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Vernon, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks exploded for five goals on Sunday evening en route to their third straight victory, taking down the West Kelowna Warriors 5-3 at Kal Tire Place.
The Backs record is now 3-2-1, while the Warriors drop to 2-2-1.
This game was a nearly complete effort from the Silverbacks.
They began by out-shooting the Warriors 16-7 in the first period and out-chancing them 9-2. Despite that, West Kelowna got on the scoreboard first thanks to a seeing-eye shot from Zach Brooks 5:35 into the period.
Sullivan Mack kept his hot play going for the Backs when he scored on a breakaway at 4-on-4 in the final minute of the period.
In the second, the teams exchanged power play goals.
First it was Silverbacks forward Simon Tassy getting on the board after he potted home a rebound on the backhand, after Jo Lemay fired a quick wrist shot towards the goal.
Just 2:01 later, it was Ben Woodhouse evening the score on a power play for the Warriors.
However, 31 seconds after Woodhouse tied the game 2-2, Backs defenceman Lucas Matta notched his first career BCHL goal after taking an impressive pass from Noah Serdachny, who zipped one from the corner to the slot and right onto Matta’s tape.
The Backs went into the second intermission up 3-2.
Just 19 seconds into the third period, Salmon Arm got more contributions from throughout their lineup, this time with the Daniel Panetta, Drew Bennett and Cam Recchi line converting on an odd-man rush. Recchi dropped the puck for Panetta, who shot off the pad, and then Bennett clean up the mess for his second of the season and a 4-2 Salmon Arm lead.
West Kelowna scored to make it 4-3 after they were given a five-minute power play, but some good PK work from Salmon Arm, including drawing a penalty of their own, put any doubt of holding on to rest. Tassy made sure of that when he scored into the empty net with 1:13 remaining.
For the full boxscore, click here.
The Silverbacks have two days off before getting back to game action on Wednesday against Vernon. That games will once again be the start of a stretch of four games in five days.
Fans can stream all games on BCHL TV!