Bucks lose tight Interior Conference showdown in Salmon Arm on Friday night

📸: Tim Matwey / Cranbrook Bucks

Two nights after suffering a tough 4-3 overtime loss to the Penticton Vees, the Cranbrook Bucks continued their Interior road trip against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday night.

It was the first meeting of the season between Cranbrook and Salmon Arm, and the sixth all-time matchup in a rivalry that saw the Bucks win four out of five games against the Silverbacks last season.

The home side got off to a strong start on Friday, as Salmon Arm got goals from Aiden Lindblad at 10:12 and Owen Beckner at 17:15 to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

Cranbrook was able to get on the board past the midway point of the second period when Kellan Hjartarson redirected a Carsyn Good shot into the Silverbacks’ net.

Hjartarson’s fourth goal of the season was assisted by Good and Noah Quinn to get the Bucks within a goal at 14:43 of the middle frame.

That would be as close as Cranbrook would come against a tough Interior rival on Friday night, as the pair of first period goals proved costly.

Despite outshooting Salmon Arm in all three periods, including a 17-6 margin in the third period, the Bucks suffered a tight 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Silverbacks.

Cranbrook’s second consecutive loss dropped its record to 7-4-1 on the season overall.

With his assist on the Bucks lone goal, Good now has points in two straight games.

Cranbrook is back in action on Saturday night in Vernon to wrap-up the road trip.

The game boxscore can be seen here from the BCHL website, while the game recap from the Bucks’ website is here.

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