Castlegar's Aaron Hadley scored the winner late in the first period as Vernon defeated Trail 3-1 tonight, bringing an end to the Smokies' undefeated start to the month of February.
The Vipers got going 5:49 into the opening frame on Turner Lawson's first career BCHL goal. Hadley extended the lead before period end.
Clayton McEwan brought Trail back to within one eight minutes into the second period on the power-play. It was the captain's second goal of the season and first since December 3rd.
Vernon added insurance in the third period courtesy Brendan Persley, who sniped his seventh goal since joining the Vipers from WHL Victoria earlier this season.
Lyndon Stanwood made 31 saves for the Smokies in defeat.
Up Next: The Smokies receive their first visit of this season from the Prince George Spruce Kings, who arrive in Trail for a pair of games beginning Friday.
KIJHL Tonight: The Castlegar Rebels secured home-ice advantage in round one of the playoffs after a 3-0 home ice win over Grand Forks. Smokies tryout Peter Mingus scored the game-winner before the five-minute mark of the first period, but goaltender Dylan Quinn was sensational in goal for the Bruins, making 48 saves. Castlegar were without five regulars including Stuart Walton and Anthony Delong.
Stick-Tap: To Trail's Travis St. Denis and the Penticton Vees, who set a new BCHL record tonight with their 30th consecutive victory. The Smokies will face the Vees twice more this season, both games taking place in Penticton.