After playing their best game of the season back on November 28 vs the West Kelowna Warriors the Smokies have gone on a seven game skid. Last night, in a game they should have won, the Smokies dropped a 5-3 decision to the West Kelowna Warriors. The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on goals by Kylar Hope, Kristian Blumenschein and Josh Bly. Trail got one back at 17:06 of the period on a goal by Jake Lucchini with assists going to Cooper Leitch and Charlie Zuccarini.
The Smoke Eaters fought back to a tie the game at three in the second period with goals by Jake Lucchini and Charlie Zuccarini. Cooper Leitch and Ryan Swanson assisted on the Lucchini goal while Jake Lucchini and Cooper Leitch assisted on Zuccarini's marker. The Warriors took a 4-3 lead on a goal by Andrew Johnson at the 15:06 mark of the period.
The Warriors salted away the 5-3 win at the 6:54 mark of the third on a power play goal by Andrew Johnson.
Trail outshot the Warriors on the night 30-29 that included a 12-4 edge in the second period. Trail went 0 for 2 on the power play while West Kelowna went 1 for 6.
Jake Lucchini took third star honors with his two goals and one assist. The line of Lucchini, Zuccarini and Leitch were in on all three goals and had a strong night for the Smoke Eaters.
Trai's next home game is on Saturday night, December 20, at the Cominco Arena against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Game time is 7:30 PM. Friday, the Smokies travel to Salmon Arm for the first game of the home and home series. The team will be taking their Xmas break after the Saturday game and return to the Cominco Arena on December 28 for a game against the West Kelowna Warriors. The draw for Trail's $30,000 - 50/50 lottery will take place at this game. If all tickets are sold the winner could win $15,000.