Atom ’Backs host tourney

The Abundant Specialty Advertising Salmon Arm SilverBacks Atom B Development team hosted a successful tournament this weekend

Mine: Salmon Arm Atom B Development SilverBack player Henry Lenarduzzi

The Abundant Specialty Advertising Salmon Arm SilverBacks Atom B Development team hosted a successful tournament this weekend.

The boys came fourth in the six-team tournament, with much learning and development taking place throughout the weekend. The SilverBacks lost in their opening game against a highly talented Langley team, but bounced back in the games ahead. The ’Backs met Kelowna in their second game and outworked them in the first period, forcing the play, and outshooting the Rockets.

A goal by Kelowna was quickly followed by a goal by Mason Balon, with a great assist by Matt Bushell. It remained a tie game into the second period with outstanding goaltending by Rod May. Unfortunately, Kelowna got a few past the Backs, winning the game 4-1.

Brayden Costa and Aidan Chan were recognized as MVPs for the game.

The ’Backs went on to seek redemption in an intense game against their season nemesis, the Penticton Vees.

Excellent passing and teamwork had the boys coming out on top to win the game 6-3. Goal scorers were Damian Earl (1), Henry Lenarduzzi (2), Mason Balon (1), and Nick Barbosa (2). Great defensive pressure and outstanding goaltending contributed to the ’Backs win. Lenarduzzi was awarded hardest worker, and MVP of the game went to their goalie Carson Irmen.

The ’Backs met Langley once again in their final game and played a tough, physical game. Langley had to work much harder for their goals in this game, with great hustle and grit showed by the boys. Hardest worker went to Nick Barbosa and a well-deserved MVP went to the ’Backs goalie, Rod May.

The work of coaches Gerry Rasmuson and Brad May as well as all the parent volunteers was appreciated.

Showing heart

The Salmon Arm Save on Foods Atom Saints travelled to Armstrong on Friday  to compete in a 10-team tournament.

The Saints faced a tough opponent in the host team North Oak Black Knights on Friday afternoon, resulting in an 8-2 loss.

Scoring for the Saints was Trent Poroznuk with two unassisted goals in the third.

Congratulations go to Brydon Howkins for picking up the MVP award.

The help of Pat Sherman and Tim Giandomenico with coaching was appreciated.

Saturday saw the Saints with an early morning draw against Kamloops Junior Blazers. The Saints opened up the scoring at 14:55 of the first frame and never looked back, coming out with a 7-5 win.

Scoring for the Saints were Aiden Hougen, Teagan Webster-Locke, Kyle Chorlton, Anthony Materi, Coby Jagt (plus one assist) and Trent Poroznuk with two and one assist. Congratulations go to Trent Poroznuk for MVP honours.

The Saints went marching on Saturday afternoon with an 8-6 win over the Kamloops Hurricanes.

Scoring for the Saints were Jagt, Poroznuk with four, Materi, Chorlton, Brandon Jacobsen with one-and-one and Hougan with an assist. Congratulations to Jacobsen for the MVP.

Sunday’s game saw the Saints against the Kelowna Bengals. The Saints battled hard  but had to settle for a 3-2 loss.

Scoring for the Saints were Jagt and Poroznuk. MVP went to Jagt.

The Saints face the Sicamous Predators in Sicamous on Saturday.

’Backs triumph

The L. Turner Contracting Salmon Arm SilverBacks Atom A Development team hit the road to face Kamloops on Sunday, giving the visitors a rude welcome to the Sicamous arena.

Zander Stewart opened the scoring for the ’Backs, dropping in a pair at just over three and 10 minutes into the game respectively.

Kamloops would get one back before Connor Johnson put the SilverBacks back up by two a minute-and- a-half into the second, tapping a Colby Feist two-on-zero setup into the open cage.

Feist would get his own a few minutes later, busting through the defence and tucking a backhand past the Kamloops netminder.

Kamloops would get another back before Taylor Howard sealed the win for the ’Backs, hammering in the third rebound to cap a hard working shift by he and his linemates.

The ’Backs travel to Kamloops this Sunday.


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