The Salmon Arm Pee Wee Tier Two Silvertips hosted a great tournament this weekend.
The first matchup Friday had the Podollan Inn-sponsored Tips up against Terrace. The Silvertips managed to keep the game a tie with less than 10 minutes left in the third period, but a penalty and a miss cue left them with a 4-2 loss.
Saturday had two games in store for Salmon Arm: the first, a tough team from the North Shore Winter Club where the ’Tips tried but came up short with a 15-3 loss.
The Silvertips had a break to forget the loss and focus on the opportunity to get a win against their next opponent, Quesnel. This proved to be an amazing match, where Salmon Arm’s hard work and focus paid off with their first 5-3 win. The win got the home team a chance to rest and play later in the morning Sunday.
The break proved to be just what the boys needed to go up against Castlegar. The ’Tips had control for most of the game but they let the score get close near the end. Perseverance prevailed and Salmon Arm won the game 5-4, so the boys finished the weekend with a 2-2 record. Special mention goes out to the tournament MVPs Riley Keyes, Ryan Freed, Mitchell Brown and Aaron Plessis. Tournament winners were the Burnaby Winter Club.
The L. Turner Contracting Salmon Arm SilverBacks Atom A Development team travelled west to face off against Kamloops this past weekend.
The home team opened the scoring before the ’Backs tied it up halfway through the first period on a goal by Colby Feist, assisted by his brother Jarred.
Kamloops potted a pair before Taylor Howard scored for Salmon Arm, set up by Ty Bailey. to allow the ’Backs to claw back within one. Feist would get his second of the evening as time wound down in the second period, taking a pass from Howard hard to the net and tucking in the backhand.
The third period began with some hope for the ’Backs, as they found themselves down by a score of 4-3. Braden Hessler showed his hands as he stick-handled through the Kamloops defence before burying the biscuit fed him by Korbin Forsyth. Kamloops would take two penalties with less than two minutes in the game and the ’Backs pulled their goalie to go on a 6 on 3, but the gamble didn’t pay off. They fell to the home squad 6-4.
The SilverBacks travel to Rutland to face Kelowna Sunday.