The Silverbacks and Langley Rivermen face-off at 8p.m. tonight in Langley for their third and final regular season meeting. The ‘Backs are 27-20-3-5 with 62 points in 55 games and sit in the fourth and final playoff spot in the Interior Divison, but are tied in points with both the Merritt Centennials who are 30-23-0-2 with 62 points in 55 games and in 3rd place, as well as the West Kelowna Warriors are 27-21-0-8 with 62 points in 56 games and in fifth place. The Silverbacks and Cents each have a game in hand on the Warriors who host the Trail Smoke Eaters at 7p.m. tonight in West Kelowna. Merritt will be at home to the Surrey Eagles tomorrow night at 7p.m.
The ‘Backs have won both games in the season series with the Rivermen thus far, after beginning the 2014-15 campaign with a 4-2 victory over Langley on Friday, September 19th at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack. The Silverbacks then beat the Rivermen 5-2 on Sunday, October 19th at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.
The Silverbacks come into Langley after winning back-to-back home games this past weekend, 4-3 against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday, February 20th and 4-2 over the Vernon Vipers on Saturday, February 21st. The ‘Backs are 8-2-0-0 in their last 10 games, and 6-1-0-0 in February. The Silverbacks are 12-12-1-3 on the road, and 5-4-1-1 versus the Mainland Division this season.
The Rivermen haven’t played since Thursday, February 19th when they won 4-3 in overtime at home over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Langley is 28-22-1-4 with 61 points in 55 games and in second place in the Mainland Division, 13 points behind the first place Chilliwack Chiefs and just two points ahead of the Spruce Kings with one game in hand on P.G.
The Rivermen are 4-6-0-0 in their last 10 games, and 2-6-0-0 in February. Langley has a record of 16-9-1-1 at home this season, while the Rivermen are 5-6-0-1 versus the Interior Division.
The Silverbacks power-play is 11th in the league with 43 goals and is 5-for-19 in the two games with Langley, while the Rivermen are ranked 13th on the man-advantage with 47 power-play goals and are 2-for-14 versus the ‘Backs. Meanwhile, Langley has the number one penalty-kill and is 14-for-19 in the season series. The Silverbacks PK is 10th and 12-for-14 against the Rivermen.
The ‘Backs have allowed only 166 goals in their 55 games which is good for the fourth ranked goals-against in the BCHL, and Langley is ranked sixth with 186 goals-against in 55 games. The Rivermen have scored 192 goals and are 12th among the 16 teams, while the Silverbacks have 181 goals and are 14th.
Carson Bolduc scored three goals and one assist in the weekend wins and now has 19 goals on the season, including the game winner on Friday against the Bulldogs with only 24 seconds remaining in the third period. Taro Hirose also earned four assists in the two games.
Hirose is the ‘Backs top scorer and is ranked 37th in the BCHL with 18 goals and 32 assists in 55 games, while Andrew Farny despite suffering a season ending injury on Friday, February 13th in Vernon is still the highest scoring defenseman in the league as he potted 14 goals and 35 assists in 53 games.
Gage Torrel leads Langley in scoring and is 11th overall with 25 goals and 38 assists in 54 games, and Kevan Kilistoff is 14th with 24 goals and 36 assists in 53 games.
Silverbacks Head Coach Brandon West with his thought’s ahead of tonight’s game.
The Rivermen will finish their regular season on Friday and Saturday, February 27th and 28th in Prince George.
The Silverbacks will host Merritt at 7p.m. on Friday, February 27th and the ‘Backs will conclude their regular season schedule in Penticton when they take on the Vees at 6p.m. on Saturday, February 28th.
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 Langley will begin with the Pre-game show at 7:45p.m., the Opening Face-off is set for 8p.m.