The Silverbacks hosted the unbeaten Penticton Vees Sunday afternoon at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm, and the Backs were looking for their first victory versus the Vees this season, after losing 4-3 in double overtime at home on Saturday, October 4th and opening the season series with a 5-1 loss in Penticton on Friday, October 3rd.
The Vees won their ninth consecutive game on Saturday, as Dante Fabbro scored on the power-play in the second period for a 1-0 victory at home over the Vernon Vipers. The Backs had Saturday off, after winning 7-4 at home over the Trail Smoke Eaters on Friday at the Shaw Centre. Taro Hirose had two goals and an assist, as well as Andrew Farny, Shane Danyluk and Carson Bolduc each notched a goal and a helper on Friday night.
The Vees scored first on Sunday for the second time in the season series, after a scoreless first period that saw the visitors out-shoot the home team 11-3. Josh Laframboise picked up the puck after a Silverbacks turnover in front of Angus Redmond and Patrick Newell backhanded it in for his third of the season at 13:44. Penticton lead one-nothing going into the third period and out-shot the Backs 17-12 in the middle frame.
The Vees opened the scoring in the third, as Riley Alferd gloved down the puck off of Damion Chreck’s stick and Alferd cut in and onto Redmond, sliding it in to the give the visitors a two-nothing lead. Alferd’s sixth of the season, unassisted at 6:52. The Silverbacks used their timeout after the 3-1 goal.
The Backs got their first and only power-play opportunity of the game at 8:37 of the third period, as Josh Laframboise was called for tripping Bennett Morrison. And the Silverbacks capitalized on the man-advantage, as Nic Josephs fired a shot from the point just wide of the net but Colton Thibault found the rebound and scored his fourth of the season and cut the Vees lead in half. Joseph’s earned the assist at 9:15.
Lewis Zerter Gossage secured the Penticton’s 10th consecutive victory with an empty net goal at 18:43, his seventh of the season. The Silverbacks out-shot the Vees 11-4 in the third period, but Penticton out-shot the Backs 32-26 overall. Angus Redmond made 28 saves and is now 5-5-0-0 on the season. The Vees finished 0-for-three on the power-play, while the Silverbacks went one-for-one.
Assistant Coach Misko Antisin with his thought’s.
The Backs are 6-6-0-2 with 14 points in 14 games. The Silverbacks meet the West Kelowna Warriors for the first time this season on Friday, October 31st as the Backs will host the Warriors at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm for the first of a home-and-home set. The Warriors host the Silverbacks on Saturday, November 1st in West Kelowna at 7p.m. The Warriors are now 7-5-0-2 with 16 points in 14 games after earning five of a possible six points on the Island this weekend.
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.