ABOVE THE SMOKIES SWARM CHILLIWACK’S NET IN A NOVEMBER WIN OVER THE CHIEFS IN TRAIL BUT WERE NOT SUCCESSFUL IN CHILLIWACK LAST NIGHT.
At Prospera Centre in Chilliwack last night the Smokies found themselves down 5-1 at the 1:37 mark of the third period. Trail scored two goals just 80 seconds apart at 6:22 and 7:42 with hopes of mounting a comeback but fell short in that bid.
In an evenly played first period the Smokies took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room on a goal by Mitchell Barker, assisted on by Connor Brown Maloski.
The second period was all Chilliwack as they scored 4 unanswered goals. By the 7:30 minute mark of the period Chilliwack had built up a 4-1 lead on goals by Justin Dixon, Jake Smith, Cole Poliziani and Powell Connor while outshooting the Smokies in the period 17-6.
Chilliwack’s, Jake Smith, scored at 1:37 of the third to go ahead 5-1. At this point the Smokies could have folded their tent but instead they they fought back and with two quick goals at 6:22 and 7:42 gave notice to the Chiefs that we are not giving up. Smokie’s, Carter Cochrane, scored his 10th of the season at 6:22 with Luke Santerno assisting on the goal. It was the one and only power play the Smokies had. At 7:42 Spencer McLean scored his 10th of the season with the assist going to Andre Ghantous. With Trail pressing, the Chiefs salted the game away at 17:43 on a goal by Cole Poliziani to skate away for the 6-3 win.
First star of the game went to the Chief”s Jake Smith with two goals, second star went to the Chief’s Linden Hora and the third went to Jason Dixson of Chilliwack. Fortis Energy Player of the Game was Chilliwack’s Justin Dixson.
Unfortunately for the Smokies, just after Chilliwack’s final marker, Trail’s captain, Connor Brown Maloski, was assessed a match penalty. If the penalty stands Maloski will have to miss the next three Smokie games.
Trail is in Coquitlam tonight for there third game of the road trip and are hoping to rebound with a win after losing the firs two games of the trip.