The Silverbacks (14-17-1-1) are now unbeaten in four consecutive games, following a 4-4 tie at home with the Vernon Vipers (15-13-1-3) last night (Friday) at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.
The Silverbacks next game action isn’t until this coming Wednesday, December 14th at Vernon at 7pm.
The Vipers opened the scoring on Saturday in Salmon Arm, just 60 seconds into the first period.
Josh Blanchard tied the game 1-1 at 5:14 of the opening period, his sixth of the season and on the power-play. Blanchard’s goal brought the Teddy Bear’s onto the ice, the 16th annual Silverbacks Teddy Bear Toss with all of the donations to the Salvation Army in Salmon Arm.
Hayden Hopkins then gave the home team its first lead of game, his fourth of the season at 9:25 and back-to-back power-plays goals put the Silverbacks ahead 2-1.
Salmon Arm killed off a Vipers 5-on-3 power-play for 1:26, as Justin Wilson was penalized for slashing at 9:58 and Mitch Skapski for high-sticking at 10:32.
The Vipers outshot the Silverbacks 15-14 in the opening period.
Vernon tied the game 2-2 at 8:26 of the second and with the man-advantage, as Marcus Mitchell was penalized for slashing.
Ryley Booth restored the Silverbacks lead, firing home his third of the season at 9:26 and the power-play marker put the home team in front 3-2.
But the Vipers scored the final two goals of the second period. Former Silverback Cameron Trott potted his fifth at 9:41.
And Salmon Arm scored at 16:01, Connor Sundquist from a sharp angle but the goal was disallowed and Jared Turcotte was penalized for goaltender interference.
Vernon then took a 4-3 lead with less than 12 seconds remaining in the second, and on the power-play.
The Vipers lead 19-8 on the shot clock in the second period.
Elijiah Barriga had the only goal of the third, tying the game 4-4 with his team leading 16th.
The Silverbacks went back to the penalty-kill in the final three minutes of regulation, as Nic Tallarico was penalized for holding in his crease.
The Vipers outshot the Silverbacks 11-10 in third and each team had five shots on goal in overtime, with five minutes of 4-on-4 action followed by five minutes of 3-on-3.
Salmon Arm was handed its fifth power-play at 2:53 of the first OT period.
The Silverbacks finished the night 2-for-5 with the man-advantage and 5-for-7 on the penalty-kill.
Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 50-37 total, with Tallarico making 46 saves in his fourth consecutive start.
The Silverbacks overtime is record is now 4-1-1, while the Vipers are 1-3-1 in OT.
Vernon leads the season series 3-0, winning 6-3 in Salmon Arm and – 5-3 victory at home over the Silverbacks back on opening weekend in September.
Salmon Arm is 4-9-1-1 at the Shaw Centre, while the Vipers are 7-10-1-2 on the road. The Silverbacks are 9-9-1-0 in the Interior, and Vernon is 7-6-1-1.
Akito Hirose, Grayson Constable and Julian Timba each sat out on Friday and each with injuries.
Salmon Arm’s next home ice action is set for Friday, December 16th in Penticton at 7pm in the first of a home-and-home set which will conclude next Saturday, December 17th at the Shaw Centre at 7pm. The Silverbacks will then move into their holiday break, and resume game action on December 29th in Vernon at 7pm before hosting the Vipers on Saturday, December 30th at the Shaw Centre at 7pm.
All nine of the Silverbacks games in December are with Interior Division opponents.