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PREVIEW – Smoke Eaters Host Vees In Lone January Home Game

Smoke Eaters return home to face the league leading Penticton Vees as they search for their first win of 2023.

Season Series Against Penticton:

Sep. 23 Trail 1 at Penticton 7 Final
Oct. 29 Trail 3 at Penticton 9 Final
Nov. 12 Penticton 2 at Trail 1 Final SL OT
Jan. 13 Penticton at Trail 7:00 pm PST
Mar. 4 Penticton at Trail 7:00 pm PST

The Smoke Eaters make a pit stop on home ice to face the Vees. After tonight the Smoke Eaters will finish the rest of the month on the road as they’ll head to Salmon Arm for a test against the Silverbacks tomorrow night. But first up on the weekend is the Penticton Vees, who escaped Trail with a 2-1 shootout win back in November. That marks now three consecutive games, dating back to the postseason last year, where the Smoke Eaters and Vees played to a 2-1 final in Trail. The Smoke Eaters however will be hoping they can change things up and come away on  the winning side of the results. Like the game in November the Smoke Eaters will be shorthanded on the weekend with Mathieu Cobetto-Roy suspended for both games this weekend and Trey Fechko still out with an injury.

Smoke Eaters leading scorers:

Cobetto-Roy (9-19-28)
Hunter (8-20-28)
Remissong (13-10-23)
Fechko (9-14-23)
Parsons (10-12-22)

The Vees come to Trail after splitting last weekend in the BCHL’s most northern location, Prince George, as they won 3-0 on the Friday night but would lose 3-0 on Saturday. It was the first time the Vees have been shutout this season with their other two defeats coming against Wenatchee and Cranbrook where the Vees still managed a goal on the night. The Vees Nadeau brothers, Josh and Bradley continue to lead the leaf in scoring, with both clear of 60 points already in 33 games, just shy of a 2.00 points per game average. Those two along with Suniev, are the leagues top three points scorers and will be the focus of the Smoke Eaters defencemen.

Vees leading scorers:

Nadeau (27-37-64)
Nadeau (22-41-63)
Suniev (23-29-52)
Moravec (18-16-34)
Tinling (10-16-26)

It’s the fourth meeting of the season between the Smoke Eaters and the Vees and the first meeting of 2023 as both teams come off a loss, looking to get back in the win column. The BCHL is proud to be back on Shaw as tonight’s game will be available on the Shaw Community Spotlight, HockeyTV or listen on Mixlr.com with Ben Phillips and Rob Squires starting at 6:45pm.