Silverbacks salvage 1 point in Chilliwack at the Bauer BCHL Showcase.

The Silverbacks finished their weekend off on Sunday night, salvaging a 4-4 tie with the Chilliwack Chiefs at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.

The visitors opened the scoring with back-to-back goals, 1:06 apart in the first half of the first period.

Matty Saharchuk got the home team on the board with his second of the season and second in as many nights at 9:39 from Colton Thibault and Riley Booth.

And Ross Heidt tied the game 2-2 at 10:15 with his third goal in two games, Carson Bolduc and Cameron Trott picked up the assists.

The Chiefs took the lead back, 3-2 at 12:23. ‘Backs second season goalie Zach Dyment made his first start of the regular season last night but was relieved by Angus Redmond after 3 goals on 6 shots.

The ‘Backs tied the score 3-3 before the opening period was over, Jared Turcotte of Moor Park, California scored his first of the season at 16:34 with Nick Hutchison and Elijiah Barriga assisting on the power-play marker.

The Silverbacks outshot the Chiefs 14-13 in the first frame.

The Chiefs scored the only goal in the middle period to take the lead back, 4-3 at 3:52 on the power-play as Brandon Wagner was off for interference. The home team outshot the visitors 15-11 in the second period.

And in the third period, Hutchison scored the lone goal to tie the game 4-4 with 5:28 remaining in regulation time. Phil Middleton and Barriga assisted on the goal which sent the game into 4-on-4 overtime. The ‘Backs outshot the Chiefs 15-11 in the third and 44-34 Silverbacks after 60 minutes.

The first five minute extra frame and five minutes of 3-on-3 OT saw the Chiefs outshoot the ‘Backs 7-4.

The Silverbacks outshot Chilliwack 48-42 overall, as Angus Redmond stopped 33 of 34 shots in relief. The ‘Backs finished 1-for-7 with the man-advantage, and 1-for-2 with the PK.

Hutchison finished with a goal and an assist for the Silverbacks, while Barriga picked up a pair of helpers.

Heidt now leads the BCHL in scoring with 6 goals and 2 assists in 4 games.

The Silverbacks lead the Interior Division at 3-0-0-1, 7 points in four games. The Penticton Vees have 6 points and have 3 wins and 1 loss in 4 games.

The ‘Backs will be back in action on Thursday, September 24th as they open the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack versus the Langley Rivermen (2-1) at 1p.m. The Silverbacks finish the Showcase versus the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (1-2) at 10a.m. Friday, September 25th.

The ‘Backs will then return to Salmon Arm and prepare for five game home stand which begins on Friday, October 2nd with the Wenatchee Wild at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.

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‘Backs back in action at home tonight, third regular season game and first vs. Mainland oppenant.

The Silverbacks get back into action at home tonight at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre for the first of back-to-back home games this weekend, beginning with the Coquitlam Express.

Tonight will be the first non divisional opponent of this young regular season, after the ‘Backs 7-5 victory over the Centennials in Merritt this past Tuesday, September 15th and their 4-2 win at home over the Penticton Vees to open the season last Friday, September 11th at Salmon Arm.

The Silverbacks are tied atop the Interior Division standings with the West Kelowna Warriors, Vees and Centennials. The Vernon Vipers have three points in four games after losing 4-3 in 4-on-4 overtime last night (Friday) at home to the Express.

The Trail Smoke Eaters have one win in three games, Coquitlam is now 2-1 and tied atop the Mainland Division with the Wenatchee Wild who have won their first two games.

Ross Heidt and Taro Hirose, both second season Silverbacks each have five points in their first two games. Heidt has scored three goals, while Hirose has one goal along with four assists.

19-year-old import player Elijiah Barriga has potted two goals and one assist in his first two BCHL games, while second season forward and import, 20-year-old Nick Hutchison has one goal and two assists. Salmon Arm’s Carson Bolduc has a pair of goals after scoring twice in Merritt on Tuesday.

20-year-old Angus Redmond has played each of the first two games in goal, and has stopped 56 of 63 shots.

‘Backs head coach Brandon West with his thoughts pre-game.

The Silverbacks and Express won’t meet again until Friday, February 12th at the Lower Mainland for the back end of the season set.

The ‘Backs are set to the host the Chilliwack Chiefs tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3p.m. at the Shaw Centre.

The Vipers host the Chiefs tonight at 6p.m., the Vees will be in West Kelowna for 7p.m. and the Smoke Eaters host the Centennials at 7:30p.m.

The ‘Backs will play back-to-back games against Mainland Division opponents as they open the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack on Thursday afternoon, September 24th versus the Langley Rivermen at 1p.m. The Silverbacks will then take on the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Friday morning, September 25th at 10a.m. for their second and final game of the Showcase at Prospera Centre.

