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PREVIEW: Smoke Eaters Look To Bounce Back Against The Bucks

As the Smoke Eaters begin what will be three straight back to back sets, they’ll take on the Bucks looking to get back in the win column following Friday’s loss to the Vees.

Season schedule vs the Bucks

Apr. 4 Trail @ Cranbrook 5-3 L
Apr. 7 Cranbrook @ Trail 8-3 W
Apr. 10 Trail @ Cranbrook 4-2 W
Apr. 16 Trail @ Cranbrook 4-3 W
Apr. 19 Cranbrook @ Trail 5-3 W
Apr. 25 Trail @ Cranbrook 4:00 pm PDT
Apr. 28 Cranbrook @ Trail 7:00 pm PDT
May. 1 Cranbrook @ Trail 6:00 pm PDT
May. 5 Cranbrook @ Trail 7:00 pm PDT
May. 7 Trail @ Cranbrook 7:00 pm PDT

While the Smoke Eaters are coming off a score line that doesn’t accurately reflect their efforts in Friday nights loss, they’ll still be hungry to get back in the win column. The Smoke Eaters played a strong structured game on Friday that allowed them to stay with the Vees and keep it close right to the end. What plagued them was the lack of offensive opportunities that they created prior to their final push to try and tie the game at the end. With that the Smoke Eaters will once again look to even out their record as they take on the Bucks coming off a 3-2 loss to the Vees. The Smoke Eaters have found most of their success as well with quick starts, with two of the last three games seeing the Smoke Eaters take a 3-0 lead over the Bucks in the first period. The last outing had the Smoke Eaters needing to step up in the second period to restore their lead and take the win. Despite having the time off the Smoke Eaters did, they are still a little nicked up and that will continue to effect Tim Fragle’s lineup selection with a back to back ahead of them.

Smoke Eaters leading scores:

Disher (6-4-10)
Wakeford (4-6-10)
Helliwell (3-6-9)
Hunter (4-3-7)
Szeto (2-5-7)

The Bucks will encouraged from their previous two performances, both against the Vees with one being a win. Midweek the Bucks took the Vees past regulation to a shootout and won 1-0 on the goal from Walker Gelbard. Then Saturday night against the Vees the Bucks came back from 2-0 down to tie the game in the second period before a Jacob Quillan goal in the 3rd propelled the Vees to the win. The Bucks continue to be a team that never goes away, despite the score line. Something the Smoke Eaters are well aware of with the Bucks turning early 3-0 deficits into a much closer game than the Smoke Eaters would have liked. The Bucks will be looking to build off their last few games as they head into today’s game against their Kootenay rivals.

Bucks leading scorers

Kindrachuk (3-6-9)
Gelbard (2-7-9)
Dyck (3-2-5)
Bentham (2-2-4)
Burgin (2-2-4)

The Smoke Eaters and Bucks hit the ice at 4pm and you can catch all the action on BCHLTV, Shaw Spotlight and on Mixlr starting at 3:45pm.