The Silverbacks have acquired forward Josh Laframboise from the Penticton Vees in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Connor Chartier.
The 18-year-old has three goals and 5 assists, along with four penalty minutes in 21 games this season with the Vees. Laframboise is currently making his way to Salmon Arm from his home in Regina, Saskatchewan and is scheduled to be in the Shuswap late tonight.
The Silverbacks host the Cowichan Valley Capitals tonight at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm at 7p.m. in the first regular season meeting and the first of three games in as many days for both teams. The Capitals will continue their Interior Division trip tomorrow in Penticton and Sunday in Merritt, while the ‘Backs host the Centennials tomorrow night at 7p.m. and conclude the weekend on Sunday at home to the Coquitlam Express at 3p.m. at the Shaw Centre.
The Capitals come into the Interior at the bottom of the Island Division, 10 points behind the fourth place Victoria Grizzles with just four wins in 19 games along with 14 regulation losses and one overtime loss. The Capitals are coming off of a 4-2 victory at home over the league-leading Penticton Vees on Sunday, November 2nd in Duncan.
The Silverbacks earned three of a possible four points last weekend, playing to a 3-3 tie with the Vipers in Vernon on Saturday, after defeating the Vipers 2-1 on Friday at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The ‘Backs are now 7-7-1-4 with 19 points in 19 games and are fifth in the Interior Division, three points back of the Centennials with a game in hand and three ahead of the Trail Smoke Eaters who have a game in hand on the Silverbacks.
AP Zack Andrusiak will make his Silverbacks debut tonight. The 16-year-old forward from Armstrong, BC has five goals and eight assists in 13 games this season with the North Okanagan Knights in the KIJHL.
‘Backs head coach Brandon West with his thought’s on the game, as well as on the trade for Laframboise and the addition of Andrusiak for the weekend.
Cowichan Valley has five returnees from the 2013-14 team which finished fifth on the Island at 22-30-2-4. Veteran forward Kyle Horsman leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and five assists in 19 games.
The Capitals are 2-5-0-0 versus the Interior Division this season, while the Silverbacks are 0-1-0-0 versus the Island Division after a 3-2 loss at home to Victoria on October 17th.
The ‘Backs are 3-3-0-2 at home at the Shaw Centre this season, while the Capitals have yet to win on the road with a record of 0-8-0-0. The Silverbacks have scored 59 goals in their first 19 games, while allowing 61. Cowichan Valley has scored 46 goals in its 19 games, while giving up 83.
Tonight’s game is the first of two regular season meetings as the Capitals will host the Silverbacks one week from tomorrow on Saturday, November 22nd at 7 p.m. in Duncan as ‘Backs make their first of two trips to Vancouver Island.
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 Tonight’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.