Atom SilverBacks kick off season with strong effort

The L. Turner Contracting Salmon Arm SilverBacks Atom A Development team faced off against Vernon #1 at home.

The L. Turner Contracting Salmon Arm SilverBacks Atom A Development team faced off against Vernon #1 at home. Despite a solid effort, the team suffered an 8-5 loss.

Thanksgiving weekend had the boys playing a pair of games against Kamloops #1 at home in Enderby and on the road Sunday vs Kelowna #1. The ’Backs came out firing on all cylinders Saturday, as Zander Stewart tucked in the rebound off a Colby Feist shot at the 1:49 mark of the first frame. But Kamloops offence replied with five unanswered goals.

A more consistent push in the second, saw the Backs’ outscore Kamloops 3-2.

Stewart got his second of the night four minutes in. Marino Bordin finessed his way through three defenders to rip a shot past the Kamloops netminder, and Feist got his first of the night on a clear breakaway. Kamloops got one back with the ’Backs down by three at the end of the frame. Goals by Feist (2), Leyton Boyd and Connor McKee weren’t enough, as Kamloops scored four of their own to secure the win.

Sunday’s outcome was better as the ’Backs defeated Kelowna #1 by a score of 9-6.

Boyd slipped the puck past the Kelowna goalie two minutes into the game.

Blue-liners continued their strong offensive effort, as Bordin fought through the Kelowna defenders and flipped a backhand aerial into the net three minutes later.

Kelowna would get one back, but Stewart and Feist would each score to stake the ’Backs to a 4-1 lead at the end of the first.

Salmon Arm’s lone goal in the second was a beauty — Stewart finishing off a nice passing play from Colby and Jarred Feist.

Malcolm Petty’s diving scoop-pass  helped Feist get his hat trick in the third period, and McKee deflected the puck off of a defender past the Kelowna netminder.  Feist’s fourth of the night sealed the deal for a ’Backs 9-6 win.