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The Salmon Arm Fix Auto Atom Saints played their final two games of the season last week, facing Revelstoke on Tuesday and the Salmon Arm Titans on Saturday.
The Saints came out strong in their must-win game against the Revelstoke Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Zander Stewart scored the opener for the home team just over two minutes into the game, set up by Ty Bailey. Salmon Arm would take the 1-0 lead into the first period, but couldn’t hold off the Grizzlies, who scored twice in the second. Revelstoke would add two more in the third, including an empty netter, to take the game by a 4-1 final.
Saturday’s tilt saw the Saints face their rivals the Titans, also from Salmon Arm. The Saints would strike first, Connor Kociuba splitting the D and potting the rebound after a shot from Austin Torbohm. The Titans would tie it up with just under four minutes left, with Jacob Tudan scoring on a feed from Ethan Pyle. After a scoreless second Stewart would put the home team up a goal just over 40 seconds into the third. The Saints appeared to be on the road to victory until Reilly Johnson tied it up with four minutes left in the game, which finished knotted up at 2-2.
Other Saints members are: Dominic Barbosa, Matthew Campbell, Caden deHoog, Brayden Costa, Rhys Middleton, Dawson Perry, Trent Poroznuk, Caden Sherman, Austin Torbohm and goaltender Evan Smith. Head coach is Mike Bailey, with assistants Pat Sherman and Darren Stewart and manager Ellie Campbell.
’Tips wrap with win
The Salmon Arm Atom Silvertips finished the season this past weekend with playoffs held in Penticton.
Salmon Arm ended regular season in fourth place, so they began by facing the top teams in their division.
Friday night Salmon Arm faced Kelowna #3.
The game started off strong for the ’Tips, with Colby Jepson scoring a nice short-handed goal assisted by Jackson Mayes. Salmon Arm held onto the lead, but Kelowna took a 5-on-3 advantage at the beginning of the second to tie it up. By the end of the third, Kelowna had taken over the lead, making the score 3-1 for Kelowna at the end of two.
A Kelowna player got a penalty shot in the third period which bumped Kelowna even further ahead.
Colby Feist tried to get Salmon Arm back into the game with a goal in the third period, but it wasn’t enough. The ’Tips lost their first game 8-2.
Saturday morning the ’Tips faced a second Kelowna team. Kelowna came out blazing and got the first goal of the game, but this did not deter the ’Tips. They only let one more goal in during the second period.
At the beginning of the third, Mayes put Salmon Arm on the score board, making the final score 2-1 for Kelowna.
Game three for Salmon Arm was against Kamloops. Riley Keyes scored in the first, giving a much needed boost of energy for the team. Kamloops tied it up with only two minutes left in the second. In the third, Kamloops got a penalty shot and the lead, making the game 2-1.
Cole Nisse took a beautiful shot in the third and tied up the game for the ‘Tips. Final score was 2-2
The ’Tips faced Kamloops, again Sunday morning.
First on the scoreboard was Kmloops, just two minutes into the game. Seven minutes later, Jepson tied up the game for the ’Tips.
No one is sure what coaches Troy Haskell, Derek Nisse, Daron Mayes, trainers Adrienne Boostma or Troy DeVries, whispered to the kids during the first intermission, but the ’Tips came out as a power house for the last two periods to take an 8-2 win. Two short-handed goals were scored by Colby Feist, and other goals scored by Mayes, Josh Olson, Brayden Haskell, and Owen “Mad Dog” Langtry.