The Silverbacks (12-18-0-3) visit the Wenatchee Wild (21-9-1-2) tonight (Friday) at 7:05pm and tomorrow night (Saturday) at 7:05pm.
Salmon Arm is still looking for it’s first win in December, losing it’s last five games while being outscored 19-4.
The Silverbacks last victory was 2-1 in Wenatchee on Saturday, November 25th. The Silverbacks lost 4-1 at the Merritt Centennials (14-14-1-2) last Saturday, less than 24 hours after Salmon Arm lost 3-1 at home to the Vernon Vipers (23-7-4-1).
Merritt outshot Salmon Arm 25-7 in a scoreless first period on Saturday.
The Centennials went ahead 2-0 in the second which included a short-handed marker. The Silverbacks outshot the Cents 13-11 in second but 36-20 Merritt overall. Rhett Kingston cut the deficit to 2-1 with his team leading 14th at 6:32 of the third. Salmon Arm outshot Merritt 20-10 in the third, but 46-40 Centennials total. The Silverbacks finished 0-for-3 on the power-play on Saturday, and 2-for-2 on the penalty-kill.
Hudson Schandor opened the scoring against the Vipers at 8:41 of the first period on Friday, a power-play goal. Schandor’s fourth of the season sent the bears and warm winter clothing onto the ice in the 17th annual Salmon Arm GM/Salvation Army Teddy Bear Toss. The Vipers lead 10-5 on the shot clock in the opening period.
Vernon scored twice in the second, 1-1 at 15:37 and 2-1 Vipers at 17:38. The Silverbacks outshot Vernon 12-7 in the second, 17-17 overall.
The Vipers finished the scoring in the third, 4-1 into an empty net and short-handed at 19:55.
Vernon lead 9-5 on the shot clock in the third and 26-22 Vipers total. Reid Cooper made 23 saves and earned his first win in his first start as a Silverback. The 19-year-old of Corman Park, Saskatchewan has committed to Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for next season. Salmon Arm was 1-for-5 on the power-play on Friday and 0-for-5 on the penalty-kill.
The Silverbacks next action after this weekend will be a home-and-home set with the Vipers beginning Friday, December 29th at the Shaw Centre at 7pm and Saturday, December 30th in Vernon at 7pm.
Home game tickets are $14, (Srs $12, Under 12 – $7). A $25 family pack includes includes 2 Adults and 2 Children’s tickets, along with 4 complimentary Silverbacks hats.
Each game is webcast PPV at hockeytv.com Road games are broadcast via voiceoftheshuswap.ca CKVS 93.7 FM and Home games are available, audio only at mixlr.com/salmon-arm-silverbacks