|A pre-game look at the Cominco.|
Salmon Arm sits just four points ahead of Trail with two games in hand in the Interior Division following a gritty game on Tuesday at the Cominco Arena.
Trail potted three goals in the 2nd period and was able to hold on by the smallest margin in the 3rd for a 5-3 victory.
The 'Backs now head home for a game Friday against West Kelowna and a Saturday match against Victoria.
- Really we saw the tale of two periods. Salmon Arm dominated the opening portion, scoring a goal, while Trail took over mid-way through to tie the game before some even play to end the period.
- Steven Iacobellis made it 1-0 thanks to a great pass by Brayden Sherbinin that allowed for an easy shot over the glove of Adam Todd.
- Todd came back strong after the goal, with a brilliant save on Josh Bowes who fired a shot through traffic.
- Trail made it 1-1 on a goal similar to Salmon Arm's, a play from the point came to Mitch Foyle in front of the net for a shot over Adam Clark who was certainly the less busy goaltender on Tuesday.
- The 'Backs did a great job killing off a late penalty, nicely positioning us for a dandy of a second period.
- Salmon Arm endured a scary incident early, when Brendan Kennedy took an awkward fall on a hit in the corner eventually leaving the game.
- Ryan Schwalbe took exception to the hit, coming in to fight Adam Wheeldon who was the offender.
- Trail took a bit of momentum out of that physical style of play, scoring back-to-back goals, the first from Austin Adduono and the second by Shane Poulsen on the man advantage to make it 3-1.
- Shane Hanna made it 3-2 on his third shot of the period, a bullet from the point through traffic and past Adam Todd.
- Adam Clark's best save of the game came just after the goal, when Garrett McMullen broke in all alone and tried to beat the 'Backs net-minder around the left pad.
- The Smoke Eaters eventually got their break-away goal to make it 4-2, an aerial pass landed on the stick of Brent Baltus who went shelf with less than :10 remaining while Alex Gillies dropped the mitts with McMullen at centre ice.
- The SilverBacks dominated the entire period, from puck-drop to buzzer - but came up against the Smokies Adam Todd who stood on his head and earned his 1st star nomination.
- Brayden Sherbinin made it 4-3 in the opening minute on a scrum in front of the goal, but that was it for the night as Todd stopped at least five-to-seven quality scoring chances after that marker.
- The 'Backs best chance came with Evan Anderson alone in the slot, his wrister hit the blocker of Todd, who also made a couple nice saves on Shane Hanna who was a threat every time he touched the puck.
- Even with a late 6 on 5 chance in the offensive zone, Trail was able to find the empty net.
On paper, it's a loss on the road against a Divisional rival in a massive Playoff race.
In reality, it was a gutsy effort from a Salmon Arm squad that gave literally everything it had to tie the game against an opposing team that had no choice but to win to save their Playoff hopes.