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Bucks snuff Smokies for third consecutive OT win

It’s an overtime hattrick for the Cranbrook Bucks.

Sunday’s win over the Trail Smoke Eaters puts the Bucks on a three game winning streak, and all three wins have come in extra frames following their 2-1 overtime win over Trail.

First period action was a pick’em, the Bucks earned the lone goal thanks to a sneaky shot from Noah Urness at 9:10. Cranbrook’s 1-0 lead held steady through intermission, while Carter Capton turned aside ten shots from the Smokies in the opening twenty minutes.

Trail squared up with a late second period goal. Defenseman Ethan Warrener found the net at 15:03 with a well-placed wrist shot into a crowd, the game remained at a 1-1 deadlock after the second period.

Third period action was tentative, both teams staged late pushes but were unable to settle the score during regulation, prompting an overtime finish. Cranbrook’s leading scorer played the role of hero in 3-on-3 overtime, netting the game-winner in the first minute of OT to give the Bucks a 2-1 victory.

Sunday’s overtime win lifts Cranbrook’s record to 6-11-1. Trail outshot the Bucks 34-31, both clubs finished 0/3 on the power play.

The Bucks will have a chance to extend their winning streak to four games on Friday when they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Buck Tracks:

  • 2 goals for Noah Urness, first multi-goal game in the BCHL.
  • 1 assist for Donovan Frias, point streak extends to four games.
  • 4 points for Evan Brown in 4 games since joining the Bucks.