Monday, May 10, 2010

Gill and Vipers Repeat as RBC Cup Champs

Winning a national championship twice in a row is tough on any level, but the Vernon Vipers have done just that with back-to-back titles in Canada’s RBC Cup, the nation’s junior A hockey tournament.

2010 recruit Sahir Gill chipped in a goal and an assist in Vernon’s 8-1 win in the championship game over tourney host Dauphin. The hosts had dealt Vernon its only loss of the tournament, 6-5 in a preliminary round game. Gill finished the tournament with a 3-4-7 line, two points behind linemate Kellen Jones for the team scoring lead. In 32 post-season games, Gill scored 9 goals and 17 assists. Last year, Gill and rising sophomore Ryan Santana were members of Vernon's 2009 RBC Cup champs.

Looking back
Matt Gilroy isn’t the only former Terrier blueliner playing in the IIHF World Championships in Germany. A sharp-eyed blog reader points out that Jakabs Redlihs, a 2002-03 Hockey East All-Rookie team member, and a four-year player at BU, is skating for Latvia, Currently a member of Dynamo Riga, he is a teammate of his younger brother Mikelis, who represented Latvia in the Vancouver Olympic games along with oldest brother Krisjanis. Both the U.S. and Latvia have 0-2 records after two games.

Former Terrier co-captain Brad Zancanaro was forced to retire from hockey after the 2007-08 due to an injury. But he put the skates back on to replay a high school game that had been interrupted in 1999 due to a serious player injury. Zanc’s Trenton High School resumed its contest with Detroit Novi Catholic and Brad contributed a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win. Zancanaro, who along with David VanderGulik led the Terriers to 2006 Hockey East title, also scored the first-ever goal in Agganis Arena on Jan. 3 2005 against Minnesota


Shawn said...

Brad Zancanaro also scored the last goal at Walter Brown Arena, in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota. (BU rallied to win the next night at the new Agganis Arena 2-1.)

joseph burrell said...

hey first my congratulations to Gill and Vipers for that success and I think we all know that it was going to happen

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