Despite limiting the opposition to just 13 shots, a pair of third period goals from Teddy Lagerback and Coalson Wolford was the difference as the Trail Smoke Eaters edged the Prince George Spruce Kings by a 3-2 score at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.
PG: Twenty-six seconds into the game, a Nick Rhéaume shot was initially stopped by goaltender Evan Fradette, but the rebound found Simon Labelle in tight at the right of the goal to make it 1-0 Spruce Kings. Labelle’s fourth of the year was assisted by both Rhéaume and Rowan Miller.
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TRA: The Smoke Eaters were able to get the puck into the offensive zone, and a Josh Schenk shot from the right circle was stopped by Jordan Fairlie, but the rebound came to Christian Lowe and went backhand to forehand and slid it under Fairlie to tie the game at one. Lowe’s first of the season was assisted by both Schenk and Adam Parsons at 7:48.
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TRA: Chris Kolbelka was able to find Quinn Disher who threw it to the goal from the right boards, Fairlie padded it aside, but the rebound came to Teddy Lagerback at the bottom of the left circle and ripped it off the back bar and passed Jordan Fairlie to give the Smoke Eaters a 2-1 lead. Lagerback’s fourth of the year was assisted by both Disher and Kolbelka at 9:52.
TRA: Off a faceoff win, the puck came to Evan Bushy at the left point, his shot went intentionally wide and Fairlie redirected the puck right to captain Coalson Wolford in the high slot and went top corner to put the Smoke Eaters up 3-1. Wolford’s third of the year was assisted by both Bushy and Charlie Strobel at 12:38.
PG: Nick Rhéaume got the puck at centre ice and sprung it ahead for John Herrington who wheeled down the left wing and drove the puck to the goal and by Fradette to put the Spruce Kings within one. Herrington’s ninth of the season was assisted by Rhéaume at 15:26.