Trail Smoke Eaters start year on promising note

Trail Smoke Eaters pick up three of four points to start 2012

After failing to win a game in December, the future is starting to look a little brighter for the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Smokies picked up points in each of their first two games of 2012. They netted a single point for the 5-4 overtime loss to Salmon Arm Wednesday, and then skated to a 3-2 victory over the Victoria Grizzlies Saturday at the Cominco Arena .

Lyndon Stanwood stopped 31 shots earning the game’s first-star and Tanner Clarkson added two goals to lead the Smoke Eaters to their first win since Nov. 29.

The Smokies played well defensively despite the loss of defenseman Tanner Hicks who was sent to the Brookes Bandits on Friday for future considerations.

Hicks, 19, logged lots of minutes for Trail since he was acquired in a five-player deal back in October from the Alberni Bulldogs, and led the D in scoring with 13 points in 25 games.

A Calgary native, Hicks will join former Smoke Eater forwards Ryan Luiten and Matt Wilkins on a Bandits lineup that leads the South division in the AJHL and could go deep into the playoffs.

In the three-way deal, the Smoke Eaters added another young forward, getting Riley McDougall from the Calgary Canucks. McDougall has 17 points for the Canucks this season and was in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies where he notched his first point, an assist on Clarkson’s second goal.

“He’s a top six forward, super excited to come in here and fill a role of some much needed offence that we’ve been lacking,“ said Smoke Eater coach and GM Bill Birks. “The deal was too good to turn down; I didn’t want to get rid of Tanner Hicks but on the other hand we’ve got to look at what we’re doing here, we got younger and some futures on the back end of it that makes us younger, bigger and better for next year.”

With the Jan. 10 trade deadline looming, the Smokies may still make some moves depending on what they are offered in return, said Birks on Sunday.

“It’s pretty quiet right now, but it will start getting busy tomorrow and Tuesday. If something makes sense we’ll do it, if not, I’m pretty happy with what we got right now.”

With the Smoke Eaters enjoying a healthy lineup for virtually the first time all season, they out shot their opponent in both games, were solid defensively and received strong goaltending, a good sign for the future.

“We got lots of young kids, playing in lots of situations they’re not use to, but it builds confidence and that’s the biggest thing they need right now.”

The Smokies next home game is against Coquitlam on Friday.

BCHL notes – Former Smoke Eater Daniel Delbianco netted the winning goal in OT to lead Alberni Valley to a 3-2 win over the Langley Lumbermen.

Trail native Logan Proulx scored a pair of goals for the Cowichan Valley Capitals, adding an insurance marker in a 3-1 win against the Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday and scoring the winning goal in 7-4 victory over the Alberni Bulldogs Friday. Trail’s Travis St. Denis also led the Penticton Vees to their 20th straight win, scoring twice in a 6-2 victory over the Chilliwack Chiefs.

KIJHL – The Beaver Valley Nitehawks picked up a pair of victories on the weekend.

On Friday, Hawks goalie Zach Perehudoff registered his second shutout of the season and Chris Johnson scored a pair to lead the Hawks to a 3-0 victory over the Princeton Posse.

The Nitehawks then clobbered the Columbia Valley Rockies 11-2 on Sunday. Justin Niminiken, Craig Martin and Dallas Calvin each netted two goals and two assists, for three four-point nights.

The Nitehawks play in Grand Forks Thursday, then host Kimberley and Castlegar on Friday and Saturday respectively.

 

Just Posted

Work has begun on the $10-million, 120-kilometre fibre-optic line from Playmor Junction to north of Nakusp. File photo
Work begins on Slocan Valley fibre-optic line

The $10-million, 120-kilometre fibre-optic line runs from Playmor Junction to north of Nakusp

Prince Charles Secondary School
School District 8 votes in favour of name change for Secondary School in Creston

In an act of reconciliation, a new name will be chosen for Prince Charles Secondary School

A B.C. police officer shows an approved roadside screening device. Photo: Saanich News file
Woman caught passed out behind the wheel in Trail

Police located the 38-year old in her parked but still running car, and had to rouse her awake.

Jade Osecki leading a Fridays for Future climate march in Nelson in 2020. Photo: Submitted
Nelson Grade 12 student Jade Osecki wins Suzy Hamilton Award

Carolyn Schramm was also honoured in this year’s environmental award for West Kootenay women

Photo courtesy of Mercer Celgar
Mercer Celgar to install new technology thanks to $4.5 million in federal funds

Project features process to improve fibre processing and address regional fibre availability issues

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Most Read