Backs beat the Rivermen at the Shuswap.

The Silverbacks won their fifth game of the season on this afternoon as the Backs and the Langley Rivermen met for the second time in the 2014-15 schedule after the Silverbacks opened the season with a 4-2 victory over the Rivermen at the Bauer BCHL Showcase last month in Chilliwack.

The Silverbacks opened the scoring for the third consecutive game and have now scored the first goal in seven of their first 11 games. The home team received the first power-play of the game, as Gage Torrel was called for boarding on Phil Middleton deep in ‘Backs territory. Off of a face-off in the Langley zone, Taro Hirose gained possession of the puck and moved it to the point to Carson Bolduc who fired a low shot just wide of the net and Colton Thibault found the rebound in front for his third goal of the season. Bolduc and Taylor Maruya with the assists at 11:42 and the Silverbacks took that one-nothing lead into the second period. The ‘Backs out-shot the Rivermen 12-8 in the first period.

The Silverbacks got back on the scoreboard early in the second period, with captain Bryden Marsh battling for the puck behind the Langley goal as Rivermen net minder Bo Didur came out of his crease to play the puck and Marsh banked it off of Didur and in from behind the Langley goal. Marsh’s third of the season and unassisted gave the Back’s a two-nothing lead at 4:40.

Bolduc then increased the lead to three-nothing at 12:21 of the middle period, as Bolduc took a pass from Hirose at the Silverbacks line and Bolduc skated up through centre before weaving his way into the Rivermen’s zone and then backhanded the puck up and over Didur. Hirose and Farny with the assists on Bolduc’s fifth of the season that saw Darren Martin come into the game and relieve Didur between Rivermen’s pipes.

The Rivermen finished the second period scoring and ended Angus Redmond’s shutout bid at 15:05 on the power-play, with Taylor Maruya penalized for a blow to the head. Langley passed the puck around in ‘Backs territory and Jordan Schneider let a shot go from the centre of the ice at the line that found its way through. Justin Szeto and Will Campion assisting on Schneider’s first of the season at 15:05 and the Silverbacks had a 3-1 lead going into the Third period. The Backs out-shot the Rivermen again, 13-8 in the second frame.

Langley cut the ‘Backs’ lead to just one-goal as the Rivermen opened the scoring early in the third period. Justin Szeto banged home his first of the season in front of Angus Redmond, Marcus Vela and Kevan Killistoff with the assists at 2:03 and the Backs lead 3-2. Each team got themselves into penalty trouble in the final period, as Thibault was called for charging at 2:28 and Bolduc for holding at 3:16 giving the visitors a 5-on-3 power-play and causing the home team to use it’s time-out. But Langley was unable to take advantage and the Rivermen then found themselves down two men, as Marcus Vela went off for high-sticking at 5:14 and Zac Masson received a five-minute major penalty for kneeing at 5:49 which gave the Silverbacks a 5-on-3 power-play. The Backs had their chances and weren’t able to capitalize 5-on-3, but Phillip Middleton scored his first BCHL goal, 5-on-4 as he was in the centre of the ice at the Rivermen blue line and fired the puck toward the net through traffic. Maruya and Josh Blanchard assisted on the power-play marker at 9:11 as the Silverbacks went ahead 4-2. After the Rivermen were called for too many men on the ice, Andrew Farny finished the scoring with his fifth of the season. Farny let a shot go from the point, through traffic with Chase Prissier and Marsh picking up the assists on the 5-2 marker at 19:33.

The Silverbacks and Rivermen each had 10 shots in the third period, and the Backs out-shot Langley 35-26 overall.

The Silverbacks finished three-for-eight on the power-play, while the Rivermen went one-for-five with the man-advantage.

Backs Assistant Coach Misko Antisin broke the game down on the post-game show.

Middleton explains why they won and describes his first BCHL goal.

Salmon Arm’s Carson Bolduc speaks about his highlight reel goal in the second period, and about how good it felt to win at home.

The Backs now have five wins and four losses along with two overtime losses for 12 points in 11 games. The Silverbacks currently have 12 points and are tied for fourth in the Interior Division with The Trail Smoke Eaters, but the Smokies have two games in hand. The Vernon Vipers 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 20 points.

The Silverbacks are back in action on Wednesday, October 22, as they will travel to Trail to take on the Smoke Eaters at 7:30 pm in the second meeting of the season. The ‘Backs won 4-2 in Trail on Saturday, September 27. The Silverbacks will then host The Smoke Eaters in their next game at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm on Friday, October 24 at 7 pm.

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 Wednesday’s broadcast from Trail will begin with the Pre-game show at 7:15p.m., the opening Face-off is set for 7:30p.m.

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