|What a way to begin 2013 for Salmon Arm, against their perennial rivals from Vernon.|
After thirteen days away from Salmon Arm and the Shaw Centre, your Salmon Arm SilverBacks have returned to the Shuswap with a keen eye on continuing their solid play that rounded out 2012.
The 'Backs went 5-2 in December and begin the new year with two very important games against teams that arguably have more to lose than Salmon Arm. Both Vernon and Cowichan are in dire need of early second-half victories if they want to have a chance at earning a playoff spot.
It won’t be easy for Salmon Arm; turkey legs don't fade quickly, but, hopefully after being put through the paces by Scott Robinson and Troy Mick (filling in for Brando West on the bench this weekend) on Wednesday and Thursday, this group will be ready for its opportunity to open the New Year in fine fashion.
- Your SilverBacks have controlled the season series against Vernon so far this year, with three victories in a row against the Vipers, all in overtime.
- Adam Clark has all three Salmon Arm victories against Vernon, allowing only five goals over those nine periods of hockey.
- Shane Hanna has been the best offensively, with five points against the Snakes, while five current SilverBacks have goals against the Vipers this season.
- Maybe I'm looking too deep into the stats, but there's been only one fight between Salmon Arm and Vernon this year, Jeff Kennedy took on Michael Statchuk in the first game of the year between the two Interior rivals.
- Predictably, Adam Tambellini has been one of the best Vipers against Salmon Arm, although in the past three games he has only one point against the black and white.
- Looking ahead to Saturday, the 'Backs and Caps' have only played once this season, Jason Trott had two goals in a 4-2 Salmon Arm win on the Island in October.
- The Capitals actually won their last game in Salmon Arm, on October 21st of 2011, they took a 4-3 overtime decision thanks to a Troy Paterson goal. Steven Iacobellis had a point in that game for the Caps while Brandon Mistal was held of the scoreboard.
- Head Coach Scott Robinson, Brayden Sherbinin and Brandon Mistal will all be playing their second game against their old club, while Steven Iacobellis has yet too see the Caps since he was dealt away in September.