It wasn’t conventional, but the Smoke Eaters get the job done as they take a game 5 of the Kootenay Cup 6-5 in overtime.
Skipping past a scoreless first period it was the Bucks who opened the scoring just 10 seconds into the second as Michael Hagen beat Terness over the shoulder. The Bucks doubled their lead 46 seconds later with Dane Dowiak, who’s continued to stand out over the last few games, beating Terness on the right side just 56s into the second period. Then four minutes later Briggs Gammill added his 3rd of the preseason putting the Smoke Eaters into a 3-0 hole. At that time Head Coach Tim Fragle called a timeout to settle down his troops, a timeout that proved pivotal. The Smoke Eaters trailing 3-0, just five minutes into the second, then hit the comeback trail. Firstly Jordan Hendry got the Smoke Eaters on the board with his first of the year.
The Smoke Eaters built off that goal with Quinn Disher scoring on the powerplay two minutes later, also notching his first of the season and first as a Smoke Eater. Then with six minutes left in the period Jaden Senkoe scored his first with a beauty to tie the game at 3, erasing the 3 goal deficit.
The Smoke Eaters kept pushing from there as they leveled the score and looked for the go ahead goal. That goal came in the final minute through Ben King, in just his second game sent the Smoke Eaters gave them a 4-3 lead as he jumped off the bench took the puck from Moger and put it past Nathan Airey.
The Smoke Eaters, facing a rough start and a 3-0 hole, quickly turned that around and took a 4-3 lead to the third. In the third another newcomer to the Smoke Eaters in Mitchell Prowse scored the Smokies second powerplay goal of the night, giving them a 5-3 lead and a two goal cushion. The Bucks would push back getting two goals in the final ten minutes to push this game to overtime. It was almost the Bucks though who had a go ahead goal in the final minutes of the third, but Terness came up with a stellar diving blocker save to keep the game tied at 5.
In overtime things were over fairly quickly as the Bucks took a penalty just seconds into the extra frame giving the Smoke Eaters another powerplay. It was then captain Cody Schiavon, who scored the winner.
The Smoke Eaters now lead the Kootenay Cup series 3-2 with now two weeks before their next game against Cranbrook. The are back in action with a game scheduled against the Merritt Centennials on Thursday November 12th.