Saturday, February 27, 2010

Apologies...

I certainly appreciate all the followers of the blog, but I have to apologize for the lack of updates in the last week or so. I have a lot to post including alumni interviews and some other notes regarding the Cents and fully intend on posting them soon. There's lots going on right now with work and home life that unfortunately are taking priority over the blog right now. It's nothing serious and no reason for concern, but simply things are keeping me really busy right now.

Thanks again and sorry for the lack of updates.

Brian

Friday, February 19, 2010

Interior Conference Playoff Picture:

It was good news/bad news scenario for the Merritt Centennials on the scoreboard tonight.

The good news is that Trail lost in regulation 3-2 to Surrey to keep the Smoke Eaters tied with the Cents at 46 points.

The bad news is that Quesnel beat Burnaby 4-1 to move two points ahead of both Trail and Merritt with a road game in Williams Lake left on the schedule for the Mills.

So basically it breaks down like this, in order for Merritt to finish fifth in the Interior Conference, in addition to beating the Smoke Eaters tomorrow night, they also need Williams Lake to beat Quesnel.

The Timberwolves may just relish the role of playing spoiler and come out with an inspired effort in their final home game of the season, much the same way they scored three third period goals tonight to rally to beat Prince George 4-3 to snap a 24 game losing streak - at least that's what Cents fans are hoping for.

5. Quesnel Millionaires: 21-32-0-6 (.407 - 48 points)

Games remaining:

Saturday, Feb. 20 @ Williams Lake

Home record: 12-16-0-2 (.433)
Games remaining at home: 0

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: 4-10-0-2 (.313)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 0
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6. Trail Smoke Eaters: 19-31-1-7 (.397 - 46 points)


Games remaining:

Saturday, Feb. 20 @ Merritt

Sunday, Feb. 21 @ Penticton

Home record: 13-12-0-5 (.517)
Games remaining at home: 0

Away record: 6-19-1-2 (.268)
Games remaining away: 2

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 5-14-1-4 (.395)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 1

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: 5-10-0-1 (.344)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 0

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7. Merritt Centennials 22-35-0-2 (.390 - 46 points)

Games remaining:

Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Trail

Home record: 15-14-0-0 (.517)
Games remaining at home: 1

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

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 7-16-0-1 (.313)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 0

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

Interior Conference Playoff Picture, Q101 Radio Night, Murray GM Shoot to Win, Mitch Jones Leaves Cents:

Well, the final weekend of the BCHL's regular season is upon us and the Cents are only involved in one game on the schedule, tomorrow night at home against Trail. Merritt is tied with the Smoke Eaters and Quesnel at 46 points following the Centennials 6-4 win over Salmon Arm on Wednesday. Fifth place in the Interior Conference is definitely within the Cents reach, but they'll need some help from other teams. They hold the tie-break over both the Mills and Smokies but need to get to that point first.

Regardless of whether Trail beats Surrey tonight, the Cents have to beat the Smoke Eaters themselves tomorrow night if they want to climb into fifth place. A Merritt win combined with two Trail losses in the last three games would give the Cents the edge over the Smoke Eaters. The Cents also need to combine a win over Trail with a single loss in regulation by Quesnel against Burnaby or Williams Lake to claim fifth. Any combination of the Millionaires or Smoke Eaters receiving three points or more and it won't matter if the Cents beat Trail, they won't catch fifth place.

Clear as mud right!?

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: 19-30-1-7 (.404 - 46 points)


Games remaining:

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: 6-19-1-2 (.268)
Games remaining away: 2

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 5-14-1-4 (.395)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 1

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 22-35-0-2 (.390 - 46 points)

Games remaining:

Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Trail

Home record: 15-14-0-0 (.517)
Games remaining at home: 1

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

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 7-16-0-1 (.313)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 0

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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Tomorrow's game against the Smoke Eaters is big in more ways than one as it's also Q101 Radio Night and we'll be there giving away more than $500 in prizes from our awesome sponsors - City Furniture, Crystal Gardens Chinese Restaurant, Work N' Play Clothing Company, Coldwater Hotel, Spaner & Webb Clothing Company and more!

