Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cents whip Willams Lake 6-1:

Wow, five in a row! The Cents have won five straight for the first time in almost four years. Here's the official recap from Merritt

January 2, 2010 - Merritt, BC

Alexander MacMillan and Mitch Jones each had a goal and three assists as the Merritt Centennials skated to a 6-1 win over the Williams Lake Timberwolves in BC Hockey League play Saturday night.

Stephen Wall, Dustin Johnson, Colton Sobchak and Andrew Pickering also had goals for Merritt (16-23-0-2) while Johnson added two assists. Keith Hamilton made 22 saves for his eighth win of the season.

Ryan Stanimir had the lone goal for the Timberwolves (9-28-1-0), while Evan Dauenhauer made 43 saves in the loss.

The Cents went 3-for-9 with the man advantage and Williams Lake was 0-for-5 on its power plays.

Merritt's next game is Sunday in Westside while the T-Wolves are off until they visit Penticton next Friday.

News & Notes: Dustin Johnson is now tied for fourth in the BCHL with 26 goals ... Johnson is also riding a three game goal scoring streak and a two game assist streak ... Andrew Pickering is on a two game goal scoring streak ... Mitch Jones and Alexander MacMillan's four point games established a career best for each of them ... Alex Valenti and Ryne Bodger were the scratches for Merritt as both are still recovering from injuries ... The five game winning streak is Merritt's best since the 2005-06 season when the team won five in a row from February 16 - 25, 2006 ... The Cents outscored their opponents during that streak 27-11 while during their current streak, they've outscored the opposition 25-12.

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