Monday, February 28, 2011

Cents vs. Silverbacks Line-Ups:

Merritt Centennials

12 - Soquila / 11 - Jones / 9 - Stack
10 - Vallis / 19 - Brears / 15 - Reichert
17 - Sabey / 22 - Wall / 16 - Maktaak
8 - Harper / 14 - Bokenfohr / 7 - Fletcher

2 - Marshall / 4 - Tresierra
28 - Crawford / 3 - Willcox
6 - Witkop / 25 - Pfeil

31 - Chimienti
35 - Steel

26 - Playfair / 21 - Lebrun / 24 - Sabourin

Salmon Arm Silverbacks

17 - Knowles / 20 - Gannon / 89 - Michelle
91 - Muller / 94 - Hammond / 18 - Reid
12 - Ten Vaanholt / 71 - Gervais / 24 - Mistal
4 - Cave / / 83 - DeJersey

7 - Atkinson / 10 - Mills
8 - Friedel / 16 - Manson
5 - Reardon / 11 - Vasaturo
9 - Elliot

1 - Moore
29 - Williams

19 - Killip / 22 - McKissock / 15 - Zulinick

Cents vs. Salmon Arm Game Three Preview:

Merritt (0-2) vs. Salmon Arm (2-0)

Last Games Played:

Friday, February 25 Game One: Salmon Arm beat Merritt 7-2
Saturday, February 26 Game Two: Salmon Arm beat Merritt 4-3

Tomorrow night is Game Three of the first round of the BCHL Playoffs between the Merritt Centennials and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Gorillas lead the best of seven series 2-0. The Centennials are on a two game losing streak while the Silverbacks are on a two game winning streak. Tomorrow night's game is live on Q101 in Merritt with Alex Grebenyuk and Paul McLellan. Our pre-game show will be on the air at 6:30 with the opening faceoff is at 7 o'clock.

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials: (0-2)

Home record: 0-0
Road record: 0-2

The flu has ravaged the Centennials line-up to this point with no less than five players suffering from it. That being said, the guys came out with a huge effort on Saturday despite the 4-3 loss. The Centennials outplayed Salmon Arm for the majority of the game and their off-ice personnel in the media booth said that they were lucky to get the win. Merritt had a TON of chances to put the game out of reach, but didn't receive much puck luck and although Backs netminder Kris Moore struggled hanging onto the puck, he made the big saves when he had to especially during a 6-on-4 in the last minute of play.

Tonight is the Cents opportunity to use home ice advantage for exactly what it should be - an advantage. The Cents have been tough at home all year long and a big crowd tonight at Memorial Arena will go a long way towards the team being successful. It's not a fun place to play when it's packed, the fans are right on top of the players and can be very intimidating for the opposition and a delight for the home team. They had less than 900 fans during the first two games in Salmon Arm, I know the fans here in Merritt can beat that, on a Monday no less!

As a follower of other junior hockey blogs, I checked out Hammer's Bulldog blog to see what he has to say about their game tonight against Langley as the Dogs are in the same situation as the Cents. I'm going to take what Hammer said and change the appropriate things to be relevant to the Centennials.

That's what it's about tonight.

W - I - N

It's a huge Game 3 as the Backs hold a 2-0 series lead with action shifting from the Sunwave Centre to the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. It's either a 2-1 series or a 3-0 series after tonight. That's how huge this pivotal Game 3 is.

I'm somewhat surprised in the negative vibe I've felt from the FEW people I have talked to since we got back to the Valley Saturday. Yes, the Cents are down 2-0. Yes, they were tough losses. All the Silverbacks did was hold serve on home ice. Now the Cents have to do the same. The fact that the Cents played the Chiefs so tough (although not as tough in Game 1 as Game 2) was certainly encouraging. I had no doubts that the guys could win this series, and after seeing Games 1 (especially in the third period) and 2 my thoughts were confirmed. It's all about finding a way to win tonight. Worry about tomorrow - tomorrow.

Its up to you now fans - pack the rink and bring the noise - make home ice just that HOME ICE and give the guys an advantage!

Thanks for the inspiration Hammer, couldn't have said it better myself!

