December 23, 2012, Salmon Arm, BC – The Salmon Arm Silverbacks headed into the BCHL Christmas break on a high note, sweeping the West Kelowna Warriors 4-1 and 4-2 Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, in front of nearly 1,400 fans, Adam Clark was the difference between the pipes for the Silverbacks, turning aside 37 shots, as the Warriors outshot the visitors 38-19 but were unable to get timely goals when the opportunity presented itself.
At the other end, Steven Myland, making his first start in a Warriors uniform, let in a couple he would like to have back.
“We give up four goals on 18 shots. We spotted them three goals” says Warriors coach Rylan Ferster who liked his team’s effort for much of the game.
“Giveaways and it’s in our net. That’s the difference for me.”
The Warriors came out of the gate quickly, peppering Clark with shot after shot over the first six or seven minutes, but it was Salmon Arm which was able to strike first.
Seconds after a Warriors power-play expired Brandon Mistal found a loose puck behind Myland and jammed it home to give the Silverbacks an early 1-0 lead.
Marcus Basara tied it when he pounced on a rebound and sent a wrist shot from the right circle past Clark for his team leading 17th of the year.
Bryden Marsh made it 2-1 just over a minute later, beating Myland far side with a weak shot from the left faceoff circle.
Alex Gillies in the second and Ryan Schwalbe in the third rounded out the scoring for the Silverbacks.
Gillies and Schwalbe each had an assist to go along with their goals.
Ferster says the Silverbacks are a far different and better team than the one the Warriors beat 6-0 in the opening game of the season down in Chilliwack.
“They work hard and they pounced on their opportunities tonight so give them full marks,” says Ferster.
“We didn’t probably pounce on a couple of opportunities we needed and that’s why we lose 4-1.”
In Saturday’s action, the Silverbacks found a go-ahead goal with 1:34 remaining to defeat the Warriors.
After the 4-1 defeat to the ‘Backs in West Kelowna the night before, the Warriors had a much better showing in the rematch.
Playing his second game as a Warrior, Steven Myland also had a much stronger performance in goal. “I thought I played pretty well” says the Warriors’ new recruit. “I knew I needed to prove something, knew I needed to play well for the boys but, unfortunately we couldn’t get the win tonight.”
Brennan Clark opened the scoring with Warriors powerplay goal five minutes into the first period.
That 1-0 lead held until early in the third, when the Silverbacks took a lead on tallies from Evan Anderson and Alex Gillies.
Reid Simmonds found the equalizer with seven minutes remaining, but the Silverbacks retook the lead when a Mitch Ferguson drive deflected off a Warrior and past Myland. Shane Hanna then added a 5-on-3 marker to clinch the 4-2 victory.
“I thought we played really well” suggested Myland of his team’s effort overall. “We crashed hard on the net and had a lot of chances. On most nights if we play like that we’re going to win.”
With the loss, the Warriors head into the Christmas break on a three-game losing streak. However, the team hopes to salvage some momentum from a strong road game, despite the loss.