Salmon Arm, BC – The Silverbacks welcomed last years Fred Page Cup Champions, the Penticton Vees into town for a Friday night clash. The interior division rivals both started off the season with back to back wins, and looked to stay perfect early on in the season.
Matthew Tovell made his third straight start to get the year going, after an impressive debut weekend in which he made 58 saves, on the 59 shots he faced. While on the other end, it was Luca Di Pasquo. The Michigan State commit also made his third start of the season.
The energy was evident early on from the Shaw Centre as the battle between two undefeated teams brought a lot of intensity. The first frame ended scoreless as both Tovell, and Di Pasquo were perfect. The ‘Backs went to work on the penalty kill as Jake Lammens took a penalty midway through the frame, and Nathan Mackie took a late double minor. The Vees outshot the Silverbacks 9-6 after one.
The action picked up in the second period as the teams combined for four goals. An early powerplay marker got things started for the Vees as Billy Norcross (2) opened the scoring. Midway through the middle frame, the ‘Backs got right back into it with a powerplay marker of their own. Isaac Lambert (2) slid one past Di Pasquo. The Vees picked up the momentum late in the period as they added two more goals, Josh Nadeau (3), and Jackson Nieuwendyk (1) made it 3-1 for Penticton. The Vees outshot the ‘Backs 14-6 in the middle frame.
Bradly Nadeau (2) got things rolling for the Vees in the third as he opened the scoring just over a minute into the frame. Joshua Niedermayer (1), and Aydar Suniev (2) added two more for the Vees as they continued to apply the pressure in the final frame. The Vees ended up taking this one by a final score of 6-1.
Join us tomorrow night at the Shaw Centre, as the Silverbacks welcome the Wenatchee Wild into town for a 6:00PM puck drop!