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Special Teams the Difference in Backs Season Opener

PHOTO: LISA MAZUREK PHOTOGRAPHY

Vernon, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks fell 4-1 on Friday night to the Vernon Vipers at Kal Tire Place in their regular season opener.

GAME SUMMARY

It didn’t long for the Silverbacks to get their first goal of the new season on Friday and it was a familiar face chipping in. Drew Bennett potted home a missed point shot from Tucker Hartmann that ricocheted off the end boards and found him in the slot just 2:15 into the opening frame.

The Vipers responded quickly, after Ryan Shostak finished off a pretty passing play on the man advantage to tie the score 1-1.

The rest of the first was tightly contested, but with over three minutes remaining, Vipers rookie forward Logan Lorenz notched his first career BCHL goal after Reagan Milburn hopped on a turnover and fed a cross-ice feed to Lorenz.

Salmon Arm took over the momentum in the second period big time, out-shooting the home side 15-3, but they couldn’t get another one past James Porter Jr.

Early in the third, Vernon connected again on their power play to give them some breathing room, thanks to Cam MacDonald. Jack Glen would add another goal for the Vipers with two minutes and change left to make it a 4-1 final.

In the end, the Backs out-shot Vernon 33-26, but were stymied by Porter Jr. for much of the night, plus they couldn’t get their power play going, which finished 0-for-3.

For the full boxscore, click here.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Silverbacks will meet the new-look West Kelowna Warriors for the first time at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Kal Tire Place.

Fans can stream all games on BCHL TV!