Five days later, the same score and the same teams wins as Salmon Arm topped the Dogs 3-1 tonight at the Dog Pound.
Although the game was much different than in Salmon Arm. This one had much more in the way of excitement and chances, unfortunately the Backs still came out on top.
After a scoreless first period Salmon Arm scored their first of three power play goals during the game with a pass from Mark Zengerle that only he and a few others in the league can make, finding Travis Statchuk for the backdoor one-timer. 1-0 Salmon Arm after two.
A call that had the home fans up in arms in the third, a holding call on Mitch MacMillan as he was finishing his check, saw the Backs go BACK to the powerplay, and again it was Zengerle and Statchuk going backdoor-backdoor for David Killip who had his one-timer go off the base of the post but he had enough time to jam it in the open net before any of the Bulldogs on the ice could recover. The play was THAT pretty, and the passes that precise.
Then, in a sequence of events I'm not sure I've ever seen before (that felt like a make-up call at the time but certainly now seemed deserved, from the Bulldog side of the puck, at least) the Silverbacks bench got "T'd up" with an unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor following their goal celebration. WHY exactly, only the ref and the bench know for sure. At any length, the Dogs would make good on the power play with Mark finding Mitch in front to make it a 2-1 game.
However, another Salmon Arm power play goal would make it 3-1 and that would be all she wrote as David Killip tipped in a point shot in the slot.
Frank Slubowski would make several big stops as the 'Backs looked for more to give his team a chance, but the Dogs weren't able to get a break around Tony Ierfino who boarded up the net.
That's six wins in a row for Salmon Arm, and three losses in a row for the Dogs.
Next up for the Dogs, the Nanaimo Clippers in town Saturday night. Should be a dandy!