Monday, September 10, 2012 - Submitted by Scott Campbell
The SilverBacks opened the 2012-2013 season at the first annual Showcase on Saturday, taking on the rival West Kelowna Warriors. While the 'Backs were competitive in each of their exhibition games, it was a different story in a 6-0 loss Saturday Afternoon.
West Kelowna opened the scoring in the first two minutes on the Power-play. Adam Plant found a back-door pass for a 1-0 Warrior lead.
The Warriors continued to control the flow of play, adding another goal midway through the period from Max French on a wraparound for a 2-0 score.
A frustrating period was almost over for the 'Backs when Warrior Brett McKinnon dug out a loose puck in the slot for a quick snap shot over Colin Dzijacky and a 3-0 lead.
After notching only three shots in the 1st period, the 'Backs put up another nine in the 2nd frame but were unable to solve Tyler Briggs, while giving up another two goals against.
A turn-over just inches from the blue-line gave Max French a short break-away for his second goal of the game and a 4-0 lead as he tucked the rubber between an outstretched Dzijacky.
Two penalty kills gave Salmon Arm some momentum that was crushed late in the period when Marcus Basara gave his club a 5-0 lead.
Hopes for a comeback were quelled early when Max French completed that hat-trick as an errant shot careened off his skate and into the net just 0:13 into the period.
The Warriors got into some penalty trouble but Tyler Briggs was able to turn away the SilverBack attack, getting a shutout in his first BCHL start.
The first goal of the season was the only goal of the game Sunday for the SilverBacks as they fell one shy of the Nanaimo Clippers. While it was a great improvement on Saturday's effort, the 'Backs fell 2-1.
Rebounding from a 6-0 loss the day before, the SilverBacks didn't get the start they had bargained for as a Kyle Kramer shot bounced off the end wall right to Michael McNicholas for an empty net and a 1-0 Nanaimo lead.
The Clippers' Greg Fraser sat in the box while the 'Backs turned over the puck for a 2on1, even short-handed there was no mistake made by Nanaimo's Reid Sturos as he went top shelf for a 2-0 lead.
The 'Backs managed eight shots in the period but few real scoring chances against Jayson Argue.
Brendan Kennedy got into it with 20 year old Greg Fraser; a four year veteran of the WHL, and held his own with the older combatant.
After a tough start, Nanaimo went on to pepper Adam Clark with 29 more shots through the game but couldn't beat the Albertan.
Another eight shots for the SilverBacks got them on the board late in the frame after some chippy play from each side of the puck.
Carter Lukenda came close to opening the scoring for Salmon Arm on a goal mouth scramble but couldn't get a bounce.
Eventually with 19:16 gone from the period it was time for a SilverBack goal, Josh Bowes broke up ice on a 1on1 with Austin Dick in front of him, using the defender as a screen as he riffled the first 'Backs goal of 2012-2013 up top to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Clippers weren't pleased following the goal with back to back questionable hits in the final minute, with one resulting in a five minute major against Mason Mitchell.
Even with a full five minutes of power-play time to begin the frame, the 'Backs managed only two shots, allowing Nanaimo momentum after killing off the long penalty.
Two penalties from the SilverBack side slowed any offence that may have followed up the power-play.
Even with Adam Clark out of the net, the 'Backs failed to generate any real chances to tie the game, eventually falling to Nanaimo 2-1.
Brendan Kennedy was announced as the Energy Player of the Game while Adam Clark took home first star honours with a 38 save performance.