The Silverbacks (4-7-0-0) fell 4-1 on the road on Wednesday night versus the Trail Smoke Eaters (6-6-0-1) at the Cominco Arena in downtown Trail, the first of seven regular season meetings and the first of four in Trail.
Trevin Kozlowski started the game in goal, his first start since the 25th of September with the Surrey Eagles (2-7-0-1) at the BCHL Showcase. And the home team opened the scoring just 1:59 in, the lone goal of the first period as the Smoke Eaters took a 1-0 lead into the second. Trail outshot Salmon Arm 13-12 in the first frame.
The Smoke Eaters went ahead 2-0 in the second period, a power-play goal with Nathan Iannone off for slashing.
The Silverbacks got on the board and cut the lead in half in the back half of the middle frame, as Riley Hayles fired home his first BCHL goal. The 18-year-old defenseman out of Delta, BC now has seven points in 11 games this season.
The visitors lead 17-14 on the shot clock in the second but trailed 2-1 into the third.
Trail went ahead 3-1 at 5:40 of the third and on the power-play with Ryley Booth penalized for hooking.
And former Silverback Josh Laframboise finished the scoring, his eighth of the season at 14:15 put the Smoke Eaters in front 4-1.
The ‘Backs lead 8-6 on the shot clock in the third, and each team registered 35 in total.
Another former Silverback, Zach Dyment earned the win in goal for Trail. The 20-year-old of Abbotsford, BC now has four wins in 10 games, a goals-against-average of 3.05 and .916 saves-percentage.
The Silverbacks power-play finished 1-for-6 on Wednesday, while the penalty-kill was 3-for-5.
The Smoke Eaters have now won four straight after a perfect road trip last weekend, Trail is fourth in the Interior Division with 11 points in 12 games. The Silverbacks road record is now 3-and-3 and the ‘Backs remain at the bottom of the Interior with eight points in 10 games.
Former Silverback, 20-year-old Connor Brown-Maloski of Kamloops, BC was scratch for the Smoke Eaters.
Meanwhile, six Silverbacks missed the trip with various injuries. Defensemen Carter Cochrane, Cameron Trott, Max Wutzke, Julian Timba along with forwards Carson Bolduc and Haydn Hopkins all stayed back in the Shuswap on Wednesday.
Affiliate forwards Brett Didyk and Colton Thomas, along with defenseman Cody Schiavon each saw action in Trail. The 17-year-old Didyk of Burnaby, BC is with the North East Chiefs in the BCMML, 18-year-old Colton Thomas of Williams Lake, BC is with the 100 Mile House Wranglers in the KIJHL and 16-year-old Cody Schiavon is currently with the Okanagan Rockets in the BCMML.
Also on Wednesday, the Merritt Centennials (6-4-1-1) won 4-1 at home over the Vernon Vipers (6-4-0-2) and the Penticton Vees (10-1-0-0) won 3-1 at home over the Langley Rivermen (3-7-1-1).
The Silverbacks will be back in action tomorrow (Friday) night at home to the West Kelowna Warriors (5-5-0-0-) for the second meeting in as many weekends and the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home set as the Warriors will host the ‘Backs on Saturday at 7pm in West Kelowna. The Silverbacks won 5-3 in West Kelowna last Saturday night.
The ‘Backs will be back in Trail on October 28th, and the Smoke Eaters will first visit Salmon Arm on December 3rd.
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