Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cents Weekend Preview, Soquila on BCHL Poll, Former Cents D-man Mazzarolo Traded, Zabotel Injured at Penguins Camp, Wong on Signing With Hartford, Recent Moves:

CENTS KNOCK OFF VIPERS

For the first time in almost four years, the Centennials are coming off a win over the Vernon Vipers! Granted the Snakes are a different team than the one which won its' second straight RBC Cup last season, but a win over Vernon is a win over Vernon and I know all of Merritt is excited about it!

The Centennials power play is on fire as they've moved up to third in the league. Consider the fact that the Cents have eight goals with the man advantage already this season after scoring just 47 all of last season.

The win was also significant because it took 17 games for the Cents to get their first road win last season, while just four games this season.

You can check out the boxscore from the game here.

The Cents continue their stretch of five straight away from Memorial Arena tomorrow night in Powell River and Saturday in Coquitlam. I talked to Head Coach/GM Luke Pierce about the win over Vernon, the games this weekend, the goaltending situation and the power play.

Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce

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SOQUILA FEATURED ON BCHL PAGE

Cents rookie Regan Soquila is one of the subjects of the BCHL Subway Poll on the league's website. Here's the question:

Which BCHL rookie is going to maintain their early season success and enjoy a breakout season?

Coquitlam's Destry Straight

Merritt's Regan Soquila

Powell River's Daniel Shuler

Salmon Arm's Cody Michelle

Trail's Adam Boytnick

Westside's Kevin Boyle

As of right now, Soquila is third in voting, head over to the BCHL website and cast your vote!

MAZZAROLO TRADED AGAIN

Former Cents defenceman Matt Mazzarolo, who requested to be moved to a Lower Mainland team for his 20-year-old season earlier this year, is on the move again as the Surrey Eagles traded him to Coquitlam for future considerations.

Mazzarolo makes his Express debut in their home opener tomorrow against, ironically enough, Surrey. It'll be a weekend of games against former teams as the Cents pay their lone visit to Coquitlam on Saturday.

ZABOTEL INJURED AT PENGUINS TRAINING CAMP

Former Cents captain and 2007 BCHL Interior Conference MVP Casey Pierro-Zabotel's chances of cracking the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup this season took a hit as he was injured in practice on Sunday.

Here's the story from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel has the first significant injury of training camp.

He broke a finger on his right hand when he was struck by a puck Sunday and is expected to be out of action for three or four weeks.

He and defenseman Alex Grant, who got a broken wrist and whiplash on a hit from behind during the recent prospects tournament in London, Ontario, are the Penguins' only lost-time casualties during September, although coach Dan Bylsma believes the demands of training camp are starting to show.

WONG REACTION ON SIGNING WITH AHL HARTFORD

I chatted with former Cents forward and the 2006 BCHL Interior Conference MVP Brandon Wong today about his recent signing of his second pro hockey contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).

Connecticut Whale Forward Brandon Wong

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I know all Cents fans certainly wish Wonger the best of luck in his first pro season this year.

RECENT MOVES

D Colton Jobke (Penticton, 2008-09) signed a three year entry level contract with Minnesota Wild (NHL) after training camp. Jobke was reassigned from the Wild back to Kelowna Rockets (WHL) for this season. He had no goals and eight assists in 69 games with the Rockets last season. . . .

D Josh Caron (Merritt, 2007-08) inked a three year entry level contract with Minnesota Wild (NHL). Caron, who was a walk-on to Minnesota's camp, had one goal and five assists in 60 games with Kamloops Blazers (WHL) in 2009-10. He'll play with the Blazers once again this season. . . .

D Jordie Benn (Victoria, 2004-08) is in Dallas Stars (NHL) training camp on a try-out. Benn had nine goals and nine assists in 45 games with Allen Americans (CHL) last season. . . .

D Nolan Toigo (Surrey, 2007-09) didn't receive a contract after his try-out with Edmonton Oilers (NHL) and will now play with UBC Thunderbirds (CIS) this season. Toigo had no goals and 21 assists in 72 games with Vancouver Giants (WHL) last season. . . .

F Darcy Zajac (Salmon Arm, 2004-06) is trying out with New Jersey Devils (NHL). Zajac joined Adirondack Phantoms (AHL) last season after wrapping up his college career at the University of North Dakota (NCAA). He had no points in two games in the American League and eight goals and 11 assists in 41 games at the college level. . . .

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