We'll give all fans who bring a radio to the game a ticket and if they hear us draw their number during the broadcast, they'll win a prize -- which means I'll be doing colour commentary with Alex Grebenyuk for only the second time this season! Plus, we'll also be throwing prizes and gift certificates into the crowd during the first intermission!



Murray GM, Boston Pizza, Tim Hortons and Second Avenue Signs in Merritt have also all teamed up to present one of the most exciting contests for a Cents game in a long time. During the second intermission tomorrow, people who have qualified for the Shoot To Win all season will have a chance to win a brand new Camaro, it's a beauty and it's valued at more than $30,000!

Plus, four lucky 50/50 ticket buyers will have their names drawn for a chance to shoot to win $10,000 EACH! Each contestant will line up at the centre ice red line and have 20 seconds to shoot 16 pucks into the net. Those who are successful will win $10,000! It's gonna be awesome!

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(Cents defenceman Mitch Jones)

There have been rumours going around regarding Cents defenceman Mitch Jones and his status with the club. All coach and GM Luke Pierce would tell me is that Mitch has left the team and been suspended by the club for the remainder of the season and playoffs. I have no idea other than that, but am willing to bet there will be all sorts of speculation.

Regardless of reasons, I hope that the Cents are able to put any sort of distraction behind them and focus on the task at hand, grabbing fifth place!

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

Bilodeau Makes Canadian Olympic History!


(Canadian Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau)

A HUGE congrats to freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau, who won the first EVER gold medal on Canadian soil tonight at the 2010 Winter Olympics. I'm sure it'll be the first of many golds we'll win at these games!

Alexandre Bilodeau Gold Medal Run

Interior Conference Playoff Picture:

The playoff picture is becoming somewhat clearer in the Interior Conference. A Prince George loss to Penticton this afternoon would eliminate the Spruce Kings from the post-season and clinch a spot for both Merritt and Trail. Quesnel clinched when PG lost to Vernon last night.

Alberni Valley 4 Quesnel 0
Penticton 9 Merritt 3
Trail 4 Westside 1
Vernon 5 Prince George 2

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5. Quesnel Millionaires: 20-31-0-6 (.404 - 46 points)

Games remaining:

Sunday, Feb. 14 @ Victoria

Friday, Feb. 19 vs. Burnaby

Saturday, Feb. 20 @ Williams Lake

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

Away record: 9-15-0-4 (.393)
Games remaining away: 2

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: 3-9-0-2 (.286)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 2
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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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8. Prince George Spruce Kings: 16-35-1-4 (.330 - 37 points)

Games remaining:

Sunday, Feb. 14 @ Penticton

Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ Williams Lake

Friday, Feb. 19 vs. Williams Lake

Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Burnaby

Home record: 8-19-1-0 (.304)
Games remaining at home: 2

Away record: 8-16-0-4 (.357)
Games remaining away: 2

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 0-13-0-2 (.067)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 1

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Trail, Quesnel): 9-8-0-1 (.528)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 0

Record vs. Williams Lake: 5-1-0-0 (.833)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 2

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 1-13-0-1 (.100)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 1

Friday, February 12, 2010

Interior Conference Playoff Picture:

It was another night of interesting results as Merritt handed Salmon Arm its fifth straight loss, Trail upended Westside in the first of three straight meetings between the two teams and Quesnel garnered a point as it continued its Island road trip in Nanaimo. Here's the update of the Interior Conference playoff picture after Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday's action.

