Silverbacks squander the lead late at home.

The ‘Backs fell 7-5 at home to the Vernon Vipers last night at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm, allowing four goals in the final six minutes.

Bryden Marsh opened the scoring for the Silverbacks just 48 seconds into the first period as he skated into the Vipers zone and snapped a shot past starter Danny Todosychuk, Phillip Middleton assisted on Marsh’s sixth of the season and the home lead one-nothing after 20 minutes. Vernon out-shot the ‘Backs 15-14 in the opening period.
The Vipers responded by scoring 19 seconds into the second frame, as Liam Finlay beat Angus Redmond with his tenth from Mitch Meek to tie the game at one. And Vernon took it’s first lead of the game at 12:45, Liam Coughlin’s tenth of the season from Thomas Aldworth put the Vipers ahead 2-1.
Josh Blanchard then found the puck in Vipers territory, skated through the slot and let a shot go from the right wing circle that beat Todosychuk blocker side and tied the game at two. Former Viper Ryley Booth assisted on Blanchard’s fifth at 15:25. But the Vipers retook the lead at 18:54 as Salmon Arm’s Colton McCarthy potted his third of the season from Trever Fidler and Riley Brandt. And only 33 seconds later, Josh Laframboise scored his first goal as a Silverback and fourth of the season as he took a pass from Taro Hirose in front of the Vipers goal and Laframboise fired the puck blocker side to tie the game at three at 19:27. Hirose and Carson Bolduc with the assists. And the first power-play of the game for either team came with 23 seconds remaining in the second period, McCarthy was called for high-sticking. ‘Backs had 1:37 remaining in their first man-advantage to begin the third in a 3-3 tie as each team had 13 shots in the second period.
Hirose opened the scoring in the third and gave the Silverbacks their first lead since the first period, as Chase Priskie passed the puck across the ice to Hirose in the right circle and Hirose waited for a moment before shooting it up into the top corner, blocker side. Hirose’s tenth from Priskie and Bolduc on the power-play at 1:22. The ‘Backs then went ahead 5-3 at 3:23, as Hirose passed the puck from the right-wing boards to Colton Thibualt in the centre of the zone and Thibault put a shot on goal that was stopped but Ross Heidt jumped on the rebound in front. Heidt’s sixth of the season from Thibault and Hirose. The Vipers coaching staff then pulled goalie Danny Todosychuk after five goals on 35 shots and Jarrod Schamerhorn came into the game.
The team’s exchanged power-play’s as Bolduc went off for holding at 4:24, and Schamerhorn was called for delay off game at 7:19 before Williamson went off for slashing at 10:48 giving the Silverbacks back-to-back power-play’s. But with four seconds remaining in Williamson’s penalty, Logan Mick took a slashing penalty and the Vipers capitalized. Mitch Meek’s fourth of the season from Coughlin and Voltin at 14:26 cut the ‘Backs lead to one. And less than two minutes later, Meek struck again with his second of the game and fifth of the season from Coughlin and Voltin tying the game, 5-5 at 16:14. Vernon went up 6-5 at 17:35 as Jagger Williamson scored his second from Liam Finlay. And T-J Dumonceaux scored into the empty net to make it 7-5 at 19:42, from Mitchell Oliver and Williamson. The Silverbacks allowed four goals in less than six minutes to finish the game.
The ‘Backs out-shot the Vipers 18-17 in the third period, and each team had 45 shots overall. The Silverbacks finished one-for-three on the power-play, and one-for-two on the penalty-kill.
The ‘Backs are now winless in their last six games and have just two wins in their last 13, dating back to October 27th in Trail. The Silverbacks are 2-2-1-2 on Saturday’s this season, 2-5-2-2 in November, and 4-5-1-2 at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.
The Silverbacks travel to Merritt on Saturday to take on the Centennials for the fourth meeting of this season at 7:30p.m. at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.
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