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Preview: Smoke Eaters look for 6 against high flying Capitals

The Trail Smoke Eaters will look to extend their win streak Friday night in Duncan as they take on the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

They’ll be in tough as they take on a Cowichan side that has been off to a hot start as the Capitals sit second in the league with 18 points.

Regular season vs Cowichan

October 11th @ Cowichan Community Centre – 7pm

December 20th @ Cominco Arena – 7pm

Last season 1-1/ Last five years 5W – 2L – 1OTL

The Smoke Eaters come into the weekend in fine form winning five in a row and finding the net plenty of times over that stretch as well. It will be a different task tonight however with a Cowichan team that started 8W-2L through their opening ten games. The Smoke Eaters will have to get through two time player of the week Zachary Borgiel, the Cowichan netminder who has been on fire to start the year. He will have to contend with the Smoke Eaters snipers who as of late have been the best in the BCHL.

Kent Johnson comes into the weekend tied for first in the league in scoring with 19 points while line mate Mike Colella, who had 5 goals and three assists last weekend at the BCHL Showcase in Penticton, sits right behind him with 18 points. Johnson, who is riding a five game point streak has 16 points over his last five games. Colella and DiMurro also carry a five game point streak while Owen Ozar has the longest  active streak in the league at six games. Goaltending has also been strong for the Smokies with both Buskey and Terness sharing the load and keeping the puck out.

The Smoke Eaters are kicking off a 3-in-3 this weekend with games tonight in Cowichan, Saturday night in Victoria and a Thanskgiving Sunday afternoon match up against the Surrey Eagles.

The Capitals as mentioned got off to a hot start but have dipped slightly with 1W-2L record in their last three games and are coming off a loss to the Alberni Valeey Bulldogs last Saturday night. The were mostly shut out by a hot goaltender in Glassford for the Bulldogs who made 47 of 48 saves on the night. The Capitals are yet to lose back to back games this season and will look to keep it that way when the Smoke Eaters hit the ice tonight. The Capitals top line of Cote, Gauthier and Lynn have been the offensive trio for the Capitals to start the year combining for 35 points between the three of them.

Puck drop is at 7pm from the Cowichan Community Centre. The game can be caught on HockeyTV and Mixlr with Ben Phillips starting at 6:50 with coaches comments. Don’t miss it as the Smokies look to make it six in a row tonight in Duncan.