The Silverbacks (15-5-2-1) host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (9-11-1-1) Friday at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.
Friday will be the second of three regular season meetings with the Bulldogs who sit at the bottom of the BCHL’s Island Division. The Silverbacks began the season series by shutting out the Bulldogs 3-0 on Friday, September 25th at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack. After a scoreless first period, Josh Blanchard and Nick Hutchison gave the ‘Backs a 2-0 lead in the middle frame. Josh Laframboise finished the scoring in the third. The Silverbacks outshot the Bulldogs 31-15 as Angus Redmond earned his second shutout of the season. The ‘Backs will visit the Bulldogs in February of 2016 on Saturday, the 13th at 7p.m. in Port Alberni.
The Silverbacks are 7-2-2-1 at the Shaw Centre after a 5-2 win versus the Merritt Centennials (8-17-0-2) this past Friday, November 13th followed by a 5-3 victory over the West Kelowna Warriors (13-8-0-2) on Saturday, November 14th during Silverbacks parents weekend in Salmon Arm.
Taro Hirose now has four goals and 25 points in 23 games, after scoring both a power-play and short-handed marker on Friday. Angus Redmond turned aside 33 of 35 shots for the 20-year-old’s 12th win in 19 games. Colton Thibault potted a pair of goals on Saturday, including a power-play goal. The 20-year-old has 13 goals and six assists in 19 games. Brandon Kegler stopped 40 of 43 shots for his third win in six games with the Silverbacks.
The ‘Backs will travel north tomorrow (Saturday) for their second and final regular season meeting with the Prince George Spruce Kings (6-17-0-2). The Spruce Kings won 4-3 in Salmon Arm on Sunday, October 11th at the Shaw Centre.
The Silverbacks will finish the final full week of November with a home-and-home set with the Vernon Vipers (12-12-0-1), beginning Friday the 27th at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre and Saturday the 28th at 6p.m. in Vernon.
The Penticton Vees (23-1) remain atop the Interior Division and BCHL. The Silverbacks sit in second and 13 points back of the Vees with one game in hand. The ‘Backs are five points in front of the Warriors. The Vipers are fourth, three behind West Kelowna. The Centennials and Trail Smoke Eaters are at the bottom of the Interior.
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