The Trail Smoke Eaters finished a season sweep of the West Kelowna Warriors on Monday with a 5-2 victory. Jim Bailey photo.

Trail Smoke Eaters complete season sweep of Warriors

Kent Johnson’s three-point game surpasses 100-point mark for Trail Smoke Eaters

It turned out to be a productive Family Day for the Trail Smoke Eaters on Monday as they completed the season series sweep of the West Kelowna Warriors with a 5-2 victory.

The road win is a good bounce back effort for the Smokies after falling by the identical score to the Coquitlam Express on Saturday. Even more so with Trail missing two key components of their special teams in captain Philippe Lapointe and Max Kryski, who stayed home due to illness.

Related read: Smoke Eaters shut out Bulldogs, fall to Express

Kent Johnson led the way with three assists, surpassing the 100-point milestone with 41 goals and 60 assists on the season, while Owen Ozar tallied twice. Johnson, a Michigan commit, feasted on the Warriors this season tallying 22 points in six games.

Chase Dafoe scored the game winner on the power play, tipping in a Cody Schiavon shot for a 3-1 lead at 13:20 of the second period to give the Beverly, MA. native his sixth goal and 12th point.

The results had little impact on the Interior Division standings as the Smoke Eaters have long since clinched the second seed in the Interior Division and will play the seventh seed cross-over Prince George Spruce Kings, while the eighth seed Warriors face the Interior’s top seed Penticton Vees in the first round of the BCHL playoffs.

Related read: Smoke Eaters commit to three players, take on Warriors next

The Warriors got off to a promising start when Holden Kodak sniped a cross-ice feed past Trail goalie Matteo Paler-Chow just 2:39 into the opening frame.

However, Matt Osadick evened things up banging in a rebound at 9:38 off a Schiavon point shot, as Trail held a 13-11 shots advantage through 20 minutes.

The Smokies came out determined in the second, and Ozar finished a pretty passing play with Mike Colella and Johnson for a 2-1 lead midway through the period, minutes before Dafoe notched the game winner.

Warriors forward Brendan Pigeon scored his ninth of the year to cut the lead to one at 3:56 of the third, but Ozar’s 24th goal at 9:22 and Jaden Senkoe’s tally with four minutes remaining iced the game for the Smoke Eaters.

Trail outshot the Warriors 41-33 and went 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Johnson, Schiavon and Ozar were named the game’s three stars.

Trail next plays the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday, their last regular season home game, before heading to Merritt to finish off the season against the Centennials.



sports@trailtimes.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Q&A: Interior Health CEO answers questions on COVID-19 response

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health, answers questions regarding COVID-19

Air Canada extends suspension of flights in and out of West Kootenay Regional Airport until April 30

It’s still unknown if flights will resume at Castlegar’s airport on May 1

School District 20 to improve childcare services for those working in emergency services

The district has launched a survey to aid in the consultation process

Trail closes all sani-dumps

City is focusing on maintaining core services

Kiwanis, Ferraro Foods helping Trail seniors stay safe

Kiwanis rallies to provide Trail seniors grocery delivery service

B.C. couple celebrates 61st anniversary through seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

Interior Health confirms five additional cases in Okanagan COVID-19 outbreak

The total amount of confirmed cases at Bylands Nurseries Ltd. is 19; no further cases expected

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

ANKORS East Kootenay details concerns surrounding harm reduction amid COVID-19

Harm reduction providers are having to keep up with rapidly changing situation

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Most Read