The West Kelowna Warriors got behind early and could never comeback as they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Trail Smoke Eaters on Thursday night at Cominco Arena.
The Smoke Eaters opened the scoring in this game, one of their four first period goals. Kale Howarth began the scoring at the 11:03 mark of the opening frame, beating Warrior netminder Shane Farkas with a backhand shot over his shoulder for a 1-0 Smoke Eater lead.
Luke Santerno added to the Trail lead, making it 2-0 at the 13:26 mark as his left circle shot found daylight past Farkas to extend the Smoke Eater lead by two.
The Smokies got ahead by three at the 17:41 mark of the 1st period as Braeden Tuck finished a nice feed from Mitchell Barker from the bottom of the face-off circle to make it a 3-0 Smoke Eater lead.
Santerno would get another before the period was out at the 19:28 mark with a diving goal past Farkas to push the Smoke Eaters advantage to four and finish Farkas’ night after the opening period was out, allowing six goals on ten shots and affiliated back-up Josh Bolding relieved Farkas.
The Warriors began their comeback in the second period as Chase Dubois found a loose puck in the bottom of the circle and outwaited Smoke Eater goaltender Zach Dyment for his 7th goal of the season and cutting the Trail lead to 4-1 at the 4:21 mark of the middle stanza.
West Kelowna got within two as Peter Tomaras’ left wing shot was deflected in by Jared Marino, as the puck hit him going toward the goal for his 3rd marker of the campaign and a 4-2 Smoke Eater lead at the 9:44 mark of the middle frame.
Quin Foreman shrunk the Trail lead to just one after a misplay by a Trail defender let Foreman pick up a loose puck at centre and fire a shot to the low blocker side for his 14th goal of the season and a 4-3 Smoke Eater advantage at the 11:29 mark of the 2nd period.
The Smokies had an answer just 1:21 later as Josh Laframboise converted on a power play, tapping in a backdoor feed from Howarth to extend the Trail lead back to two goals at 5-3 at the 12:50 mark of the 2nd period.
The third period saw no scoring from either side as the Smoke Eaters held on for a 5-3 victory over the Warriors. Shane Farkas started in goal, allowing four goals on ten shots before Josh Bolding relieved him, making 20 saves on 21 shots. Zach Dyment picked up the win for the Smoke Eaters, saving 18 of the 21 shots fired his way for his 8th victory of the season.
The Warriors (9-11-0-1) have the rest of the week off before a big stretch of six games in nine days starts on Friday, November 18th when the Warrior host the Vernon Vipers (9-10-0-2).