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The Trail Smoke Eaters earned a hard fought point in an O/T loss to the Penticton Vees at the South Okanagan Events Center on Wednesday night.  With six regulars out of the lineup the Smokies, again, rose to the occasion against the top team in the interior division to force overtime and earn them a much needed point in their fight for third place in the standings.  Linden Marshall, third star of the game, made several key saves throughout the game to preserve a 3-2 lead until the 19:02 mark of the third.   He was especially heroic in the third period when the Vees out-shot Trail 18-2. It took a power play and an extra attacker by the Vees to knot the game at 3 and send it into overtime.

Penticton got on the board first at 7:30 of the first period when the Vees James Miller walked in from the point and fired a screen shot past Marshall.  The Smokies tied the game at 1 when Kale Howarth picked up a rebound in the crease and put it behind Matthew Robson in the Penticton net.  The rebound was a direct result of the hard work by Andre Ghantous who took the initial shot on net from the slot.  Connor Brown Maloski also assisted on the goal.  The Smokies took a 2-1 lead at 15:54 of the first when Ryan Moon, along with Blaine Caton and Spencer McLean completed a three-way passing play that started in the Trail end.  It was Moon’s 9th goal of the season and his 3rd against the Vees this year.

In the second period the Vee’s, Ty Amonte, picked up a rebound in front of Marshall after a shot by Owen Sillinger and put it behind Marshall to tie the game at 2.  Just 18 seconds later Smokie’s Korbyn Chabot took a long lead pass from Ryan Warner, got in behind the Vee’s defence and scored on a partial breakaway to put Trail up 3-2.  It was Korbyn’s 5th goal of the season and a goal that would stand until 19:02 of the third when the Vee’s scored to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Penticton got the only goal of the third period when Owen Sillinger scored on a power play to tie the game at 3.  In addition to the extra man on the power play the Vee’s pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and put them up 6 players to 4.

First star of the game was Penticton’s Gabe Bast, second star was Chris Klack and third star was Trail’s Linden Marshall who face 49 shots and made 45 saves on the night.   Fortis Energy Player of the Game was the Vee’s Grant Cruikshank.

Out of the lineup for Trail, with injuries, was Ross Armour, Tyson Slater, Kyle Chernenkoff, Mitchell Stapley and Ryan Murphy.  Josh Laframboise was sitting out the first game of a 4 game suspension he received after being assessed a questionable hit to the head penalty in the game against Salmon Arm the previous night.

In the lineup for the Smokie’s was affiliate players, Justen James of the Creston Valley Thunder Cats and Simon Snyman of the Okanagan Hockey Academy.

The most exciting games Trail has had this season have been with Penticton and both teams will get to do it all over again in Trail on Friday night at the Cominco Arena.  Game time is 7:30 pm.