Monday, December 23, 2013

'Backs Split Final Weekend Before Christmas Holidays

Jeff Kennedy celebrates a big 3rd Period goal on Sunday.

Here is how the final week of 2013 looked for the SilverBacks:

Friday Night, December 20th, SA Silverbacks @ Merritt Centennials:

In a re-match from last Sunday's game, where the Centennials stormed back from down 4-1 to win 5-4 in over-time, Salmon Arm came in looking for revenge. However; playing with a short bench yet again may have prevented the ‘Backs from getting just that, as the Cents took this one by a score of 5-2. Landon Smith scored 2 power-play goals on the night, giving the BCHL Player of the Week, and leading scorer 8 goals his last 4 games.

Sunday, December the 22nd Powell River Kings @ SA Silverbacks:

This was the BCHL’s last game before the Holiday season, as the Powell River Kings wrapped up their 3 game road-trip in Salmon Arm, after victories in Coquitlam, and Vernon the previous two nights. Adam Clark made 44 saves for his first shutout of the season and the SilverBacks won by a score of 5-0. Michael Roberts picked up his first 2 goals as a SilverBack and Jeff Kennedy grabbed a short-handed goal, while Landon Smith had another multi-point game, as the SilverBacks had one of their best performances of the year at home.

SilverBacks Home Record: 12-5-0-2
SilverBacks Road Record: 7-7-1-3

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

'Backs Grab 5 Of 6 Possible Points Over Three Games

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks have points in 6 of their last 7 games, sitting 3rd place in the league’s Interior division.

Here's how last week looked:

Tuesday, December 10th 2013 SilverBacks @ Smoke Eaters:

It was the Landon Smith show; as he picked up a hat-trick on the night, acting as a critical part of the game’s turning point, and the first star. The SilverBacks ended up winning this game 5-2, as Landon picked up 4 points in one of his best games of the season.

There was a ton of rough stuff, a lot of it wasn't called, so the physical play kept going; both ways. Defensemen Mitch Ferguson caught a stick to the face and was down for a good while but he returned the the line-up 10 minutes later on in the game. Bad blood may not be too much of a surprise, considering this was the 7th and final meeting between the two teams, this season.

Saturday, December 14th 2013 Vipers @ SilverBacks:

The teddy bears came raining from a jam-packed crowd of 964 fans, when Landon Smith got the SilverBacks on the board. The 'Backs were in a hole, early, down 2-0 to the Vipers, and the BCHL’s top scorer Smith got the game tying goal the exact same way as he did the first goal, by placing it over the left shoulder of Vipers Goaltender Austin Smith top-shelf.

Salmon Arm got secondary scoring from Assistant Captain Jeff Kennedy, who got his 5th of the season on a beautiful breakaway. Bryden Marsh chipped in to add icing on the cake with a beautiful wrist-shot; as the 'Backs held on for a big 4-2 victory over the Vernon Vipers.

Sunday, December 15th 2013 SilverBacks @ Centennials:

The 'Backs looked to keep their hot-streak going, and climb closer to Vernon in the standings, playing a matinee on Sunday Afternoon in Merritt’s Nicola Valley Arena.

This was a tough pill to swallow for the Backs as they had a 4-1 lead heading into the 2nd period, exploding for 4 goals in under 6 minutes late in the 1st Period; before losing in over-time by a score of 5-4.

'Backs AP Nick Fidanza got on the board, as did Captain Blake Box, Mitch Ferguson, and Landon Smith, who buried his league leading 30th of the year.  Salmon Arm caught a tough break when forward Jack Berezan got a game misconduct that gave the Centennials some life to come back.

The 'Backs will be back in Merritt this Friday for a 7:30 puck drop.

Through 35 games this season Salmon Arm is 18-11-1-5, with 42 points in the Interior Division Standings.

Home Record: 11-5-0-2

Road Record: 7-6-1-3

Monday, November 25, 2013

'Backs Fall Against Mainland Leaders

Landon Smith battles the Spruce Kings during a game at the Shaw Centre, earlier this year.

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks grabbed one of a possible four points over the past weekend, after back-to-back games against the best teams in the Mainland Division.

Friday: Salmon Arm SilverBacks 2 - Langley Rivermen 3 (OT):

Alex Gillies tied the contest, late in the game, but the SilverBacks were unable to grab an extra point in overtime, as the Rivermen celebrated a goal by Gage Torrel, just over :90 into extra minutes.

Saturday: Salmon Arm SilverBacks 3 - Prince George Spruce Kings 4:

Evan Anderson and Andrew Farny scored huge goals in the 2nd Period to give the 'Backs their only lead of the game, but the Spruce Kings can thank 3rd Period goals from Christian Weidaeur and Chad Staley that helped secure a regulation victory.

This Weekend:

The 'Backs take on the Trail Smoke Eaters in a home-and-home situation, starting Friday in Trail, and wrapping up Saturday at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.

