It was a successful start to the season for the Trail Smoke Eaters as they picked up a point in a 4-3 overtime loss against Langley to open the Bauer-BCHL Showcase on Friday, but rebounded with a decisive 6-2 win over Cowichan Valley on Sunday.
Bryce Knapp and Braden Lamont each scored twice and Dustin Nikkel stopped 36 of 38 shots to lead the Smokies to their first victory of the season.
Cowichan struck first 19 seconds into the first period, but the Smoke Eaters would score six straight before Cowichan ended the scoring at the 11:30 mark of the third.
Lamont counted the first two markers for the Smokies before former Capital Travis Stephens made it 3-1 for Trail 10 seconds into the second frame. Knapp then popped in his pair before the period was out, and Trail tandem of Jake Lucchini and Riley Brandt set up Valik Chichkin on the power play to make it 6-1 Smokies 4:54 into the third.
Trail hosts the Penticton Vees for it’s first two regular season home games on Friday and Saturday at the Cominco Arena at 7:30 p.m. and again at home against Merritt on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
See Tuesday’s edition of the Trail Times for more Smokies action.