Monday, September 29, 2014 - Submitted by Trail Smoke Eaters
Interior Division teams dominated Mainland and Island division teams at the Bauer BCHL showcase and going into this past weekend Penticton, Salmon Arm and Trail were undefeated. Smoke Eater coach, Nick Deschene, was confident going into the weekend that if the team put their best foot forward they would have a successful weekend. The Smokies did just that on Friday evening against the Penticton Vees but came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 decision.
The Smokies dominated the Vees for most of the game on Friday outshooting them 32-21, but could not solve the Vee's goaltender, Hunter Miska. The teams played to a scoreless first period before Trail struck first just 13 seconds into the second period. Trail's captain, Scott Davidson scored on a feed from Craig Martin and Charlie Zuccarini. Penticton tied the game at 3:21 of the second on a goal by Steen Cooper, assisted on by Joshua LaFramboise. LaFramboise scored what proved to be the winning goal for Penticton at 19:51 of the second. Despite Trail dominating the third period Demico Hannoun scored at 4:56 of the third to seal the win for Penticton. Adam Todd faced 21 shots in the Trail net while Hunter Miska faced 32 shots in the Penticton net. Joshua LaFramboise of Penticton was named first star of the game, Scott Davidson of Trail, second star and Hunter Miska third star.
On Saturday night Salmon Arm turned the tables on Trail and with their relentless checking kept Trail off balance for most of the game. Salmon Arm scored at 17:38 of the first period and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. They struck again at 2:50 of the second on a goal by Shane Danyluk. Trail mounted a comeback scoring two goals in as span of three minutes. Jake Lucchini scored at 12:48 of the second with a power play marker assisted by Bryan Gerstenfeld and Dallas Calvin. Dallas Calvin tied the game at 15:43 of the period on a highlight reel goal from Jake Lucchini and Ryan Swanson. Salmon Arm struck quickly and scored what proved to be the winning goal just 59 seconds later by Nick Hutchinson. Taro Hirose added an insurance marker for Salmon Arm at 17:15 of the third. Angus Redmond of Salmon Arm faced 25 shots in goal while Adam Todd faced 32 shots in the Trail net. First star honours went to Angus Redmond of Salmon Arm, Jake Lucchini took second star and Taro Hirose of Salmon Arm took third star.
If this weekend's play is any indication there will be a dogfight all season for the four playoff spots and it looks like this year's edition of the Trail Smoke Eaters will be in that dogfight until the end.
Trail's next home game is on Friday October 3 vs Cowichan Valley. Game time is 7:30 PM at the Cominco Arena.