Friday, September 30, 2011

Game Four: Centennials vs. Trail Preview:


Merritt (1-1-1-0) vs. Trail (0-2-1-0)

Tonight is the second of eight meetings between the Merritt Centennials and Trail.

It's the Centennials 39th home opener in the history of the franchise. The taligate party in the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena parking lot starts at 6 pm with games, food, music and more!

For the Smoke Eaters, it's their first road game of the 2011-12 season.

The game is available with Cents PBP announcer Alex Grebenyuk on Q101 in Merritt at 101.1 FM in the Nicola Valley. You can also tune in at Q101.ca or on the BCHL Fanzone at BCHL.ca

Last Game Played:
Wednesday, September 28: Merritt tied Trail 3-3 at the Cominco Arena
Wednesday, September 28: Trail tied Merritt 3-3 at the Cominco Arena

Next Games:
Saturday, October 1: Merritt vs. Westside
Saturday, October 1: Trail @ Penticton

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 3
Wins: 1
Losses: 1
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Road Record: 1-1-1-0
Streak: Two game unbeaten streak
Last Ten Games: 1-1-1-0
Goals For: 10
Goals Against: 12
Standings: 3rd place Interior Conference
Power Play (Overall): 1/12 (8.33%) - T-12th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 1/12 (8.33%) - 6th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 11/12 (91.67%) - 5th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 11/12 (91.67%) - 4th in BCHL

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 24-24-2-2 overall vs. the Smoke Eaters

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 15-9-0-2 at home vs. Trail

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 9-15-2-0 in Trail

Merritt is 4-5-1-0 in its last 10 visits to the Cominco Arena

Merritt is 6-4-0-0 in its last 10 home games vs. Trail

Merritt’s last win over Trail in Merritt was a 4-2 victory back on Saturday, February 19, 2011 to close out the 2010-11 regular season.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 9:33 - Jeff Jones from Regan Soquila and Chad Brears
Trail Smoke Eaters at 5:59 (PP) - Logan Proulx from Nic DeSousa and Cullen Bradshaw
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 16:29 - Max Vallis from Blaine Bokenfohr and Kameran Crawford
Merritt Centennials at 9:43 - Jakob Reichert from Chad Brears and Stephen Wall
Trail Smoke Eaters at 7:51 - Jordan Bauer from Adam Boytinck and Curtis Tonello
Merritt Centennials at 4:34 - Jeff Jones from Max Vallis and Sean Maktaak
PERIOD 3
No Scoring

Former Centennials on the Smoke Eaters:
None (but F Brent Baltus (92) and F Matt Bissett (94) have both unsuccessfully tried out for the Cents in past years)
Trail Head Coach/GM Bill Birks is a former Merritt player and Assistant Coach, as is Smokies Assistant Coach Bob Dever

Average Age: 18.55 years
Average Ht: 5'11.5"
Average Wt: 176.8 lbs.

Centennials home record vs. Trail this season: 0-0
Centennials road record vs. Trail last season: 0-0-1-0

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Chad Brears (91)
Lino Chimienti (91)
Brent Fletcher (92)
Silvan Harper (92)
Dustin Lebrun (92)
Sean Maktaak (92)
Billy Marshall (91)
Brandon Pfeil (92)
Jakob Reichert (93)
Richard Sabourin (92)
Regan Soquila (93)
Evan Stack (91)
Tyler Steel (93)
Steve Wall (91)
Reece Willcox (94)

Merritt Centennials departed & traded players from last year's team:

Jeff Jones (91)
Max Vallis (91)
Steve Tresierra (90)
David Sabey (91)
Blaine Bokenfohr (90)
Kameran Crawford (91)
J-P Witkop (90)
Dylan Playfair (92)
Brett Kolins (92 - didn't report to Merritt after being acquired from Victoria)

Let's take a look at the Trail Smoke Eaters:

Games Played: 3
Wins: 0
Losses: 2
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-2-1-0
Road Record: 0-0-0-0
Streak: Three game winless streak
Last Ten Games: 0-2-1-0
Goals For: 7
Goals Against: 15
Standings: 8th place Interior Conference
Power Play (Overall): 2/14 (14.29%) - 9th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 2/14 (14.29%) - 7th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 0/0 (0%) - T-12th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 4/9 (44.44%) - 16th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 4/9 (44.44%) - 10th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL

Former Smoke Eaters on the Centennials:
None

Average Age: 18.26 years
Average Ht: 5'11.4"
Average Wt: 173.79 lbs.

Smoke Eaters home record vs. Merritt this season: 0-0-1-0
Smoke Eaters road record vs. Merritt this season: 0-0-0-0

Trail Smoke Eaters Returning Players:

Adam Boytinck (92)
Erik Cooper (91)
Matt Larose (92)
Clayton McEwan (91)
Logan Proulx (91)
Rajan Sidhu (91)

Trail Smoke Eaters departed & traded players from last year's team:

Jake Baker (91)
Joey Baker (93)
Jordan Bauer (91)
Beau Blanaru (92)
Cullen Bradshaw (90)
Nic DeSousa (90)
Ryan Dixon (94)
Scott Jacklin (90)
Ryan Luiten (92)
Paul Mailey (90)
Ben Matthews (92)
Sam Mellor (92)
Travis St. Denis (92)
Kiefer Smiley (90)
Dylan Tappe (92)
Curtis Tonello (90)
Eric Walker (93)

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