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After the Buzzer – Vipers Shut Out Silverbacks in Preseason Matchup

Salmon Arm, BC:  One would normally think offense would prevail in the early stages of the preseason, tonight however the Vipers needed just one goal as they downed the Silverbacks at the Shaw Centre.

“The group played with pace and energy,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.  “This was a very rewarding win that every player can feel good about.  Our challenge will be to come out tomorrow and play with that same spirit.”

Jordin Palmer had the only goal midway through the second period when he ripped home a hard shot from the left circle.  Adam Csabi drew the lone assist after a puck battle was won along the boards.

“Getting that first one definitely feels good, especially being in the first game” says Palmer.  “It’s a good jump from prep school, but I’m starting to settle in.”

In goal Colin Reay got the start and finished with 13 saves before giving way to Dylan Adams.  Adams had a nice performance to keep the shut out bid to the final buzzer with 13 saves of his own.

The Vipers powerplay finished 1 for 4, while the penalty kill was 1 of 1.

It definitely looked like the first game action for some of the Silverback players.  As expected plays just weren’t as sharp as usual.  The team defended exceptionally well considering a good portion of the roster had never played a junior game before.

Ryan Grout was very solid in the Salmon Arm goal crease.  The 16 year old from Sturgeon County, Alberta made 34 saves on 35 shots.

These two teams will tangle again Saturday night at Kal Tire Place at 6pm.