Salmon Arm Silverbacks take tough losses against Vees and Express

Weekend’s games put Silverbacks at 44 points, tied with Wenatchee Wild and Vernon Vipers

A pair of home games over the weekend didn’t go the Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ way.

The ‘Backs played their first game of the new year against BCHL Interior Division leaders the Penticton Vees.

The first period passed scoreless as Silverbacks’ netminder Ethan Langenegger turned away 14 shots and Yaniv Perets in the opposite crease stopped 11.

Daniel Rybarik scored his 21st goal of the season on the power play, getting the Silverbacks on the board three minutes into the second frame. The Vees tied things up a minute later with a goal from Jackson Niedermayer.

Noah Wakeford restored the ‘Backs lead at the 11 minute mark.

An unassisted marker from Penticton’s David Silye in the final seconds of the period led to a tie game going into the final 20 minutes.

Read More: Shuswap residents see property values increase

Read More: False alarm forces evacuation of Sicamous elementary school

The visitors scored two goals just seconds apart in the opening minutes of the third period. The ‘Backs couldn’t crack Penticton’s defence so they pulled Langenegger from net late in the game. An empty-net goal by Penticton’s Jack Barnes wrapped up a 5-2 loss for the Silverbacks.

The following night, the Silverbacks hosted the league-leading Coquitlam Express. In a defensive struggle, neither team was able to score in the first two periods. The Silverbacks peppered Coquitlam’s goaltender Jack Watson with 20 shots in the opening period and 16 shots in the second, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Read More: Canada beats Russia 4-3 in world juniors hockey tournament to take home gold

Read More: Larch Hills racers top finishers at Teck BC Cup opener near Salmon Arm

Greg Lapointe scored for the Express midway through the third period, and the final score of 1-0 held until the final buzzer.

Following the weekend’s games the Silverbacks are in a three-way dead heat with the Wenatchee Wild and Vernon Vipers at 44 points. The ‘Backs and Vipers records are identical at 21 wins and 17 losses, with each team getting two additional points for one overtime and one shootout loss. The Wild’s 20-17 record has earned them 44 points as well because three of their losses came in overtime and one in a shootout.



jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Home loss ends season for Sicamous Eagles

A defeat at the hands of the 100 Mile House Wranglers on Feb. 22 was the Eagles’ last outing.

PHOTOS: PeeWee Silverbacks finish season with 22 game win streak

The team has gone undefeated since November last year

Word on the street: What is your favourite pie-related memory?

With the 24th-annual Best of the Shuswap Pie Baking Contest taking place… Continue reading

Fiery collision involving truck closes Highway 1 at Three Valley Gap

Drivers should expect major delays and congestion; estimated time of re-opening is 2 p.m.

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Kelowna Firefighters douse suspicious hedge fire

A 30’ section of cedar hedge burned prompting an RCMP investigation.

Kelowna RCMP make arrest in fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Elijah Beauregard

An 18-year-old woman is in police custody facing a manslughter charge.

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read