For the second time in a row, the Penticton Vees left the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm without a point.
The Vees lost to the SilverBacks 4-2 with Cam Amantea and Cody DePourcq finding the back of the net. The SilverBacks opened the scoring on a goal by Thomas Plese. Amantea evened things up when he was fed by Jack Ramsey. The SilverBacks jumped back into the lead when former Vee Evan Anderson beat Hunter Miska, who finished with 32 saves on the night.
Anderson’s goal was followed up by tallies from Mark Whiteley and Landon Smith. SilverBacks goalie Adam Clark made 27 saves for the win.
It was the first game for the Vees without defenceman Alex Coulombe, Brett Beauvais and Paul Stoykewych, who are attending the Team Canada West selection camp in Calgary. The SilverBacks were without top goal scorer Alex Gillies, who is also at the Canada West camp.
Both teams dressed affiliate players. The Vees had Joshua DaCosta from the Summerland Steam in their lineup and Wyatt Trumbley of the Osoyoos Coyotes. The Vees also signed Clint Filbrandt, who has played nine games this season with the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League. The Calgary product also played 31 games last season for the Tri City Americans, registering one goals and two points.
The Vees records drops to 11-4-1-1 and they’re now winless in their last five road games dating back to Sept. 14. They share first place in the Interior Division with the West Kelowna Warriors.
It’s now a thirteen day break for the Vees, as they don’t play again until Nov. 8 in Powell River, which starts of a three game Island Division road trip. The Vees don’t play at home until hosting the Nanaimo Clippers on Nov. 16.