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Backs On The Road For 3 Games


The Silverbacks (8-7-0-1) begin three road games in as many days tonight (Friday) at the Surrey Eagles (6-8-1-1) at 7pm. Salmon Arm defeated the Eagles 3-1 at the Bauer BCHL Showcase on September 21st in Chilliwack. Former head coach Brandon West is now behind Surrey’s bench, as well as four former Silverbacks are now with the Eagles. Connor Sundquist has one goal and seven points in 16 games after being acquired from Salmon Arm to begin this regular season. Nic Tallarico has one win in his two games with Surrey since being acquired earlier this month. Brett Didyk and Cody Schiavon are also now with the Eagles.

Kyle Dumba is on the road with the Silverbacks this weekend, the 19-year-old goaltender was acquired earlier this week in exchange for future considerations from the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL. In 2013 the Calgary Hitmen drafted Dumba with the 68th overall pick in the WHL bantam draft. The following year he was named the top midget goalie in the CSSHL while playing for the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary.

The Silverbacks scored a 3-1 victory at home over the West Kelowna Warriors (11-5-0-0) this past Sunday. Salmon Arm fell 5-4 in double overtime on Saturday at home to the Merritt Centennials (5-9-0-2). And the Silverbacks began last weekend with a 6-1 loss on Friday at the Chilliwack Chiefs (7-7-1-1). The Eagles are coming off a 5-4 win on the road last Saturday at the Vernon Vipers (10-4-2-0). Surrey is now 1-5-0-1 versus the Interior, Salmon Arm is 3-1-0-0 versus the Mainland Division. The Silverbacks have been outscored 64-56 and 23-20 on the road. Surrey has been outscored 59-47 and the Eagles have outscored their opponents 26-20 on home ice. Salmon Arm is 5-2-0-1 in October, while Surrey is 4-4-0-0 in the second month of the regular season.

The Silverbacks power-play remains first in the BCHL at 27-percent, with the most amount of power-play goals at 24 and the highest number of short-handed goals-against with six. The Eagles PP is at 15-percent, the second lowest in the league. Surrey has 14 power-play markers and three short-handed goals-against. The Eagles PK is ranked ninth, with 13 power-play goals-against and one short-handed goal. Salmon Arm’s penalty-kill is at 76-percent, the fourth lowest in the BCHL. The Silverbacks have allowed the third most amount of power-play goals-against at 21, and have yet to score a short-handed marker. Salmon Arm has 228 penalty-minutes which is the sixth most in the league, while Surrey has the fourth lowest total at 176.

Rhett Kingston still leads the Silverbacks with seven goals and nine assists in his first 12 games. Ty Westgard leads the Eagles with five goals and 15 assists in 16 games.

Salmon Arm’s road trip will continue tomorrow (Saturday) at the Cowichan Valley Capitals (1-12-0-2) at 7pm, and the weekend will finish on Sunday at the Victoria Grizzles (10-6-0-1) at 2pm.
The Silverbacks next home action will be on Sunday, November 5th versus the Powell River Kings (9-3-1-1) at 3pm.

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