The Salmon Arm Silverbacks (2-4) scored eight goals on Sunday at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack, enough for an 8-6 victory over the Surrey Eagles (0-6).
Elijiah Barriga scored the first goal of the game in the first period, his second of the season and on the power-play just 78 seconds into Sunday afternoon’s action. The Eagles tied the game and short-handed with 2:13 remaining in the first. But Connor Sundquist put the ‘Backs back in front with less than one second remaining in the opening frame, his third of the season and a power-play goal.
The Silverbacks lead 2-1 into the middle period, but the Eagles lead 10-9 on the shot clock.
Salmon Arm scored twice in the first 49 seconds of the second, Marcus Mitchell’s first of the season at the 22 second mark and Barriga’s second of the game and third of the season 49 seconds into the period. Barriga’s second goal of the game chased the Eagles starting goaltender who allowed four goals on 13 shots.
Sundquist increased the lead to 5-1 with his second of the game and fourth of this young season at 4:19.
The Eagles scored their second goal at 6:01, 5-2 Silverbacks.
Jared Turcotte potted his second of the Showcase and second of the season which gave the Silverbacks a 6-2 lead at 12:54. And Mitch Skapski scored his third of the season, a power-play marker at 18:01 to increase the lead to five goals.
Surrey scored a power-play goal as well, with 34 seconds remaining in the period and with Nathan Ianonne off for boarding.
The Eagles out-shot the Silverbacks 14-13 but the ‘Backs lead 7-3 into the third.
Surrey outscored Salmon Arm 3-1 in the final frame. Another power-play goal, at 5:54 with Josh Latta off for goaltender interference. And the Eagles cut the lead to 7-5 at 13:15 and with the man-advantage, as Marcus Mitchell was penalized for slashing.
Mike Botiz started in goal for the Silverbacks on Sunday but was relieved by Trevin Kozlowski after five goals on 29 shots, Kozlowski allowed one goal on nine shots in the final minutes.
Ryley Booth scored the Silverbacks eighth goal and on the power-play at 15:34, Booth’s first of the season.
Surrey’s sixth goal came with with 51 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Eagles out-shot the Silverbacks 16-11 in the third, Surrey out-shot the ‘Backs 38-33 total.
Kozlowski started Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Nanaimo Clippers (3-3), stopping 21 of 23 shots for his first BCHL victory.
Spencer Hora watched Sunday’s game with an injury, along with Josh Blanchard who watched on the weekend after suffering an injury two weeks ago in practice. And Carter Cochrane didn’t make the trip as he recovers from an upper body injury last weekend in Salmon Arm.
The Eagles will visit Salmon Arm on Saturday, October 8th at 7pm at the Shaw Centre. The ‘Backs will be in Surrey on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30pm.
The Silverbacks next home game is set for Friday, September 30th versus the Merritt Centennials (2-2-1-0) at 7pm the Shaw Centre. The ‘Backs will visit the Wenatchee Wild (4-0-0-1) on Saturday, October 1st at 7pm in Washington state.