The Silverbacks (4-4-0-2) host the Langley Rivermen (4-3-0-3) this afternoon at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm as the two teams meet for the second time this season. The Silverbacks opened the 2014-15 season with a 4-2 victory over Langley at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack last month.
Andrew Farny and Thomas Plese scored in the first two periods as the Backs lead two-nothing going into the third. The Rivermen out-shot the Silverbacks 16-10 in the first period, and the Backs out-shot Langley 20-7 in the middle frame. The third period saw four goals as Will Campion opened the scoring for the Rivermen and cut the Silverbacks lead in half, before Carson Bolduc restored the two goal advantage just over a minute later on the power-play. The Rivermen then capitalized on their tenth power-play of the game, with Chase Priskie off for a Blow to the Head, Evan Anderson scored to put Langley back within a goal, 3-2. But Nick Hutchison put the game away for the Backs, nine seconds later with an empty netter. The game had 22 power-plays, as the Silverbacks finished two-for-12, and the Rivermen went one-for-10 with the man-advantage. Langley out-shot the Silverbacks 12-5 in third period, and the teams finished with 35 shots each. Angus Redmond earned the win in goal, as he made 33 saves.
The Silverbacks opened the scoring for the sixth time in their first ten games on Friday night at home to the Victoria Grizzlies, but are still winless this season at the Shaw Centre. Ross Heidt made his regular season debut and scored the game’s first goal. Logan Mick received a five-minute major penalty for goaltender interference and a game misconduct 11:00 into the first period, Mick has since been suspended by the BCHL for two games. The Silverbacks took the one-nothing lead into the second period, with the shots 7-7 in the opening period. Victoria tied the game with the only goal in the middle frame, as the Backs out-shot the Grizzlies 10-5. The Grizzlies scored first in the third period and just 60 seconds in to take a 3-1 lead. The Backs trailed 3-1 late when Colton Thibault scored his second of the season, 6-on-5 with Angus Redmond on the bench for the extra attacker. But the Backs couldn’t complete the comeback despite out-shooting the Grizzlies 13-8 in the third period, and 30-20 overall.
Silverbacks Head Coach Brandon West met with his team on Saturday, ahead of their second game of the weekend.
The Backs have four wins, and four losses, along with two overtime losses for ten points in ten games. The Silverbacks have ten points and are in fifth place in the Interior Division, one point behind the West Kelowna Warriors. The Trail Smoke Eaters and Merritt Centennials are tied for third place, with 12 points each. The Vernon Vipers are in second place with 13 points, while the Penticton Vees lead with 20 points.
The Langley Rivermen come into Salmon Arm after losing 3-2 in overtime last night in Trail. The Rivermen opened the scoring in the first period and tied the game at two late in the third period. The Rivermen won 4-3 in overtime at home over Surrey on Wednesday, October 15th. Langley is third in the Mainland Division at 4-3-0-3 with 11 points in their first 10 games and four points back of the Prince George Spruce Kings who are in second place.
The Rivermen have seven returnees from last season’s team which finished first in the Mainland Division at 37-13-3-5 with 82 points but lost in six games to the Coquitlam Express in the Mainland Division Final. Going into Saturday’s action, returnees Gage Torrel (4g, 5a), Kevan Kilstoff (5g, 3a), Evan Anderson (2g, 6a), Brendan Gulka (4g, 2a), Will Cooke (3g, 2a), and Marcus Vela (1g, 4a), are six of the team’s top seven scorer’s through the first nine games.
The Silverbacks and Langley split the 2013-14 season series, as the Backs won 4-1 at home at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm in December. The Backs went 3-8-0-1 overall versus the Mainland Division last season and 2-3-0-0 at home, while the Silverbacks are 2-0-0-1 thus far this season in their three games versus Mainland Division opponents. Sunday will be the first visit of the 2014-15 by a Mainland Division team to the Shaw Centre.
The Silverbacks will hit the road again on Wednesday, October 22nd to Trail to take on the Smoke Eaters at 7:30 pm, before hosting the Smoke Eaters on Friday, October 24th at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm at 7 pm and at home again on Sunday, October 26th, to the Penticton Vees at 3 pm at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.
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 This 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.