Sunday, March 11, 2012

Chiefs 5 Smoke Eaters 2

Chilliwack scored 4 unanswered goals to snatch victory from the Smokies Sunday in the final game of the regular season.

Jaret Babych scored a pair of second-period markers and was named the game's #1 star.

Chilliwack started early with a power-play marker from Spencer Graboski, who deflected home a Tyler Miller point shot with his shinpad.

Trail equalized later in the opening frame though, as Tanner Clarkson unleashed a wrist shot from the top of the left circle over the shoulder of Chilliwack netminder Bryton Udy.

Trail took a 2-1 lead early in the second when Riley McDougall banged home a rebound shortly after Erik Cooper struck iron.

But 17 seconds after Trail took the lead, the Chiefs answered back courtesy of Babych. His line with Garrett Forster and Jeremy Gossard was buzzing all night.

Derek Huisman converted a corner feed minutes after Babych's tying goal to give the Chiefs the lead, then Babych would add his second to give the home team a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.

Malcolm Gould scored the only goal of the third period on a wraparound, tucking a puck underneath Trail goaltender Lyndon Stanwood for his team-leading 36th goal of the season.

Despite the scoreline, Trail generated chances, hit posts, and both goaltenders made several good saves in a game that seemed far from meaningless despite its lack of effect on the Interior Conference standings.

Tonight also marked the BCHL finales for Cooper and captain Clayton McEwan. Both 20 year-olds logged 172 regular-season games in the league, and both will be remembered as tenacious competitors who wore the Smokie crest with pride and represented the team and the community well. I'm sure the fans in Trail will remember both guys as not only hard-working players, but quality individuals off the ice too.

Up Next: the team will hold its awards banquet Wednesday evening with Spring Camp set for the end of the month at Cominco Arena.

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