The Smoke Eaters won a very crucial divisional game against Salmon Arm on Wednesday in Trail. The win moved Trail into second place in division standings where only three points seperate second place from last place. The fight for the four playoff spots in the Interior division will go down to the wire and every divisional game could mean the difference between securing one of those spots or not.
Trail jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Craig Martin and Brandon Volpe. Martin scored a power play goal at 13:14 of the first with assists going to Viktor Dombrovskiy and Ryan Swanson. Volpe scored what proved to be the winning goal at 14:45 assisted by Conner Wynne and Stephen Ryan.
Salmon Arm pulled within one at 5:55 of the second period on a goal by Ross Heidt with assists going to Alex Astasiewicz, and Nicholas Josephs. Craig Martin scored his second goal of the game at 5:33 of the third assisted by Jake Lucchini and Charlie Zuccarini. Jake Lucchini put the icing on the cake with an empty net goal at the 19:00 minute mark of the third. Assists went to Craig Martin and Charlie Zuccarinin.
Adam Todd made 28 saves in the Trail net, and took third star honours on the night. Craig Martin of Trail was named first star with 2 goals and an assist on the night. Griffyn Martin of Trail was named second star. Viktor Dombrovskiy of Trail was named Fortis Energy Player of the game.
Billed as "Wacky Wednesday" the Smokies offered an across the board $5.00 admission, special $3 and $5 Spud Shack and Concession specials. In addition, all fans in attendance were eligiable to purchase tickets on the raffle of a used mini-van donated by AM Ford. The vehicle was valued at $5,000.00. Only 1500 tickets were available and completely sold out. Bob Whyte of Trail was the winner of the van.
The Smoke Eaters are on the road this weekend with a return match against Salmon Arm on Friday and then on to Prince George for a game on Saturday.
Trail's next home game is on Friday October, 31 vs the Merritt Centennials. Game time is 7:30 PM at the Cominco Arena. Merritt is currently tied with Trail for second place but Trail has one game in hand.