The Silverbacks (6-6-0-0) scored first and did not fall behind last night (Saturday), in a 4-2 victory at home versus the Nanaimo Clippers (5-6-1-0).
Logan Mostat opened the scoring in the first period, his fourth of the season at 18:04. Salmon Arm lead 1-0 after 20 minutes, and lead 11-7 on the shot clock.
The Clippers tied the score 1-1 with a power-play goal just 34 seconds into the second, as Tanner Campbell was off for high-sticking. Spencer Hora dropped the gloves with Preston Brodziak at 12:05 of the second, each received five minutes for fighting and game misconducts. Trevor Adams restored the Silverbacks lead, 2-1 with his third of the season at 15:17. Nanaimo evened the score again and again on the power-play, 2-2 at 16:50 with Trey Thomas penalized for slough foot tripping. But Marcus Mitchell put the home team ahead 3-2 with just 47 seconds remaining in the middle frame, Mitchell’s fifth and on the power-play at 19:13. Salmon Arm outshot the Clippers 13-12 in the second.
Hudson Schandor scored the lone goal of the final period. Schandor’s third of the season put the Silverbacks in front 4-2 at 11:40 and during a five minute, 5-on-4 man-advantage.
Schandor’s 3rd in the 3rd, Silverbacks outshot Clippers 10-5 in 3rd. Salmon Arm outshot Nanaimo 10-5 in the third and 34-24 total. Bo Didur made 22 stops for his fourth win as a Silverback.
Salmon Arm finished 2-for-9 on the power-play, including two lengthy 5-on-3 opportunities. The Silverbacks were 5-for-7 on the penalty-kill.Ryan Hogg was scratched on Saturday, along with Julian Timba who has played just five regular season games thus far and Josh Latta missed his fifth straight game with an ailment.
Silverbacks Head Coach and GM Scott Atkinson announced that the team made a roster move prior to Saturday’s game. “We made a difficult decision yesterday (Friday) in deciding to release Nic Tallarico. Nic played well for the Silverbacks last season, but as this season progressed it became clear that he would not be in a starting position with the club. We thought it only fair to allow him to pursue his goal of being a BCHL starting goaltender with another club. We wish Nic nothing but the best, he is an outstanding young man.”
Salmon Arm now has three wins and one regulation loss in October, along with four wins and four losses on home ice thus far. The Silverbacks are 2-0-0-0 versus the Island Division. The Silverbacks will visit Nanaimo on Sunday, January 14th at 2pm.
Salmon Arm will host the Wenatchee Wild (7-4-1-0) on Tuesday of this week, October 17th at 7pm at the Shaw Centre.
Silverbacks home game tickets are available at the Box Office at the Shaw Centre. Adults $14, Seniors $12, $7 for Children under 12-years-old. Also, a family pack for $25 includes 2 Adult tickets, 2 Children’s tickets, along with 4 complimentary Silverbacks hats. Contact the Silverbacks at (250) 832-3856 and www.sasilverbacks.com