The Silverbacks take on the Powell River Kings for the first time this season tonight at 7:15p.m. in Powell River as the ‘Backs begin their second consecutive three game weekend. The Silverbacks will travel to Duncan tomorrow to meet the Cowichan Valley Capitals and will finish up the trip on Sunday afternoon in the Fraser Valley versus the Chilliwack Chiefs.
The ‘Backs are 8-8-2-4 with 22 points in 22 games after earning three of a possible six points last weekend at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The Silverbacks have scored 70 goals and allowed 70 thus far this season. Tonight is the King’s first game since last Friday’s 6-1 win at home over Chilliwack. Powell River is 10-7-0-5 with 25 points in 22 games. The Kings have scored 76 goals and allowed 81.
The Silverbacks are without five regulars this weekend and have called-up A-P’s Steven Jandric of Prince George and Cam Coutre of Victoria. 17-year-old Jandric is second in the BCMML scoring with nine goals, 23 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Caribou Cougars. Coutre has eight goals, 13 assists and 31 penalty minutes in 16 games with the South Island Royals in the BCMML. Nick Hutchison, Jack Berezan, Nic Josephs, Taylor Maruya and Karl El-Mir did not make the trip.
Silverbacks head coach Brandon West with his thought’s pre-game.
The Kings have the third ranked power play in the BCHL at 26.47 percent and have scored 27 power-play goals. The ‘Backs have 21 power-play goals and are 24.14 percent with the man-advantage which is good for seventh in the BCHL.
Jarid Lukosevicius leads Powell River in scoring and is third in the BCHL with 12 goals and 20 assists in 22 games, Kurt Keats of the Kings is fifth with 19 goals and 12 assists in 22 games and Jacob Pritchard is in 20th with 10 goals and 16 assists in 21 games. The Silverbacks Andrew Farny is the highest scoring defenseman, with seven goals and 16 assists in 22 games and is 30th in overall scoring in the BCHL.
Powell River has seven returnees from the 2013-14 team which finished with 78 points (36-16-2-4), second in the Island Division just two points behind the Victoria Grizzlies.
The Silverbacks are 3-4-1-2 on the road this season, while Powell River is 6-3-0-1 at home. The Interior Division is 21-3-0-3 versus the Island Division and the Silverbacks are 1-1-0-0 versus the Island Dvision, after a 5-2 victory at home over Cowichan Valley this past Friday and a 3-2 loss at home to the Victoria Grizzlies on Friday, October 17.
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 Powell River will begin with the Pre-game show at 7p.m., the opening Face-off is set for 7:15p.m.