Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Game 2 of Round 2

In Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre the Salmon Arm Silverbacks erased a third period deficit to defeat the Vees 3-2 and take a 2-0 lead in the best of seven Interior Conference Semi-Final series. Down 2-1 and shorthanded Mike Hammond sprung Bryce Gervais on a breakaway where he was hooked leading to a penalty shot and after slowing down the Interior Conference Rookie of the Year went "roof daddy" to tie the game. Three minutes later the Apes were shorthanded again but Hammond drew a penalty in the offensive zone causing four-on-four play. At the tailend of the Salmon Arm penalty the Vees charged up ice but turned over the puck leading to a 4-on-1 rush the other way with Brett Knowles passing to freshly out of the box Kevin Mills who snapped a 26 game goaless streak to give his team the lead for good. For a third straight game the Silverbacks saved their best period of play for the third with all the games being on the line at the time.

For a second straight night Kris Moore made 40 saves and was fantastic as Salmon Arm's best player.

After the most physical period of the season by the Silverbacks in the first Hammond danced around two Vees in the neutral zone and feed Brad Reid for the game's first tally with two minutes left in the opening frame.

Penticton responded in the second period with two powerplay goals to put the Apes behind for the first time in the postseason. The Peaches finished two-for-six on the powerplay in 9:43 but took two infractions on their two man-advantages in the third period leading to two goals against. Salmon Arm went one-for-four on the powerplay in 6:10 while also tallying on the penalty shot.

The Silverbacks' fourth unit of Devin Muller, Paul de Jersey, and Dustin Cave was terrific with a consistent shift while also drawing two penalties leading to powerplays. All six defenceman were also strong with tape-to-tape passes out of their own zone or a simple chip off the glass to get the puck out.

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