It was the epitome of Murphy’s Law.
Whatever could go wrong, did for the Trail Smoke Eaters in Powell River.
The Kings scored three shorthanded goals in the first period, while opening a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes, on their way to an 8-0 victory.
The shorthanded markers resulted from offensive zone turnovers that resulted in odd-man rushes and in one case, a 2-on-0 breakaway. The other goals were from close range and the high slot, scored by players with clean looks. The second period was scoreless.
The Smokies had chances. They hit three goal posts in the first two periods on a night the puck luck was not theirs.
The Kings, who came into the game with the BCHL’s top rated power play, added two goals with the man advantage in the third period, in addition to an even strength marker.
Powell River was 2-for-4 on the power play and killed off all four Trail advantages.
Anthony Yu led the Kings with two goals and now has six on the season to go along with 16 assists.
Noah Eyre and Anthony Lucarelli each had a goal and two assists.
Tresor Wotten made 31 saves to pick up the shutout and his first win of the season.
Trail’s starting goaltender Teagan Kendrick was pulled after the 3rd and 7th goals, stopping 19-of-24 shots. Ryan Parker stopped 8-of-11 shots.
The Smokies swing into Chilliwck tonight to take on the Chiefs, who are coming off a 3-2 Friday night win in Surrey, handing the Eagles their first loss of the season.
Game time is 6 p.m. PT. It can be heard on Mixlr and watched on FloHockey.