A feisty, energetic, and a tad rough. That is how you'd describe tonight's battle between the Warriors and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. In the end, you could probably call it odd, as the two teams did not play overtime tonight as it ended as a 3-3 score.
Just a couple minutes into this one, a point shot from the Warriors clipped Salmon Arm defenseman Clive Rozdeba in the face, as he stayed down and pooled blood onto the ice. Liam Blackburn of the Warriors immediately waved to the officials to halt play, which they did. The training staff of the 'Backs were able to get him off the ice to the dressing room, but his night was over, plus he had a large amount of blood on the shoulder of his jersey too. Thoughts are with him hoping he recovers quickly.
Salmon Arm got on the board soon after, as Rory Neary knocked in a gift from the goal post, knocking a loose puck over the line to jump the 'Backs out to a 1-0 lead. It wasn't until a solid individual effort from Brett Mennear was this one knotted up again, as the Warriors returning forward tied it at 10:35.
The rough stuff was apparent after every whistle from the midway point of this game, and boiled over on a hit by Kyle Marino. After laying the hit, in which the referee had his arm up to call, Marino would be jumped by Bryden Marsh, as the linesman tried to intervene.
The two would toss punches over top of the linesman, and while that was happening, Rylan Yaremko and Nick Hutchison would square off. So all in all, two fights occurred as a reaction to 1 hit, and by the time the dust settled, all 4 individuals would receive "double" Game Misconducts, which confused almost everyone in the building, and the majority of us in the booth as well.
My interpretation of the calls were that Marino picked up 2+10 for a Blow to the Head on the initial hit, then got 5 for fighting, and a double game misconduct. With the 1-fight rule in the BCHL this year, the Game Misconduct was automatic, and the double game comes in when there are multiple fights. At least i'm guessing that. Marsh and Hutchison, as well as West Kelowna's Yaremko, all received 5 for Fighting, and Double Game Misconducts. The league will definitely be looking at this incident, and I doubt that any of the four will dress in tomorrow's game.
The teams got back to hockey in the middle frame, and when the Warriors got their first Powerplay of the night, they would capitalize, as Jordan Masters would bury one from the side of the goal to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead. Shots were 22-19 Salmon Arm after 2, as Andy Desautels made some big saves for the Warriors.
In the 3rd, the Silverbacks scored just 46 seconds into the period, as Karl El-Mir snapped one over the shoulder of Desautels. The Warriors regained their lead at 6:40, when Mennear picked up his 2nd goal of the night, basically putting one through the glove of 'Backs goalie Zach Dyment.
Then, with Jason Cotton in the box for a very unlucky tripping penalty, the Silverbacks had their net empty, and Chase Priskie would have two chances to score, and would put the rebound over the pad and in to tie this one up.
Off to OT we went....or so we thought. As I ran down the scoring summary of the 3rd period, I finally looked up and the Warriors had exited the ice to the dressing room, while Salmon Arm stood around not sure what was happening. According to 'Backs AC Misko Antisin, it's the home teams choice on whether to play OT in pre-season, and the Warriors decided against it. Not exactly sure what the ruling is, but overall it's a 3-3 game, and the rivalry is definitely on now, can't wait for what tomorrow has to bring.
Final Shots: 33-31 Salmon Arm.
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Full WDCR and FastHockey broadcasts will begin next Friday night, 7:00 vs. Coquitlam from the BCHL Showcase.