Tuesday
Vernon 7 Merritt 3
Penticton 6 Trail 5 (2OT)

Wednesday
Quesnel 7 Cowichan Valley 6

Friday
Merritt 4 Salmon Arm 3
Trail 4 Westside 2
Nanaimo 3 Quesnel 2 (OT)

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5. Quesnel Millionaires: 20-30-0-6 (.411 - 46 points)

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

Away record: 9-14-0-4 (.407)
Games remaining away: 3

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: 3-8-0-2 (.308)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 3
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6. Merritt Centennials 21-34-0-2 (.386 - 44 points)

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

Away record: 7-20-0-2 (.276)
Games remaining away: 1

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 6-15-0-1 (.295)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 2

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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7. Trail Smoke Eaters: 18-30-1-6 (.382 - 43 points)

Home record: 12-11-0-5 (.518)
Games remaining at home: 2

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

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 4-14-1-3 (.273)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 3

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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8. Prince George Spruce Kings: 16-34-1-4 (.336 - 37 points)

Home record: 8-19-1-0 (.304)
Games remaining at home: 2

Away record: 8-15-0-4 (.370)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 0-12-0-2 (.071)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 2

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Trail, Quesnel): 9-8-0-1 (.528)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 0

Record vs. Williams Lake: 5-1-0-0 (.833)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 2

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 1-13-0-1 (.100)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 1

Olympic Hockey on Q101, Cents AP Friedrich:


(Team Canada goaltender Roberto Luongo)

I'm very pleased to announce that the paperwork has been signed and Q101 is now a member of the official radio network of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. It means we'll carry as many of the men's hockey games as possible in the next two weeks. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday February 16th – Canada vs. Norway – 4:00 – 7:30 pm

Thursday February 18th – Canada vs. Switzerland – 4:00 – 7:30 pm

Sunday February 21st – Canada vs. United States – 4:00 – 7:30 pm

Tuesday February 23rd – Qualification Game** (We will not carry this game unless Canada is in it which is not likely)

Wednesday February 24th – Quarter Final Game – 4:00 – 7:30 pm

Friday February 26th – Semi-Final #1 – 11:30 am – 3 pm

Friday February 26th – Semi-Final #2 – 6:00 – 9:30 pm (We will not carry this game if there is a Centennials playoff game this night)

Saturday February 27th – Bronze Medal Game – 6:30 – 10:00 pm (We will not carry this game if there is a Centennials playoff game this night)

Sunday February 28th – Gold Medal Game – 11:30 am – 3 pm

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(Revelstoke Grizzlies forward Brad Friedrich)

The Cents have added Brad Friedrich (90) to their roster as an affiliate player. The Winfield product played sparingly in Tuesday 7-3 loss in Vernon. Friedrich was actually signed to an AP card back in January, but I would assume Cents head coach and GM Luke Pierce wasn't sure if he would even wear a Merritt uniform at all, so that's why he wasn't immediately added to the roster.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cents Announce Spring Camp, MacLeod Scores Twice in Beanpot Game, Merritt Midget Reps:

The Cents have announced the details for their Spring Evaluation Camp. Here's the scoop from the Cents website:

2010 Merritt Centennials Spring Evaluation Camp

“The Longest Continuously Run Junior A Franchise in Canada”

Date: April 2 - 4.

Registration: Friday April 2 from 2 - 3 pm. A players meeting will follow registration, with any parents welcome to attend.

Location: Merritt, BC, Nicola Valley Memorial Arena

Cost: $140.00

Details: Spring Camp is open to all 1991-95 birth year players. MUST be playing at a Bantam-Midget AAA/AA level or higher.

**SPACE IS LIMITED AT ALL POSITIONS, BUT THERE IS A SPECIFIC LIMIT OF 10 GOALTENDERS. Please check back often for updates on this matter. **

Please make sure to bring your hockey gear to the rink for registration and also appropriate warm up gear and runners.

Players are responsible for all travel, lodging arrangements and any other expenses.

Any further questions or concerns please contact:

Luke Pierce
Email luke@merrittcentennials.com
Office 250-378-3607

Here's the link to register for the camp: SPRING CAMP REGISTRATION

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Former Cents forward Wade MacLeod was among the ex-BCHLers had a major impact in the Beanpot consolation game last night. Here's the wrap from the New England Hockey Journal:

Wade MacLeod scored twice in the third period to complete a thorough, 4-1 victory for Northeastern over Harvard in the consolation game of the Beanpot Monday.

Tyler McNeely opened the scoring for Northeastern late in the first, taking a cruise up the left wing boards and in toward the Harvard net to beat Ryan Carroll with a quick backhander with 2:07 left.

