Salmon Arm, B.C. – The Salmon Arm Silverbacks took on the Vernon Vipers for the third time of the season at the Shaw Centre.
The Vernon Vipers jumped on the scoreboard early in the first period. Nearly three minutes in, Isaac Tremblay collected the puck in the slot and fired it top corner, Eli Pulver was able to get a piece of the puck but not enough. Only one penalty was handed out in the opening frame and it was to Maks Percic for holding, which the Silverbacks couldn’t capitalize on.
The second period was an onslaught of pressure by the Silverbacks with nothing to show for it on the score clock. The Silverbacks peppered shots, outshooting the Vipers 17-5. The second also saw both teams with a chance on the powerplay but neither could take advantage.
Starting off the third period down by a goal, the Silverbacks would handcuff themselves further. Right off the opening draw, Marcus Broberg would unleash a big hit but get sent to the box for boarding. 55 seconds into the period, on the powerplay, Georgios Stavrianeas tipped in a point shot to push the lead 2-0. At the 7:39 mark, Adam Csabi slide himself into the slot and took a one-timer feed, which beat Pulver to make it 3-0. The Silverbacks would have their chances to comeback with Nick Mikan taking back-to-back penalties in the second half of the period. Mikan’s second penalty came with five minutes left, which the Silverbacks decided to pull the goalie and make it a six-on-four advantage, during which, Erik Pastro would burry the short-handed, empty net goal.
The Silverbacks lost their first game on home ice this season in shutout fashion, 4-0.