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PREVIEW – Smoke Eaters Look For Revenge Down In Wenatchee

The Smoke Eaters ran into a hot goaltender on Wednesday night when they hosted the Wenatchee Wild, now as the season series switches to Wenatchee for the next two games, the Smoke Eaters are hoping to flip the script and get back in the win column.

Season series versus Wenatchee

Oct. 7 Wenatchee 5 at Trail 7 Final
Nov. 23 Wenatchee 3 at Trail 2 Final
Nov. 25 Trail at Wenatchee 7:05 pm PST
Nov. 26 Trail at Wenatchee 6:05 pm PST
Dec. 2 Wenatchee at Trail 7:00 pm PST
Mar. 24 Trail at Wenatchee 7:05 pm PDT
Mar. 25 Trail at Wenatchee 6:05 pm PDT

The Smoke Eaters will need a better start. While a slow start against Wenatchee on Wednesday night wasn’t a definitive factor in the loss, here on the road against the Wild they can not afford to be slow out of the gates especially with these points meaning so much. The Wild sit just one point behind the Smoke Eaters with two games in hand as we approach the halfway mark of the BCHL season. The Smoke Eaters got a lot of strong performances up and down their lineup on Wednesday night and they’ll need more of that as they go into this weekends back to back set against the Wild. Judah Makway made his long awaited return on Wednesday and didn’t look out of place which is a positive for the Smoke Eaters. That plus another strong performance from Teagan Kendrick has the Smoke Eaters trending in the right direction. Now they just need to capitalize on the chances they are creating.

Smoke Eaters leading scorers:

Fechko (7-11-18)
Parsons (7-9-16)
Remissong (8-7-15)
Hunter (4-11-15)
Bushy (3-11-14)

Despite a depleted lineup, that may still be depleted come puck drop on Friday night, the Wild will be happy with their effort and the result as they’ve now won five games in a row. Head coach Chris Clark said before the game Wednesday that the difference as of late for his group has been the consistent 60 minute effort they’ve been getting. While they probably didn’t get that on Wednesday, the Wild still came flying out of the gate, weathered a second period barrage from the Smoke Eaters and held firm in the third period for a 3-2 win. Andy Vlaha played a large part in the victory making 40 saves on the night and with Owen Millward amongst those questionable for the game on Friday Vlaha is likely to get the opportunity for an encore performance. 

Wild leading scorers:

Somoza (8-15-23)
Littler (10-8-18)
Weilandt (9-9-18)
Hejduk (4-12-16)
Dombrowski (6-7-13) 

Catch all the action from the Town Toyota Centre in Wenatchee Washington on a American Thanksgiving weekend as the Smoke Eaters look to restore their three point lead on the Wild, and keep pace with the Vernon Vipers. Puck drop is set for 7:05 in Wenatchee, catch the game on HockeyTV or listen for free on Mixlr.com