Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Game Three: Cents @ Smoke Eaters Preview:


Merritt (1-1-0-0) @ Trail (0-2-0-0)

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

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:
Saturday, September 24: Merritt beat Prince George 4-3 at the Prince George Coliseum
Saturday, September 24: Trail lost 5-1 to Westside at the Cominco Arena

Next Games:
Friday, September 30: Merritt vs. Trail
Friday, September 30: Trail @ Merritt

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 2
Wins: 1
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Road Record: 1-1-0-0
Streak: One game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 1-1-0-0
Goals For: 7
Goals Against: 9
Standings: 5th place Interior Conference
Power Play (Overall): 1/11 (9.09%) - 13th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 1/11 (9.09%) - 6th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 9/10 (90%) - T-6th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 9/10 (90%) - T-3rd in BCHL

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 24-24-1-2 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 9-15-1-0 in Trail

Merritt is 4-6-0-0 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 at the Cominco Arena was a 3-1 victory back on Friday, January 7, 2011.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 7:57 - Billy Marshall from Regan Soquila and Brandon Pfeil
Merritt Centennials at 1:12 (PP) - Jeff Jones from Steve Tresierra and Evan Stack
PERIOD 2
Trail Smoke Eaters at 15:15 - Scott Jacklin from Curtis Tonello and Sam Mellor
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 8:49 - Max Vallis from David Sabey and Chad Brears

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 last season: 2-1
Centennials road record vs. Trail last season: 1-3

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: 2
Wins: 0
Losses: 2
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-2-0-0
Road Record: 0-0-0-0
Streak: Two game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 0-2-0-0
Goals For: 4
Goals Against: 12
Standings: 8th place Interior Conference
Power Play (Overall): 2/12 (16.67%) - T-8th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 2/12 (16.67%) - 7th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 0/0 (0%) - T-12th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 3/8 (37.5%) - 16th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 3/8 (37.5%) - 11th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 0/0 (0%) - T-12th in BCHL

Former Smoke Eaters on the Centennials:
None

Average Age: 18.29 years
Average Ht: 5'11"
Average Wt: 173.3 lbs.

Smoke Eaters home record vs. Merritt last season: 3-1
Smoke Eaters road record vs. Merritt last season: 1-2

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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