The Trail Smoke Eaters Adam Ulfsax drives hard to the net while Jake Lucchini tries to dig out a loose puck in the Smokies Selkirk College game Tuesday.

The Trail Smoke Eaters Adam Ulfsax drives hard to the net while Jake Lucchini tries to dig out a loose puck in the Smokies Selkirk College game Tuesday.

Smoke Eaters and Saints meet in lively match

The Trail Smoke Eaters outlasted the Selkirk College Saints in an 8-6 victory in the first exhibition match of the season.

On the strength of a couple of goals from Bryce Knapp and Braden Pears, the Trail Smoke Eaters skated to an 8-6 victory over the BCIHL’s Selkirk College Saints Tuesday at the Cominco Arena.

The historic game marked the first exhibition match of the season, and the first game ever played between the two teams. It was a wide-open affair, but full of hard hits, and intensity, a good test for both teams. However, the Smokies youth and conditioning eventually wore down the Saints who made a spirited comeback to tie it 6-6 in the third before allowing two late goals, including the winner to defenceman Nathan Browne.

See more on the Smokies – Saints matchup in Thursday’s edition of the Trail Times.