The Silverbacks will host Vernon tonight at 7pm at the Shaw Centre in Game 3 of the Best-of-7 Interior division quarter-final. The Vipers lead the series two games to none after beating the Silverbacks 5-2 on Friday night and 6-4 on Saturday night, each of the first two games in Vernon.
The Vipers opened the scoring on Saturday at 2:33 of the first period, Jordan Sandhu’s first of the playoffs and 11th of season gave Vernon a 1-0 lead. The Silverbacks received the first power-play in Game 2 as Derek Brown was penalized for tripping at 9:15. And Salmon Arm took advantage with the man-advantage, Hudson Schandor’s first of the post-season and his 11th of the season at 11:05, 1-1.
Vernon took the lead back just 23 seconds later with Brown’s second of the series and 13th of the season, 2-1 Vipers. Joe Leahy was called for hooking at 14:01. Julian Timba was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and Vernon’s Michael Young for roughing, each at 18:26. Vernon lead 19-10 on the shot clock in the first period on Saturday and 2-1 Vipers into the second.
The Vipers began the middle frame with three goals in just over three minutes. Jimmy Lambert’s first of the playoffs and 24th of season at 2:06, 3-1. Connor Marritt’s first of the post-season and seventh at 3:14, 4-1. Reid Cooper started Game 2 but was relieved by Kyle Dumba after four goals on 24 shots. But the Vipers beat Dumba just eight seconds after he came into the game with former Silverback Josh Latta’s second the series and 10th of the season at 3:22, 5-1.
Tanner Campbell was called for roughing at 6:17. Salmon Arm then scored two goals in less than 60 seconds. Rhett Kingston’s first of the series and his 25th of the season at 11:31, 5-2 Vernon. Timba potted his first of the playoffs and his fourth of the season at 12:23, 5-3 Vipers. Vernon called it’s time-out after the Silverbacks third goal.
Jagger Williamson got the Vipers back on the board with his second of the series and 20th of the season at 13:16, 6-3. Trevor Adams finished the scoring in a seven goal second period with his first of the playoffs and 14th at 17:01, 6-4 Vernon. Sol Seibel and Jesse Lansdell each took rough penalties at 17:39, Seibel also received a 10 minute misconduct.
Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 18-8 in the middle period and 37-18 Vipers overall.
Austin Chorney began the third with a roughing penalty at 5:29. The final penalties of the game came at 15:53, Brett Stapley was called for slashing along with the Silverbacks Brandon Whistle for high-sticking and Campbell for cross-checking.
The Vipers lead 10-6 on the shot clock in the third and 47-24 Vernon overall. Dumba stopped 21 of 23 in relief. The Vipers outshot the Silverbacks 43-25 in Game 1. The Silverbacks finished 1-for-1 on the power-play on Saturday and 3-for-3 on the penalty-kill. Salmon Arm was 0-for-4 on the power-play on Friday and 2-for-3 on the PK.
Max Wutzke is recovering after he was hit into the boards in Coquitlam on February 7th. The 19-year-old defenseman from Calgary, AB spent three weeks in hospital in the Lower Mainland following multiple surgeries on his left leg. Max will be in Salmon Arm tonight to watch his teammates at the Shaw Centre! Welcome back Max.
Game 4 will be at the Shaw Centre tomorrow night, March 7th at 7pm. Game 5 (if needed) will be back in Vernon on Friday, March 9th. Game 6 (if needed) will be at the Shaw Centre on Saturday, March 10th. Game 7 (if needed) will be at Kal Tire Place in Vernon on Sunday, March 11th at 6pm.
West Kelowna will host Trail tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm, the Smoke Eaters lead that Interior quarter-final 3-0 after Trail won 4-0 in West-K last night. Penticton will visit Coquitlam tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm, the Vees lead that series 2-0. Wenatchee will visit Merritt tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm, the Wild are ahead two games to none.