The Silverbacks and Coquitlam Express meet for the second time this season this afternoon at 3p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The Express come into the Shuswap after losing 4-3 in double-overtime last night to the Smoke Eaters in Trail. Coquitlam played catchup all night, as the Smoke Eaters out-shot the Express 50-33. The Silverbacks played their second game in as many days last night, and lost 4-3 at home to the Merritt Centennials, after opening the weekend with a 5-2 victory over the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday night at the Shaw Centre.
The Silverbacks opened the scoring again last night, as they hosted the Cents in the third regular season meeting and the second game in as many night’s for Merritt as well, as the Centennials won 4-3 in double-overtime on Friday in West Kelowna. Logan Mick’s fourth goal of the season from Ryley Booth gave the home team a one-nothing lead in the first period, as the ‘Backs out-shot the visitors 9-7.
The Centennials struck first in the middle frame, as Sam Johnson tied the game but only 46 seconds later the Silverbacks responded with Ross Heidt’s fifth of the season from Shane Danyluk and Booth. Merritt tied the score at two at 13:15 of the second period courtesy of Daniel Nachbaur’s sixth and that goal would be the first of three Centennial goals in just over six minutes of play. Gavin Gould gave Merritt it’s first lead of the game with his seventh at 15:17, and Josh Teves’s first of season put the Cents ahead 4-2 with 32 seconds remaining in the period. A four goal second period for the Centennials, including three unanswered goals as the visitors out-shot the ‘Backs 22-15.
The Silverbacks were only able to score once in the third, Shane Danyluk’s fourth of the season from Bryden Marsh and Andrew Farny at 18:02 brought the ‘Backs to within a goal with less than two minutes remaining. The Silverbacks out-shot the Cents 9-8 in the third, but Merritt out-shot the ‘Backs 37-33 overall. Each team went 0-for-one on the power-play.
Assistant coach Misko Antisin’s thought’s post-game.
The Silverbacks are now one and two versus the Centennials this season and have eight wins, eight regulation losses, one tie and four overtimes losses for 21 points in 21 games. The ‘Backs are fifth in the Interior Division, three points behind the Vernon Vipers and are one point ahead of the Smoke Eaters. The Silverbacks have scored 67 goals this season and have allowed 67.
Coquitlam is in fourth place in the five team Mainland Division, with eight wins, 11 regulation losses and four overtime losses for 20 points in 23 games. The Express have scored 89 goals, while allowing 101. Corey Mackin of the Express leads the BCHL in scoring with 23 goals and 17 assists for 40 points in 23 games.
The 19-year-old scored twice against the Silverbacks on Wednesday, November 5th as the ‘Backs went into Coquitlam and lead two-nothing early in the first period before trailing 4-2 in the second frame and losing 5-4. The Silverbacks held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes, but the Express scored three in period two to take a 4-2 lead into the third where the ‘Backs outscored Coquitlam 2-1. The Silverbacks are 3-1-0-1 versus the Mainland Division this season.
Silverbacks head coach Brandon West with his thought’s after last night and heading into this afternoon’s game.
Josh Blanchard scored twice on Friday night and now has four goals and four assists in 22 games this season, the Former Surrey Eagles knows the Express well.
After today, the Silverbacks begin a three game road trip on Friday, November 21st in Powell River, visit the Capitals in the Cowichan Valley on Saturday the 22nd and one week from today will take on the Chiefs in Chilliwack. The next home game for the ‘Backs is Friday, November 28th at 7p.m. versus the Vernon Vipers.