The Cranbrook Bucks and Trail Smoke Eaters clash again on Saturday for Game 3 of the first-ever Kootenay Cup.

Cranbrook opened the pre-season series with a 3-0 shutout victory last weekend, claiming their first win and first shutout in franchise history. The Smoke Eaters fired back in Game 2 however, picking up a 3-1 win and evening the series 1-1.

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The Kootenay Cup is simply an exhibition series for the two rivals, as the BCHL gears up for the regular season in December. Both teams made a friendly competition out of their pre-season schedule and opting to build their new rivalry with the creation of the Kootenay Cup.

Game 3 of the series drops at 8:00 pm MT from Trail’s Cominco Arena on Saturday, as well as on HockeyTV as fans are not allowed in attendance.

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