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PREVIEW – Smoke Eaters Looking For A Better Result In Wenatchee

The name of the game will be try and stay out of the penalty box and don’t give the officials a reason to send you there, as the Smoke Eaters will wrap up their two game set against the Wenatchee Wild.

Season Series against Wenatchee

Oct. 7 Wenatchee 5 at Trail 7 Final
Nov. 23 Wenatchee 3 at Trail 2 Final
Nov. 25 Trail 4 at Wenatchee 5 Final SL OT
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

While the Smoke Eaters weren’t as undisciplined as the penalty tally suggested, they’ll be going into tonight’s game knowing that they can’t gave the officials any excuses to send them to the penalty box. Despite all that, the Smoke Eaters made a game of it on Friday night after falling behind 3-0. Hunter had one of his best games of the season scoring twice and adding an assist in the comeback effort. The test for the Smoke Eaters will be defensively as they lost Jordan Hendry to a major penalty and a game misconduct, that unless reviewed by the BCHL could mean he is unavailable for Saturday’s game. Again it will be about how the Smoke Eaters start, their first shift last night was exactly what they needed to set the tempo, being in the Wenatchee end for 30 seconds, but a turnover in their own zone after the Wild cleared ended up in their net. They’ll look to avoid a similar start tonight.

Smoke Eaters leading scorers:

Fechko (7-11-18)
Hunter (6-12-18)
Parsons (7-9-16)
Remissong (8-7-15)
Cobetto-Roy (6-8-14)

The Wenatchee Wild, now running a 6 game win streak will look to close out the weekend with another win, that would launch them into sole position of sixth place in the Interior conference and two clear of the Smoke Eaters. While the Wild got some bodies back in the lineup it was still Parker Murray doing the work for the Wild, scoring twice in the first period while Ean Somoza scored the shootout winner. While they won’t be happy with giving up their three goal lead, or only scoring once on 11 powerplay opportunities, the wild still played a decent game and got rewarded with the extra point. Vlaha was strong again in the Wild net, we’ll see if the Wild coaching staff risk him playing all three games this weekend, or if Millward is available.

Wild leading scorers:

Somoza (8-17-25)
Weilandt (9-11-20)
Littler (10-9-19)
Hejduk (5-13-18)
Murray (6-8-14)

Puck drop from the Town Toyota Centre win Wenatchee Washington is 6:05. Catch all the action as the Smoke Eaters look to regain their positional lead on the Wild in the Interior Conference standings.