BCHL's Vernon Vipers to face off for
2010 RBC Cup title Sunday on TSN
BURNABY, BC -- May 8, 2010 -- The British Columbia Hockey League's Vernon Vipers will play for the
franchise's second consecutive National Junior A Championship title — and sixth overall — on Sunday
after defeating the Brockville Braves by a 2-0 score in the first of two RBC Cup semi-finals match-ups
on Saturday at Credit Union Place in Dauphin, MB.
The Vipers will face either the Dauphin Kings or La Ronge Ice Wolves in the Championship Game, which
will be broadcast live on TSN at 12:00 PM Pacific.
The Kings and Ice Wolves will meet for the second
spot in Sunday's final later tonight.
Twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones were the heroes for Vernon on Saturday, as Connor broke a
scoreless third period deadlock before Kellen added the insurance marker minutes later. It was the first
game at the event for Connor, who had missed his team's four round-robin games due to injury. In net,
Graeme Gordon picked up his third victory and first shutout of the tournament, stopping 20 shots.
The Vipers had finished second in the round-robin portion of the tournament at 3-1, having won three
straight following a 6-5 overtime loss to the host Kings in their opener last Saturday. Victories over the
La Ronge Ice Wolves (4-2), Oakville Blades (5-3) and Brockville Braves (4-2) followed.
Vernon will now look to become the first team to capture back-to-back RBC Cup titles since the
tournament was first contested in 1996. The Vipers are the last team to have won consecutive National
Junior A Championships after hoisting the Centennial Cup in 1990 and 1991.
The Vipers earned their
berth in the RBC Cup after winning the BCHL's Fred Page Cup over the Powell River Kings and the Doyle
Cup (B.C.-Alberta Championship) in seven games over the Spruce Grove Saints.
Go Vipes Go!
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