Silverbacks knock off Capitals at the Shuswap.

The Silverbacks and Cowichan Valley capitals met for the first time this season on Friday night at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm, and for the first of two meetings in as many weeks as the ‘Backs will be in Duncan on Saturday, November 22nd.

Josh Blanchard opened the scoring in the first period with his third of the season on a penalty shot, as the ‘Backs were short-handed with Bennett Morrison off for holding. Blanchard was hooked by the Capitals Julien Lepage and Blanchard skated in from centre and back-handed the puck up and over the blocker of the Caps’ starting goalie Matt Zentner at 8:38. Logan Mick then banged home his third of the season just 13 seconds later, in front of the goal with Karl El-Mir and Phillip Middleton assisting at 9:51. And Colton Thibault picked up the puck in the slot and took it to the net for his sixth of the season from Taro Hirose at 10:58, giving the Silverbacks a three-nothing lead in the first frame. The ‘Backs out-shot the Capitals 12-8.

The visitors got on the scoreboard in the middle period, as Kyle Horsman potted his 11th from Sean Harrison 5:23 into the frame and Silverbacks lead was cut in half. The Capitals then scored their second goal of the game and period at 16:02, as former West Kelowna Warrior Adam Osczevski potted his second of the season from Rylan Betchel on the power-play with Chase Priskie off for high-sticking and the ‘Backs lead was cut to 3-2 after 40 minutes. The Silverbacks out-shot the Capitals 15-10 in the second period.

Blanchard scored his second of the game and fourth of the season in the third period on power-play, as Mick shot the puck on goal from the side of the net and Blanchard found the rebound. Mick and Ross Heidt with the assists at 8:02. Carson Bolduc scored into an empty Capitals net with 1:23 remaining, his ninth of the season. The Silverbacks out-shot the Capitals 16-6 in the third period, and 36-24 overall. Each team finished one-for-four with the man-advantage.

Silverbacks Assistant Coach Misko Antisin’s thought’s post-game.

The Silverbacks now have eight wins, seven regulation losses, one tie and four overtimes losses for 21 points in 20 games. The ‘Backs sit in fifth place in the Interior Division, three points behind the Vernon Vipers and the Merritt Centennials and three points ahead of the Trail Smoke Eaters. The Silverbacks will host the Centennials tonight at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The Centennials won 4-3 in double-overtime last night over the Warriors in West Kelowna. The Cents now have 12 wins and nine losses for 24 points in 21 games and are tied with the Vipers for third in the Interior Division.

The Cents spoiled the ‘Backs regular season home opener with a 5-2 victory on Friday, September 26th. Merritt opened the scoring in the first period before the Silverbacks took a 2-1 lead in the second, and the Centennials went onto score four consecutive goals. The ‘Backs settled the score on Saturday, October 11th in Merritt scoring six times in the Nicola Valley and a 6-1 win. The Silverbacks lead one nothing in the first period, and 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Tonight is the debut of the newest Silverback Josh Laframboise. The ‘Backs acquired the 18-year-old forward from the Penticton Vees yesterday in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of 20-year-old forward Connor Chartier. Laframboise has three goals and five assists, along with four penalty minutes in 21 games this season. The Regina, Saskatchewan product scored one of his goals and three of his assists in the Vees three games versus the Silverbacks. Laframboise is committed to the University of Minnesota Duluth. Chartier, was most recently with the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL where he spent parts of four seasons. Chartier had one assist in 12 games, along with ten penalty minutes with the Chiefs this season. He is expected to arrive in Penticton this weekend and debut on Wednesday when the Vees host the Langley Rivermen.

The ‘Backs will finish their weekend tomorrow at 3p.m. at home to the Coquitlam Express at the Shaw Centre. The Silverbacks lost 5-4 in Coquitlam on Wednesday, November 5th.

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.

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