WEST KELOWNA, B.C. OCTOBER 7th, 2017
The Silverbacks (4-5-0-0) will visit the West Kelowna Warriors (6-3-0-0) tonight (Saturday) at 7pm, the first of six regular season meetings.
Salmon Arm began the weekend by scoring the first four goals last night (Friday), in a 7-4 victory at home over the Merritt Centennials (3-7-0-0) at the Shaw Centre. Grayson Constable got the home team into the board just 17 seconds into the first period, the captain’s second of the season. Tanner Campbell made it 2-0 at 11:41 with his first as a Silverback in the BCHL. Salmon Arm outshot Merritt 12-4 in the first.
Rhett Kingston increased the lead to 3-0 at 3:15 of the second. Kingston’s sixth of the season and the 20-year-old has now scored in each of his first six games with Salmon Arm. Colton Thomas potted his first as a Silverback and in the BCHL at 10:55 of the second, and the power-play goal put the home team in front 4-0. The Centennials finished the scoring in the second, 4-1 at 13:15. Salmon Arm outshot Merritt 21-7 in the middle frame.
Marcus Mitchell’s third of the season opened the scoring in the third, 5-1 at 4:57. Tanner Campbell scored his second of the game and second of the season at 8:24, and Salmon Arm lead 6-1. Nick Unruh made it 7-1 with his first as a Silverbacks and in the BCHL at 11:05, a power-play goal. The Centennials then relieved starting goalie Jacob Berger after seven goals on 43 shots, Jared Breitkreuz stopped the four shots he faced in relief.
The Cents finished the scoring with three goals in the final four minutes, 7-2 at 16:16, 7-3 at 19:01 and 7-4 at 19:40.
Salmon Arm outshot Merritt 14-11 in the third and 47-22 Silverbacks total. Bo Didur earned his second win in his first seven games. The Silverbacks power-play finished 2-for-6, while the penalty-kill was 3-for-3.
Salmon Arm’s power-play is running at 23-percent, with 11 power-play goals and two short-handed goal-against. The Warriors man-advantage is at 24-percent, with 11 power-play goals and has yet to allow a short-handed goal-against. The Silverbacks penalty-kill is at 76-percent, with 11-power-play goals-against. West Kelowna’s PK is running at 92-percent, including one short-handed goal and three power-play goals-against.
The Warriors were not in action on Friday, but West Kelowna pulled out a 5-4 overtime win this past Wednesday, October 4th on the road at the Coquitlam Express (2-6-1-1). The Warriors won five of their eight games in September. 18-year-old Matt Kowalski leads West-K with five goals and nine points in his first nine games this season. Kingston leads the Silverbacks with six goals and nine points in his first six games.
The Silverbacks now have two wins and four losses at home and the next home game is set for Tuesday night, October 10th at 7pm versus the Langley Rivermen (3-2-0-4). Salmon Arm has two wins and one loss on the road, while West Kelowna has two wins and one loss on home ice this season.
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
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