SMOKIES TAKE 4-0 FIRST PERIOD LEAD IN GAME FOUR
Game four in the best of seven series with the Vernon Vipers saw the Trail Smoke Eaters turn the tables on the Vipers from game three where Vernon skated to a 4-0 lead after the first period. In game four the Smoke Eaters did exactly the same to Vernon as they skated off with a 4-0 first period lead.
By 3:34 of the first period on Tuesday night the Smokies had a 3-0 lead. Luke Santerno opened the scoring at 1:10 potting his 6th goal of the playoffs with assists going to Connor Brown Maloski and Jeremy Lucchini. Just 37 seconds later Smokie’s Mitchell Barker scored his 4th goal of the playoffs with AP, Brady Berger and Jeremy Lucchini assisting on the play. At 3:34 Connor Brown Maloski scored his 8th goal of the playoffs to make it 3-0 for the Vipers. Ross Armour collected his 5th assists of the playoffs and Jeremy Lucchini his 8th assist and third of the game. It was the first of two power play goals by the Smokies. AP player, Brady Berger, rounded out the first period scoring for the Smokies with his 1st of the playoffs giving Trail a 4-0 lead. Mitchell Barker and Troy Ring assisted on the goal.
Vernon’s Jimmy Lambert scored at 16:29 of the second period to make it a 4-1 game. Steven Jandric scored a disputed goal at 18:24 to narrow Trail’s lead 4-2. It appeared that the Vernon player pushed the puck in with his hands and/or body.
Trail’s Ross Armour scored early in the third period, 1:02 to give the Smokies a 5-2 lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the way. It was the second power play marker for the Smokies in the game. Carter Cochrane collected his 12 assist along with goaltender Zach Dyment on the play.
First star of the game was Trail’s Connor Brown Maloski, second star was Steven Jandric of the Vipers and third star was Smokies’ Brady Berger. All three players had a goal and an assist in the game. Ross Armour was named the Fortis Energy Player of the Game. Honorable mention for star category should go to Trail’s Zach Dyment who faced 42 shots on the night miking 40 saves.
ZACH DYMENT, 40 SAVES ON THE NIGHT – HONORABLE STAR MENTION-
In the lineup for the Smokies were affiliate players Brady Berger of the Grand Forks Border Bruins and Jacob Bouchier of the Revelstoke Grizzlies. Berger, an 18 year old, 6′ 4″, 190 pound forward had 9 goals and 23 assists in 43 with the Border Bruins this season. Bouchier, a 17 year old 6′ 1″, 170 pound defenceman had 2 goals and 12 assists in 41 games with the Grizzlies this season.
AP PLAYER, BRADY BERGER HAS BEEN MAKING HIS PHYSICAL PRESENCE FELT
Three Smokies are in the top five in playoff scoring. Carter Cochrane is tied for first with two other players with 14 points, Luke Santerno has 13 points and Connor Brown Maloski has 12 points.
The Smokies now travel to Vernon for game five of the series on Thursday night in. Game time is 7:00 pm. If the Smokies should win, game 6 will be in Trail on Friday night at the Cominco Arena.