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Smokies double Warriors

The West Kelowna Warriors couldn’t come back from three first-period goals as the Trail Smoke Eaters swept their weekend home-and-home series with a 6-3 win at Cominco Arena Saturday night. 

The Smokies were first on the scoreboard as Kale Howarth backhanded the puck through the blocker side of Warriors netminder Nik Amundrud at 9:40 mark of the opening period.

Just 36 seconds later, Andre Ghantous put the Smoke Eaters ahead by a pair, redirecting a shot up and over the glove side of Amundrud. 

Trail opened up a three-goal lead on an odd-man rush, Blaine Caton sinking a shot glove side. 

The Warriors came back with a burst of energy in the second period, Cavin Tilsley scoring shorthanded as he put one past the blocker side of Smoke Eaters goaltender Tanner Marshall for his fifth goal of the season. 

The Smokies replied at 12:50 of the second, with a Mack Byers wrist shot making it a 4-1 game. 

Less than two minutes later, Michael Lombardi answered for the Warriors with a deke and juke for his 11th goal of the season. Marshall left the crease after that goal and was replaced by Adam Marcoux.

Before the period was out, the Smoke Eaters regained a three-goal lead on a give-and-go between Howarth and Levi Glasman. Howarth worked down the left side and feathered a pass to Glasman on the backdoor to make it 5-2 going into the third. 

The Warriors started the period on a power play, but couldn't convert on a couple of chances. But they did find the back of the net moments later as Jared Marino extended his point streak to eight games, slipping a backhand through the legs of Marcoux for his team-leading 16th goal of the season to make it 5-3. 

The Smokies capped off the scoring with a power-play goal from Spencer McLean at 10:05. 

The Warriors sit at 18-17-1-1 and open up 2018 with three games on Vancouver Island against the Victoria Grizzlies. 



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