Rhett Kingston of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks carries the puck up the ice as Vernon Viper Chris Jandric checks him during a game at the Shaw Centre on Friday, Dec. 8. - Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

SilverBacks take on Vipers tonight

Salmon Arm heads to Vernon Saturday, will try to turn fortunes around against league leaders.

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are back in action tonight at 7 p.m. following their holiday break.

They’ll face the league-leading Vernon Vipers in a home-and-home set. Salmon Arm will visit Vernon tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 30 for a 6 p.m. start.

Salmon Arm has lost its last seven games, has been outscored 33-6 during the skid, and is now ranked 14th among the 17 teams in the BCHL.

Silverbacks GM and Head Coach Scott Atkinson announced on Wednesday that the team has traded 19-year-old forward Marcus Mitchell to the Penticton Vees in exchange for defenceman Joseph Leahy who is committed to Cornell University for next fall. Leahy had one goal and 13 points with 30 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Vees this season.

Related link: Penticton Vees acquire forward from Salmon Arm Silverbacks

“It is a bitter-sweet day for the Silverbacks organization in that we are announcing that we have traded Marcus Mitchell to the Penticton Vees for defenceman Joe Leahy. We are very sorry to see Marcus leave the program but felt that our team’s most immediate need was to shore up our defence. We wish Marcus nothing but success with his new team. We are very excited about adding a player of Leahy’s calibre to our roster and at six-foot-four, 210 pounds we see him as a top-end defenceman who can contribute in all situations. The fact that he brings a full skill-set and a championship pedigree will be meaningful to our team’s culture.”

Salmon Arm’s last victory was 2-1 in Wenatchee on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Vernon went into the holiday break after a 5-2 win at home over the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday, Dec. 16.


@SalmonArm
marthawickett@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Prohibited weapons removed from shelves of Chase-area business

Self-defence keychains similar to brass knuckles were found

Intoxicated man arrested for reckless use of a gun

Lee Creek man charged with several firearms offences

Grade 7s move to Chase Secondary next year

School District 73 board decides to move students from Haldane Elementary in September

Plans to sell Salmon Arm’s Downtown Activity Centre on agenda

Public invited to May 2 meeting, new elementary school for downtown also to be discussed

Two Okanagan cities listed in Top 20 “rattiest” list

Rats. The Okanagan has them and they’re really a problem in two cities, according to this list.

Salmon Arm makeup artist adds new sparkle to industry

Missy MacKintosh launches her own cosmetics company with the release of biodegradable glitter

Former Social Credit MLA dies at 88

Lyall Hanson was mayor of Vernon in 1981 and moved to provincial politics from 1986-96

Ailing health care biggest hurdle for Okanagan jail

PART SIX: Inmates reportedly wait weeks for broken bones to be seen, challenges with maintaining medical staff

Police searching for escaped prisoner in B.C.

Ralph Whitfield Morris, 83, is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder

B.C. set to introduce pot laws, but years of fine tuning likely: minister

Legislation regulating recreational marijuana is expected to be introduced Thursday

Accused murderer found guilty in unrelated Penticton robbery

McGenn sentenced to 5 years, now faces 2nd-degree murder trial over Abbotsford man’s 2016 death

Canadian driver uses lawn chair as driver’s seat, gets caught

Ontario police detachment caught the male driver during a traffic stop

B.C. moves to restrict pill presses in opioid battle

Minister Mike Farnworth says federal law doesn’t go far enough

VIDEO: Vets, volunteers set up vaccination station for sick bunnies

Volunteers, vets try to stop spread of lethal virus

Most Read