Louie Nanne scored a hat-trick as Penticton overcame an early deficit to defeat the Smokies 7-2 in the Okanagan Saturday.
Trail took the lead just shy of the two-minute mark when Brent Baltus deflected a point shot past Vees starter Nic Renyard for his sixth goal of the season.
But the Vees struck back, first as Nanne re-directed a Sam Mellor point pass on a Penticton power-play, before Jordan McCallum and Alex Jewell put the hosts ahead 3-1 at the first intermission.
Penticton would pick up where they left off in period two, as Mike Rebry and Troy Stecher added goals to put the Vees ahead 5-1.
Nanne would round out his hat-trick in the third. He put his own rebound past Trail goaltender Braden Krogfoss to make it 6-1, then fired home a hard shot on a breakaway minutes later.
The Smokies would close the night on Mitch Foyle's first BCHL goal late in the third, as the 16 year-old put the puck into a wide-open net after a pretty pass from Jake Lucchini.
As was the case last night, Trail played better than the score indicated. Yes, the Vees were the better club on the night, but the Smokies again fell victim to a few miscues. Penticton may be a different club than they were last year, but they are full value for their now 9-1 record.
My Three Stars:
1. Louie Nanne, Penticton
2. Michael Rebry, Penticton
3. Nic Renyard, Penticton
Up Next: Trail is back on home ice for two games beginning on Friday, when the Coquitlam Express pay their lone visit of the season to Cominco Arena.
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