Scott Davidson scored twice for the Trail Smoke Eaters Friday to lead the Smokies to a thrilling 7-5 win over the Merritt Centennials.

Scott Davidson scored twice for the Trail Smoke Eaters Friday to lead the Smokies to a thrilling 7-5 win over the Merritt Centennials.

Trail Smoke Eaters fall to Penticton but beat Merritt in barn burner

The Trail Smoke Eaters split a pair of Interior division games this weekend with a 7-5 win over the Centennials and a 6-2 loss to Penticton.

The Trail Smoke Eaters split a pair of games with Interior division teams on the weekend beating the Merritt Centennials 7-5 at the Cominco Arena Friday night before bowing to the Penticton Vees 6-2 at the South Okanagan Centre in Penticton Saturday.

The Smokies blew a 4-1 third period lead Friday, but managed to stave off a Centennials comeback thanks to a late goal by Scott Davidson broke a 5-5 tie and an insurance marker by Bryan Basilico with less than a minute to play sealed the deal for the Smokies.

Davidson was named the game’s second star for scoring twice on the night, and Jake Lucchini had a three-point night with a goal and two assists for first star honours. The Smokies Adam Todd stopped 21 shots on the night while the Cent’s Anthony Pupplo made 24 saves.

On Saturday night in Penticton, the Vees broke open a 1-1 game with three goals in the second period despite being outshot by Trail 12-8. They added two more in the final frame to claim a 6-2 victory.

Viktor Dombrovskiy had a two-point night with a couple of helpers, while Davidson and Charlie Zuccharini scored for Trail. Cody DePorqu and Riley Alferd each scored twice for the Vees while Hunter Miska stopped 24 shots for the win.

See Tuesday’s Trail Times for more on the Smokies.