The Trail Smoke Eaters turn around a first period deficit to pick up win number 30 as they knock off the Wild 4-3.
In the first, the Smoke Eaters thought they had scored on a opening power play but had the goal waived off by the referee behind the net. The Wild would be the ones to open the scoring at 12:51 on a power play goal of their own. Brian Adams was in the right spot at the right time as he put home a rebound to make it 1-0. The Wild would score just 34 seconds later on a 2-on-1 as Harrison Scott made it 2-0. The Smoke Eaters got on the board late as Kent Johnson’s cross crease pass hit a stick and went into the Wenatchee net making it 2-1.
In the middle frame Matt Osadick continued his impressive play as of late, picking up his third goal in six games for the Smoke Eaters. Osadick scored with a power play marker at 2:03. Osadick put one five-hole on Daniel Chenard as he took the pass from Briere in the slot. Wenatchee would retake the lead at 11:30 of the second with a goal from Luke Ormsby making it 3-2. The Smoke Eaters then got a crucial goal with just three seconds left from Philippe Lapointe to tie the game at 3 going to the break.
The Smoke Eaters picked up the lone goal in the third period, as they held on to win. Mike Colella scored the winner with his 21st of the year as Johnson went after his own rebound behind the net and threw it out front for Colella. The Wild pushed late but the Smoke Eaters and Matteo Paler-Chow held firm for a 4-3 win.
The Smoke Eaters will do it all over again as they will face the Wild Saturday back at the Town Toyota Centre.