Trail Smoke Eaters Connor Brown-Maloski celebrates after wiring a shot past Salmon Arm goalie Nic Tallarico as the Smokies took Game 1 of the BCHL series 4-2.

Trail Smoke Eaters take Game 1 over Salmon Arm

Kale Howarth scored the winning goal in a 4-2 Smoke Eaters victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday at the Cominco Arena.

The Trail Smoke Eaters overcame an early 1-0 deficit to take Game 1 of the BCHL Interior Division series.

Trail fell behind barely five minutes into play when Nathan Iannone scored on the power play, firing in a big rebound off a quick pad save by Smokies goalie Linden Marshall.

Trail stormed out of the gate in the second period. Luke Santerno tied it on a tip in off a Carter Cochrane shot, and Connor Brown-Maloski gave the Smoke Eaters the lead when he burst down the right wing and wired a shot from the face off dot over the arm of Tallarico two minutes later.

Four minutes into the third period, Kale Howarth broke down the right side, cut in front of the net and slipped it under Nic Tallarico for a 3-1 Smoke Eater lead, and what proved to be the game-winning goal for the home side.

The Silverbacks pulled their goalie with three minutes remaining, but the move backfired as Josh Laframboise scored into the empty net at 2:52 for a 4-1 lead. The Silverbacks Elijah Barriga cut the lead to two with just seven seconds remaining, as time wound down.

Trail and Salmon Arm return to the Cominco Arena tonight for Game 2 of the Interior Division quarter final with the puck drop at 7 p.m.


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