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Game 6 Preview: Backs & Warriors

PHOTO: LISA MAZUREK PHOTOGRAPHY

Salmon Arm, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks will play their fourth game in five nights on Sunday afternoon when they will meet the West Kelowna Warriors at Kal Tire Place.

The Silverbacks are 2-2-1 so far this year, while the Warriors are 2-1-1.

Today’s game has a 4 p.m. puck drop.

SEASON HEAD-TO-HEAD

Date Score Record Goalie
April 3 2-1 L 0-1-0 Say 38/40
April 8 4-3 OTW 1-1-0 Say 31/34

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Fatigue? The Silverbacks will be playing their fourth game in five days, plus the Warriors had Saturday off. It will however, be West Kelowna’s third game in four days, as they played on Thursday and Friday.

As for the Backs, assistant coach Carter Cochrane said being a deep team should help with any sort of fatigue.

“There’s going to be fatigue as it goes along,” Cochrane said. “The way that we’ve been playing, we’ve been able to roll over all four lines very consistently and all six ‘D’. To be able to do that makes the fatigue a lot less when you move into these games.”

Giving Away Points? Salmon Arm has had three straight games go to overtime. They’ve won two, but their opponents have also picked up a point in those games. If they want to create some separation in the ‘Pod’ standings, they’ll need to string together some regulation wins.

Mack, Serdachny, Tassy Line One to Watch: Noah Serdachny has a five-game point streak to start his BCHL career and leads the team with eight points. After a two-goal performance on Saturday, Sullivan Mack is now second on the team in scoring with six points. Tassy had a three-point afternoon on Thursday and a primary assist on Saturday, to give him four points in his last two games. These three play on the same line and should out fear into the opposition with the way they’ve been playing as of late.

Bennett & Say Both In a Zone: Silverbacks netminder Owen Say stopped 32 of 33 on Saturday to get his second BCHL win. His numbers in his last three starts are sparkling: 101 saves on 107 shots for a .944 save percentage and 1.97 G.A.A. This includes stopping 38 of 40 shots in the first meeting with West Kelowna.

Warriors goaltender Zach Bennett beat the Vipers on Friday by stopping 32 of 34 shots thrown his way. He has a .933 save percentage this season in three starts, to go along with a 2.31 G.A.A.

Players to Watch

SILVERBACKS: SULLIVAN MACK

Mack not only scored an incredible breakaway goal in overtime on Saturday to give the Backs the win, but he also had the only other Salmon Arm goal in the game. He’s now up to six points in five games.

“He’s an unbelievable player. He’s got so much talent,” assistant coach Carter Cochrane said following Saturday’s win. “Owen Say came up to me after the game and said to me right when he crossed the blue line he knew he was going backhand, toe drag, five-hole. So it’s one that guys on our team have seen quite a bit from him. I don’t think anyone was too surprised to see him pull it off.”

WARRIORS: MARCUS JOUGHIN

Joughin tied the game for West Kelowna in the final minute on Thursday to force overtime and also had a three-point night in Friday afternoon’s win over Vernon. He leads the team with six points.

Tune In

As always, all games will be streamed live on BCHL TV, with the Braby Motors pre-game show getting underway at 5:45 p.m. BCHL TV is powered by Hockey TV, so if you have a Hockey TV subscription, you already have one for BCHL TV as well.