Scott Jacklin had a goal  as the Trail Smoke Eaters defeated the Westside Warriors 5-4 in overtime last night at the Cominco Arena.

Scott Jacklin had a goal as the Trail Smoke Eaters defeated the Westside Warriors 5-4 in overtime last night at the Cominco Arena.

Smokies overcome Warriors in OT

Mellor gets winner, Game 4 goes March 1, 7 p.m. at Cominco Arena.

He may have scored the most game-winning goals for Trail this season, but Sam Mellor’s overtime goal last night might be the one he remembers the most.Mellor cashed in on a Cominco Arena bounce two minutes and 10 seconds into the extra session and snapped a shot past Westside Warriors goaltender Kevin Boyle to lift the Smokies to a 5-4 win in Game 3 of their BCHL Interior Division quarter-final.Travis St. Denis scored twice for the Smokies, including a penalty shot marker, with Ben Matthews and Scott Jacklin adding singles.The series resumes tonight with Game 4 at the Cominco Arena beginning at 7 p.m.The teams return to West Kelowna on Thursday and, if necessary, will play Game 6 in Trail on Friday.The Smokies, who were playing without forward Cullen Bradshaw, appeared to be on the ropes when a Westside shot bounced in off of Matthews to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead just minutes into the third period.But Trail answered immediately on the power play when Matthews redeemed himself with a seeing-eye point shot that Boyle never saw.Trail got one more power play chance with 11 minutes left in regulation time and St. Denis made no mistake rifling a shot from the top of the faceoff circle to send the game into overtime.Trail carried the play through the first minute of overtime but it took some strong forechecking and a fortuitous bounce that set the stage for the winner.Westside tried clearing the puck by banking it around the boards but the puck deflected right into the slot and onto Mellor’s stick who showed why he was the Smokies’ leading sniper during the regular season.It was the fourth playoff game between these two teams at the Cominco Arena in the past three seasons. However, Monday was the first time the Smokies skated off the ice as winners.The two teams came out with a brisk and cautious start but it would be Trail taking advantage of its first great opportunity.With Trail on the power play and buzzing the Warriors’ goal, Westside forward Max French used his hand to cover up a loose puck in the crease.The referee signaled a penalty shot and Travis St. Denis didn’t disappoint.The Smokie forward moved in on Boyle and snapped a shot high on the stick side to give Trail a 1-0 lead.Westside tied the game just two and a half minutes into the second period cashing in on a Trail turnover, which led to Alex Grieve’s marker.Trail got that one back two minutes later on the power play. Kiefer Smiley started things with a long past from his crease, which set up the Smokies’ scoring opportunity. Jacklin tipped Mellor’s point shot to regain the lead.The Warriors answered with two power play goals of their own in a span of two minutes. French finished off a wild scramble in front of Smiley to knot the game again.Then at the 7:55 mark, Grieve potted his fifth of the series tipping in a point shot that knuckled past Smiley to put the Warriors out front for the first time in the game.Smiley faced 40 shots while Trail took 35 shots at Boyle.