The Centennials once again showed that they're no pushovers as they almost rallied back to tie last night's game after Trail built a 3-0 lead. Unfortunately their rally just came up short as the Cents fell 4-2 to the Smoke Eaters.
The win allowed Trail to move into to third in the Interior Conference, which means a first round playoff match-up with the Centennials. Of course, a lot can change between now and February 19th, but if the post-season started today, that would be the series.
Here's the recap from MerrittCentennials.com:
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Merritt, BC - January 26, 2011
Matt Larose made 33 saves as the Trail Smoke Eaters beat the Merritt Centennials 4-2 in B-C Hockey League action Wednesday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.
Larose outduelled Centennials goaltender Lino Chimienti, who made 26 saves for Merritt (19-22-1-6).
Nic DeSousa, Adam Boytinck and Erik Cooper staked Trail (29-19-2-1) to a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes before Evan Stack and Regan Soquila scored in the third period to bring the Cents to within one. Sam Mellor salted the game away with an empty net goal with 35 seconds remaining.
David Sabey, Jeff Jones, Brandon Pfeil and Reece Willcox each had assists for Merritt in the loss.
The Centennials finished the night 0-for-4 on the power play while the Smoke Eaters went 0-for-2 on the man advantage.
Merritt's next game is Friday in Surrey against the Eagles. The two teams meet again on Saturday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.