The Silverbacks (4-7-0-0) host the West Kelowna Warriors (5-5-0-0) tonight at 7pm at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. Tonight will be the second meeting of the regular season and the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home set as the ‘Backs will visit West Kelowna tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm. The Silverbacks struck first in the season series, with a 5-3 victory in the Okanagan last Friday, October 7th.
The Silverbacks fell 4-1 this past Wednesday on the road to the Trail Smoke Eaters (6-6-0-1). The Warriors have lost their past two games, 3-2 at home to the Vernon Vipers (6-4-0-2) last Saturday after falling at home to the ‘Backs last Friday.
Second season Silverbacks Elijiah Barriga and Jared Turcotte lead the team with 12 points in 11 games. Barriga has six goals, including four power-play markers. Turcotte has three goals, with one power-play goal.
Quin Foreman has seven goals and 12 points in 10 games to lead the Warriors.
Akito Hirose has points in his last three games, one goal and two assists for the first season Silverback of Calgary, AB. The 17-year-old forward has three points in his first 11 games and has helped out on the back end over the past couple of weeks as the ‘Backs battle a number of injuries.
Six Silverbacks sat out on Wednesday. Defensemen Carter Cochrane, Cameron Trott, Max Wutzke, Julian Timba along with forwards Carson Bolduc and Haydn Hopkins all stayed back in the Shuswap.
Affiliate forwards Brett Didyk and Colton Thomas, along with defenseman Cody Schiavon each saw action in Trail. The 17-year-old Didyk of Burnaby, BC is with the North East Chiefs in the BCMML, 18-year-old Colton Thomas of Williams Lake, BC is with the 100 Mile House Wranglers in the KIJHL and 16-year-old Cody Schiavon is currently with the Okanagan Rockets in the BCMML.
The ‘Backs power-play is ranked seventh in the BCHL, at 25-percent with 16 goals and the second highest number of power-play goals. The Warriors sit 15th in the 17 team league at 16-percent with the man-advantage, West Kelowna has just seven power-play goals. The Silverbacks penalty-kill is at the bottom of the BCHL at 60-percent, the Warriors PK is 15th at 72-percent.
The Silverbacks have scored 34 goals in 11 games, the sixth fewest in the BCHL but the Warriors have scored the second fewest number of goals with 29 in 10 games. The ‘Backs have allowed 50 goals in 11 games, while the Warriors have just 31 goals against in 10 games.