Salmon Arm leapfrogs West Kelowna in Interior Division standings thanks to pair of comeback wins

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks overcame a four goal deficit to defeat the West Kelowna Warriors in a game at the Shaw Centre on Friday.

Braiden Epp of the West Kelowna Warriors skates past the Silverbacks as they celebrate a thrilling comeback victory in a game at the Shaw Centre on Friday evening.

Resiliency was the name of the game for ’Backs over the weekend as they swept the home-and-home series with their Interior Division rivals from West Kelowna.

After a disappointing 4-1 loss to Trail in the middle of last week, the Silverbacks responded with a thrilling come from behind 5-4 victory at the Shaw Centre on Friday evening.

With the man advantage and 59 seconds remaining in the extra frame, Elijiah Barriga played the hero as he scored his seventh goal of the season, overturning a four goal deficit and causing the Shaw Centre to erupt.

West Kelowna looked to be in cruise control thanks to there first period goals from Peter Tomaras and Blake Coffey plus a tally from Reed Gunville.

The Warriors wasted no time stretching the lead to four early in the second on a heads up play by West Kelowna’s giant, Scott Allan.

The ’Backs starter Brandon Kegler was chased from the crease after the fourth goal, making way for Trevin Kozlowski. The goaltending moved paid off as the ’Backs settled down and Justin Wilson kick started the comeback just over a minute and a half later with a great individual effort beating Xavier Burghardt short side over the shoulder.

Marcus Mitchell’s fifth of the season cut the Warriors lead in half heading into the third. Jared Turcotte and Connor Sundquist scored in quick succession midway through the frame, completing the comeback forcing overtime and setting the stage for Barriga’s overtime game winner.

Kozlowski earned his second win of the season as he slammed the door shut in the face of the Warriors making 26 saves in the process.

Head coach Brandon West stuck with the hot goalie, Kozlowski the following night in the Okanagan, and the Santa Clarita, Calif. native stymied the Warriors for the second straight night in a 6-4 victory. Despite falling behind by two early on, the Silverbacks once again rallied from behind to beat the Warriors. Ryley Booth scored twice and Josh Blanchard, Carson Bolduc, Hadyn Hopkins and Sundquist each added a tally.

With the pair of wins on the weekend, the ’Backs have leapfrogged the Warriors and now sit fifth in the division.

The ’Backs set out on a four game road swing to Powell River, Nanaimo, Coquitlam and Trail. They return to the Shaw Centre on Oct. 29 versus Victoria.

Just Posted

Former Kelowna councillor and radio talk show host Barrie Clark dies

Clark remembered as a fair-minded ‘statesman’ who saw the big picture when it came to Kelowna

Missing Kelowna woman found

Christine Olsen-Meissnitzer has been located

More than $270,000 raised for Kelowna-based hospice

10th Swinging with the Stars fundraiser for the Central Okanagan Hospice Assoc. is a big success

Getting into the swing of spring

Kelowna garden shop is busy now that spring has finally arrived

Axe the tax says Kelowna city council

City says it wants B.C.’s Speculation Tax dumped because it could have a significant impact here

Wilkie returns home with three medals in tow

Paralympic champion returns home with a gold, silver and bronze from the 2018 PyeongChang games

Golden Knights win 4-1, remain undefeated against Canucks

Vegas gets points from 12 players in dominating effort versus Vancouver

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Parents respond to suicide alertness workshops

SafeTalk session discusses recognition and intervention awareness

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

New anti-radicalization centre in the works for B.C.

Centre aims to help ‘vulnerable individuals on the path to radicalization’ before they turn to crime

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. bravery, public service honoured by Governor General Julie Payette

UVic basketball coach Kathryn Shields inducted into Order of Canada

Most Read