The Silverbacks went into Trail on Wednesday night and gave up the opening goal for just the fifth time this season, as the Smoke Eaters scored two goals 91 seconds apart to take a two-nothing lead in the first period and went onto win the game 4-1.
Trail’s Craig Martin capitalized on a fortunate bounce around the Silverback’s goal and put the puck past Angus Redmond at 13:14. Viktor Dombrovskiy and Charlie Zuccarini assisted on Martin’s fifth of the season. And just over a minute later, Brandon Volpe found the back of the net as Backs starting netminder Angus Redmond was bumped on the play. Connor Wynne assisted on Volpe’s second of the season. The Smoke Eaters out-shot the Silverbacks 9-7 in the opening frame.
The visitors got on the board first and early in the second period, as Ross Heidt potted his second goal of the season in just his third game. Heidt skated down the left wing and snapped a shot, blocker side that beat Smoke Eater’s starter Adam Todd. Silverbacks 16-year-old AP defenseman Alex Astasiewicz of Salmon Arm assisted on the goal at 5:55 and that was the only goal in the second, as the the Smoke Eaters out-shot the Silverbacks 12-9 and lead 2-1 into the third period.
Trail scored twice in the final frame, as Craig Martin put home his second of the game and and sixth of the season from Jake Lucchini and Ryan Swanson at 5:33 to take a 3-1 lead. The Silverbacks had more chances later in the third period but with Redmond at the bench for the extra attacker, Jake Lucchini scored his seventh of the season into the empty Silverbacks goal at the 19:00 mark to give the home team the 4-1 lead. Craig Martin and Zuccarini with the assists, as the Backs out-shot the Smoke Eaters in third period, 13-8 and each team finished with 29 shots overall.
Backs Assistant Coach Misko Antisin with his thoughts on the game.
The Silverbacks finished 0-for-three on the power-play, while Smoke Eaters were one-for-two with the man-advantage.
AP Jonathan Lee was in the Backs line-up as well, the 17-year old forward is from Vancouver but is playing with the Kelowna Chiefs in the KIJHL where he leads the team in scoring with 22 points in 14 games. AP Astasiewicz has 11 points 15 games in his first season with the Golden Rockets in the KIJHL.
The Backs now have five wins and five losses along with two overtime losses for 12 points in 12 games. The Silverbacks are tied for fourth in the Interior Division, one point behind the third place Vernon Vipers and two points back of the Smoke Eaters and Merritt Centennials who are tied in second place with 14 points. Trail now has seven wins and three losses in ten games. The Penticton Vees lead the division with 20 points in 11 games. The West Kelowna Warriors have lost their last four games and are in fifth place in the Interior but, with 11 points are just one back of the Silverbacks.
The Backs and Smoke Eaters have now each won a game in the season series after the Silverbacks opened with a 4-2 victory in Trail last month. And the two teams will meet again tomorrow night (Friday) at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm at 7p.m. The Silverbacks will finish their weekend this Sunday afternoon, at home to the Penticton Vees at 3p.m. at the Shaw Centre.
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 Friday’s broadcast from the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm will begin with the Pre-game show at 6:45p.m., the opening Face-off is set for 7p.m.