Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Game Day: Penticton at Trail

It's a big game tonight for both the Vees and Smoke Eaters. Trail has a chance to stay ahead of Prince George in the race for the final playoff spot in the Interior. The Spruce Kings play their first game after the holiday break tonight in Powell River. As for the Vees, they can tie Vernon for top spot in the BCHL with a win in Trail this evening and a Vernon loss against Merritt. The Vees and Smokies have only played each other three times so far this season. The first and third games were actually quite competitive while the second game was only close after two periods because of Kiefer Smiley's spectacular early play. Penticton has one of the deepest and most skilled teams in all of Junior A hockey. Trail has to play a hard working and consistent hockey game to find the W tonight. We know they are capable of hanging with the league's top teams. Now is the time for them to prove they can do more than just hang in. Here is a look at the season series...

-September 23: Trail 3 at Penticton 5
-October 2: Trail 2 at Penticton 8
-Novembe 29: Penticton 4 at Trail 2


Trail: 2/8 (25%)
Penticton: 4/20 (20%)


1. F Travis St. Denis (1-3-4)
2. F Scott Jacklin (2-0-2)
2. F Nick Sandor (1-1-2)
2. F Matt Wilkins (0-2-2)
2. F Sam Mellor (0-2-2)


1. F Denver Manderson (2-4-6)
2. F Beau Bennett (2-3-5)
2. F Ryan Viselli (2-3-5)
4. F Alex Szczechura (1-3-4)
4. F Logan Johnston (1-3-4)
4. F Garrett Milan (3-1-4)


1. Sean Bonar (PEN) 1-0, 2.00GAA, 0.909%
2. Joel Rumpel (PEN) 2-0, 2.50GAA, 0.904%
3. Kiefer Smiley (TRA) 0-2, 6.07GAA, 0.850%
4. Garrett Beckwith (TRA) 0-1, 5.00GAA, 0.848%





Home games are not broadcast on the radio in Trail but it will be on EZ Rock in Penticton with Ryan Pinder and I'll have the call on BCHL PPV.


Tonight's game is a fundraiser for 17 year old JL Crowe student Alannah Amantea who has a rare immune disorder. $3 from every adult/senior ticket and $2 from every student/youth ticket will go towards Alannah's trust fund which basically covers things like travel expenses for when she has to go out of town for treatment. I hope we can full the Cominco Arena for a worthy cause.

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