Friday, September 23, 2011

Game One: Centennials @ Spruce Kings Preview:


Merritt (0-0-0-0) @ Prince George (0-0-0-0)

Tonight is the first of seven meetings between the Merritt Centennials and Prince George. It's the Cents 39th season opener in the BCHL, the longest continuous tenure in the league. It's also second straight year that Merritt opens the season on the road, after kicking off the 2010-11 season with an 8-2 loss in Trail.

The Centennials are 4-2-0-2 in their last eight season openers. They are 3-0-0-2 at home during that stretch and 1-2-0-0 on the road.

Last Game Played:
Saturday, September 17: Chilliwack beat Merritt 4-1 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena
Thursday, September 15: Westside beat Prince George 3-1 at the Prince George Coliseum

Next Games:
Saturday, September 24: Merritt @ Prince George
Saturday, September 24: Prince George vs. Merritt

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials (pre-season):

Games Played: 6
Wins: 5
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 2-1-0-0
Road Record: 3-0-0-0
Streak: One game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 5-1-0-0
Goals For: 16
Goals Against: 12
Standings: 1st place

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 19-23-0-7 overall vs. the Spruce Kings

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 15-8-0-2 at home vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 4-15-0-5 in Prince George

Merritt is 1-6-0-3 in its last 10 visits to the PG Coliseum

Merritt is 5-5-0-0 in its last 10 home games vs. Prince George

Merritt’s last win at the Prince George Coliseum was a 1-0 overtime victory back on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
No Scoring
PERIOD 2
No Scoring
PERIOD 3
No Scoring
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 1:29 - Evan Stack from Reece Willcox

Former Centennials on the Spruce Kings:
None

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

Centennials power play vs. PG last season: 1/26
Centennials home record vs. PG last season: 1-2
Centennials road record vs. PG last season: 1-1-0-1

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 Prince George Spruce Kings:

Games Played: 4
Wins: 1
Losses: 2
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 1-2-0-0
Road Record: 0-0-1-0
Streak: Winless in two
Last Ten Games: 1-2-1-0
Goals For: 15
Goals Against: 16
Standings: 7th Place

Former Spruce Kings on the Centennials:
None

Average Age: 18.06 years
Average Ht: 5'10"
Average Wt: 169.5 lbs.

Spruce Kings power play vs. Merritt last season: 4/20
Spruce Kings home record vs. Merritt last season: 1-1-0-1
Spruce Kings road record vs. Merritt last season: 2-1

Prince George Spruce Kings Returning Players:

Jeff Earnest (91)
Trevor Esau (92)
Jujhar Khaira (94)
Kirk Thompson (92)
Connor Tiechko (92)
Sam Waterfield (91)
Ben Woodley (91)

Prince George Spruce Kings departed & traded players from last year's team:

Dustin Beairsto (92)
Isaac Davies (93)
Chase Golightly (92)
Bennett Hambrook (92)
Faiz Khan (90)
Cameron Large (92)
Kyle Manlow (91)
Trent Murdoch (91)
Stephen Ryan (94)
Todd Skirving (92)
Brandon Watson (92)

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