When: Dec. 2, 7:30 PM
Where: Cominco Arena, Trail
An admittedly short gameday package today because of the breaking trade involving the Smokies that was announced this morning. Watch for that in a separate post later today.
Trail will try for a third straight win tonight when they open a 2-game home series against the Chilliwack Chiefs.
The Smokies are coming off a 4-3 thriller against Merritt Wednesday that had just about everything: 2 breakaway goals, a penalty shot, and a 21-save third period from Lyndon Stanwood.
Tonight they face another hard-working, and physical squad in the form of the Chiefs, who are coming off a 3-2 victory in Prince George Wednesday night. And like the Merritt matchup, I'd expect another close encounter if the Smoke Eaters are able to match the consistency displayed over the last two games.
I chatted with a pair of Smokies after Wednesday's game. To hear Marley Keca's thoughts click here, and for Erik Cooper click here.
Last Meeting: A back and forth affair in Chilliwack on October 28th was capped off by a Trevor Hills OT winner to give the Chiefs a 4-3 victory. Adam Fares, Taylor House and Cooper scored for Trail.
Our Opponent: Chilliwack comes in having lost two of three games (both against Penticton), but bring a hard-nosed style of play to the rink every night. David Bondra, whose father Peter is best known for his years with the Washington Capitals, leads the charge offensively with 27 points while Malcolm Gould and Derek Huisman are both at or over a point-per-game pace. Ontario import Mitch Gillam has gotten the bulk of the starts in goal and has posted an impressive 2.95 GAA. He was the goaltender of record in Chilliwack's 4-3 victory in late October.
In the Press Box: The Smokies are again without forwards Fares, Josh Roberts and defenseman Brandon Egli. Forward Clayton Chessa missed Wednesday's game but is hoping to draw back in tonight. Chilliwack does not have any listed injuries.
Broadcast Info: Join me for the pay-per-view and/or free audio beginning at 7:30 here, while the Chiefs broadcast will be live on 89.5 the Hawk.
Local Hockey Tonight: Three KIJHL teams in action this evening, two on local fronts. Beaver Valley is at Fernie in a clash of first-place teams (that's part of a home-and-home set that sees the two sides in Fruitvale tomorrow). Castlegar hosts the Princeton Posse (7:30, Complex) while Grand Forks entertains the Golden Rockets (7:30, Grand Forks Arena).