The Cranbrook Bucks pulled off a 4-1 victory in their first home as captain Briggs Gammill and Dane Dowiak led the way with a pair of goals apiece.
Gammill opened the scoring 18:10 into the first with a centring feed from Dowiak. Dowiak then scored 2 straight with a tap in after a pass from Briggs Gammill and then tipping in a Cole Assailly shot for his second.
Trail would add a goalie on a snapshot from Drew Elser before Cranbrook sealed the game with an empty netter from Gammill.
The Bucks and Smoke Eaters square off again tonight at 7pm MST at Western Financial Place in game 5 of the Kootenay Cup with the Series all tied up at 2.