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COMPLETE TEAM EFFORT – SMOKIES SINK EXPRESS – CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT

SANTERNO & LAFRAMBOISE CELEBRATE ONE OF TRAIL’S 8 GOALS

A complete team effort by the Smokies both offensively and defensively led to an 8-3 victory over the Coquitlam Express in front 1000+ fans at the Cominco Arena on Friday night in Trail. The win clinched a playoff spot for the Smokies. On the night it was a balanced attack for the orange & black, with 7 different players scoring the goals. Linden Marshall, third star in the game, anchored the defensive corps who had a solid game behind the blueline.

The Smokies opened the scoring in the first at 13:32 when Kale Howarth scored his 28th of the season with, first star of the game, Josh Laframboise and Luke Santerno assisting on the marker.  At 15:45 Josh Laframboise potted his 23rd of the year to make it 2-0.  Captain, Connor Brown Maloski and Luke Santerno assisted on the goal.

In the second Coquitlam narrowed the lead to 2-1 when Owen Stout scored his 7th of the season at 5:17.  It was as close as the Express would come on the night.  Mitchell Barker put Trail up 3-1 at the 9:40 mark of the period with his 10th of the season.  Connor Brown Maloski with his 32nd assist on the year and Jeremy Lucchini with his 9th assisted on the play.  At 11:07 Spencer McLean scored what proved to be the winning goal of the game with his 11th of the season.  Affiliate player, Bradley Ross, and Carter Cochrane assisted on the goal.

With a goal at 8:03 of the third the Express tried to make a game of it when Alex Ambrosio scored his 13th of the year to narrow the lead to 4-2.   However, the Smokies put the game out of reach scoring three unanswered goals over the next four minutes to take a 7-2 lead. Josh Laframboise scored his second of the game and 24th of the season at 8:40 to make it 5-2.  Assisting on the goal was Luke Santerno with his 3rd of the game and Jeremy Lucchini.  Braeden Tuck put Trail up 6-2 at 9:57 with his fourth of the season assisted on by Connor Brown Maloski and Mitchell Barker.  Korbyn Chabot with his fourth of the year made it 7-2 at 12:10 with assists going to Beaver Valley Nitehawk affiliate Bradley Ross and Ethan Martini.  It was Bradley’s second assist of the game and third of the season.  Express Luca Leone narrowed the lead to 7-3 at 18:20 with his 14th of the season.  The Smokies’ Ryan Moon rounded out the scoring for the orange & black at 19:22 with his 8th of the year assisted on by Korbyn Chabot and Braeden Tuck.

CHABOT BEGINNING TO FIND HIS KIJHL SCORING WAYS

First star of the game was Smokie’s Josh Laframboise with 2 goals and 1 assist on the night, second star was Trail’s Connor Brown Maloski with 3 assists and third star was Trail’s netminder Linden Marshall with 31 saves on the night.  Fortis Energy Player of the Game was Smokie’s Bradley Ross.  Luke Santerno had a strong game for the Smokies collecting three assists.

BRADLEY ROSS TWO ASSISTS ON THE NIGHT

With three Smokie defencemen out with injuries Jake Yuris, affiliate player from the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, filled in admirably for the Smokies playing a strong steady game on the blueline.  The line of Blaine Caton, Spencer McLean and Andre Ghantous had another strong night for the Smokies.  With a total of 87 points between them they have been one of the hardest working lines this season.

Fourteen of the 20 Smokie skaters figured in the scoring in the game which bodes well for the team going forward.   They travel to Vernon Saturday night hoping to avenge the three previous losses to the Vipers, and to extend their present winning streak to five games.  This will be the first of three games on the road for the Smokies before returning home to face the top two teams in the league next Friday and Sunday.  On Friday night they host the Penticton Vees.  Game time is 7:30 pm.  On Sunday they face the Wenatchee Wild.  Game time is 3:00 pm.

 

 

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