Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tale of the Tape: Merritt vs. Quesnel 10-23-09

MERRITT CENTENNIALS vs. QUESNEL MILLIONAIRES
October 23, 2009 7:30PM at Nicola Valley Memorial Arena

JUST THE FACTS: MERRITT
STANDINGS: 7th in the Interior Conference (4-9-0-1, 8 pts)
LAST TEN: 3-6-0-1
STREAK: Lost 1
GOALS PER GAME: 2.90 (T-14th)
GOALS ALLOWED PER GAME: 6.10 (17th)
PP%: 25.81% (4th)
PK%: 64.71% (17th)

JUST THE FACTS: QUESNEL
STANDINGS: 5th in the Interior Conference (5-8-0-2, 12 pts)
LAST TEN: 4-5-0-1
STREAK: Won 2
GOALS PER GAME: 2.70 (17th)
GOALS ALLOWED PER GAME: 3.30 (T-9th)
PP%: 18.68% (12th)
PK%: 72.15% (15th)

TEAM LEADERS: MERRITT
GOALS: David Sabey (6)
ASSISTS: Colton Sobchak (8)
POINTS: Jordan Soquila, Colton Sobchak, Alex Valenti (10)
PIM: Kevin Philp (54)
WINS: Cole Holowenko (2)
GAA: Cole Holowenko (5.63)

TEAM LEADERS: QUESNEL
GOALS: Trevor Hertz (10)
ASSISTS: Eliot Raibl, Taylor Holst (8)
POINTS: Trevor Hertz (16)
PIM: Skyler Smutek (35)
WINS: Kirby Halcrow (4)
GAA: Kirby Halcrow (3.14)

ON A ROLL: MERRITT
Alex Valenti: 0-2-2 totals in last 2gp
Colton Sobchak: 1-6-7 totals in last 5gp
Dustin Johnson: 2-1-3 totals in last 3gp

ON A ROLL: QUESNEL
Trevor Hertz: 4-2-6 totals in last 2gp
Tyler French: 2-2-4 totals in last 3gp
Skyler Smutek: 1-2-3 totals in last 3gp
Sam Higgins: 0-5-5 totals in last 3gp

ICE COLD: MERRITT
Jordan Soquila: 1-0-1 totals in last 4gp
Ryne Bodger: 0-0-0 totals in last 5gp
Steve Tresierra: 0-1-1 totals in last 5gp
Silvan Harper: 0-0-0 totals in last 4gp
Kevin Philp: 0-1-1 totals in last 5gp

ICE COLD: QUESNEL
Darick Ste-Marie: 0-1-1 totals in last 6gp
Eliot Raibl: 0-1-1 totals in last 5gp
Matthew Herzkovitz: 0-1-1 totals in last 7gp

RECENT/UPCOMING GAMES: MERRITT
10/16/09 @ Westside 14-2 LOSS
10/17/09 vs. Westside 3-1 WIN
10/21/09 @ Vernon 7-2 LOSS
10/24/09 vs. Trail
10/27/09 @ Salmon Arm

RECENT/UPCOMING GAMES: QUESNEL
10/15/09 vs. Vernon 9-1 LOSS
10/16/09 vs. Langley 4-3 WIN
10/17/09 vs. Powell River 3-2 WIN
10/24/09 @ Vernon
10/30/09 vs. Prince George

SEASON SERIES
10/23/09 Merritt vs. Quesnel

HEAD-TO-HEAD HISTORY
* The Cents are 22-12-0-3 in the last six seasons against Quesnel, with a 11-6-0-2 record at home and a 11-6-0-1 record on the road during that span.

* Merritt was 5-5 against the Millionaires in 2008-09.

* The last time Merritt defeated Quesnel was on Valentine's Day last season, February 14, 2009 by a final score of 4-3. Dustin Johnson scored the winner while Gary Rai, Paul Forster and Codie Kightley also scored for the Centennials. Jordan Soquila, Brad Bourke and Jake Baker each had an assist in the win. Harrison May made 36 saves in goal for the Cents.

* Of the teams' last 37 match-ups, 16 of the games have been decided by just one goal and 26 of the games have been decided by two goals or less.

THE TIES THAT BIND
*Interestingly enough, the Centennials and Millionaires haven't been involved in very many trades at all in the last six seasons. In fact, they haven't hooked up on a trade in nearly two years. Here's a summary of the deals directly between the two teams:

30-Oct-07 The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Jordan Harrison (F)(88) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club for the playing rights of Mitchell Smith (F)(88).

28-Nov-03 The Quesnel Millionaires trade the playing rights of Carver Dowhan (85) to the Merritt Centennials for the playing rights of Mac Rines (84)

I had the chance to speak with Centennials GM Tyler Forsythe prior to Friday's game at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena in Merritt.

Cents GM Tyler Forsythe

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