The Silverbacks (13-17-0-1) visit the West Kelowna Warriors (13-15-0-1) tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm in the Okanagan.
Salmon Arm leads the season series 3-1. The Warriors won 4-2 on Wednesday, November 2nd in the Shuswap. The Silverbacks swept a weekend home-and-home set in October, winning 6-4 in West Kelowna on Saturday, October 15th and Salmon Arm picked up a 5-4 overtime victory on Friday, October 14th. The Silverbacks began the season series with a 5-3 win in West Kelowna on Friday, October 7th.
Salmon Arm got back to practice yesterday (Monday), following back-to-back wins this past weekend.
The Silverbacks won 7-2 at home over the Trail Smoke Eaters (16-15-0-1) on Saturday night at the Shaw Centre.
Nic Tallarico made 26 saves on Saturday for his second consecutive win in goal with the Silverbacks. The 18-year-old of Vancouver, BC was acquired last week from the Estevan Bruins in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Brandon Kegler was released on Thursday.
The Silverbacks are 9-8-0-0 on the road, while the Warriors are 7-8-0-0 on home ice.
Salmon Arm has been outscored 132-99 in 31 games, the Silverbacks have allowed the second highest number of goals-against behind the Coquitlam Express (6-23-2-1) at 157. West Kelowna has been outscored 107-85 in 29 of the 58 game regular season schedule, the Warriors have allowed the seventh highest number of goals-against and have scored the fourth fewest amount of goals.
Elijiah Barriga leads the Silverbacks with 15 goals and 34 points in 31 games, including 8 power-play goals. Quin Foreman leads the Warriors with 33 points and 16 goals in 29 games.
The Silverbacks power-play is ranked ninth at 21-percent, tied for the fifth in power-play goals at 32 and 10 short-handed goals-against which is the most among the 17 teams. West Kelowna’s power-play is ranked 16th at 14-percent. The Warriors have the second fewest number of power-play goals with 19, and tied for the third most amount of short-handed goals-against with seven. The Warriors penalty-kill is ranked 15th at 76-percent, with two short-handed markers and 37 power-play goals against which is the second highest in the BCHL. The Silverbacks penalty-kill is 17th at 71-percent. Salmon Arm has three short-handed goals and 39 power-play goals-against, tied for the second highest total.
Salmon Arm has 423 penalty minutes, the fourth highest total. West Kelowna has 408 PIM’s, tied for the seventh most among the 17 teams.
Grayson Constable and Akito Hirose each missed the weekend due to injury.
Salmon Arm’s next home ice action will be on Friday, December 9th versus the Vernon Vipers (15-12-0-3) at 7pm.