The Silverbacks (16-22-2-2) begin three games in as many days tonight (Friday), at home to the Powell River Kings (28-16-0-1) at 7pm at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The Silverbacks will visit the Merritt Centennials (17-17-2-8) tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Salmon Arm will finish the weekend at home to the Penticton Vees (31-9-0-1) on Sunday at 3pm at the Shaw Centre.
The Silverbacks are 1-2-1-0 in January and 5-12-1-1 on home ice after falling 6-3 at home to the Langley Rivermen (19-15-2-5) last Saturday. Salmon Arm played to a 3-3 tie last Friday on the road at the Vernon Vipers (22-14-3-4). The Silverbacks inserted five affiliate players into the lineup last weekend. 17-year-old Jacob Kennedy of Delta Hockey Academy in the Lower Mainland scored his first BCHL goal last Saturday in Salmon Arm. As well, 17-year-old’s Trey Thomas and Daine Dubois of the Caribou Cougars in the BC Major Midget League in Prince George each saw action. Thomas played in both games last weekend. 16-year-old defenseman Cody Schiavon of the BCMML’s Okanagan Rockets played in his third game of the season last Friday. And forward Daniel Fisher made his Silverbacks debut last Saturday at the Shaw Centre. The 18-year-old of the KIJHL’s Revelstoke Grizzlies will be back in the lineup this weekend. Carson Bolduc and Connor Sundquist each sat out last weekend due to injury, Bolduc will be back in the lineup this weekend. Marcus Mitchell will return tomorrow (Saturday) after a four game suspension for head contact two weeks in Trail.
Salmon Arm lost 6-2 in Powell River on October 21st. The Kings have won their first six games of 2017, and seven straight overall with Powell River’s last lost coming on December 17th at the Wenatchee Wild (33-6-0-4). The Kings have a road record of 13-12-0-0.
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.