The 2014-2015 season for the bantam two Silvertips got underway at Hucul Pond on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The ’Tips came out flying fast and hard against Vernon.
The first period saw Salmon Arm score in the first minute of play. It ended with home team ahead 2-0.
The second period began just as fast paced as the first, with an early goal from Vernon making the game appear closer than it was.
The Vernon goal lit a fire under the Silvertips and they began to rally. By the end of the second period, the ’Tips had earned an 8-2 lead.
The pace of the third period was slow compared to the first two. The Silvertips, however, still found a way to score, adding three more goals before the buzzer and earning an 11-2 victory.
Scoring came from six different players including hat tricks by Tyler Chartier and Trent Thompson.
Dylan Huber potted two goals, Ryan Sadorsky added one as did Tyson Stewart and Riley Keyes.
Assists came from Mitchell Brown with three, Sebastian Archambault and Josh Olson each had two helpers, while Aaron Plessis and Brayden Haskell picked up one apiece.
The Silvertips second game of the season was on Sunday against Kamloops.
The first period began with uncertainty as both teams attempted to read each other.
The first goal of the game was scored around the twelve-minute mark when Thompson skated up ice and potted a nice, unassisted top-shelf goal, making it 1-0.
The Silvertips managed to double their lead about six minutes into the second frame when Plessis scored an tight, top-shelf goal, assisted by Jake Crandlemire and Thompson.
Kamloops took control of the game after the ’Tips second goal and managed to bring the score to within one at 13:01 of the second.
Salmon Arm started the third period with a 2-1 lead.
Within the first three minutes, the Silvertips scored a hard-skating goal by Chartier, with the assist coming from Plessis.
The final score was 3-1 for Salmon Arm. Caleb Mitchell was the winning goaltender in Sunday’s game.