by Kyle Anderson
(ISN) – The Salmon Arm Silverbacks took advantage of a 4-point swing game and defeated the West Kelowna Warriors 4-1 on Friday night at the Shaw Center.
A scoreless 1st period wasn’t without some great chances for the Warriors as they hit two crossbars and a goal-post in the frame.
Kylar Hope had a break-away slap shot stopped by Angus Redmond in the first 5 minutes and Nick Rutigliano hammered a one-timer off the bar on the man advantage later in the period.
The Silverbacks got on the board at 1:42 of the 2nd period when Josh Laframboise poked one over the line on a delayed penalty.
The Warriors questioned the officials as to why the whistle wasn’t blown after a Stephen Heslop save but were told there wasn’t possession had by Heslop to get a whistle.
Ross Heidt would make it 2-0 at 8:25 when he took advantage of a long shift by the Warriors unit on the ice. The high wrister was sent through a screen and Heslop couldn’t see it.
In the 3rd period, the Silverbacks Taro Hirose deflected a Chase Priskie shot past Heslop with a beautiful tip in that bounced through traffic and in.
At 14:01, with the Warriors on the power-play, Nick Rutigliano finally scored his BCHL goal with a slap-shot from the point as it bounced off a Silverback player in front.
Angus Redmond’s streak of not allowing a goal ended at 214:42, as he hadn’t allowed a goal since Wednesday January 28th against Penticton in a 1-0 loss.
The ‘Backs added an empty netter from Shane Danyluk for the 4-1 win.
Salmon Arm out shot West Kelowna 35-30.