Powell River, BC – The Trail Smoke Eaters (17-8-3) 6-2 win snapped the Powell River Kings (11-14) two game winning-streak in front of 912 fans on Friday night at the Hap Parker Arena.
Former Kings goaltender Matteo Paler-Chow made his first start against the Kings, and earned the win, making 32-saves on 34-shots. Kings starter Derek Krall was yanked after two periods, giving up five goals on 20-shots.
After the Smoke Eaters took a 2-0 lead early, Jacob Badal scored on the power-play for his fifth goal this season, making it a 2-1 game going into the second period.
The Smokies responded with three unanswered goals in the second period, lifting them to their fourth straight win. Corey McCann scored his first BCHL goal from the point five minutes into the second frame, while Kent Johnson scored his BCHL leading 20th goal on the man-advantage and Powell Connor fired the puck in from the high-slot.
Dawson McKay brought the Kings deficit to four, scoring his eighth late in the third after Trail’s Jackson Murphy-Johnson netted his first career BCHL goal on Thomas Wardle from the left-circle.
The Kings fall to 9-4 when outshooting an opponent this season as the shots were 34-24 in favor of Powell River.
Hunter McCoy and McKay extended their point-streaks to three games in the loss.
The Powell River Kings are back in action with a double-header this Friday against the Victoria Grizzlies at 7:00 p.m., inside the Hap Parker Arena.