Trail Smoke Eaters acquire size and speed up front

The Trail Smoke Eaters improved their chances of securing a playoff spot with the signing of two new players last week.

The Trail Smoke Eaters got bigger and better last week, welcoming 1995-born forwards Bryan Basilico and Dylan Mascarin to the fold.

Basilico, from Macomb, Michigan, joins the Smokies from the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. The 6’3” forward played his midget hockey with the Belle Tire organization based in Detroit, and was a member of the Honeybaked U18 squad during the 2011-12 season. Basilico has skated in 21 career USHL

games with Sioux Falls, Des Moines and Green Bay, scoring 2 points.

Mascarin, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, split last season with the SIJHL’s Thunder Bay North Stars and CCHL’s Smiths Falls Bears, scoring 16 total points in 24 games. Mascarin was a fifth-round selection of the Plymouth Whalers in the 2011 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection draft and played his midget hockey with the same Thunder Bay AAA Kings program that produced second-year Smokies forward Bryce Knapp.

Basilico and Mascarin are the second and third new forwards acquired by the Smoke Eaters in the last week. Nakusp product Greyson Reitmeier (96) played his first game in Trail colours Saturday in Prince George after being signed from the KIJHL’s Fernie Ghostriders last Wednesday. The 6’3” forward skated with the BCMML Kootenay Ice last season.