The Silverbacks opened the scoring for the sixth time in their first ten games on Friday night at home to the Victoria Grizzlies.
Ross Heidt made his regular season debut and scored the game’s first goal. Andrew Farny, the Backs leading scorer skated the puck in along the right wing and fired a shot on the Grizzlies net minder Sean Cleary who made the save but gave up a huge rebound, and Heidt shot the puck past the sprawling Victoria goalie at 9:56, with Farny and Bennett Morrison picking up the assists. The Silverbacks took the one-nothing lead into the second period, with the shots 7-7 in the opening period.
With 8:41 remaining in the second period the visitors tied the game, as the Silverbacks were unable to the clear their zone and Matt Kennedy found the puck in the slot and fired it up and over Angus Redmond. Kennedy’s third of season from Chris Harpur and Garrett Forester with the assists on the only goal in the middle frame, as the Backs out-shot the Grizzlies 10-5.
Victoria scored first in the third period and just 60 seconds into the period to take a 3-1 lead at 19:00. Storm Wahlrab moved the puck into Silverbacks territory along the left wing and sent a rink wide pass across for Shawn McBride who was all alone in the face-off circle to the left of Angus Redmond, and McBride fired the puck past Redmond for his third of the season with the assist to Wahlrab.
The Grizzlies then increased their lead to 3-1, with Taro Hirose off for tripping; Victoria capitalized on its second power-play as Brett Gruber moved in from the circle, along the right side and fired a shot through traffic, up and over Redmond at 10:26. Gruber’s fifth from Meirs Moore and Garrett Forester.
The Backs trailed 3-1 late in the third period when they worked the puck into Grizzlies territory and got an offensive zone face-off with 1:30 remaining and called a time-out. Angus Redmond went to the bench for the extra attacker, and off of the face-off in the Grizzlies zone, Andrew Farny got the puck at the point and put a shot on goal. Colton Thibault was in front, digging for the rebound and backhanded the puck into the open net. Thibault’s second goal of the season got the Silverbacks within one, 3-2 at 18:38 from Farny. But the Backs couldn’t complete the comeback despite out-shooting the Grizzlies 13-8 in the third period, and 30-20 overall.
Silverbacks Assistant Coach Misko Antisin shared the coaching staff’s feeling’s on the post-game show.
The Silverbacks finished 0-for-two on the power-play, while the Grizzlies went one-for-two with the man-advantage.
The Backs now have four wins, and four losses, along with two overtime losses for ten points in ten games. Going into Saturday’s action, the Silverbacks are tied for fourth in the Interior Division with the Trail Smoke Eaters, but the Smokies have two games in hand. The Vernon Vipers and West Kelowna Warriors are one point ahead in third place, while the Merritt Centennials are two points ahead, alone in second and the Penticton Vees lead the division with 16 points.
The Silverbacks have Saturday off but will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, October 19th at home to the Langley Rivermen (4-3-0-2) at 3p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The second meeting of 2014-15 with the Rivermen, after the Silverbacks won 4-2 as the two teams opened the season versus each other at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack last month.
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 Sunday afternoon’s broadcast from the Shaw Centre will begin with the Pre-game show at 2:45p.m., the opening Face-off is set for 3p.m.