Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer Trey Thomas of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Nicholas Kent of the Wenatchee Wild fall to the ice after Thomas lost his footing on a breakaway during a game at the Shaw Centre on Friday, Dec. 1.

Silverbacks struggle in pair of weekend games

Spruce Kings and Wild leave ‘Backs at seventh in Interior Division

The Silverbacks lost a pair of games over the weekend to the Wenatchee Wild and the Prince George Spruce Kings.

The Silverbacks beat Wenatchee on the road on Nov. 25 but it was a different story when the Wild came to the Shaw Centre.

The first period was scoreless – Wenatchee fired eight shots on Kyle Dumba while the Silverbacks generated four scoring chances.

Rhett Kingston lit the lamp for the Silverbacks early in the second off a feed from Grayson Constable.

Later in the period the Silverbacks got into penalty trouble, dealing with a 5-on-3 after Josh Latta and Julian Timba were sent to the box. August Von Ungern took advantage of the numerical superiority to tie the game at one-all.

Following another Salmon Arm penatly – a cross-checking call on Nick Unruh – the Wild took the lead.

Slava Denim tallied up a pair of goals for the Wild in the third frame wrapping up a 4-1 defeat for the Silverbacks.

The following evening the Silverbacks travelled north for a road game against the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Dustin Manz struck first for the Spruce Kings at 11:41 of the first period on the power play.

In the second period, the Spruce Kings showered Dumba with 16 shots while the Silverbacks could only muster four shots on goal.

Ten minutes into the third, the Kings increased their lead, this time with a goal from Jarod Hovde assisted by Dustin Manz and Ben Brar.

An empty-netter from Brar in the final two minutes sent the Silverbacks packing.

The ‘Backs were outshot 36-23 against the Spruce Kings.

The weekend’s losses leave the Silverbacks seventh in the Interior Division with a record of 12-15.

The ‘Backs are on the road against the Penticton Vees on Dec. 6 before hosting the Vernon Vipers on Dec. 8.

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