Silverbacks suffer another OT loss.

The Silverbacks dropped their second consecutive game in overtime last night, 4-3 to the Kings in Powell River. The ‘Backs power-play went to work early, as Brent Lashuk of the Kings went off for tripping at 5:09, followed by Ross Hnidy for cross-checking at 5:36 giving the Silverbacks a two-man-advantage. Thomas Plese banged in his second goal of the season to open the scoring 6:45 into the first period on the 5-on-3, Logan Mick and Phillip Middleton with the assists as the ‘Backs lead one-nothing after 20 minutes and out-shot the Kings 16-7.

Powell River tied the game 4:06 into the second period courtesy of Kurt Keats 20th of the season, Jarid Lukosevicius and Brent Lashuk with the assists. But Ryley Booth restored the Silverbacks lead with his second of the season less than two minutes later, Colton Thibault and Andrew Farny assisted on Booth’s point shot at 5:53. Taro Hirose then increased the lead to two as he fired the puck top shelf on Kings starter Stefan Wornig. Hirose’s eighth from Laframboise and Farny at 12:50. Powell River got back within one just 20 seconds later, as Jordan Burns scored his first of the season. Adam Tracey and JJ Coleshaw with the assists at 13:10. The Silverbacks then went onto their third power play of the game, as Tony DeVito was penalized for a blow to the head however on the ensuing man-advantage Keats potted his second of the game and 21st of the season from Lukosevicius and Hnidy at 13:10 to tying the game 3-3. Each team had 13 shots in the second frame.

Neither team found the back of the net in the third period, forcing overtime. Powell River out-shot the Silverbacks 17-11 in the third.

In the four-on-four overtime frame, it appeared that the Kings won the game thanks to leading scorer Lukosevicius beating ‘Backs starter Angus Redmond. But the goal was disallowed after the Kings Kurt Keats was penalized for being an in eligible player as he lost his visor off of his helmet earlier in the play and stayed on the ice.

The game then moved into three-on-three OT and Jacob Pritchard ended the game with his eleventh of the season at 1:01. The Kings out-shot the Silverbacks 6-3 in overtime and each team finished with 43 shots.

The ‘Backs went one-for-three on the power play, and six-for-six on the penalty-kill. The Silverbacks will host Powell River on Sunday, January 18th at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.

Head Coach Brandon West joined us post-game.

Friday night’s result is the Silverbacks ninth one goal loss of the season and fourth in overtime. The ‘Backs have one win, five losses and two ties from their eight overtime games to date. The Silverbacks opened the season with a 4-3 double OT victory over Surrey at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack in September.

The ‘Backs are now 1-1-0-1 versus the Island Division this season and are 8-8-2-5 overall with 23 points in 23 games.

The Silverbacks continue their weekend road trip on Saturday night at 7p.m. in Duncan versus the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

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 Saturday night’s broadcast from Duncan will begin with the Pre-game show at 6:45p.m., the opening Face-off is set for 7p.m.

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