The ‘Backs will return to Salmon Arm and begin a five game home stand, their longest of season at the Shaw Centre. The newest addition to the BCHL will be begin the home stand, as the Wenatchee Wild will visit Salmon Arm on Friday, October 2nd for a 7p.m. start.

Each Silverbacks and BCHL game is webcast live, PPV http://bchl.fasthockey.com/ and audio only http://bit.ly/1pkztYv as well as, each ‘Backs away game is broadcast live at CKVS 93.7 FM http://www.voiceoftheshuswap.ca Tune into CKVS each Monday night throughout the season beginning at 7p.m. for 30 minutes or more of Silverbacks talk, interviews, as well as news from around the BCHL.

Silverbacks come back and win in the Nicola Valley, Carson Bolduc scored twice.

The Silverbacks have started this BCHL season with back-to-back wins, after outscoring the Centennials 7-5 last night (Tuesday) at Merritt.

The Cents scored the first goal, 4:52 into the first period. With Phil Middleton penalized for roughing, Ross Heidt opened the scoring for the ‘Backs at 8:56 short-handed. Taro Hirose assisted on the 1-1 goal. The home team restored it’s lead just over two minutes later, before Nick Hutchison tied the game 2-2 from Josh Blanchard at 13:34.

Merritt then potted a pair of goals and just 10 seconds apart, with the first on the power-play as Aiden Salerno was off for slashing. The Centennials went ahead 4-2 into the final three minutes of the opening frame, before Brett Stewart found the back of the net from Hirose with the man-advantage at 17:26. But the Cents weren’t finished, Merritt took it’s second two goal lead of the period in the final two minutes. The ‘Backs outshot the Cents 16-13 in the first but, Merritt lead 5-3 after 20 minutes.

The Silverbacks scored the only two goals in period 2, and Salmon Arm’s Carson Bolduc scored both goals to tie the game 5-5 after 40 minutes. The visitors outshot the Cents 19-9 in period 2.

The ‘Backs picked up where Bolduc left off in the second period, as Heidt gave the Silverbacks their first lead of the game at 7:31. Hirose assisted on the 6-5 go ahead goal.

Bolduc tells us how he is feeling, playing in just two games with less than a handful of practices in the past week.

Marcus Mitchell potted his first BCHL goal and finished the scoring at 17:48 from Elijiah Barriga.

The ‘Backs scored the final four goals of the game and earned their second consectuive victory.

The Silverbacks outshot the Centennials 8-6 in the third, and 48-28 the ‘Backs lead overall on the shot clock.

With the power-play, the Silverbacks finished 1-for-6 and on the penalty-kill the ‘Backs ended 6-for-7 including a short-handed marker.

Silverbacks assistant coach Misko Antisin with his thought’s post-game.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, the West Kelowna Warriors put together an 8-3 victory at home over the Trail Smoke Eaters in the only other game on the BCHL schedule.

Salmon Arm is at the top of the Interior Division standings with four points in two games during the first five days of the BCHL regular season. The West Kelowna Warriors also have two wins and four points, but the Warriors split their home-and-home set with the Centennials this past weekend.

The second of six regular season meetings in the Interior division between the Silverbacks and Centennials is set for Wednesday, October 7th at 7p.m. at Salmon Arm. The ‘Backs will be back in the Nicola Valley on Sunday afternoon, October 26th for 2p.m. start.

The Silverbacks will be back in game action this weekend on Saturday night, September 19th at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm versus the Coquitlam Express in a 7p.m. start. As well as, the ‘Backs will host the Chilliwack Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, September 20th beginning at 3p.m.

Each Silverbacks and BCHL game is webcast live, PPV http://bchl.fasthockey.com/ and audio only http://bit.ly/1pkztYv as well as, each ‘Backs away game is broadcast live at CKVS 93.7 FM http://www.voiceoftheshuswap.ca Tune into CKVS each Monday night throughout the season beginning at 7p.m. for 30 minutes or more of Silverbacks talk, interviews, as well as news from around the BCHL.

Silverbacks second regular season game tonight at Merritt.

The Silverbacks are back in action tonight, set for BCHL regular season game 2 as they travel to Merritt to meet the Centennials at 7p.m.

The ‘Backs haven’t played since opening this season with a 4-2 victory at home over the defending BCHL champion Penticton Vees, this past Friday night on September 11th at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.

Elijiah Barriga of West Covina, California scored the first 2 goals for the home team while Josh Blanchard and Ross Heidt also found the back of the net. Angus Remond stopped 33 of 35 shots in the win.