Northeastern made it 2-0 just 1:24 into the second period on Greg Costa’s rebound swipe. Harvard got on the board midway through the period when Conor Morrison scored off a draw, but the Crimson were all done scoring with that.

Northeastern added a pair in the third, with MacLeod’s redirect off a Garrett Vermeersch slap shot making it 3-1, and MacLeod’s empty-netter icing it.

Chris Rawlings made another solid start for Northeastern, turning aside 27 Harvard shots and briefly owning the tournament’s best save percentage, .953 (60 saves, three goals allowed).

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I received this email from Tammy Bangsund on behalf of the Merritt Tracker Sportswear Midget Reps. It's a recap of their best-of-three series against Kelowna, which they dropped Game One last weekend.

Vs Kelowna in Kelowna Feb 5th. Won 3-2 in 1st overtime. Scorers were Eric Schmidt, rendan Colter & Payton Schaefer.

Vs Kelowna in Merritt Feb 7th. Won 6-4. Scorers were Eric Schmidt 3, Cole Fex, Brendan Colter & Daylan Robertson with 1 each.

*Mike Desimone goalie for both games was outstanding!
*Merritt moves onto the 2nd round of playoffs against South Ok this coming Sunday. 1st game in Osoyoos at 12:45 pm. Game 2 in Merritt Sat 20th 315pm. Winner of this series goes to Provincials in Juan De Fuca March 7th!
*MMHA Midget Rep is the last of the Merritt rep teams in playoffs.
*We had the largest 50/50 EVER for a MMHA game $205, winner from Kelowna!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Interior Conference Playoff Picture:

Here's the update of the Interior Conference playoff picture after Friday's action.

Cowichan Valley 8 Merritt 7
Alberni Valley 5 Trail 4 (OT)
Victoria 8 Prince George 5

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5. Quesnel Millionaires: 19-30-0-5 (.398 - 43 points)

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

Away record: 8-14-0-3 (.380)
Games remaining away: 5

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: 2-8-0-1 (.227)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 5
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6. Merritt Centennials 20-33-0-2 (.382 - 42 points)

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

Away record: 6-19-0-2 (.259)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 5-14-0-1 (.275)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 4

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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7. Trail Smoke Eaters: 17-30-1-5 (.377 - 40 points)

Home record: 11-11-0-4 (.500)
Games remaining at home: 4

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

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 3-14-1-2 (.225)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 5

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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8. Prince George Spruce Kings: 16-34-1-4 (.336 - 37 points)

Home record: 8-19-1-0 (.304)
Games remaining at home: 2

Away record: 8-15-0-4 (.370)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 0-12-0-2 (.071)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 2

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Trail, Quesnel): 9-8-0-1 (.528)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 0

Record vs. Williams Lake: 5-1-0-0 (.833)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 2

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 1-13-0-1 (.100)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 1

Friday, February 5, 2010

Interior Conference Playoff Picture:

Here's the update of the Interior Conference playoff picture after Friday's action.

Vernon 7 Merritt 3
Trail 3 Salmon Arm 2
Quesnel 3 Williams Lake 2
Prince George 5 Nanaimo 2

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5. Quesnel Millionaires: 19-30-0-5 (.398 - 43 points)

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

Away record: 8-14-0-3 (.380)
Games remaining away: 5

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: 2-8-0-1 (.227)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 5
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6. Merritt Centennials 20-32-0-2 (.389 - 42 points)

Home record: 14-13-0-0 (.519)
Games remaining at home: 3

Away record: 6-19-0-2 (.259)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 5-14-0-1 (.275)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 4

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: 3-14-0-0 (.176)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 1

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7. Trail Smoke Eaters: 17-30-1-4 (.375 - 39 points)

Home record: 11-11-0-3 (.500)
Games remaining at home: 5

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

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 3-14-1-2 (.225)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 5

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: 5-9-0-0 (.357)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 2

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8. Prince George Spruce Kings: 16-33-1-4 (.343 - 37 points)

Home record: 8-18-1-0 (.315)
Games remaining at home: 3

Away record: 8-15-0-4 (.370)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 0-12-0-2 (.071)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 2

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Trail, Quesnel): 9-8-0-1 (.528)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 0

Record vs. Williams Lake: 5-1-0-0 (.833)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 2

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 1-12-0-1 (.107)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 2

Interior Conference Playoff Picture:

Here's the update of the Interior Conference playoff picture after Thursday's action.

