Brent Baltus upped his team-leading goal total to 12, and Lyndon Stanwood made 33 saves as the Smokies upended the Silverbacks 5-2 in Salmon Arm Saturday.
Trail got going early after Luke Sandler deflected a point shot through Silverback goaltender Colin Dzijacky, then two minutes later Connor Collett wristed home his second goal in three games.
The hosts replied midway through the opening frame on a hot slapshot from Harlan Orr from right wing, but 2 minutes after that on a 2 on 1 Baltus roofed a puck after a crisp feed from linemate Garrett McMullen to up Trail's lead to 3-1.
Baltus would return the favour for the only goal of period two. McMullen stepped out of the penalty box and was sprung in alone, wristing a shot past Dzijacky into the top corner to give the Smokies a 4-1 lead thru two periods.
Blake Box would score on a third-period power-play as Salmon Arm applied near-constant pressure on Stanwood, but the 19 year-old stood tall, stopping 14 third-period shots before Baltus iced the game with an empty-netter in the dying seconds.
Trail got the early goal they needed, and did a terrific job of frustrating the Silverbacks' offense. The PK was again strong, killing 5 of 6 Salmon Arm power-plays.
My Three Stars:
1. Brent Baltus, Trail
2. Lyndon Stanwood, Trail
3. Garrett McMullen, Trail
Up Next: the Smokies are back on home ice for two games starting with a matchup against Chilliwack on Friday. Game time is 7:30.
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