Monday, October 21, 2013

SilverBacks take 3 of 6 points during busy Weekend

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks worked to a win, loss, and tie over this past weekend; playing three games in three days; against the likes of the Merritt Centennials, Coquitlam Express, and West Kelowna Warriors.

Salmon Arm tied Merritt 5-5 on Friday, beat Coquitlam 4-3 on Saturday, and lost 4-1 in West Kelowna on Sunday Afternoon. 

Here's how those games broke down for the 'Backs.

Friday - Merritt 5-5:

Salmon Arm's Alex Gillies scored with 7 minutes remaining in the 3rd Period, to force the two Interior rival teams into extra minutes; and while Blake Box was able to break in, alone, for a chance to win the game, he got nothing but post; as the 'Backs settled for a single point. Adam Clark's 35 made saves in what ended as the 'Backs first tie of the season.

Saturday - Coquitlam 4-3:

Another big night of hockey from 'Backs Forward Landon Smith; who potted a goal and two assists, helping his team to battle back from an early deficit on home ice, during the 'Backs Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Angus Redmond got the nod in goal, making 30 stops for his 4th win of the young season.

Sunday - West Kelowna 4-1:

This was a game to be quickly forgotten for Salmon Arm, as they allowed a goal in the first minute of hockey, and were held off the score sheet until the 3rd Period. Mitch Ferguson had the lone goal of the Afternoon for the 'Backs who are now 0-3 against the Warriors on the season. The 'Backs next chance at redemption against West Kelowna comes on November 12th, in West Kelowna.

This Weekend:

Your 'Backs host Penticton and Merritt on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, with fans asked to wear a Halloween costume on Saturday Night for a chance to win Flex Tickets on behalf of the team!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fan Bus Heading To West Kelowna On October 20th

Get your seat today!

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks, and the 'Backs Booster Club are very excited to announce the first Fan Bus of the season is planned for Sunday, October 20th, when the SilverBacks visit the West Kelowna Warriors.

'Backs fans were very supportive of a number of Fan Bus trips last season, and this year we're getting an early start by hitting the road as soon as possible!

Those who have taken the Fan Bus before know that the players love having that extra support while away from home, and we hope you'll be there this season to provide that excitement; and noise in opposing buildings, starting on the 20th.

The Bus will leave from the Shaw Centre at 11:45am, sharp, on the 20th, at a price of $30 per ticket.

Interested parties can contact the 'Backs Box Office for ticketing information at 832-3856 ext 108, or on weekdays between 9am and 4pm.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Josh Gordon steps down from 'Backs Marketing Position

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks are sad to announce that veteran Marketing Director Josh Gordon has tendered his resignation due to family reasons.

Gordon has served as the 'Backs Director of Marketing for the past two seasons after moving to the Shuswap during the 2010-2011 to become the Director of Ticket Sales.

SilverBack's General Manager Troy Mick says the front office has lost a great team member.

"In many facets, Josh has been the face of the franchise for the better part of three years. His work during my time in Salmon Arm has been second to none; we couldn't ask for a better individual to represent this organization, both in the community, and at the league level. We are very sad to see him go but at the same time very grateful for his contributions to the organization and we are proud to support him in his future endeavors."

In a statement made on Tuesday, Gordon noted how much he's enjoyed his time in Salmon Arm, stating that the relationships created with the business partners, season ticket holders, volunteers and fans have been the pinnacle of his experience in Salmon Arm.

“It is with a heavy heart that I informed Troy Mick of my decision this morning. We started to build something very special this past season and I wish I could be here to see it come to fruition over the next few years. While I am sad to be leaving, Salmon Arm will always hold a special place in my heart. My wife and I were married on Mara Lake in the fall of 2011 and although I am an avid supporter of the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge I will continue to bleed purple from afar with a keen eye on the SilverBacks and all of Salmon Arm."

Josh's departure will become official on April 30th but he will remain in Salmon Arm to assist with the SilverBacks upcoming Spring Camp from May 3rd to 5th. 

Gordon will be moving back to Montreal to reunite with his wife after nearly 3 years of living in separate cities.

The organization would like to thank him deeply for his dedication and tireless work to solidify the SilverBacks as a premier club within the BCHL and the Shuswap.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Iacobellis and Redmond talk NCAA commitments

Redmond and Iacobellis in action shots from their early games in Salmon Arm.

After a quiet few weeks following the end of the season, the SilverBacks were ecstatic last week to announce the commitments of forward Steven Iacobellis and goaltender Angus Redmond to NCAA Division I schools.
Iacobellis will join the University of Massachusetts next season while Redmond has committed to Michigan Tech for the fall of 2015.
I'd like to thank Steven and Angus for taking the time to talk to me about their wonderful achievements; they're  both great people and players and it's a joy to see their hard work rewarded.
Enjoy; and remember, the 'Backs are hosting Spring Camp from May 3rd – 5th at the Shaw Centre.  Volunteers are both needed and appreciated, please contact the Main Office at (250) 832-3856 for more information.