Cents leading scorers in the series:

Jeff Jones (0-3-3)
Regan Soquila (2-0-2)
Max Vallis (1-0-1)
Billy Marshall (1-0-1)
Kameran Crawford (1-0-1)
Silvan Harper (0-1-1)
Evan Stack (0-1-1)
Reece Willcox (0-1-1)
Sean Maktaak (0-1-1)
Blaine Bokenfohr (0-1-1)

Lino Chimienti (0-2, 5.93 GAA)
Tyler Steel (0-0, 4.37 GAA)

Let's have a look at the Salmon Arm Silverbacks: (2-0)

Home record: 2-0
Road record: 0-0

Silverbacks leading scorers in the series:

Mike Hammond (3-1-4)
Charlie Vasaturo (2-0-2)
Paul DeJersey (1-1-2)
Brett Knowles (1-3-4)
Devin Muller (0-3-3)
Dustin Cave (1-0-1)
Devin Gannon (2-0-2)
Bryce Gervais (0-4-4)
Brad Reid (0-1-1)
Jerryd Ten Vaanholt (1-1-2)
Morgan Zulinick (0-1-1)
Clinton Atkinson (0-1-1)
Brandon Mistal (0-1-1)

Kris Moore (2-0, 2.50 GAA)

Let's take a look back at Saturday night's Game Two:

Game Two: Saturday, February 26 @ Salmon Arm: Silverbacks win 4-3 over Merritt

From MerrittCentennials.com:

Jarryd Ten Vaanholt tipped a Bryce Gervais shot over the glove hand of Lino Chimienti with 2:26 left in regulation to lift the Salmon Arm Silverbacks to a 4-3 win over the Merritt Centennials in Game Two of the BC Hockey League Interior Conference Quarterfinal series.

Brett Knowles, Mike Hammond and Devin Gannon also scored for Salmon Arm (2-0).

Regan Soquila, with two, and Kameran Crawford scored for the Centennials (0-2). Jeff Jones had two assists for Merritt while Silvan Harper, Evan Stack and Reece Willcox each had a single helper.

The Cents outshot the Silverbacks 45-32 with Merritt's Chimienti making 28 saves in a losing effort. Kris Moore stopped 42 shots for Salmon Arm.

The Backs went 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Centennials converted once on their seven man advantages.

Merritt hosts Games Three and Four on Monday and Tuesday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Game time is 7 pm both days and reserved seating tickets are available starting at 1:30 pm at the Memorial Arena Box Office.

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=929026

Game One: Friday, February 25 @ Salmon Arm: Silverbacks win 7-2 over Merritt

From MerrittCentennials.com:

Mike Hammond had a pair of goals and an assist as the Salmon Arm Silverbacks beat the Merritt Centennials in Game One of their BC Hockey League Interior Conference Quarterfinal series Friday night.

Charlie Vasaturo added two goals, Brett Knowles had two assists, and Paul DeJersey had a goal and an assist for Salmon Arm (1-0). Dustin Cave and Devin Gannon also posted goals in the win.

Billy Marshall and Max Vallis tallied for Merritt (0-1) while Jeff Jones, Blaine Bokenfohr and Sean Maktaak each had assists in the loss.

Kris Moore made 24 saves for the Silverbacks to earn the win. Lino Chimienti started in net for the Centennials and stopped 8 of 13 shots in 32:13 of work. His replacement, Tyler Steel, turned aside 16 of 18 shots.

The Cents scored on one of their four power play chances, while Salmon Arm went 2-for-3 with the man advantage.

Game Two of the series is Saturday night at the Sunwave Centre before returning to Merritt for Games Three and Four this coming Monday and Tuesday.

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=929021

Former Cents forward Dustin Johnson rejoins Victoria:

I've received confirmation this morning that former Centennials forward Dustin Johnson is rejoining the Victoria Grizzlies for the BCHL playoffs.

Johnson was released by the Grizzlies in early December after being acquired from Merritt in the deal that brought Lino Chimienti to the Centennials and joined the KIJHL's Nelson Leafs for the remainder of the season. He put up 21 points in 15 regular season games with Nelson and eight points in the Leafs first round playoff loss to Beaver Valley.

Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce After Game Two:

Cents Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce joined our Q101 post-game show after Saturday's 4-3 loss in Salmon Arm. Here's the interview:

Penticton Vees Bus Crashes on Coquihalla:


Penticton Vees play-by-play man Ryan Pinder tweeted that the team bus has crashed into a ditch on Phase Two of the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Kamloops while en route to Quesnel for tonight's Game Three. Pinder reports that the BCHL has been notified and it remains to be seen how the mishap affects the game. The good news is that everyone on the Vees bus is OK.

