The Silverbacks and Trail Smoke Eaters meet tonight at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The ‘Backs have won 5 consecutive games, and have points in their last 6. The Silverbacks shutout the league leading Penticton Vees 3-0 on Saturday at the Shaw Centre, 24 hours after the ‘Backs hammered the West Kelowna Warriors 7-1 in Salmon Arm.
The Smoke Eaters have lost their last 3 games and have just 1 win in 13 games, dating back to Friday, November 28th when Trail won 3-1 at home over West Kelowna. The Smoke Eaters beat the Warriors 7-3 on Sunday, December 28th in Trail.
The Silverbacks lead the season series with the Smoke Eaters 4-1-0-0. The ‘Backs won 4-3 at the Shaw Centre on Friday, December 19th and left Trail with a 4-1 victory on Saturday, December 20th. The Silverbacks won the only other meeting in the Shuswap, 7-4 on Friday, October 24th. The only Smoke Eaters victory in the series has come in Trail, 4-1 on Wednesday, October 22nd.
The ‘Backs are 15-13-3-5 with 38 points in 36 games, and are 7-7-2-2 at the Shaw Centre. The Smoke Eaters are 13-22-0-2 with 28 points in 37 games, and are 5-13-0-1 on the road.
The Silverbacks are 5th in the Interior Division, 4 points behind the Merritt Centennials who are in 4th place. The ‘Backs are 7 points behind West Kelowna in 3rd. The Silverbacks have 1 game in hand on the Cents and 3 games in hand on the Warriors.
The Smoke Eaters are in 6th and last place in the Interior, 10 points behind the ‘Backs. The Silverbacks have 1 game in hand on Trail.
Trail has scored 130 goals in 37 games and has allowed 147, while the Silverbacks have potted 121 goals and have given up 115 in 36 games.
Andrew Farny leads the ‘Backs in scoring with 11 goals and 28 assists in 36 games. Farny is ranked 22nd in BCHL scoring, and is the 2nd highest scoring defenseman. Farny was the named the BCHL Player of the Week after 3 goals, including a power-play marker and short-handed goal along with 2 assists in the 2 games this past weekend. Angus Redmond is seventh among BCHL goalies after stopping 61 of 62 shots in the Silverbacks victories and he earned his 2nd shutout of the season. Redmond has a Goals Against Average of 2.82 in 29 games and .908 Saves Percentage.
Charlie Zuccarini and Jake Lucchini lead the Smoke Eaters in scoring and are ranked 8th and 9th in BCHL scoring respectively. In 37 games, Zuccarini has 24 goals and 22 assists, while Lucchini has scored 18 goals and 27 assists.
Silverbacks Head Coach Brandon West with his thought’s before the ‘Backs 3rd of 14 games this month.
The ‘Backs and Smoke Eaters final regular season meeting is Wednesday, February 11th at Trail. The Silverbacks will take on the Warriors in West Kelowna on Friday, January 9th before hosting former Silverback Cole McCaskill and the Prince George Spruce Kings on Saturday at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre.
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 Sahw Centre in Salmon Arm will begin with the Pre-game show at 6:45p.m., the opening Face-off is set for 7p.m.