Santerno scored his 7th goal of the week and 17th on the season in 6-1 loss to the Wild.
The Smoke Eaters saw first hand, on Saturday night, why the Wenatchee Wild are one of the hottest teams in the BCHL at the moment. The Wild have a potent offensive attack that results in several games where they have racked up 50 shots or more on their opposition. It was no different for the Smokies on Saturday night as the Wild fired 50 shots at Smokies goaltenders Zach Dyment and Linden Marshall. The Smokies managed only 20 shots on the Wild back-stopper, Garrett Nieto.
Despite being out-shot 21-5 in the first period the Smokies took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room after one period. Zach Dyment was instrumental in holding the Wild off the scoreboard in the first period. Luke Santerno, of the Smokies, kept up his scoring ways with Trail’s only goal of the game when he scored a power play goal at 17:35. Kale Howarth and Connor Brown Maloski assisted on the goal.
The Wild went on to score six unanswered goals in the next two periods for the 6-1 win. Mattherw Baker and AJ Vanderbeck scored in the second period. Charlie Combs, with his league leading 25 goals, Brian Williams with two goals and Matthew Baker with his tenth of the seasosn scored the Wild’s 4 goals in the third period. Marshall replaced Dyment with 10 minutes left in the third period.
The Smokies were still in the game after two periods behind only 2-1 but three goals in the first 3 minutes of the third period led to the loss. Curtis Toneff, assistant coach/GM of the Smokies, quoted, “Our guys stuck together until the end, when we got away from our game and it cost us.” “It was a good chance to gauge the best from the other division.” “A game like this we hope makes us better as a team in the long run.”
The Wild earned all three stars in the game with Brian Williams earning first star honors, Matthew Baker, second star and Jacob Modry, third star. Fortis Energy Player of the Game was Wild’s Colin Burnston.
After weekend games the Smokies remain in second place in the Interior Division with 25 points, 3 ahead of third place Vernon Vipers. Of note, the Smokies Luke Santerno is now in third place in scoring in the BCHL with 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points, 5 behind league leading Brendan Combs of the Wild. Smokies Kale Howarth is in sixth place with 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists. Josh Lamframboise is in 18th place with 25 points.
The Smokies are on the road this weekend with games in Powell River, Alberni Valley and Victoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. They return home for two games on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26. They host Chilliwack on Friday at the Cominco Arena. Game time is 7:30 PM. On Saturday they host the Merritt Centennials. Game time is 7:00 PM.