Saturday, October 8, 2011

Silverbacks 3 Smoke Eaters 2

Stefan Nicholishen snapped a wrist-shot home on a third-period power-play to lift Salmon Arm over Trail 3-2 at the Sunwave Centre.

After Adam Fares almost gave the Smokies the lead short-handed, Nicolishen skated down the left wing and fired a shot past goaltender Matt Larose.

The Silverbacks jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second thanks to goals from Jeff Kennedy and Mak Barden, but the Smokies equalized later in the middle frame.

Captain Logan Proulx poked home a loose puck to put Trail on the board, and later in the period Brent Baltus scored his second goal in as many games to even things at 2-2.

The Smokies outshot Salmon Arm 40-27 on the night, and despite a 7-hour bus trip showed plenty of jump. After 5 periods of good hockey this weekend, Trail surely feels a bit jilted to come out of the two games empty-handed.

Techno-illogical: For reasons unbeknownst to anyone in our booth, my internet was disconnected 5 minutes before faceoff, despite my neighbouring laptops working normally. Thankfully, for reasons I can't explain, a restart of my laptop did the trick. My apologies for those of you who missed the first period, but for those of you who stuck around for the final fourty minutes, thanks for tuning in.

Up Next: Trail visits Prince George next Friday and Saturday. I won't be making the trip but the Spruce Kings will have audio and video feeds.

Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.


Anonymous said...

Chris When do the Trail FANS, ownership and management hold the Coach accountable for losing?

Chris Wahl said...

With the amount of turnover on this team from last season, in all three areas, I really think it's too early to lay blame on anyone just yet. The coaching staff has had 7 games to work with a rookie-laden roster, and although mistakes happen nightly at this level of hockey, I thought last night's game in Salmon Arm was Trail's most complete effort of the season, even if a third-period equalizer evaded them. In short, at this point I don't think anyone in Trail has any problems with the work of the coaching staff.

Needless to say, the series in PG next weekend is huge.

Anonymous said...

I would agree with you sentiment and hope that the team starts to bond and trust each other and that the coahes allow everyone to participate and MIX the lines and speacial teams up too