The Silverbacks (18-7-2-1) scored 3 goals in 2 minutes and 40 seconds in the third period last night, but fell 5-3 at home to the Langley Rivermen (18-12-0-0) on Saturday night at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The ‘Backs will host the Cowichan Valley Capitals (15-11-1-3) this afternoon at 3p.m.
The Rivermen opened the scoring in the opening period, and on the power-play at 13:34 with Marcus Mitchell penalized for roughing. Langley went ahead 2-0 at 14:50 and took that lead into the second period. The Silverbacks outshot the Rivermen 11-9 in the first.
The Rivermen went ahead 4-0 in the middle frame at 5:22 and 7:38 before the ‘Backs used their timeout. The Silverbacks lead 12-8 on the shot clock and 23-17 after 40 minutes.
Ross Heidt was assessed 5 minutes for boarding and a game misconduct just 2:05 into the third period. The home team killed off the major penalty and then scored 3 of the 4 goals in the final frame.
Kodi Schwarz brought the Teddy Bears onto the ice with his third of the season at 13:07. Just 42 seconds after the first goal, Taro Hirose then potted his seventh at 13:49. And Josh Blanchard scored his 10th of the season at 15:47 as the Silverbacks trailed 4-3 with 4:13 remaining. But with starting goalie Angus Redmond on the bench for the extra attacker, the Rivermen went ahead 5-3 into the empty net. The ‘Backs outshot Langley 15-4, and 38-21 overall on the shot clock.
The Silverbacks finished 0-for-3 with the man-advantage and 3-for-4 on the penalty-kill.
The ‘Backs are now 9-3-2-1 on home ice and 3-5-2-0 versus the Mainland Division. The Capitals are 3-3-0-1 versus the Interior Division, and 5-10-1-2 on the road after a 3-1 loss to the Vernon Vipers (14-17-0-0) on Saturday night. Cowichan Valley began it’s Interior Division trip with a 6-4 win on Friday over the West Kelowna Warriors (17-12-0-2).
The Warriors lost 8-6 on the road to the Merritt Centennials (10-20-0-2) on Saturday night, as well as the Penticton Vees (28-2-1-0) tied 4-4 at home with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (10-16-2-1).
The Silverbacks still sit second in the Interior, while the Capitals are third in the Island Division. The ‘Backs will visit the Capitals on Friday, January 22nd.
Ryan Burton (12-8) and Kade Kehoe (11-19) each lead the Capitals in scoring with 30 points.
The ‘Backs are now 7-3-0-0 on Saturday’s this season and 1-2-1-0 on Sunday’s. The Silverbacks tied 4-4 at home with the Chilliwack Chiefs (19-6-1-3) back on September 20th, lost 4-3 at home to the Prince George Spruce Kings (8-22-0-2) on October 11th, as well as won 5-4 win in the Nicola Valley on October 25th. The lone Sunday game in November ended in a 4-1 loss in Chilliwack.
The Silverbacks will play their third of five games in eight days on Wednesday, December 9th in Vernon at 7p.m.
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