Smokies Split Opening Season Road Trip But It Wasn’t Pretty

By Andrew Chernoff CanucksBanter

The Trail Smoke Eaters were looking to get the monkey off their back and get their first win of the season in Merritt on the back end of a two game road trip to start their new season.

Besides a win, Trail was looking for their first lead of the season and their first power play goal, which escaped them in a 7-1 loss to Penticton the night before.

Trail accomplished both but it wasn’t pretty. The Smokies were led offensively by Adam Parsons (2-2=4) and Nicholas Remissong (2-0=2) with 2 goals each; Mathieu Cobetto-Roy (1-1=2); Jordan Hendry (1-0=1); Juck Brody (1-0=1); Adam Marshall (0-2=2); Brady Hunter (0-2=2); Judah Makway (0-1=1); Alec Whipple (0-1=1).

Merritt outshot Trail 30-28. Trail 3 for 4 on the power play and 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.

Trail goalie Teagan Kendrick stopped 22 of 23 shots in relief while Smokie starter Cole Tisdale was 4 for 7.

The Smokies continued to struggle though falling behind 1-0 just over two minutes into the opening period before they settled down and tried to play their game and find the equalizing goal to tie the game.

Instead Merritt scored two quick goals in the last two minutes of the first half of the period to take a 3-0 advantage resulting in Trail goalie Cole Tisdale being replaced by Teagan Kendrick after 3 goals on 7 shots.

The Smoke Eaters played with desperation after that and began to take the game to Merritt, drawing a penalty and scoring their first power play goal of the season by Jordan Hendry to pull within two goals at 3-1.

Juck Brody, 47 seconds later would bring Trail within one goal of tieing up the game at 3-2.

Less than three minutes later Nicholas Remissong would erase the three goal deficit knotting the game at 3-3 for Trail going into the first period intermission.

Trail would continue to play well early on in the second period continuing to put pressure on the Centennials in their own end, moving the puck around in the offensive zone and getting scoring chances, with Smokie goalie Teagan Kendrick not too busy.

Remissong and Adam Parsons would make it five unanswered goals for Trail and a 5-3 lead before the Centennials would finally answer in the final minute of the middle period, to get Merritt within one goal at 5-4.

Smokies Jordan Hendry would leave the game in the second period after being brought down behind the Merritt net racing for the puck, and would not return to the game.

Shots were 24-21 after two periods for Merritt. Trail 3 for 4 on the power play and 3 for3 on the penalty kill.

The Smokies continued to feel it at the start of the final period as Trail took a two goal lead at 6-4, on an unassisted goal by Adam Parsons, his second of the game, 18 seconds into the 3rd.

Trail played well defensively in the final frame while continuing to get scoring chances and offensive time in the Merritt end to extend their lead, keeping the Centennials at bay.

With less than two minutes left Merritt pulled their starting goalie to pull within a goal but Trail would score into an empty net to seal their first victory of the young season, at 7-4. Mathieu Cobetto-Roy with the empty-netter.

September 24, 2022

KHL Game Day Preview | September 25, 2022

Ak Bars hosts Traktor on an Eastern showdown

The KHL matchday starts in the Western Conference, when a slumping Vityaz side tries to invert the trend hosting Sibir. The Novosibirsk side, however, had an excellent start of the season and despite the recent loss to Avtomobilist is the fourth seed of the East.

The action then moves to Kazan, where Ak Bars welcomes Traktor. Both teams can be considered a disappointment so far – especially Traktor – but thing may change should a victory in a tight matchup erupts. And this game is a nice chance for both teams to start getting things going the right way, with Ak Bars’ Alexander Radulov trying to reach the 200-goal mark.

After a tough loss to Torpedo, Avangard tries to improve its stock in Nizhnekamsk – the only team without a win so far. The Hawks are getting closer to the end of its 12-game road trip to start the season, and they are improving of late. However, Neftekhimik is yet to get a win and, sooner or later, they will eventually take two points. Moreover, the boards had a few moves on the market this week, and maybe the roster’s shift will work. 

A showdown between HC Sochi and Amur closes a light KHL Sunday. Both teams are on a losing streak, and a win may invert the trend for either the Black Sea or the Far East franchise.

14:00: Vityaz (4-3-2, 8th W) vs Sibir (5-4-1, 4th E) 

About the game

Vityaz enters the second of a four-game home series on a five-match losing streak.

Sibir, which recorded its latest away win over Vityaz on Sep 30, 2018 (4:3), starts a four-match road trip and lost to Avtomobilist on Thursday (3:5).

Injury list

Vityaz. Alexander Avtsin.

Sibir: Vadim Kudako.

Milestone alert

Sibir’s forward Taylor Beck lines up for his 300th KHL game.

17:00: Ak Bars (5-2-1, 3rd E) vs Traktor (4-6-0, 8th E)

About the game

Ak Bars ends a two-game home series and lost to Spartak on Wednesday (0:2).

Traktor ends a three-match road trip and defeated Neftekhimik on Friday (5:3).

Traktor’s forward Vladimir Tkachyov is on a four-game scoring streak, with 7 (5+2) points over that span.

Milestone alert

Ak Bars’ forward Alexander Radulov may tally his 200th KHL goal. 

17:00: Neftekhimik (0-8-1, 11th E) vs Avangard (3-6-1, 9th E) 

About the game

Neftekhimik is in the middle of a three-game home series and lost all nine games since the start of the season.

Avangard is at its eleventh of a twelve-game road trip and lost to Torpedo on Friday (2:4).

Avangard’s forward Sergei Tolchinsky is on a five-game scoring streak, with 8 (3+5) points over that span.

17:00: HC Sochi (1-8-0, 11th W) vs Amur (3-5-1, 10th E) 

About the game

HC Sochi enters the third of a four-match home series on a five-game losing streak.

Amur starts a four-game road trip and lost its previous four matches.

Injury list

Amur: Andrei Alexeyev, Vyacheslav Gretsky, Michal Jordan.

Milestone alert

HC Sochi’s forward Vasily Glotov may reach 100 KHL games.

Amur’s forward Igor Rudenkov is on the lookout for his 100th KHL point.