The Silverbacks and West Kelowna Warriors meet tonight at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm for their fourth meeting of the season. The ‘Backs went into Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna last night (Friday) December 5th, and won their first game of the season series shutting out the Warriors 3-0. As each team was looking for it’s second consecutive victory, after West Kelowna won 4-3 in Penticton last Saturday, November 29th while the Silverbacks were victorious 5-2 in Merritt.
The ‘Backs scored first in the first period last night on their first power-play after the Warriors failed to capitalize with Cole McCaskill off for high-sticking, Tanner Campbell was penalized for high-sticking Branden Wagner deep in West Kelowna territory. And Josh Laframbois found the rebound in front of Warriors starter Andy Desautels, as Andrew Farny shot the puck from the right point. Laframbois’s sixth goal of the season from Farny and Taro Hirose on the power-play at 13:38. Carson Bolduc went off for roughing late in the first frame but the ‘Backs took their 1-0 lead into the second period, as they out-shot the Warriors 16-15.
Chase Priskie opened the scoring just 37 seconds into the second period, as he shot the puck toward the net from the right point and it found it’s way through bodies in front of Warriors starter Andy Desautels. Priskie’s fourth from Bolduc and Hirose and the Silverbacks lead two-nothing. The team’s exchanged power-play’s later in the frame with the Warriors Mac Ferner off for hooking and Laframboise for slashing. The ‘Backs out-shot West Kelowna 13-8 in the middle period and lead 2-0 after 40 minutes.
The final period began with four consecutive penalties and the home team took the first two, as Rylan Yaremko went off for roughing and again for high-sticking before Laframboise was called for slashing for the second time in the game, and Michael Buonincontri was penalized for slashing.
With less than three minutes remaining in the third period and the Warriors trailing two-nothing, Head Coach and GM Rylan Ferster elected to pull his goaltender for the extra-attacker but Karl El-Mir picked up the puck inside of the Silverbacks blue-line and fired it down the ice and into the empty net. McCaskill and Thomas Plese with the assists on El-Mir’s sixth of the season at 17:45 as the ‘Backs lead 3-0. Wagner was then called for high-sticking and Kristian Blumenschein of the Warriors went off for tripping to finish the game. West Kelowna edged the ‘Backs 11-10 on the shot-clock in the third period, but the Silverbacks out-shot the Warriors 39-34 overall. As Angus Redmond made 34 saves, numerous key stops for his eighth win of the season and first shutout. The ‘Backs were one-for-five on the power-play, and five-for-five on the penalty-kill.
Assistant Coach Misko Antisin joined us Post-game.
The Silverbacks power-play in the season series is now 1-for-10, while the Warriors are 2-for-17 with the man-advantage in the first three games. The Warriors still lead the series after a 4-3 double overtime victory at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm on Friday, October 31st, and a 4-3 overtime win in West Kelowna on Saturday, November 1st.
The ‘Backs kept the BCHL’s second leading scorer off of the scoresheet last night, as Liam Blackburn of the Warriors sits with 13 goals and 30 assists for 43 points in 28 games.
The Silverbacks are 10-11-2-5 with 27 points in 28 games and are fifth in the Interior Division, the ‘Backs are four points behind the Merritt Centennials who are in fourth place and the Silverbacks are two points in front of the Trail Smoke Eaters who have two games in hand. The Warriors are 14-9-0-5 with 33 points in 28 games and are in third place in the Interior, two points back of the Vernon Vipers who have one game in hand and West Kelowna is two points ahead of the Centennials.
The back half of the home-and-home series is set for Saturday night, December 6th at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.
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.