The Silverbacks (20-23-1-3) host the Surrey Eagles tonight at 7pm, less than 24 hours after Salmon Arm won it’s fifth consecutive game with a 7-6 overtime victory at home over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (14-24-4-4) on Friday night at the Shaw Centre.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring, exactly two minutes into the first and after beginning the game on the power-play as the Silverbacks Brandon Whistle was penalized for delay of game which occurred at the end of the pre-game warm-up. Max Wutzke was called for tripping at 3:39 and Alberni Valley went ahead 2-0 on the power-play at 4:05. The Silverbacks then received back-to-back power-plays, at 5:21 and 6:05 including 44 seconds of 5-on-3 but were unable to capitalize. Grayson Constable’s seventh of the season at 9:42 opened the scoring for the home team, 2-1 Bulldogs. Hudson Schandor was penalized for cross-checking at 9:44. Salmon Arm went back to the power-play at 12:53 and Akito Hirose tied the game 2-2 with his fourth at 13:12. Tanner Campbell was called for cross-checking at 15:03. And the home team received the final man-advantage of the period at 16:23. Each team had 14 shots in the first period.
Alberni Valley went ahead 3-2 just 55 seconds into the second. Trevor Adams was penalized for roughing at 4:08. And the Bulldogs took advantage, 4-2 with the man-advantage at 4:15. Campbell’s 11th at 5:06 got the Silverbacks back within one, 4-3 Alberni Valley. The Bulldogs then gave the Silverbacks four straight power-plays to finish the second at 7:20, 9:12, 9:39, and at 16:29. Salmon Arm’s Logan Mostat finished the second period scoring with his eighth at 19:42, 4-4 after 40 minutes. The Silverbacks outshot Alberni Valley 18-5 in the second and 32-19 Salmon Arm overall.
The Bulldogs began the third with their fifth consecutive penalty at 2:49. Salmon Arm went back to the box at 6:14, Demetri Kambeitz for slashing. Alberni Valley retook the lead on the power-play at 7:19, 5-4 Bulldogs. Sol Seibel’s second of the season tied the game 5-5 at 8:34. Each team was penalized at 9:29, including Schandor for interference. Kambeitz gave the home team it’s first lead of the night with his fourth of season at 11:51, 6-5 Salmon Arm. Mostat was called for boarding at 13:07. The Bulldogs forced overtime at 18:32 of the third, 6-6. The Silverbacks lead 7-6 on the shot clock in the third and 39-25 overall.
Salmon Arm outshot Alberni Valley 5-2 in 4-on-4 OT, 44-27 overall.
And Trevor Adams potted the game winner at 1:22 of 3-on-3 overtime, his 12th of the season. Salmon Arm had all three shots in double OT and 47-27 Silverbacks total. Kyle Dumba stopped 21 of 27 for his seventh win of the season.
The Silverbacks finished 1-for-10 on the power-play and 4-for-7 on the penalty-kill.
Salmon Arm now has a record of 5-3-1 in OT.
The Silverbacks had four regulars out of the line-up on Friday. Joe Leahy with an injury while Riley Hayles, Justin Wilson and Austin Chorney each ill. Noah Wakeford, Schandor and Whistle each returned to action on Friday. Affiliates Travis Halladay and Erik Evans got back into the line-up on Friday.
Former Silverback Spencer Hora made his Bulldogs debut on Friday. Salmon Arm moved Hora to the West Kelowna Warriors (23-22-1-1) earlier in the season and the Bulldogs traded for the defenseman at the deadline.
The Silverbacks are 7-2-1-0 going into their final game on the schedule in January, meanwhile the Eagles are 6-4-0-0 in the first month of 2018. Surrey lost at the Trail Smoke Eaters (27-14-1-4) last night (Friday). Salmon Arm opened the season series with a 3-2 overtime win over Surrey on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack. The Eagles the beat the Silverbacks 4-3 in OT on Friday, October 27th in South Surrey.
Home game tickets are $14, (Srs $12, Under 12 – $7). A $25 family pack includes includes 2 Adults and 2 Children’s tickets, along with 4 complimentary Silverbacks hats.