A gutsy effort by the Smokies in Penticton tonight fell just short in a 4-2 setback to the Vees.
Trail opened the scoring on a power-play goal from Kyle Horsman (his first tally since opening night against the Westside Warriors) before Penticton's Steven Fogarty tied things up on a short-handed marker late in the opening period.
The score stayed static until midway through the third, when Vees leading scorer Connor Reilly and fellow Minnesotan Joey Benik put pucks home in a 46-second stretch.
Smokies captain Clayton McEwan brought Trail back to within one later in the frame, but with 2 and a half minutes left in the third period the Vees received insurance courtesy of former Victoria Grizzlie Wade Murphy.
Trail goaltender James D'Andrea made 39 saves and was named the game's first star. Even though the shot disparity was wide (43-19 by game's end), the game hung in the balance until the final few minutes of the third period. Even though the end result might be disappointing, the scoreline is surely an indication this team is capable of skating with anyone in the BCHL.
Up Next: Trail pays a visit to Merritt Friday. Four of Trail's last nine games of the season are against the Centennials (2 in each barn).