Monday, October 26, 2009

Tale of the Tape: Merritt @ Salmon Arm 10-27-09

MERRITT CENTENNIALS @ SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS
October 27, 2009 7:00PM at Sunwave Centre

JUST THE FACTS: MERRITT
STANDINGS: 6th in the Interior Conference (6-9-0-1, 13 pts)
LAST TEN: 4-5-0-1
STREAK: Won 2
GOALS PER GAME: 3.50 (T-5th)
GOALS ALLOWED PER GAME: 5.90 (17th)
PP%: 25.37 (4th)
PK%: 66.32 (17th)

JUST THE FACTS: SALMON ARM
STANDINGS: 4th in the Interior Conference (10-6-1-1, 22 pts)
LAST TEN: 7-3-0-0
STREAK: Lost 1
GOALS PER GAME: 3.80 (4th)
GOALS ALLOWED PER GAME: 3.80 (12th)
PP%: 26.42 (3rd)
PK%: 81.45 (9th)

TEAM LEADERS: MERRITT
GOALS: Dustin Johnson (10)
ASSISTS: Andrew Pickering (10)
POINTS: Dustin Johnson, Andrew Pickering, Colton Sobchak (13)
PIM: Joey McEwan (57)
WINS: Keith Hamilton (3)
GAA: Cole Holowenko (5.69)

TEAM LEADERS: SALMON ARM
GOALS: David Killip (14)
ASSISTS: Mark Zengerle (27)
POINTS: Mark Zengerle (38)
PIM: Jayson Reardon (49)
WINS: Tony Ierfino (9)
GAA: Tony Ierfino (3.43)

ON A ROLL: MERRITT
Dustin Johnson: 7-1-8 totals in last 5gp
Jeff Jones: 2-4-6 totals in last 4gp
Andrew Pickering: 1-8-9 totals in last 6gp
Alex Valenti: 0-4-4 totals in last 4gp
Derek Hills: 4-3-7 totals in last 3gp
Steve Tresierra: 0-4-4 totals in last 4gp
Matt Mazzarolo: 3-1-4 totals in last 2gp

ON A ROLL: SALMON ARM
Mark Zengerle: 0-7-7 totals in last 5gp
Greg Noyes: 3-1-4 totals in last 3gp

ICE COLD: MERRITT
Jordan Soquila: 2-1-3 totals in last 6gp
David Sabey: 1-1-2 totals in last 5gp
Ryne Bodger: 0-1-1 totals in last 7gp
Silvan Harper: 0-1-1 totals in last 5gp
Steve Wall: 0-1-1 totals in last 5gp

ICE COLD: SALMON ARM
Travis Statchuk: 0-2-2 totals in last 4gp
David Killip: 0-1-1 totals in last 4gp
Tyler Gubb: 1-0-1 totals in last 7gp
Corey Chakeen: 1-2-3 totals in last 9gp

RECENT/UPCOMING GAMES: MERRITT
10/21/09 @ Vernon 7-2 LOSS
10/23/09 vs. Quesnel 7-5 WIN
10/24/09 vs. Trail 8-5 WIN
10/30/09 vs. Vernon
10/31/09 @ Penticton

RECENT/UPCOMING GAMES: SALMON ARM
10/18/09 @ Cowichan Valley 5-2 LOSS
10/20/09 vs. Powell River 2-1 WIN
10/23/09 @ Trail 7-1 LOSS
10/30/09 @ Westside
10/31/09 vs. Westside

SEASON SERIES (0-1-0-0)
10/03/09 Merritt vs. Salmon Arm 7-3 LOSS

HEAD-TO-HEAD HISTORY
* The Cents are 10-26-0-7 in the last six seasons against Salmon Arm (including playoffs) with a 6-11-0-4 record at home and a 4-15-0-3 record on the road during that span.

* Merritt was 0-6 in 2008-09 and is winless in sixteen straight against the Backs, including nine straight at the Sunwave Centre.

* The last time Merritt defeated Salmon Arm was almost three years ago, on November 28, 2006. That night, Nick Sciangula had two goals and two assists to pace the Cents to a wild 8-6 win at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. In that game, both Nick Kang and Jordan Zalba had three points while Patrick Rogan, Blake O'Connor, Tyler Halliday and Stephen Cavanagh each notched two points. Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Mike Naito, Riley Loyst, Jeff Taylor, Wade MacLeod and Jarett Costello each had a single point while Brad McInnis made 36 saves in the win.

* The Centennials and Silverbacks have met once in the last six seasons in the playoffs. In the 2005 first round, the Backs dominated the Cents in defeating them in five games. Salmon Arm outscored Merritt 30-10 in the series.

THE TIES THAT BIND
* The Centennals and Silverbacks haven't been frequent trading partners over the years, in fact they've only made one deal in last six seasons:

10-Jan-08 The Salmon Arm SilverBacks of the BCHL tranfer the playing rights of Graeme Gordon (89) (G) to the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL in exchange for future considerations.

I had the chance to speak with Centennials head coach Dylan Forsythe prior to Monday's practice regarding Tuesday's game in Salmon Arm.

Cents Head Coach Dylan Forsythe

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