It's been snowing in Merritt pretty much all morning today with the wind making visibility bad on the mountain passes. In fact, the Ministry of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Hope, saying that travel isn't recommended on that stretch unless absolutely necessary.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cents @ Silverbacks Game One Highlights:

Cents @ Salmon Arm Game Two Preview:

Merritt (0-1) @ Salmon Arm (1-0)

Last Game Played:

Friday, February 25 Game One: Salmon Arm beat Merritt Vernon defeated Quesnel 7-2

Tonight is Game Two of the First round of the BCHL Playoffs between the Merritt Centennials and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Gorillas lead lead the best of seven series 1-0. The Centennials are on a one game losing streak while the Silverbacks are on a single game winning streak. Tonight's game is live on Q101 in Merritt with Alex Grebenyuk and yours truly. Our pre-game show is on the air at 6:30 with the opening faceoff is at 7 o'clock.

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials: (0-1)

Home record: 0-0
Road record: 0-1

The Centennials come into tonight's Game Two down 1-0 in the series and need to find their game quickly. There weren't many bright spots for Merritt in last night's Game One, although the play of the line of Blaine Bokenfohr, Max Vallis and Sean Maktaak was probably the best. Cents coach and GM Luke Pierce did juggle his top two lines a little during the game, moving Maktaak up with Jeff Jones and Regan Soquila and moving Evan Stack to play with Bokenfohr and Vallis. Soquila missed parts of the game with an illness while Kam Crawford was a late scratch as he was battling a bit of a stomach bug too. Dustin Lebrun, who was scheduled to be a healthy scratch, was inserted into the line-up in Crawford's absence as the Cents were forced to play with five defencemen and thirteen forwards. Billy Marshall was likely the Cents best defenceman in Game One. The play of Lino Chimienti and Tyler Steel gives Luke Pierce a tough decision heading into Game Two. Does he give Chimienti or Steel the start? Lino allowed five goals on 13 shots while Tyler allowed two goals on 18 shots. I posed the question to most of the Cents fans at the game last night and the decision was probably 50-50 on who to put in goal tonight.

Cents leading scorers in the series:

Max Vallis (1-0-1)
Billy Marshall (1-0-1)
Sean Maktaak (0-1-1)
Jeff Jones (0-1-1)
Blaine Bokenfohr (0-1-1)

Lino Chimienti (0-1, 9.34 GAA)
Tyler Steel (0-0, 4.37 GAA)

Let's have a look at the Salmon Arm Silverbacks: (1-0)

Home record: 1-0
Road record: 0-0

The Silverbacks showed their depth last night as 11 different Salmon Arm players hit the scoresheet. Kris Moore played OK for the Backs, but I noticed was juggling the odd rebound and didn't need to make any great saves in the win. Mike Hammond played his first game of the season with Salmon Arm against Merritt and made a big difference in chipping in with two goals and an assist.

Silverbacks leading scorers in the series:

Mike Hammond (2-1-3)
Charlie Vasaturo (2-0-2)
Paul DeJersey (1-1-2)
Brett Knowles (0-2-2)
Devin Muller (0-2-2)
Dustin Cave (1-0-1)
Devin Gannon (1-0-1)
Bryce Gervais (0-1-1)
Brad Reid (0-1-1)
Jerryd Ten Vaanholt (0-1-1)
Morgan Zulinick (0-1-1)

Kris Moore (1-0, 2.00 GAA)

Let’s take a look back at last night’s Game One:

Game One: Friday, February 25 @ Salmon Arm: Silverbacks wint 7-2 over Merritt

From MerrittCentennials.com:

Mike Hammond had a pair of goals and an assist as the Salmon Arm Silverbacks beat the Merritt Centennials in Game One of their BC Hockey League Interior Conference Quarterfinal series Friday night.

Charlie Vasaturo added two goals, Brett Knowles had two assists, and Paul DeJersey had a goal and an assist for Salmon Arm (1-0). Dustin Cave and Devin Gannon also posted goals in the win.

Billy Marshall and Max Vallis tallied for Merritt (0-1) while Jeff Jones, Blaine Bokenfohr and Sean Maktaak each had assists in the loss.

