Monday, 27 January 2014

A different team.

Once again, fans of the Trail Smoke Eaters saw a different team than the one that took the ice the weekend prior.

Trail was outscored 8-2 in a pair of weekend outings, moving their losing streak two four.

The Smokies welcomed the defending BCHL champion Surrey Eagles Friday, seven days after beating them in their barn.

It would be a much different story however, as the Smoke Eaters couldn't muster much offense and were shutout 3-0.

The orange and black were out shot 38-31 in another stellar performance by Adam Todd between the pipes.

However, the Smokies couldn't give Todd any support on the score clock.

The club had many opportunities in the first period that they just couldn't bury and if they had the aforementioned great play of their puck-stopper could have stolen them a win had they established a lead at some point.

Trail would try to change their luck on the road Saturday but things went from bad to worse against the powerful Penticton Vees.

It was just two weeks ago that these two sides met in the Silver City, to which at one point the Smokies held a 2-0 lead, but would eventually fall 3-2 to Penticton.

However this time, would never hold an advantage on the scoreboard and allowed their opponents to score four unanswered goals, for a final of 5-2.

The Vees almost doubled the Smoke Eaters in shots, 43-22.

Trail will look to at least find some positives again when they visit the Merritt Centennials Tuesday night before the weekend sees them in Vernon Saturday and returning home to face Merritt again on Saturday.

They last time the orange and black faced off against Vernon, the earned a 4-1 win over the Vipers - a team that will host the RBC Cup this spring.

However, the Centennials have owned the Smokies this season, winning four of five meetings so far and outscoring Trail 22-10.

The next broadcast will be for the second game against Merritt, Saturday February 1st. Puck drop is 7:30.

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