Hard-fought series heads to #5

The Silverbacks outshot the Warriors in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Interior division semi-final, but that didn’t translate

Great shot: Silverback Ross Heidt celebrates after scoring in game one against the Warriors in West Kelowna.

Great shot: Silverback Ross Heidt celebrates after scoring in game one against the Warriors in West Kelowna.

The Silverbacks outshot the Warriors in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Interior division semi-final, but that didn’t translate into a winning number on the scoreboard.

This past Monday, March 7, the ‘Backs outshot West Kelowna 36 to 31 at the Shaw Centre, but lost the game 4-1. The Warriors led the series 2-1 heading into Tuesday night’s contest.

Salmon Arm got off to a good start, laying claim to the scoreboard first with a power-play goal from Colton Thibault, his first of the post-season.

The lead was not to last, however, when the Warriors tied the game with three minutes left in the period. The Silverbacks outshot the Warriors 13-11.

The second period belonged to West Kelowna, who scored the only two goals, one on the power play when Phil Middleton was penalized for hooking. Once again Salmon Arm outshot West Kelowna, this time 15-11.

In the third it was another power-play goal for the visitors, while Aryton Nikkel spent four minutes in the penalty box for butt ending.

Warriors goalie Matthew Greenfield earned first star honours, making 35 saves, while Redmond stopped 27.

The Silverbacks had home-ice advantage last night at the Shaw Centre, after Observer deadlines. Game five will take place Friday night at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna.

If needed, Game 6 will be Saturday, March 12 at the Shaw Centre and Game 7 on Sunday, March 13 down south.