Salmon Arm takes two from Vipers

The Surrey Eagles snuck one out in Powell River while the Salmon Arm Silverbacks keep rolling as the BCHL conference finals began over the weekend.

In Vernon, former Trail Smoke eater coach Tim Kehler has the Silverbacks firing on all cylinders as they grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Interior Conference final.

Goaltender Kris Moore, who has played every minute for Salmon Arm in the playoffs, chalked up his first post-season shutout as the Silverbacks blanked the Vernon Vipers 6-0 on Saturday.

Moore, who has won 10 of 11 playoff games this year, stopped 38 shots in Friday’s 5-3 win in Game 1 and all 34 shots by Vernon in Game 2.

The 20-year-old from Calgary has been the main reason for Salmon Arm’s playoff success leading the Silverbacks over Merritt and Penticton. Facing an average of 37 shots per game, Moore sports an incredible 93.8 save percentage.

Salmon Arm takes a 2-0 series lead into their home rink for games tonight and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Eagles gained a huge split against Powell River on Saturday.

Despite being outshot 41-18, Surrey’s Daniel Gentzier scored 40 seconds into the first overtime period to give the Eagles a 2-1 win and even the series with the Kings at one game apiece.

Powell River had shorthanded goals on Friday during a 4-2 victory.

That best-of-seven series will shift to Surrey for games tonight and Tuesday.