The Centennials opened the season by losing 6-4 to the Warriors at West Kelowna on opening night. The Cents gave up a 3-1 lead in the first period and were outshot 41-20 overall. Merritt finished 1-for-5 with the man-advantage and 1-for-4 on the PK.

The Centennials scored the final 3 goals on Saturday night to win 5-4 at home over the Warriors. Merritt’s power-play finished 1-for-2 and the Cents potted a short-handed marker courtesy of Gavin Gould while Colin Grannary scored on a penalty shot, Merritt’s PK was 4-for-5. The Warriors outshot the Centennials 35-22.

5 of the 6 teams in the Interior Division have 2 points after opening weekend, with Penticton 0-1.

The Centennials have 10 returnees from last season’s team which finished with a regular season record of 32-24-0-2 for third in the Interior Divison and 66 points tied with West Kelowna for the final two playoff spots, 1 point ahead of the Silverbacks. Joe Martin is now the head coach of the Cents, after four years as an assistant in Merritt. Martin has taken over for Luke Pierce who was hired in the off-season to be the head coach with the Kootenay Ice in the WHL in Cranbrook.

‘Backs head coach Brandon West with his thoughts on Monday, heading into the Nicola Valley after knocking off the defending champs.

Tonight is the first of 6 regular season matchup’s, as the Silverbacks will host the Centennials on Wednesday night, October 7th at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre.

The ‘Backs host the Coquitlam Express this coming Saturday night, September 19th at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre before hosting the Chilliwack Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, September 20th at 3p.m. in Salmon Arm.

The only other game on the schedule tonight, has the Trail Smoke Eaters in West Kelowna.

‘Backs battle off-ice adversity, with a victory at home over the Vees.

The Silverbacks scored three second period goals enroute to a 4-2 win at home over the defending BCHL champion, Penticton Vees last night (Friday) at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm to open the 2015-16 BCHL regular season.

Elijiah Barriga of West Covina, California gave the ‘Backs a 1-0 lead and potted his first BCHL goal with 3:24 remaining in the opening period. Former Vee, Josh Laframboise assisted on the goal that gave the home team a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. 20-year-old starter Angus Redmond stopped all 10 of the Vees first period shots, with the ‘Backs firing 7 shots at Vees starter Brendan Barry.

In the second period, 19-year-old Barriga got back on the scoreboard with a short-handed marker from Nick Hutchison at 7:29 after 18-year-old forward Jared Turcotte of Moorpark, California was penalized for hooking at 5:58.

The visitors finally found the back of the net, as a pair of 19-year-old forwards connected. Easton Brodzinski beat Redmond at 14:03 from Seamus Donahue.

But just 29 seconds later, Josh Blanchard restored the two goal lead. And Laframboise and Hutchison each picked up their second assists of the game.

Ross Heidt and Taro Hirose later connected and increased the lead to 4-1 at 18:41 of the second period. The Silverbacks outshot the Vees 16-12 in the middle period.

The Vees made a goaltending change in the second intermission, as 20-year-old Anthony Brodeur relieved Barry who stopped 19 of 23 shots in the first 40 minutes.

Penticton scored the only goal in the final frame with Hutchison penalized for roughing, Brodzinski potted his second of the night and on the power-play at 4:46. 18-year-old Owen Sillinger picked up the assist.

The Vees outshot the Silverbacks 13-8 in the third, and Penticton finished ahead on the shot clock 35-31 overall.

The ‘Backs power-play finished 1-for-4, while the PK was 6-for-7.

Both teams are not back in action again until this coming week, as the Silverbacks take their 1-0 record on the road into the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena in Merritt on Tuesday at 7p.m.

Silverbacks Assistant Coach Misko Antisin joined us post-game.

The Centennials are at home to the West Kelowna Warriors tonight (Saturday) in the back half of a home-and-home set. The Warriors erased at 3-1 deficit in the first period last night (Friday) and came back to win 6-4 at home in the Okanagan. As well in the Interior Division, the Trail Smoke Eaters went into Vernon and beat the Vipers 5-3.

Tuesday’s game time is set for 7p.m. in the Nicola Valley and will be broadcast live via http://www.fasthockey.com, audio only at http://bit.ly/1s0deO7 as well as CKVS 93.7 FM, the Voice of the Shuswap and http://www.voiceoftheshuswap.ca Tune in tomorrow night (Monday) for the debut of ‘Backs Talk, live at 7p.m. each Monday night throughout the season featuring the latest on the Silverbacks including interviews with the players and coaches.

2014-15 BCHL season begins tonight, as the Silverbacks host the Vees.

