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PREVIEW – Smoke Eaters Look To Hit Back In Game Four

After a narrow game three loss the Smoke Eaters will be eager to come out flying on Tuesday night, as they look to tie the series up at 2, before heading back to Penticton.

Playoff series

Game 1 – Mar 31 Trail 5 at Penticton 3 Series 1-0 Trail
Game 2 – Apr 1 Trail 1 at Penticton 5 Series Tied 1-1
Game 3 – Apr 4 Penticton 2 at Trail 1 Series 2-1 Penticton
Game 4 –  Apr 5 Penticton at Trail 7:00 PM PDT
Game 5 –  Apr 7 Trail at Penticton 7:00 PM PDT
* Game 6 –  Apr 9 Penticton at Trail 7:00 PM PDT
* Game 7  – Apr 11 Trail at Penticton 7:00 PM PDT

The Smoke Eaters will know that game four is there for the taking after a positive performance in game three that saw them come up short. Defensively neither team gave up a lot, but it was the Vees in the second period that were able to control the bouncing pucks and create opportunities from them, leading to their two goals. The Smoke Eaters had their chances in the third period, hitting two posts and having a handful of other opportunities to tie the game. Teddy Lagerback scored the Smoke Eaters lone goal on the night, as he’s added two goals in the last two games. Ethan Warrener continues to shine on the back end, after hitting the crossbar in the third he added another assist to his name, giving him three so far in this postseason.

Penticton held on in the third period, but also played a simple style, after conceding the first Smoke Eater goal it was mostly red line and out for the Vees, who weren’t taking any chances. While they did hang on for the win they also protected the lead well to see out the third period. Game three again showed not much separates these two teams. The Vees will know though that they’ll need to put forth another strong performance if they are to head back to Penticton for game five with a series lead.

Smoke Eaters – 1-2

Warrener (0-3-3)
Lagerback (2-0-2)
Michaelis (1-1-2)
Strobel (1-1-2)
Wolford (0-2-2)

Powerplay – 1/12

Penalty Kill – 9/14

Vees – 2-1

Wilson (1-4-4)
McDonald (2-1-3)
Eisele (1-1-2)
Suniev (2-0-2))
Moravec (1-1-2)

Powerplay – 5/14

Penalty Kill – 11/12

Puck drop for game four of the Interior Conference Quarter-Finals goes tonight at 7pm as the Smoke Eaters look to even out the series on home ice before heading back to Penticton for game five. Get your tickets at Tickets.trailsmokeeaters.com. As always catch all the action on BCHLTV, Shaw and on the Smoke Eaters Mixlr starting at 6:50pm.