The Silverbacks (6-6-0-0) will host the Wenatchee Wild (7-4-1-0) tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm, the first of six divisional match-ups with the Wild who are now into the Interior Division after their first two seasons in the Mainland Division.
Salmon Arm has a record of 4-4-0-0 at home, following a 4-2 victory over the Nanaimo Clippers (5-7-1-0) on Saturday night at the Shaw Centre. The Wild lost 3-2 at home to the Merritt Centennials (4-7-0-2) this past Saturday. Wenatchee is 5-2-1-0 on the road and 4-2-0-0 in the division, while the Silverbacks have won just one of their first seven games in the Interior. Salmon Arm has three wins and one regulation loss in October, while the Wild are 3-3-0-0 in the second month of the regular season.
Wenatchee has outscored it’s opponents 46-33 overall, and 29-22 Wild on the road. Salmon Arm has been outscored 50-45 overall, and outscored 36-33 on home ice.
Tanner Campbell leads the Silverbacks with three goals and nine assists in 12 games. Rhett Kingston has six goals and five assists in his first nine games. Nick Unruh earned an honourable mention for BCHL player of the week. The 17-year-old rookie scored a hat-trick and one assist in the back-to-back wins last week. Unruh has four goals and two assists overall. Jasper Weatherby leads the Wild with 10 goals and six helpers in 12 games, and Cooper Zech has three goals and 13 assists in 12 games.
The Silverbacks power-play is ranked first in the BCHL at 25-percent, with 17 power-play goals and two short-handed goals-against. Wenatchee’s man-advantage is at 23-percent, ranked third in the league behind the Trail Smoke Eaters (9-3-0-1) who are at 24-percent. The Wild have 18 power-play markers and three short-handed goals-against. Salmon Arm’s PK is at 75-percent, without a short-handed goal and with 16 power-play goals-against. Wenatchee’s penalty-kill is at 82-percent, with two short-handed goals and eight power-play goals-against. The Wild have 111 minutes in penalties which is the second fewest in the BCHL, Salmon Arm has 176 penalty-minutes.
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
Each Silverbacks game is webcast PPV at hockeytv.com Each home game is broadcast, audio only at mixlr.com/salmon_arm_silverbacks/ Each road game is broadcast live via voiceoftheshuswap.ca CKVS 93.7 FM