NANAIMO, B.C. OCTOBER 22. 2016
The Silverbacks (7-9-0-0) will visit the Coquitlam Express (6-9-1-0-) on Sunday at 2pm, less than 24 hours after a 4-3 double overtime and comeback victory over the Nanaimo Clippers (8-6-0-2) on Vancouver Island.
The ‘Backs fell behind early on Saturday as the home team got out to a 2-0 lead in the first frame, the second goal on the power-play with Ryley Booth off for slashing. The Clippers outshot the Silverbacks 14-5 in the opening period.
Cameron Trott got the ‘Backs on the board and cut the lead in half on the power-play with his second of the weekend and second of season, 2-1 Clippers at 5:01 of the second period.
Josh Blanchard’s third of the season at 18:55 tied the game, 2-2 at in the final 65 seconds of the second. The visitors outshot the home team 14-7 in the middle period.
The Clippers took their second lead of the night, 3-2 just 4:58 into the third. ‘Backs captain Mitch Skapski tied the game 3-3 at 11:25 of the third, Skapski’s sixth during 4-on-4 action. The Silverbacks outshot Nanaimo 13-10 in the third, 37-37 at the end of regulation.
Elijiah Barriga and Carson Bolduc finished the comeback for the ‘Backs, Barriga’s ninth of the season just 1:16 into 3-on-3 double overtime.
The Clippers outshot the Silverbacks 5-3 in 4-on-4 overtime, and 2-1 Silverbacks in 3-on-3 action. Brandon Kegler stopped 34 of 37 shots for his third win since returning to Salmon Arm earlier in October.
The ‘Backs finished 1-for-5 with the man-advantage and 3-for-4 on the PK. The Silverbacks are now 2-0-0-0 in OT this season.
The Silverbacks lead the season series with the Clippers two games to none, with the third and final regular season meeting set for Friday, January 27th at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm at 7pm. The ‘Backs doubled Nanaimo 4-2 last month at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.
Carter Cochrane, Julian Timba, Josh Latta all remain out of the Silverbacks lineup with injury. And Max Wutzke sat out on Saturday night in Nanaimo.
The Express were not in action on Saturday, but Coquitlam has won it’s last two games after a 5-4 victory at home over the Wenatchee Wild (11-2-0-1) on Friday, September 21st. The Express beat the ‘Backs 3-1 in Salmon Arm in September.
The Silverbacks next home game is set for Saturday, October 29th when they will host the Victoria Grizzlies (8-2-3-2) at the Shaw Centre at 7pm.
Each Silverbacks game is webcast PPV at hockeytv.com/#/, each road game is broadcast live via voiceoftheshuswap.caCKVS 93.7FM and each home game is avail audio only at mixlr.com/salmon-arm-silverbacks/