Both teams were on the road last night.
Salmon Arm beat the Penticton Vees 3-1 and Surrey played in Trail losing 4-3. Both met in the second weekend of December where the Silverbacks went down 2-0, but came back and eventually won the game in overtime thanks to Cole Nisse scoring his first BCHL goal in OT.
In the South Okanagan Events Centre last night, Salmon Arm never trailed and beat Penticton in regulation for the first time this season. Wyatt Marlow scored his first BCHL goal to open the game up, Hudson Schandor scored the eventual game winner, and Trevor Adams sealed the game with an empty netter.
The Silverbacks play in the Shaw Centre tonight for the first time in 2019. The game is being dubbed the “re-home opener” with the new LCD screen and sound system ready for the new year. A new player video intro is also primed for the pre-game show.
HUB Insurance is on hand tonight for their annual food drive where fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to a local Salmon Arm charity.
With the win last night, Salmon Arm moved to 40 points on the season. That puts them five behind the West Kelowna Warriors, and the Silverbacks have three games in hand. Surrey is last place in the league and coming off the long trip from Trail where they played last night. The Eagles are one of two teams yet to hit 100 goals for on the season, and have allowed a league high 168.
This is the second game of a triple header weekend for the Silverbacks. They are back at home tomorrow afternoon playing the Penticton Vees at 3pm who will be looking for revenge after the game last night. Salmon Arm has triple headers the next two weekends following this one. The team has played a league low 37 games this year but with the triple headers should catch up soon.
Players to Watch:
Silverbacks: With the game winner against Surrey, Cole Nisse should have some confidence against the Mainland team. His first BCHL tally was in OT to complete the comeback for Salmon Arm who was on the tail end of a tough roadtrip that began on the island.
Eagles: The lone player to record a multi-point game last night for Surrey was Dawson McKay who had one goal and one assist in the 4-3 defeat.
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