Kris Moore made 24 saves for the Silverbacks to earn the win. Lino Chimienti started in net for the Centennials and stopped 8 of 13 shots in 32:13 of work. His replacement, Tyler Steel, turned aside 16 of 18 shots.

The Cents scored on one of their four power play chances, while Salmon Arm went 2-for-3 with the man advantage.

Game Two of the series is Saturday night at the Sunwave Centre before returning to Merritt for Games Three and Four this coming Monday and Tuesday.

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=929021

Friday, February 25, 2011

Cents @ Silverbacks Line-Up:

12 - Soquila (93) / 11 - Jones (91) / 9 - Stack (91)
10 - Vallis (91) / 14 - Bokenfohr (90) / 16 - Maktaak (92)
15 - Reichert (93) / 22 - Wall (91) / 19 - Brears (91)
8 - Harper (92) / 7 - Fletcher (92) / 17 - Sabey (91)

2 - Marshall (91) / 4 - Tresierra (90)
24 - Sabourin (92) / 3 - Willcox (94)
28 - Crawford (91) / 25 - Pfeil (92)

31 - Chimienti (91)
35 - Steel (93)

Scratches: 6 - Witkop (90)(Suspended) / 26 - Playfair (92) / 21 - Lebrun (92)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cents vs. Silverbacks Playoff Preview:


The Merritt Centennials open the 2011 Fred Page Cup BCHL playoffs tomorrow night in Salmon Arm against the Silverbacks. It's been six years since the Cents and Backs met in the playoffs, with Salmon Arm taking the series in five games back in 2005. This is only the second time in franchise history that the Centennials meets up with a team from Salmon Arm.

Last game played:
Saturday, February 19 - Merritt won 4-2 at home against Trail
Sunday, February 20 - Salmon Arm lost 10-5 in Coquitlam

Let's take a look at how the Centennials ended the 2010-11 regular season:

Games Played: 60
Wins: 22
Losses: 31
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 14-12-0-4
Road Record: 8-19-1-2
Streak: One game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 3-7-0-0
Goals For: 157
Goals Against: 216
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 13-29-0-8 vs. Salmon Arm

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 8-12-0-5 at home vs. Salmon Arm

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 5-17-0-3 in Salmon Arm

Merritt is 2-8-0-0 in its last 10 visits to the Sunwave Centre

Merritt is 4-4-0-2 in its last 10 games vs. Salmon Arm

Merritt’s last win at the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm was a 4-3 victory back on Friday, February 12, 2010.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:37 - Bobby Lipsett from David Killip and Tyler Gubb
PERIOD 2
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 1:08 - Mark Zengerle from Travis Statchuk and Corey Chakeen
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 0:37 - Alex Valenti from Jeff Jones and Ryne Bodger
Merritt Centennials at 1:15 - Colton Sobchak from Jordan Soquila
Merritt Centennials at 2:20 - Silvan Harper from Lucas Daoust
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 3:45 - Mark Zengerle from Corey Chakeen and Kyle Peden
Merritt Centennials at 19:53 - Alex Valenti from Dustin Johnson and Jeff Zmurchyk

Former Centennials on the Silverbacks:
F Devin Gannon (0g, 1a in 3 career games with Merritt)

Centennials power play vs. Salmon Arm this season: 5/27
Centennials home record vs. Salmon Arm this season: 0-1-0-2
Centennials road record vs. Salmon Arm this season: 0-3

Cents scoring leaders vs. Salmon Arm this season:
Steve Tresierra (2-4-6)
David Sabey (2-1-3)
Jeff Jones (1-2-3)
Brent Fletcher (2-0-2)
Regan Soquila (1-1-2)
Jakob Reichert (1-1-2)
Steve Wall (1-1-2)
Billy Marshall (0-2-2)
Sean Maktaak (0-2-2)
Evan Stack (0-2-2)
Chad Brears (1-0-1)
Brandon Pfeil (1-0-1)
Silvan Harper (0-1-1)
Max Vallis (0-1-1)
Kameran Crawford (0-1-1)
Dylan Playfair (0-1-1)

Lino Chimienti (0-0-0-1)
Tyler Steel (0-2)

Let's take a look at the Salmon Arm Silverbacks:

Games Played: 60
Wins: 38
Losses: 19
Ties: 2
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 22-7-1-0
Road Record: 16-12-1-1
Streak: One game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 7-2-0-1
Goals For: 239
Goals Against: 205
Standings: 3rd Place