Victoria 4 Quesnel 3 (OT)

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5. Merritt Centennials 20-31-0-2 (.396 - 42 points)

Home record: 14-12-0-0 (.538)
Games remaining at home: 4

Away record: 6-19-0-2 (.259)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 5-13-0-1 (.289)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 5

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: 3-14-0-0 (.176)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 1

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6. Quesnel Millionaires: 18-30-0-5 (.387 - 41 points)

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

Away record: 7-14-0-3 (.354)
Games remaining away: 6

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: 6-1-0-0 (.857)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 2

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 2-8-0-1 (.227)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 5

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7. Trail Smoke Eaters: 16-30-1-4 (.363 - 37 points)

Home record: 10-11-0-3 (.479)
Games remaining at home: 6

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

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 2-14-1-2 (.175)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 6

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: 5-9-0-0 (.357)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 2

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8. Prince George Spruce Kings: 15-33-1-4 (.330 - 35 points)

Home record: 7-18-1-0 (.288)
Games remaining at home: 4

Away record: 8-15-0-4 (.370)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 0-12-0-2 (.071)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 2

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Trail, Quesnel): 9-8-0-1 (.528)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 0

Record vs. Williams Lake: 5-1-0-0 (.833)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 2

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 0-12-0-1 (.038)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 3

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Interior Conference Playoff Picture, Baecker's WHL Rights Traded:

Here's the update of the Interior Conference playoff picture after Tuesday and Wednesday's action.

Tuesday:
Nanaimo 4 Merritt 2

Wednesday:
Nanaimo 4 Quesnel 3
Prince George 6 Williams Lake 2

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5. Merritt Centennials 20-31-0-2 (.396 - 42 points)

Home record: 14-12-0-0 (.538)
Games remaining at home: 4

Away record: 6-19-0-2 (.259)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 5-13-0-1 (.289)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 5

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: 3-14-0-0 (.176)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 1

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6. Quesnel Millionaires: 18-30-0-4 (.385 - 40 points)

Home record: 11-16-0-1 (.411)
Games remaining at home: 2

Away record: 7-14-0-3 (.354)
Games remaining away: 6

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: 6-1-0-0 (.857)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 2

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 2-8-0-0 (.200)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 6

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7. Trail Smoke Eaters: 16-30-1-4 (.363 - 37 points)

Home record: 10-11-0-3 (.479)
Games remaining at home: 6

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

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 2-14-1-2 (.175)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 6

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: 5-9-0-0 (.357)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 2

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8. Prince George Spruce Kings: 15-33-1-4 (.330 - 35 points)

Home record: 7-18-1-0 (.288)
Games remaining at home: 4

Away record: 8-15-0-4 (.370)
Games remaining away: 3

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 0-12-0-2 (.071)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 2

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots (Merritt, Trail, Quesnel): 9-8-0-1 (.528)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 0

Record vs. Williams Lake: 5-1-0-0 (.833)
Games remaining vs. Williams Lake: 2

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 0-12-0-1 (.038)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 3

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Centennials defenceman Austin Baecker's rights in the WHL have been traded from Lethbridge to Seattle. Here's the release from the Thunderbirds website:

T-BIRDS ACQUIRE AUSTIN BAECKER FROM LETHBRIDGE

KENT — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced the team has acquired defenseman Austin Baecker from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for a conditional sixth round selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft.

Baecker, a 17-year-old from Kelowna, is currently playing with the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL. Baecker has appeared in 25 games and has one assist and 29 penalty minutes.

Baecker, selected by the Hurricanes in the 11th round of the 2007 Bantam Draft, will finish out the season with the Centennials.