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Silverbacks Derail The Express 5-3


The Silverbacks (3-4-0-0) host the Trail Smoke Eaters (5-1-0-1) tonight (Saturday) at 7pm at the Shaw Centre, less than 24 hours after Salmon Arm won its third consecutive game with a 5-3 victory at home over the Coquitlam Express (0-5-1-0). Friday night’s win was also the Silverbacks first win of the season on home ice.

Grayson Constable opened the scoring just 4:05 into the game, the first of the season for the Silverbacks captain. The Express tied the game 1-1 in the first period, on the power-play with Logan Mostat off for slashing. But the home team took the lead back at 18:25, Noah Wakeford’s first BCHL goal gave Salmon Arm a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. The Silverbacks outshot the Express 17-6 in the first frame.

Trevor Adams gave Salmon Arm a 3-1 lead at 4:55 of the second period, his first in the BCHL as well. Coquitlam scored it’s second power-play goal of the night and cut the lead to 3-2 at 10:58, Demetri Kambietz was penalized for hooking. The Silverbacks outshot the Express 15-8 in the middle frame and lead 3-2 into the third.

Coquitlam then opened the scoring in the final period, tying the game 3-3 at 1:48. Salmon Arm potted it’s only power-play goal of the night to retake the lead 4-3, Mostat’s second of the season at 3:57. And Rhett Kingston finished the scoring, 5-3 with Kingston’s fourth at 19:32 and into an empty net. The Silverbacks lead 14-7 on the shot clock in the third.

Salmon Arm outshot the Express 46-21 total. The Silverbacks finished 1-for-6 on the power-play, and 3-for-5 on the penalty-kill. The Silverbacks are now 1-3-0-0 on home ice and have been outscored 28-22 overall.

Trail won it’s fourth straight game on Friday, 7-3 at home versus the Chilliwack Chiefs (1-4-1-1). The Smoke Eaters won 4-3 in Salmon Arm on Saturday, September 16th. Trail is 4-0-0-0 away from the Cominco Arena. The Smoke Eaters have outscored their opposition 31-17 total.

Ross Armour leads Trail with 6 goals and 16 points in 7 games, while Rhett Kingston is tied at the top for the Silverbacks with 4 goals and 6 points in his first 4 games. Josh Latta and Justin Wilson also have 6 points each. Latta was scratched on Friday, along with Julian Timba and Hudson Schandor who celebrated his 17th birthday.

Salmon Arm’s power-play is working at 21-percent, while Trail is 18-percent with the man-advantage. The Silverbacks penalty-kill is at 76-percent, and the Smoke Eaters are at 83-percent short-handed. Trail has 99 penalty minutes, and Salmon Arm has 96 penalty minutes.

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 road game is broadcast live via voiceoftheshuswap.ca CKVS 93.7 FM. Each home game is available audio only at mixlr.com/salmon-arm-silverbacks/