Former Silverbacks on the Centennials:
F Jakob Reichert (played no games with Salmon Arm despite being AP'd by them last season)

Silverbacks power play vs. Merritt this season: 8/33
Silverbacks home record vs. Merritt this season: 3-0
Silverbacks road record vs. Merritt this season: 3-0

Salmon Arm's scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Brett Knowles (3-3-6)
Morgan Zulinick (3-3-6)
Devin Gannon (2-4-6)
Clinton Atkinson (0-5-5)
Bryce Gervais (4-0-4)
Cody Michelle (2-2-4)
David Killip (2-2-4)
Josh Manson (1-2-3)
Jarryd Ten Vaanholt (0-4-4)
Devin Muller (1-1-2)
Josh McKissock (1-0-1)
Brad Reid (0-1-1)
Paul DeJersey (0-1-1)
Brandon Mistal (0-1-1)
Kevin Mills (0-1-1)

Kris Moore (3-0)
Lyndon Stanwood (2-0)
Kurt Williams (1-0)

Here's a look at the season series between the Centennials and Silverbacks:

GOALS: Merritt: 13 (2.17 per game) Salmon Arm: 24 (4.00 per game)

SHOTS: Merritt: 186 (31 per game) Salmon Arm: 207 (34.5 per game)

POWER PLAY: Merritt: 5/27 (18.52%) Salmon Arm: 8/33 (24.24%)

PENALTY KILLING: Merritt: 25/33 (75.76%) Salmon Arm: 26/27 (96.30%)

Friday, September 17 - Salmon Arm won 2-1 in Merritt

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 5:11 - Brett Knowles (unassisted)
Merritt Centennials at 8:46 - Jakob Reichert from Alexander MacMillan and Silvan Harper
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 9:22 - Bryce Gervais from Brandon Mistal and Josh Manson
PERIOD 2
No Scoring
PERIOD 3
No Scoring

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840157

Saturday, September 18 - Salmon Arm won 8-4 at home against Merritt

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 2:53 - Josh McKissock from Devin Muller
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 4:35 - Brett Knowles from Justin Krabben and David Killip
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 16:49 - Cody Michelle from Josh Monk and Devin Gannon
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 17:50 - David Killip from Brett Knowles and Jarryd Ten Vaanholt
PERIOD 2
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 1:57 - Matt Cassidy from Devin Gannon and Cody Michelle
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 6:02 (PP) - Cody Michelle from Josh Monk and Matt Cassidy
Merritt Centennials at 14:37 (PP) - Stephen Wall from Steve Tresierra and Sean Maktaak
PERIOD 3
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 3:39 (PP) - Bryce Gervais from Josh Manson and Josh Monk
Merritt Centennials at 5:02 (PP) - Justin Lachance from Max Vallis and Evan Stack
Merritt Centennials at 5:29 - Regan Soquila from Jakob Reichert and Steve Tresierra
Merritt Centennials at 9:44 (PP) - Jeff Jones from Sean Maktaak and Steve Tresierra
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 13:31 - Devin Gannon from Cody Michelle and Matt Cassidy

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839988

Friday, October 8 - Salmon Arm wins 4-2 at home against Merritt (this was the game that featured the infamous line brawl)

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:50 (PP) - Morgan Zulinick from Clinton Atkinson and Matt Cassidy
Merritt Centennials at 9:01 - Brandon Pfeil from David Sabey and Stephen Wall
PERIOD 2
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 0:25 - Josh Manson from Clinton Atkinson and Josh Monk
Merritt Centennials at 2:26 (PP) - Steve Tresierra from Jeff Jones and Evan Stack
PERIOD 3
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 6:28 (PP) - Matt Cassidy from Morgan Zulinick and Devin Gannon
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 17:05 (PP) - Matt Cassidy from Morgan Zulinick and Devin Gannon

