Evan Anderson and Steven Iacobellis had two goals each, while goaltender Adam Clark made 41 saves in a 5-2 SilverBacks victory over the Smokies in Salmon Arm tonight.
Salmon Arm opened the scoring on a Ryan Schwalbe wrister from the right circle before Brent Baltus finished off a pretty 3-on-1 play with Garrett McMullen and Scott Davidson to bring Trail level less than a minute later.
Two defensive-zone turnovers gave the SilverBacks a second-period lead they would not relinquish, though.
First, Brandon Mistal stole a puck in the Smokies zone, allowing Iacobellis to score his second goal in as many games to make it 2-1, then late in the period Anderson picked a defenseman's pocket and tucked a puck past Lyndon Stanwood to increase the lead to 3-1.
Baltus would score his second of the game short-handed on a give-and-go with Djordje Leposavic at the 8:35 mark of the third period, cutting the home side's lead to 3-2, but 36 seconds later Iacobellis one-timed his second of the game home from the left circle to restore the two-goal lead.
Anderson sealed the game late as he walked around a Trail d-man, then outwaited Stanwood for his second goal of the evening.
The Smokies' effort was much, much better tonight, especially given the absence of both Marley Keca (suspension) and Ryan Edwards (personal). Shane Poulsen left the game early in period two with an upper-body injury and did not return, leaving Trail with just 4 blueliners. The loss drops the Smokies to sixth in the tight Interior division, but with favourable out-of-town scores tonight they remain one point back of fourth.
My Three Stars:
1. Steven Iacobellis, Salmon Arm
2. Adam Clark, Salmon Arm
3. Brent Baltus, Trail
Up Next: the Smokies hit the road again next weekend for a three-game Coastal swing, beginning Friday in Powell River.
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