MERRITT CENTENNIALS vs.VERNON VIPERS
October 21, 2009 7:00PM at Wesbild Centre
JUST THE FACTS: MERRITT
STANDINGS: 7th in the Interior Conference (4-8-0-1, 8 pts)
LAST TEN: 3-6-0-1
STREAK: Won 1
GOALS PER GAME: 3.00 (T-12th)
GOALS ALLOWED PER GAME: 6.00 (17th)
PP%: 26.32% (4th)
PK%: 65.38% (17th)
JUST THE FACTS: VERNON
STANDINGS: 1st in the Interior Conference (14-1-0-0, 28 pts)
LAST TEN: 9-1-0-0
STREAK: Won 7
GOALS PER GAME: 5.10 (T-1st)
GOALS ALLOWED PER GAME: 1.40 (1st)
PP%: 23.75% (5th)
PK%: 92.96% (1st)
TEAM LEADERS: MERRITT
GOALS: David Sabey (6)
ASSISTS: Colton Sobchak (8)
POINTS: Jordan Soquila, Colton Sobchak (10)
PIM: Kevin Philp (52)
WINS: Cole Holowenko (2)
GAA: Cole Holowenko (5.43)
TEAM LEADERS: VERNON
GOALS: Mike Collins (10)
ASSISTS: Mike Collins, Kellen Jones (15)
POINTS: Mike Collins (25)
PIM: Garrett Noonan (25)
WINS: Graeme Gordon (11)
GAA: Blake Voth (1.00)
ON A ROLL: MERRITT
Colton Sobchak: 2-8-10 totals in last 7gp
Jeff Jones: 1-2-3 totals in last 3gp
Andrew Pickering: 1-3-4 in last 4gp
ON A ROLL: VERNON
Dylan Walchuk/Braden Pimm/Jonathan Milhouse/Mike Collins: 7 game point streak each
Rob Short: 6 game point streak
ICE COLD: MERRITT
Jordan Soquila: 1-0-1 totals in last 3gp
Alex Valenti: 0-1-1 totals in last 3gp
Ryne Bodger: 0-0-0 totals in last 4gp
Stephen Wall: 0-1-1 totals in last 4gp
ICE COLD: VERNON
RECENT/UPCOMING GAMES: MERRITT
10/10/09 @ Penticton 9-1 LOSS
10/16/09 @ Westside 14-2 LOSS
10/17/09 vs. Westside 3-1 WIN
10/23/09 vs. Quesnel
10/24/09 vs. Trail
RECENT/UPCOMING GAMES: VERNON
10/15/09 @ Quesnel 9-1 WIN
10/16/09 @ Williams Lake 9-2 WIN
10/18/09 @ Prince George 5-1 WIN
10/24/09 vs. Quesnel
10/30/09 @ Merritt
10/21/09 Merritt @ Vernon
* The Cents are 7-29-0-2 in the last six seasons against Vernon, with a 4-14-0-1 record at home and a 3-15-0-1 record on the road during that span.
* Merritt was 0-6 against the Vipers in 2008-09.
* The Centennials are on a 14 game winless skid (0-13-0-1) against the Vipers.
* The last time Merritt defeated Vernon was on January 14, 2007 by a final score of 3-2. Wade MacLeod scored the winner while Casey Fratkin and Tyler Halliday also scored for the Centennials. Nick Stermer, Mike Naito, Nick Kang, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Jason Wright and Cody Butcher each had an assist in the win. Brad McInnis made 45 saves in goal for the Cents.
* Of the teams' last 38 match-ups, 13 of the games have been decided by just one goal and 23 of the games have been decided by two goals or less.
THE TIES THAT BIND
* David Sabey and Jeff Jones are both current Centennials who attended training camp this season with the Vipers after spending last season in the KIJHL. Both were released by Vernon after playing in its annual Blue & White intrasquad game on August 29th.
*Current Vipers play-by-play announcer Todd Miller is from Merritt, grew up and got his start in radio at the station here when it was known as Radio NL. Todd was the Cents play-by-play voice for a number of years in the late 1990's and early 2000's before moving to Vernon to join the Vipers.
*Interestingly enough, the Centennials and Vipers have been frequent trading partners in the last three seasons, but didn't make a single deal with each other from 2003 to 2007. Here's a summary of the deals between the teams over the last six seasons:
07-Jan-09: The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Steve Tresierra (90)(D) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
8-Oct-08: The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Matt Cumming (D)(91) and future considerations to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Graeme Gordon (89)(G).
02-Dec-07: The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Justin Thomas (89)(D) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
06-Oct-07: The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Patrick Rogan (90)(F) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Kevin Koopman (88)(D).
10-Sep-07: The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Casey Fratkin (F)(89) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
05-Sep-07: The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Eliot Raibl (89)(D) to the Vernon Viper Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
I had the chance to speak with Centennials GM Tyler Forsythe prior to Wednesday's game at the Wesbild Centre in Vernon.
Cents GM Tyler Forsythe
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