The Salmon Arm Atom A Silverbacks hockey club sponsored by L. Turner Contracting defeated the hometown Williams Lake Timberwolves to win the gold medal in a Atom development tournament.
Salmon Arm got a dream start in the final as they scored just two minutes into the game on a breakaway, and never looked back.
Salmon Arm won the game with a shutout performance in net, and a dominant performance up front to go undefeated in the Williams Lake tournament.
In their first game of the tournament, against Terrace, the boys came out a bit flat after the long drive and were soon down 3-1 before the midway point of the first period.
In a wild turn of events, the Silverbacks rallied back to score six goals over the next two periods to win the game 7-4.
The team’s second game on Saturday morning was against a Williams Lake Pee Wee team.
Salmon Arm came flying out of the gate and soon built up a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period.
The score stayed that way until the final buzzer.
The third game of the round robin was against the Quesnel Thunder.
Once again the Silverbacks came out flying and scored two goals in the first three shifts of the game.
Salmon Arm dominated the game from start to finish to put them in the gold medal game.
The Atom A Silverbacks team members are: Brayson York, Caleb DeHoog, Connor Howell, Eli Eklund, Gage Parrell, Isaac Mitchell, Jaxon Hadath, Kayle Janzen, Landon Ruth, Lucas Patterson, Maddux Martin, Max Beckner, Nathan Mayes, Oscar Mayes, Rylan Blackstock, Trent Thiessen and Treyden Currie.
The team is hosting their annual home tournament this weekend at the Shaw Centre with teams coming from as far away as Whitehorse. The 10-team tournament goes all weekend.