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A touch of inclement weather plus Team Canada competing for (and ultimately winning) a Gold Medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship kept some Salmon Arm fans away from Shaw Centre on Friday night, but the 894 fans who did show up saw the home team post a 3-0 shutout win over the Wenatchee Wild, the BCHL’s most potent offense.

The Wild doubled up the Silverbacks in shots on goal in the first period by a 12-6 margin, with both goalies called on to make some key stops. Salmon Arm grabbed the 1-0 lead at the 1:22 mark of the second period when Tanner Campbell threw a wide-shot rebound back in front for Julian Timba who snapped it home. In the third period, Campbell redirected a Timba pass over the glove of Seth Eisele for a 2-0 lead with just under 6 minutes to play, and shortly after a bouncing puck sprung Salmon Arm’s top scorer Rhett Kingston on a breakaway that he lifted under the crossbar for the final 3-0 score. The Wild outshot the Silverbacks 30-21 but were shutout for the first time since Feb. 11, 2017, a 2-0 loss at Penticton. The back to back defeats are the first consecutive losses in the team’s last 27 games, a string that has helped propel them into second place where they currently stand, six points behind the first place Vernon Vipers.

Wenatchee (25-11-2-1) concludes their three-game road trip at Penticton on Saturday. Following that, the Wild will have 9 of their next 10 games on home ice beginning next Friday and Saturday against West Kelowna. Group ticket packages for all games are on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825.