Just hours after defeating the Spruce Grove Saints for the Doyle Cup title, the Vernon Vipers have once again switched their focus to a new task ahead. On Saturday, the Vipers will play their 2010 RBC Cup opener against the host Dauphin Kings to kick off their battle for back-to-back National Junior A Championships.
In Dauphin, the Vipers will set out to match a tremendous 2009 run in Victoria that saw the team win six consecutive games, including a 2-0 victory over the Humboldt Broncos in the championship game.
Their opponents include the Kings, who earned the Anavet Cup (SJHL-MJHL Championship) despite already being guaranteed a spot as hosts, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's La Ronge Ice Wolves, the Ontario Junior Hockey League's Oakville Blades and the Central Junior Hockey League's Brockville Braves.
Vernon's schedule for the round-robin portion of the 2010 RBC Cup:
Saturday, May 1st -- Vernon Vipers @ Dauphin Kings -- 5:00 PM Pacific
Sunday, May 2nd -- La Ronge Ice Wolves @ Vernon Vipers -- 5:00 PM Pacific
Tuesday, May 4th -- Oakville Blades @ Vernon Vipers -- 12:00 PM Pacific
Wednesday, May 5th -- Vernon Vipers @ Brockville Braves -- 12:00 PM Pacific
The tournament semi-finals will be held at 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 8th, while the National Championship game is slated for Sunday, May 9th.
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)