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PREVIEW: Smoke Eaters look to bounce back against the Bucks

It’s game two of the Kootenay Cup as the Smoke Eaters look to bounce back after dropping game one on Friday night.

KOOTENAY CUP SCHEDULE

Oct. 16 Cranbrook @ Trail – 3-0 L
Oct. 17 Cranbrook 7:00 pm @ Trail Memorial Centre
**Oct. 24 Cranbrook @ Trail 7:00 pm @ Trail Memorial Centre
Oct. 30 at Cranbrook 6:00 pm @ Western Financial Place
Nov. 7 at Cranbrook 6:00 pm @ Western Financial Place
**Nov. 21 at Cranbrook 6:00 pm @ Western Financial Place            Nov. 27 at Cranbrook 6:00 pm @ Western Financial Place

After failing to score last night the Smoke Eaters will be looking for a bit more puck luck tonight. It wasn’t for a lack of effort through 60 minutes as the Smoke Eaters put 32 shots on the Cranbrook net and dominated the first period. As the game progressed it was clear the line of Quinn Disher, Zack Feaver and Zach Park was a perfect fit for each other. The pairing created multiple scoring chances and brought energy on ever shift. While that line might not stick together for tonight as both teams rotate their lineups, it’s another positive for head coach Tim Fragle. The Smoke Eaters will also look to get the powerplay going tonight as well. It hasn’t been without it’s chances on the man advantage for the Smokies but they’ll look to turn those chances into goals.

For the Bucks, they’ll be riding a high as they collected their first win in franchise in Friday’s 3-0 win. Jacob Zacharewicz will also be on that high given his strong performance last night. While we may not see Zacharewicz tonight his performance will still impact the Bucks going into game two. The Bucks were consistent for 60 minutes, while they may have been outplayed in the first they still came out with a 1-0 lead. They then took their chances as the game went on scoring a crucial goal in the second before playing a near perfect third period, adding the insurance goal and outshooting the Smoke Eaters 17-5 in the third. They’ll look to repeat that tonight as they look to take game two of the Kootenay Cup.

Game two of the Kootenay Cup goes tonight at the Trail Memorial Centre, with the pre-game show starting at 6:50 on HockeyTV and Mixlr. Join Ben Phillips and Rob Squires for the call of tonight’s game. Puck drop just after 7pm.

** Game date changes. The October 24th game, previously scheduled in Cranbrook has been changed to be played in Trail. The November 6th game in Trail has been moved to the 21st and will be played in Cranbrook.