streak stopped at 42 games Saturday when they bowed 5-2 to Prince George.
For more on the Vipers and the BCHL, please read Wednesday’s Morning Star.