Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cents Clinch Playoff Spot!



The Merritt Centennials will take part in the BCHL's post-season dance for the first time since the roster was dotted with names like Pierro-Zabotel, MacLeod, Butcher and Stermer.

The Cents clinched one of the seven Interior Conference playoff spots after Prince George lost 7-0 to Penticton tonight. With just three games left, the Spruce Kings have 37 points, meaning that even if they won all three of their remaining games and Merritt lost both of its remaining games, PG still wouldn't be able to catch the Cents. The Sprucies loss also clinches a spot for Trail. Quesnel grabbed a playoff spot when Prince George lost on Saturday night.

Now Merritt, Quesnel and Trail will duke it out for the fifth, sixth and seventh positions to determine who will match-up in the first round. There's just one point two points separating the fifth place Millionaires and the seventh place Centennials. Both the Mills and Cents have two games left, while the Smoke Eaters have two games in hand on both.

I know fans in Merritt are very excited about the prospect of the Cents being in the playoffs, but the players aren't satisfied with just making it, and are determined to finish as high in the standings as possible. The bottom line is, considering the turmoil this franchise has gone through in the last three seasons, the Centennials Board of Directors, coaches Luke Pierce and Maury Grant, and all the players deserve a huge pat on the back and congratulations for the accomplishment. Here's hoping that the final two home games of the regular season see a packed house at Memorial Arena to show the Cents' players how much the fans appreciate their efforts and send them into the playoffs on a huge wave of momentum.

Here's the update of the Interior Conference playoff picture after today's games, with Prince George no longer included.

Victoria 2 Quesnel 0
Penticton 7 Prince George 0

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5. Quesnel Millionaires: 20-32-0-6 (.397 - 46 points)

Games remaining:

Friday, Feb. 19 vs. Burnaby

Saturday, Feb. 20 @ Williams Lake

Home record: 11-16-0-2 (.414)
Games remaining at home: 1

Away record: 9-16-0-4 (.379)
Games remaining away: 1

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 1-13-0-2 (.125)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 0

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Trail, Prince George): 8-8-0-2 (.500)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 0

Record vs. Williams Lake: 7-1-0-0 (.875)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 1

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 3-10-0-2 (.267)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 1
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6. Trail Smoke Eaters: 19-30-1-6 (.402 - 45 points)


Games remaining:

Tuesday, Feb. 16 @ Westside

Friday, Feb. 19 vs. Surrey

Saturday, Feb. 20 @ Merritt

Sunday, Feb. 21 @ Penticton

Home record: 13-11-0-5 (.534)
Games remaining at home: 1

Away record: 6-19-1-1 (.259)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 5-14-1-3 (.304)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 2

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Quesnel, Prince George): 6-6-0-2 (.500)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 1

Record vs. Williams Lake: 3-1-0-0 (.750)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 0

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 5-9-0-1 (.367)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 1

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7. Merritt Centennials 21-35-0-2 (.379 - 44 points)

Games remaining:

Wednesday, Feb. 17 vs. Salmon Arm

Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Trail

Home record: 14-14-0-0 (.500)
Games remaining at home: 2

Away record: 7-21-0-2 (.276)
Games remaining away: 0

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 6-16-0-1 (.283)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 1

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Quesnel, Trail, Prince George): 9-4-0-1 (.679)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 1

Record vs. Williams Lake: 3-1-0-0 (.750)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 0

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 3-13-0-0 (.188)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 0

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