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SIlverbacks Host Vees


The Silverbacks will host the Penticton Vees (15-3-0-0) tonight Friday at 7pm at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm, the first meeting of the season with the Vees.

Penticton is coming off a 4-1 loss last Saturday on the road at the Wenatchee Wild (13-2-0-1). The Vees have a road record of 11-2-0-0 and 7-0-0-0 versus Interior Division opponents.

The Silverbacks will visit Penticton on Friday December 2nd at 7pm. Salmon Arm has lost it’s last three games, as well as three consecutive losses at the Shaw Centre. The ‘Backs are 2-7-0-0 on home ice.

The Silverbacks fell 4-2 at home to the West Kelowna Warriors (8-9-0-1) on Wednesday night at the Shaw Centre, the Warriors first victory of the season series which the Silverbacks lead 3-1.

Neither team found the back of the net in the opening period. And the Silverbacks leading scorer Elijiah Barriga was awarded a penalty shot less than three minutes into the game.

Salmon Arm outshot West Kelowna 16-9 in the first period. The Warriors opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power-play at 9:48 of the second. Jake Heerspink’s second of the season tied the game 1-1, 6-on-5 with a Warriors penalty on the way.

The Silverbacks then took their first and only lead of the night, a 5-on-3 power-play goal from Carter Cochrane at 14:13. Cochrane’s second of the season in his first game after missing the last 12 with an upper body injury. The Warriors though tied the game 2-2 in the final five minutes of the second.

Silverbacks starting goaltender Trevin Kozlowski was speared into the back of his net by the Warriors Braiden Epp in the final seconds of the middle period. Each team had four players penalized as tempers flared, Ryley Booth, Spencer Hora, Mitch Skapski and Josh Blanchard of the Silverbacks. Epp received a five minute major, match penalty for spearing and a game misconduct. Kozlowski stayed in the game.

The ‘Backs outshot the Warriors 14-7 in the second. The Warriors finished the scoring in the final five minutes of the third, the game winner at 15:27 along with an empty netter.

The Silverbacks power-play finished 1-for-5, and the penalty-kill was 4-for-5. Salmon Arm has the highest amount of penalty-minutes in the BCHL with 302 at the 20 game mark.

The Silverbacks have won three of the first four games in the season series with the Warriors, and the ‘Backs will visit West Kelowna on Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm. Josh Latta and Julian Timba each remain out with upper body injuries.

Each Silverbacks game is webcast PPV at hockeytv.com/#/, each road game is broadcast live via voiceoftheshuswap.caCKVS 93.7FM and each home game is avail audio only at mixlr.com/salmon-arm-silverbacks/