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PREVIEW – Smoke Eaters Head To Penticton For Game Five Down 3-1 in the Series

The Smoke Eaters head to Penticton with one goal in mind, and that’s bring Penticton back with them for a game 6 on Saturday night, as they face elimination tonight at the SOEC.

Playoff series

Game 1 – Mar 31 Trail 5 at Penticton 3 Series 1-0 Trail
Game 2 – Apr 1 Trail 1 at Penticton 5 Series Tied 1-1
Game 3 – Apr 4 Penticton 2 at Trail 1 Series 2-1 Penticton
Game 4 –  Apr 5 Penticton 2 at Trail 1 Series 3-1 Penticton
Game 5 –  Apr 7 Trail at Penticton 7:00 PM PDT
* Game 6 –  Apr 9 Penticton at Trail 7:00 PM PDT
* Game 7  – Apr 11 Trail at Penticton 7:00 PM PDT

After back to back edge of your seat 2-1 games on home ice that went against the Smoke Eaters, they’ll now head to Penticton with their season on the line. The argument can easily be made that at the very least this series should be tied at two, whether it was game three or game four, the Smoke Eaters had the game within their grasp but had to painfully watch it slip away. Regardless of the that they now have one thing on their mind and that’s to extend their season a few more days. It’ll be a week ago tonight that the Smoke Eaters walked into Penticton and stole game 1 by a score of 5-3. They’ll be hoping to replicate that performance again tonight.

The Vees however have held the Smoke Eaters to just one goal a game for the last three after allowing five in game one. The Smoke Eaters know that they’ll need their big guns to step up tonight and find the back of the net. The Vees have gotten that with Nadeau and Moravec finding the score sheet in game four, giving the Vees the edge they needed. They’ll know however that the fourth game is the hardest to win and this series has been anything but easy for either side. Kaeden Lane will need to continue his great play of late has he’s been a big reason why the Vees have been able to jump out to a 3-1 lead. The Smoke Eaters will look to get after him early again tonight to try and force a game six.

Smoke Eaters – 1-3

Warrener (0-3-3)
Cunningham (2-0-2)
Lagerback (2-0-2)
Michaelis (1-1-2)
Strobel (1-1-2)

Powerplay – 1/13

Penalty Kill – 10/15

GF: 8

GA: 12

Shots: 106

Vees – 3-1

Wilson (1-5-6)
McDonald (2-1-3)
Moravec (2-1-3)
Eisele (1-2-3)
Nadeau (0-3-3)

Powerplay – 5/15

Penalty Kill – 12/13

GF: 12

GA: 8

Shots: 144

Puck drop for game five of the Interior Conference Quarter-Finals goes tonight at 7pm as the Smoke Eaters look to extend their season and play in front of the best fans in the BCHL at least one more time. As always catch all the action on BCHLTV, Shaw and on the Smoke Eaters Mixlr starting at 6:50pm.