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Silverbacks snag OT win in Cranbrook

The Cranbrook Bucks went the distance with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday night in a 1-0 overtime loss.

The Bucks and Silverbacks traded several chances throughout regulation. However, it was the goaltenders, Cranbrook’s Braedyn McIntosh and Salmon Arm’s Eli Pulver, who stole the show.

Cranbrook fired 42 shots on Pulver while McIntosh turned aside all 46 shots directed his way.

The game was knotted at a 0-0 tie through sixty minutes, prompting Cranbrook’s eleventh overtime finish of the season. The Bucks managed to kill a Salmon Arm power play in the early goings of the extra frame, which seemed to give the home team momentum.

In the final minute of overtime, Cranbrook opted to pull McIntosh for an extra attacker to give the Bucks a 4-on-3 edge while moving into the Salmon Arm zone. The bold move nearly paid off with Joseph Blackley just missing a loose puck near the Salmon Arm goal during a scramble. Silverbacks forward JJ Montiero managed to procure the loose disc, and fired it the length of the rink into the empty Cranbrook goal to secure the 1-0 overtime win for Salmon Arm.

Friday’s loss drops Cranbrook’s record to 19-25-3. Salmon Arm outshot Cranbrook 47-42, both teams finished 0/2 on the power play.

The Bucks won’t need to wait long for a rematch, the two clubs face each other again in Cranbrook Saturday night.

Buck Tracks:

  • 2nd consecutive shutout loss for Bucks – (0 goals since 5:00 of 2nd period vs Trail, February 23)
  • 46 saves for Braedyn McIntosh.
  • The Cranbrook Bucks were pleased to honour local hockey legend Colin Patterson prior to Friday’s game. Thank you for your many decades of love and dedication to the game, Colin!

– Article includes photos from Trevor Crawley, social media link supplied by BCHL