It's safe to say the Centennials are officially in a slump. With last night's, 6-3 loss to Nanaimo, Merritt has lost five straight and is winless in six. The Cents also haven't put up a win in regulation in eight games. That said, they still finished January a respectable 5-6-1-1 after playing what amounted to almost a game every two days. February isn't any less busy with nine games in 19 days.
The bright side is that I'd rather have the team go through a struggle like this now instead of three weeks from now. Plus, as you'll hear below, Luke Pierce admits that they're trying some high risk, high reward plays which right now are resulting in more risk than reward.
I meant to post this yesterday, but didn't get around to it.
F Erik Felde (Vernon, 2005-06) has been released by Bakersfield Condors (ECHL). Felde played two games and registered no points with the Condors. He also had no points in three games with Rapid City Rush (CHL) this season. . . .
F Ivan Huml (Langley, 1998-2000) has been loaned by HC Kometa Brno (Czech Extraliga) to Karpat (SM-liiga Finland) until the end of the season. Huml had 14 points (6g, 8a) in 44 games with Brno so far this season. . . .
F Raymond Sawada (Nanaimo, 2003-04) has been called up by Dallas Stars (NHL) from Texas Stars (AHL). Sawada has 17 points (7g, 10a) in 36 games with Texas this season. . . .
F Colin Greening (Nanaimo, 2005-06) was reassigned by Ottawa Senators (NHL) to Binghamton Senators (AHL). Greening had no points in one game with Ottawa, but 31 points (12g, 19a) in Binghamton before being recalled. . . .
G Jon Olthius (Vernon, 2004-06) has been reassigned by Dayton Gems (CHL) back to Augusta RiverHawks (SPHL). Olthius has an 11-8-1 record with a 2.83 GAA and a .911 save percentage this season with the RiverHawks. He didn't get into any games with the Gems during his recall. . . .
F Andrew Ebbett (Salmon Arm, 2001-02) was called up by Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) from San Antonio Rampage (AHL). Ebbett has 37 points (10g, 27a) in 36 games with the Rampage this season. He also has one goal in nine games with the Coyotes. . . .
F Dan Gendur (Cowichan Valley, 2003-04) has been reassigned from Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) to Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL). Gendur had one assist in ten games with Milwaukee. He had 19 points (7g, 12a) in 22 games with the Killer Bees before being called up to the Admirals. . . .