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CMCHL 2007-2008 - News Item

Silverbacks Start Season Off with an NDK Bang.

Well the 2007-2008 CMCHL season has begun and the Heritage Silverbacks look to end a common trend among expansion teams in recent history, they hope to win.  With future superstars, goalie Glenn MacDonald and center Andre Larose, and seasoned veteran, and "Cup" champion Justin Penner picked up off waivers from the TWU Bombers, the Silverbacks look to upset as many teams as possible this season.  They have depth in their lineup that few past expansion teams have had.  They rank, at the beginning of the season, right at the Talent Cap league average which means that they will battle for a win every night.

Week 1 saw the Backs come up against a very tough North Delta Knights squad that has been overhauled in the offseason with the acquisitions of Mike Kirkpatrick and Mark Everlinas, and sending defensemen Tore Jacobsen and Nathan Sather to the Silverbacks to play on the second line with Justin Penner.  The outcome in game one was a 4-2 nailbiter with the Knights capping off the win with an empty net goal by Ryan Tam.  Along with the overhaul, NDK also employed a strict offseason regiment for its players and sent the message that no player was given a guarantee to return come September.  The team listened and improved in every department.  Goaltending specifically was a weakness for the Knights last season but with some modernization of equipment and an emphasis on the butterfly style, Nathan Hudson has established himself as a solid number one goalie in the CMCHL.

In the first week the Silverbacks suited up only 9 skaters and used a strictly defensive style.  Week 2 saw the Backs bring out a full squad and it was the Knights who were missing some key goalscorers and playmakers.  However, Jeff Sobolik took command with a 5 point performance, including 4 goals, to lead the Knights to  a final score of 6-4 and a series sweep.

In Week 3 the Silverbacks went hunting for their first win and locked horns with last year's Cinderella story, the KCC Cougars.  The Cougars fielded a strong team, adding three substitute players to their stunted roster and had two solid lines rolling all night.  Their top line of Justin Vandiermen, Josh Vandiermen, and "Islanders Jersey" trophy winner Jason Heida, was too much for the Silverbacks and they fell 5-2 to the dominant offensive barrage.  Once again Glenn MacDonald played a fantastic game for Heritage and has been the most valuable player on the ice for a team struggling to find line chemistry and put pucks in the net.

As Week 4 approaches, the Silverbacks are faced with the possibility of falling to 0-4.  It only takes looking back one year to find a similar start to the season with the North Delta Knights who did not win a game until after the All Star Break.  The Backs are hoping that they can reverse the tide to prevent a similar season to the 1-18-1 mark that the Knights hold as the all time worst record in the history of the New CMCHL.

Attachment - NDK vs SIL