Sunday, October 11, 2015

Game Preview vs Salmon Arm Silverbacks



20 (tied for last in BCHL)
Goals For
43 (2nd in BCHL)
47 (tied for last in BCHL)
Goals Against
26 (5th best in BCHL)
12.77% (15th)
Power Play
16.95%  (12th)
70.91 (16th)
Penalty Kill
88.24% (2nd)

Venue: Shaw Centre
Game Time: 3pm
Last Year’s Matchup: Split 1-1
Season Series: First game of the season

Salmon Arm Home Record: 5-1-2-0
Silverbacks Leading Scorer: Nick Hutchison (6 G, 8A, 14pts)

Prince George Road Record: 1-3-0-1
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Brubacher, Hoffman, Epp (all with seven points)

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
After three points in his first eight games, Braiden Epp now has four in his last two outings. The Prince George native had a goal and assist last night against Vernon, and two assists in a losing effort to Trail. Of all the returning Spruce Kings from last year, Braiden Epp had the most points of any player, so he was expected to be producing, and after a slow start it looks like he’s doing just that.
Salmon Arm:
An ex Cariboo Cougar, Carson Bolduc has gotten off to a strong start in his second year with the Silverbacks, with 11 points after 10 games. Bolduc also has very even scoring, with five goals, and six assists, so it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll pass or shoot.

In the Standings:
After Surrey won last night, Prince George didn’t move past them, but at least were able to climb out of last place. There isn’t much breathing room though, as Victoria is just a single point behind the Spruce Kings, although PG does hold a game in hand.
Salmon Arm beat Nanaimo last night, and remain tied for second in the Interior Division with 14 points alongside West Kelowna.

Special Teams Battle:
Although Prince George went 3 for 3 on the power play last night, it’s not a battle the Spruce Kings want to get into with the Silverbacks. Salmon Arm doesn’t have the strongest power play, but plenty of firepower up front which can lead to a breakout at any time.
Last night’s game for the Spruce Kings had six of the seven goals scored on the man advantage, but that’s not a stat they want to see in a game tonight, and will definitely aim not to take five penalties in the first period.

Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr

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