Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Game 3

In Merritt at the Nicola Valley Arena the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (3-0) scored nine minutes into overtime to defeat the Centennials (0-3) 4-3. Paul de Jersey played hero for the 'Backs finishing off a great pass from Brett Knowles who got the puck after some strong work by Devin Gannon. The two second-year Apes had career nights playing together with four points a piece. With the victory the Silverbacks lead the best of seven Interior Conference Quarter-Final Series three games to nothing.

Salmon Arm led the game 2-0 after two goals from Gannon, one in the first off the rush and one shorthanded 28 seconds into the second period to chase Lino Chimienti from the goal. After having a goal waved off the Cents scored twice on the powerplay 30 seconds apart to tie the game. Two minutes later and with three minutes left in the middle frame Knowles restored the lead when he scored four-on-four. Salmon Arm kept the lead until 6:20 remaining when Merritt scored their first even strength goal of the game.

The Centennials won the special teams battle going two-for-seven on the powerplay while the Silverbacks went zero-for-five but did score shorthanded. Merritt had to kill off a penalty with three minutes left in the third period while the 'Backs killed off a powerplay in overtime three minutes prior to scoring the winner.

Kris Moore was once again sharp in net with 35 saves while also playing the puck exceptionally.

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