Max French and Brett McKinnon each had 4-point nights as West Kelowna struck early and often in a 9-2 win over the Smokies at Royal LePage Place.
The Warriors scored 4 times inside the first 8 minutes, shell-shocking the visitors and chasing Trail starter Braden Krogfoss before Garrett McMullen drew Trail back to within 3 before the opening frame was out.
West Kelowna would tack on two more in period two, outshooting the Smokies 29-8 in the process.
Period three saw much the same, as the Warriors tallied three times (twice on power-plays) before Brent Baltus rounded out the scoring with less than five minutes left.
Tyler Briggs made 12 saves on his return from injury, while Lyndon Stanwood made several big saves in the Trail goal in relief.
In all, it was the type of game this team needs to forget, especially in light of a busy weekend still yet to come that will demand much more if Trail is to find success.
My 3 Stars:
1. Max French, West Kelowna
2. Brett McKinnon, West Kelowna
3. Ambrose Firkus, West Kelowna
Up Next: Trail returns home to face the Vernon Vipers Saturday at Cominco Arena. Game time is 7:30.
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