The Silverbacks (3-2-0-1) and Surrey Eagles (1-4-0-2) meet tonight in the Lower Mainland for already the second time in this young BCHL season.
The Backs are coming off of a 4-3 double overtime loss at home to the Penticton Vees on Saturday, October 4th at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The Silverbacks earned just one point in their home-and-home set with the Vees last weekend.
The Eagles come into tonight‘s game after their first victory of the 2014-15 campaign, 3-1 against the Langley Rivermen on Sunday, October 5th in Surrey.
The Silverbacks opened the regular season with wins over both Surrey and Langley at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack in September. The Eagles got out to a three-nothing lead in the first period on Sunday afternoon, the 21st at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. Jack Berezan scored the first Silverbacks goal in the second period, short-handed. And, Andrew Farny and Carson Bolduc each potted power-play markers in the middle frame to tie the game at three. Taro Hirose finally broke the 3-3 deadlock in double overtime, giving the Silverbacks a 4-3 victory. The Backs out-shot the Eagles 59-32 in the five periods as Christian Short made 55 saves in the loss for Surrey, while Zach Dyment stopped 29 shots for his first regular season win in the BCHL.
Dyment will get his second consecutive start tonight, and third of the season. The 18-year-old rookie is coming off of his first loss of the season, in double OT Saturday night at home to the Vees.
Josh Blanchard and Andy Chugg will meet their former team’s tonight, as the Silverbacks and Eagles completed a deal last week. Blanchard had one assist against the Silverbacks, along with two penalty minutes in his five games with the Eagles this season. The 18-year-old forward from Kelowna, BC was traded to Surrey from Penticton last season. Chugg, a 19-year-old defenseman from Mesa, Arizona has played two games with the Eagles after four games with the Silverbacks to start 2014-15.
The Silverbacks split the 2013-14 season series with Eagles, beginning with a 5-4 victory in Salmon Arm in January, before the Eagles won 5-1 in Surrey in February. The Silverbacks finished with a record of 4-4-0-2 versus the Mainland Division in 2013-14, and 1-3-0-1 on the road.
The Eagles have just three returnees from last season’s team which finished fourth in the Mainland Division (25-30-1-2). Surrey has lost it’s top six scorer’s from 2013-14, with only Chase McMurphy, and Joseph and Brian Drapluk returning.
The Backs are 0-1-0-1 in October, the Silverbacks finished 6-2-1-0 in October of 2013, their winningest month of the season.
Tonight is the first of three consecutive road games for the Silverbacks, as the Backs will be in Vernon on Friday night, the 10th to take on the Vipers for the first time this regular season. And the Silverbacks will finish the weekend on Saturday in Merritt against the Centennials. The next home game is Friday, the 17th as the Silverbacks will host the Victoria Grizzlies at the Shaw Centre at 7p.m.
All Silverbacks regular season and playoff games are webcast via http://www.fasthockey.com as well as audio only at http://mixlr.com/sasilverbacks/ Also, all Silverbacks road games are broadcast on CKVS-FM 93.7 http://www.voiceoftheshuswap Tonight’s broadcast from Surrey will begin with the Pre-game show at 6:45p.m., the opening Face-off is set for 7:11p.m.