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Game Recap: Bucks Outlast Silverbacks for Shootout Win

The Cranbrook Bucks are back to their winning ways after going 2-for-2 on their road trip last weekend, capping things off with an impressive 4-3 shootout win in Salmon Arm Saturday.

The Bucks were looking to avenge last week’s 4-2 loss at home to the Silverbacks, and they got the start they needed in the first period. Jack Silich was able to open the scoring at the 13:38 mark to put his team in a 1-0 lead. Both goalies faced 10 shots through the first period, Cranbrook’s 1-0 lead maintained through intermission.

The Silverbacks managed to pull into a 1-1 tie with an early second period goal from Owen Beckner at 2:44. The Bucks responded with a pair of goals from Blake Cotton toward the latter stages of the middle frame to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.

Salmon Arm entered the third period down, but not out. A goal from Reid Varkonyi at 6:21 pulled the Silverbacks to within one-goal of Cranbrook at a 3-2 deficit. Salmon Arm continued to push through the third period, they were rewarded with a late goal from Owen Beckner at 17:26 to tie the game at 3-3 and set up overtime.

Neither side budged through five-minutes of 3-on-3 overtime, and a shootout was needed to decide a winner. It took four rounds, but the Bucks finally secured their victory thanks to a Jack Silich shootout goal to take a 4-3 shootout win.

Saturday’s win pulls Cranbrook’s record to 32-13-1-2, they outshot Salmon Arm 31-29.

The Bucks return to action at home Friday versus the Surrey Eagles.

Buck Tracks:

  • 2 assists for Noah Quinn.
  • Bauer Morrissey extends points streak to 4 games (2g,3a).
  • 1st multi-goal game of Blake Cotton’s BCHL career.