Peewees drop close decision

This past Saturday, the Tier 2 peewee Silvertips faced off against Kamloops at McArthur Island.

On home ice: Midget Tier 2 USNR Silvertips netminder Keenan Starkell keeps his eye on the puck as he makes a save in a tournament game against the Calgary Royals at Hucul Pond on Saturday

On home ice: Midget Tier 2 USNR Silvertips netminder Keenan Starkell keeps his eye on the puck as he makes a save in a tournament game against the Calgary Royals at Hucul Pond on Saturday

This past Saturday, the Tier 2 peewee Silvertips faced off against Kamloops at McArthur Island.

Colby Feist of the Silvertips opened the scoring with just a minute left into the first period, blazing down the ice and busting through the Kamloops defenders to score a short-handed marker.

Kamloops eventually tied the game early in the second period, and took the lead with five minutes left on a controversial goal.

The ’Tips goaltender, Rod May appeared to have the puck covered and under control, but with no whistle to be heard, the Kamloops forwards dug it out from under his glove and scored.

Kamloops would increase the gap to two early in the third, but Salmon Arm refused to go down without a fight.

Taylor Howard would slip a rebound past the Blazers’ goalie five minutes later, and the Silvertips would continue to press for the tying goal. Unfortunately for Salmon Arm fans that would be as close as they would come, dropping a 3-2 decision on the road.

The Silvertips welcome Penticton to Sicamous for a home game on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Bantam ’Tips

The bantam Tier 2 Silvertips played in West Kelowna all weekend for their first tournament of the season.

The  Scotiabank Silvertips’ weekend began Saturday morning with a game against Coquitlam, and the ’Tips sure made a show of it. The entire team contributed to earn a fantastic 6-0 win to energize the squad. They all had time for some team-building, rest and food before the second game started at 5:15 that afternoon against Comox.

It was apparent the ’Tips showed up to play as they came away with a stunning 5-0 win. They finished the first day of the tourney 2-0.

The team building continued that evening and into the next day as Salmon Arm didn’t have their next game until 4:15 p.m. against New Westminster. The Silvertips knew they had to work hard to get a third win but, after a lot of effort, they managed to leave with a tie game at 1-1.

Thanksgiving day began early with a semifinal game against Salmon Arm’s nemesis, the Westside Warriors, and what a penalty-filled game that turned out to be.

Salmon Arm won the match 4-1 as Westside decided to play a tough game but forgot about scoring. With more than 45 minutes in penalties against them, power-play goals broke the Warriors’ back.

Salmon Arm found themselves in unfamiliar territory as they had earned a spot in the final game against New Westminster.

The match was a grinder from beginning to end, with the shot clock showing 45-17 in  favour of Salmon Arm. Regulation play ended with a score of 2-2, which forced the five minute overtime period, and again ended with an unchanged score.

The game was settled with a shootout and a final score of 3-2 for New Westminster.

The Tier 2 Silvertips allowed only four goals in 15 regulation periods, and played some incredibly gutsy hockey against some stiff competition. The entire team including coaches, could not have made Salmon Arm any prouder as they represented their town with the utmost in sportsmanship.