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks begin the BCHL regular season tonight, at home to the defending BCHL champion Penticton Vees at 7p.m., at the Shaw Centre.

23 players are on the ‘Backs roster, with Logan Mick still injured but Carson Bolduc returned to practice on Tuesday. Each Canadian team in the BCHL team is limited to 6 players who are 20-years-old and, 6 import players. 19-year-old returning goalie Zach Dyment is set to backup 20-year-old Angus Redmond. 17-year-old goaltender Daniel Toews of Chase, BC along with 18-year-old import forward Aaron Aragon and 20-year-old defenseman Brody Valette were taken off of the active roster last weekend.

The captain and assistants were chosen on Tuesday, as 20-year-old returning import defenseman Philip Middleton will wear the ‘C’. 20-year-old Colton Thibault, along with 19-year-old’s Carson Bolduc and Taro Hirose are the assistant captains.

The Vees have five returnees from last season’s team (Brendan Barry, Gabe Bast, Dante Fabbro, Demico Hannoun, Tyson Jost) who won the BCHL title and lost in double-overtime in the RBC Cup National Championship semi-final. Also in goal, 20-year-old Anthony Brodeur, a New Jersey Devils draft pick and son of NHL hall of fame netminder and former Devil, Martin Brodeur.

The Silverbacks lost 2-1 in overtime in Penticton on the final night of regulation play this past February, as the ‘Backs finished one point shy of an Interior Division playoff spot.

The ‘Backs finished the pre-season with a record of 3-2. The Silverbacks lost 10-3 at home to the West Kelowna Warriors this past Friday at the Shaw Centre. But, responded last Saturday with a 3-1 victory over the Warriors in the Okanagan. The Vees played three pre-season games, winning 3-2 at home over the Warriors last Wednesday before hosting the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior League over the weekend. The Vees scored a 6-5 overtime win Friday before a 5-5 tie Saturday.
Silverbacks President and General Manager Troy Mick with his thoughts, less than 24 hours before opening night.

The Silverbacks second game of the regular season is set for Tuesday, September 15th at Merritt versus the Centennials at 7p.m. The ‘Backs will be back at the Shaw Centre on Saturday, September 19th at 7p.m. versus the Coquitlam Express.

All Silverbacks regular season and playoff games are PPV webcast via http://www.fasthockey.com as well as audio only at http://mixlr.com/sasilverbacks/ Also, all Silverbacks away games are broadcast via 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 6:50p.m., the opening face-off is set for 7p.m.

Pre-season response in the Okanagan.

The Silverbacks went into West Kelowna last night (Saturday) and responded with a 3-1 pre-season win over the Warriors, 24 hours after the Warriors came into the Shaw Centre and won 10-3 over the ‘Backs on Friday night in Salmon Arm.

The Warriors opened the scoring for the second time in as many nights at 10:29 of the first period.

With under three minutes remaining in the opening frame, 20-year-old ‘Backs forward Matty Saharchuk found the back of the net with 17-year-old Marcus Mitchell earning the assist at 17:36.

The Silverbacks outshot the Warriors 22-11 in the first period with the score tied 1-1.

18-year-old Jared Turcotte gave the ‘Backs their first lead of the weekend, a power-play goal from Brett Stewart and Saharchuk at 2:21 of the middle period.

The first scrap of the game came 6:27 into the period, Saharchuk got mixed up with Rylan Yaremko.

Stewart and Garrett Forrester later dropped their gloves with 5:52 remaining in the game.

The visitor’s took a 2-1 lead into the final frame, with the Silverbacks outshooting the Warriors 28-7 in the second frame.

20-year-old returnee Colton Thibault potted the only goal in the third, and 19-year-old second season defenseman Damian Chreck picked up the assist at 13:19.

The Warriors outshot the Silverbacks 12-11 in the third but, the ‘Backs finished the game ahead 50-41.

20-year-old Angus Redmond started his second pre-season game and won for the second consecutive Saturday, and stopping 40 of 41 shots including a handful of glove and diving saves.

The ‘Backs scored the only power-play goal in the game, and finished 1-for-6 with the man-advantage while the PK was a perfect 5-for-5.

The Silverbacks finish exhibition play with a record of 3-and-2, while the Warriors went 3-and-3. The two teams will meet again on Friday, October 16th at West Kelowna in a 7p.m. start.

Practice will resume this week at the Shaw Centre with just over 20 players.

The first Silverbacks regular season game of this 2015-16 campaign is set for Friday night, September 11th at the Shaw Centre at 7p.m. versus the Penticton Vees. The ‘Backs second regular season game isn’t until Tuesday, September 8th when they will travel to Merritt to meet the Centennials at 7p.m. at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

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