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Backs Hit The Road

The Silverbacks (6-8-0-0) visit the Powell River Kings (9-7-0-0) tomorrow at 715pm for the first of three games in as many nights this weekend on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

The ‘Backs have won two of their last three games, with back-to-back victories last weekend. The Silverbacks hosted West Kelowna last Friday and won 5-4 in overtime after falling behind 4-0 early in the second period. The ‘Backs then visited the Warriors last Saturday and won 6-4 despite trailing 2-0 in the first. The Silverbacks fell 4-3 at home to the Merritt Centennials (8-4-1-2) on Tuesday in Salmon Arm.

The ‘Backs have four wins and three losses in their first seven of 30 regular season road games this season. Powell River has won four of its first five home games. The Kings last home game was back on October 1st, a 3-2 victory in double OT over the Victoria Grizzlies (7-2-3-2).

The Silverbacks have scored 48 goals and allowed 62, while the Kings have 54 goals scored and 48 against.

Elijiah Barriga has eight goals and 10 assists in the Silverbacks first 14 games and leads the team in scoring. The 20-year-old second season Silverback has five power-play markers and one game winner. 18-year-old Cam Donaldson leads the Kings with 12 goals and six assists in 16 games, with six power-play goals and two game winners.

The Silverbacks power-play is running at 25-percent and toward the top of the BCHL, along with 21 power-play goals and six short-handed goals-against. The ‘Backs have 208 penalty minutes and the penalty-kill is at the bottom of the league at 65-percent, with 22 power-play goals-against and two short-handed goals. Powell River’s PP is at 21-percent, with 15 power-play goals and two short-handed goals-against. The Kings penalty-kill is at 74-percent, one short-handed goal and 14 power-play goals-against. Powell River has 165 penalty minutes in 16 games.

Carter Cochrane, Julian Timba, Josh Latta all remain out of the lineup with injury. Riley Hayles sat out on Tuesday with injury but he is expected to play this weekend.

The ‘Backs will be in Nanaimo Saturday night for their second meeting of the season with the Clippers (8-6-0-1). The Silverbacks doubled the Clippers 4-2 last month at the BCHL Showcase. And the Silverbacks will wrap up this weekend on Sunday afternoon, October 23rd at the Coquitlam Express (4-9-1-0) at 2pm. The Express won 3-1 in Salmon Arm in September.

The Silverbacks next home game is set for Saturday, October 29th when they will host the Victoria Grizzlies (7-2-3-2) at the Shaw Centre at 7pm.

Each Silverbacks game is webcast PPV at hockeytv.com/#/, each road game is broadcast live via voiceoftheshuswap.caCKVS 93.7FM and each home game is avail audio only at mixlr.com/salmon-arm-silverbacks/