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Silverbacks Visit Chilliwack Tonight


The Silverbacks (6-6-0-0) visit the Chilliwack Chiefs (6-6-1-1) tonight (Friday) at 7pm, the first of three games in as many days for Salmon Arm.

The Silverbacks have won three straight and four of their five games in October thus far. Salmon Arm won 4-2 at home versus the Wenatchee Wild (7-5-1-0) on Tuesday night at the Shaw Centre. The Silverbacks last action on the road was a 4-1 loss at the West Kelowna Warriors (10-4-0-0) on Saturday, October 7th. Salmon Arm has a road record of 2-2-0-0.

The Chiefs are 5-1-0-0 in October and are coming off of a 4-2 victory on the road over the Merritt Centennials (4-8-0-2) this past Wednesday in the Nicola Valley. Chilliwack won 7-1 against the Coquitlam Express (3-9-1-1) last Saturday in the Fraser Valley. The Chiefs have a record of 3-3-0-1 at Prospera Centre.

Salmon Arm is 3-0-0-0 versus the Mainland Division, while the Chiefs are 3-3-0-0 versus the Interior.

The Silverbacks have been outscored 52-48, and outscored 14-12 on the road. Chilliwack has been outscored 57-46, and outscored 24-23 at home. Rhett Kingston leads the Silverbacks with six goals and seven assists in his first nine games. Will Calverley leads the Chiefs with seven goals and nine assists in 14 games.

The Silverbacks power-play remains first in the BCHL at 25-percent, with the second highest number of power-play goals at 17 and Salmon Arm has allowed two short-handed goals-against. The Chiefs are at 15-percent with the man-advantage, with 10 power-play markers and five short-handed goals-against. The Silverbacks have 190 penalty minutes, with a penalty-kill at 76-percent which is ranked 14th among the 17 teams in the league. Salmon Arm has yet to score a short-handed goal and has allowed 17 power-play goals-against. Chilliwack has 223 penalty minutes and a PK which is at 84-percent, without a short-handed goal and with 14 power-play goals-against.

The Silverbacks will return home tomorrow (Saturday), October 21st and host Merritt at 7pm. Salmon Arm will finish this weekend on home ice versus West Kelowna on Sunday afternoon at 3pm at the Shaw Centre. This Sunday will also be the first of three SASCU Skate with the ‘Backs following the game.

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

The Sillverbacks next meeting with the Vernon Vipers (9-3-2-0) is set for Friday, November 3rd in Vernon at 7pm. The Silverbacks Booster Club has arranged for a chartered bus to transport fans to and from Kal Tire Place in Vernon. The bus will depart at 5:15pm sharp from the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. The cost is $25 per person which will include transportation, admission to the game, pizza and drink. Tickets can be purchased at the ‘Backs Shack, the souvenir booth during this Saturday’s and this Sunday’s home games or by calling Ron at (250) 832-8321. Deadline for purchase is Tuesday, October 31st.

Each Silverbacks game is webcast PPV at hockeytv.com Each home game is broadcast, audio only at mixlr.com/salmon_arm_silverbacks/ Each road game is broadcast live via voiceoftheshuswap.ca CKVS 93.7 FM