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Photo: #17 Porter Dawson’s 2nd goal in 2 games wasn’t enough to lift the Warriors past the Silverbacks Sunday afternoon.

Photo Credit: Tami Quan Photography


May 2nd, 2021

Vernon, B.C.-  The Salmon Arm Silverbacks hold on to defeat the West Kelowna Warriors 4-1 Sunday afternoon.

Silverbacks got off to the start they needed with Nathan Morgan scoring his 1st BCHL goal on the power play making it 1-0 after one. 

In the second period the Backs would get off to a hot start with Mat Borgault scoring off a Warriors turnover in their own zone extending the lead to 2-0. Warriors would answer back with Porter Dawson firing a wrist shot that would go off the shoulder of Silverbacks goaltender Owen Say, go up in the air and bounce in. The Silverbacks would restore the two goal lead after Sullivan Mack cross iced a pass to Simon Tassy who tapped his 14th of the Pod season making it 3-1 heading into the dressing room. 

The Warriors got some scoring chances in the 3rd frame but couldn’t beat Owen Say. The turning point of the game came at the 8 minute mark. Danny Ciccarello would hit Corey McCann from behind in the Warriors zone but no penalty was called. This prompted an eruption from the Warriors bench. Some pushing and shoving after the hit led to Silverbacks blue liner Kieran Ruscheinski and Warriors forward Carter Wilkie receiving 10 minute misconducts putting them out of the game. The Silverbacks would later escape a Warriors late push and score the empty net goal to win 4-1.


The West Kelowna Warriors return to action Monday May 3rd, with a 7:30pm match up with the Vernon Vipers. Fans can catch the action on BCHLTV (formally HockeyTV) or on the free internet radio stream on Mixlr.