SALMON ARM, B.C. January 27th, 2017
The Silverbacks (17-24-2-2) begin back-to-back games on home ice this weekend, tonight (Friday) at 7pm versus the Nanaimo Clippers (17-23-1-5) at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The Silverbacks will host the Prince George Spruce Kings (19-20-2-3) tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm. Friday will be the third and final regular season meeting with the Clippers, the Silverbacks won 4-3 in double-overtime in Nanaimo on October 22nd and Salmon Arm began the season series with a 4-2 victory on September 24th at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.
Josh Blanchard will return to Salmon Arm for the first time after the 20-year-old was dealt to Nanaimo on deadline day earlier this month. Blanchard has yet to find the scoresheet in four games with the Clippers, he had 8 goals and 20 assists in 33 games this season in Salmon Arm. The Silverbacks will receive future considerations in the form of players from the Clippers.
The Silverbacks salvaged two of a possible six points last weekend. Salmon Arm scored five straight goals last Sunday to rally from a 2-0 first period deficit and beat the Penticton Vees (32-10-1-1) 5-2. Elijiah Barriga’s 21st got the home team on the board at 11:44 of the second period, a power-play goal. Barriga then tied tied the game just 1:56 into the third, his second of the game and 22nd of the season. Justin Wilson gave the Silverbacks their first lead of the game with his 12th at 9:28. Wilson was called for slashing at 7:20.
The first season Silverback then stepped out of the penalty box and received a breakaway pass from Josh Latta, and Wilson stick handled past Penticton’s starter Nolan Hildebrand. Ryan Hogg doubled the lead with his sixth of the season at 12:29, a power-play marker. And Nathan Iannone finished the scoring with his second of the season and into an empty net at 19:58. Each team registered 13 shots in the opening period, 16-10 Silverbacks in the second, 15-11 Penticton in the third and Salmon Arm finished ahead 40-38.
Nic Tallarico stopped 36 shots for his sixth win as a Silverback. The home team finished 2-for-4 on the power-play, and 3-for-3 on the penalty-kill. Salmon Arm has a record of 3-1-0-1 versus the Vees with one regular season meeting remaining on Saturday, February 18th in the South Okanagan.
The Silverbacks are 6-13-1-1 in the Shuswap, 2-4-1-0 in January, and 2-4-0-0 versus the Island Division. Nanaimo is 7-12-1-2 on the road, 3-4-0-0 in January, and 5-4-0-2 versus the Interior. The Clippers currently hold the fourth and final playoff spot on the Island. Nanaimo has 675 penalty minutes in 46 games, while the Silverbacks have racked up 645 PIM’s in 45 games. Ryley Booth sat out Saturday and Sunday last weekend due to injury, as well Connor Sundquist remains out with injury.
Each Silverbacks game is webcast PPV at hockeytv.com Each road game is broadcast live via voiceoftheshuswap.ca CKVS 93.7 FM and each home game is available audio only at mixlr.com/salmon-arm-silverbacks/ Tune into Salmon Arm community radio each Monday at 7pm, Tuesday at 7am for 30 minutes or more Silverbacks hockey talk.