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Backs travel to Trail for 7 PM puck drop

The Silverbacks (23-24-1-3) will visit the Trail Smoke Eaters (30-16-1-4) tonight (Saturday) at 7pm.

Salmon Arm has last night (Friday) off of game action. The Silverbacks won 5-2 on the road at the Coquitlam Express (14-33-3-1) on Wednesday.

Less than two minutes into the first period, Max Wutzke was hit from behind into the boards. Wutzke left the game and is in hospital with a lower body injury. Lucas Wong of the Express was penalized five minutes for checking from behind, along with a game misconduct at 1:55.

Tanner Campbell opened the scoring on the power-play, his 13th of the season gave Salmon Arm a 1-0 lead at 2:17 of the first. Justin Wilson’s 11th increased the lead to 2-0 at 5:32, a power-play marker as well. Grayson Constable finished the scoring in the first at 12:42, Constable’s 8th put the visitors ahead 3-0 after 20 minutes.

The Silverbacks also lead 14-7 on the shot clock in the opening period.

Riley Hayles opened the scoring in the second, his fourth of the season at 7:03 and Salmon Arm lead 4-0. And 5-0 Silverbacks at 9:08 of the second with Hudson Schandor’s ninth. Salmon Arm took the only three penalties of the middle frame and three straight. Affiliate Timber Lewis was called for interference at 10:29, Demetri Kambeitz for interference at 13:07 and Wilson for hooking at 18:27.

Coquitlam lead 11-8 on the shot clock in the second, but 22-18 Silverbacks overall.

Sol Seibel was penalized for cross-checking at 7:16 of the third and the Express capitalized with the man-advantage at 7:44, 5-1 Salmon Arm. Ryan Hogg was called for holding at 10:59 and Coquitlam potted another power-play goal at 12:00, 5-2 Silverbacks. Rhett Kingston took the final penalty of the game, high-sticking at 14:59.

The Express outshot the visitors 10-8 in the third, but 30-28 Salmon Arm total. Reid Cooper made 26 saves in the victory versus his former team.

The Silverbacks finished 2-for-5 on the power-play on Wednesday, and 4-for-6 on the penalty-kill.

Austin Chorney remained out of action with an illness. As well as Logan Mostat, Trey Thomas and Akito Hirose each missed the trip due to illness. Joe Leahy returned from injury. Affiliates Timber Lewis and Cole Nisse of the Thompson Blazers in the B.C. Major Midget League each got into the line-up, Nisse is a Salmon Arm product.

The Smoke Eaters are 2-2-0-0 in the final month of the regular season. Trail was shutout 3-0 last night (Friday) at the Penticton Vees (35-10-3-2).

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.caCKVS 93.7 FM and Home games are available, audio only at mixlr.com/salmon-arm-silverbacks