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839989

Saturday, October 9 - Salmon Arm wins 5-4 in double overtime in Merritt

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:18 (PP) - Devin Muller from Jarryd Ten Vaanholt and Josh Monk
Merritt Centennials at 12:46 - Chad Brears (unassisted)
PERIOD 2
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 1:01 (SH) - Bryce Gervais from Justin Krabben
Merritt Centennials at 6:11 - Brent Fletcher from Payton Schaefer and Steve Tresierra
Merritt Centennials at 12:08 - Brent Fletcher (unassisted)
Merritt Centennials at 17:58 - David Sabey from Regan Soquila and Kameran Crawford
PERIOD 3
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 0:53 - Morgan Zulinick from Taylor Fauchoux and Justin Krabben
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 6:00 (PP) - Justin Krabben from Clinton Atkinson and Brett Knowles
OVERTIME PERIOD 2
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 0:40 - David Killip from Brett Knowles and Clinton Atkinson

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840158

Saturday, January 28 - Salmon Arm wins 3-1 on home ice against Merritt

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
No Scoring
PERIOD 2
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 9:21 - Devin Gannon from Clinton Atkinson and Kevin Mills
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 11:16 - Bryce Gervais from Jarryd Ten Vaanholt
PERIOD 3
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 12:34 - Devin Muller from Morgan Zulinick and Paul De Jersey
Merritt Centennials at 6:04 - David Sabey from Dylan Playfair and Billy Marshall


http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839990


Tuesday, January 11 - Salmon Arm wins 2-1 in overtime in Merritt

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 11:16 (PP) - Morgan Zulinick from Brad Reid and Jarryd Ten Vaanholt
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 3:48 (PP) - Steve Tresierra from Jeff Jones and Billy Marshall
PERIOD 3
No Scoring
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 0:33 - Brett Knowles from David Killip and Kris Moore

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840159

Luke Pierce Weekly Recap and First Round Playoff Preview:

Cents Head Coach/GM Luke Pierce joined me on the Q101 Morning Show earlier this week to recap the last week of the regular season with games against Vernon, Prince George and Trail, plus look ahead to their first round playoff series against Salmon Arm.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cents goaltender Tyler Steel added to Calgary Hitmen's WHL Protected Player List:


The Vernon Morning Star newspaper is reporting today that Centennials rookie goaltender Tyler Steel has been added to the Calgary Hitmen's WHL 50-player protected list.

Steel had a 7-16-0-0 record with a 3.49 GAA and one shutout with the Cents this season. The 17-year-old from Vernon had a 12-5-0-0 record with a 3.27 GAA with the Sicamous Eagles of the KIJHL last season.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cents Defenseman J.P. Witkop Suspended Two Games:


The Cents won't have 20-year-old defenseman J.P. Witkop for the first two games of their playoff series against Salmon Arm after he was suspended by the BCHL.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burnaby, BC - February 22, 2011

The British Columbia Hockey League has suspended Merritt Centennials defenseman Jon-Paul Witkop for two games as a result of a checking from behind major penalty during a game on Saturday, February 19th against Trail.

At 19:54 of the first period, Witkop delivered a check from behind to Smoke Eaters defenceman Clayton McEwan. McEwan wasn't injured on the play and did return to the game. Officials assessed Witkop a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct on the play. The two game suspension is automatic under the Junior A Supplement.

Witkop will miss Friday and Saturday's games in Salmon Arm to start the playoffs. He's eligible to return on Monday, February 28th for Game Three in Merritt.

Cents Announce 2011 Playoff Slogan:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC - February 22, 2011

The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club today announced their 2011 Playoff Slogan.

Team officials would like to announce they have adopted the slogan "One Town. One Team. One Dream."

Fans and businesses are encouraged to utilize this slogan on billboards, signs and storefront windows as the 2011 BC Hockey League playoffs begin.

The Centennials finished the regular season in the 6th seed of the Interior Conference and will open the best-of-seven series with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks this Friday.

Games 3 and 4 will return to the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on Monday, February 28th and Tuesday, March 1. Both games begin at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena Box Office or by phone at 250-378-3604.

Let's turn Merritt red, black and white, and cheer on the Cents!

MONDAY BOX OFFICE HOURS

The Centennials would like to remind all fans that the box office will be open this coming Monday, February 28th from 1:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Of importance, season ticket holders are reminded that any unclaimed tickets for Game 1 will be released Monday, February 28th at 6 p.m.

Monday, February 21, 2011

2011 Fred Page Cup Playoff matchup set:

The Centennials released this on their website this morning. On the Silverbacks website it lists Game Three and Four in Merritt as 7:30 pm start times, but that is NOT confirmed at this point as all Cents weekday games during the regular season started at 7 pm. The confirmed schedule is expected to be posted later today if not this morning.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC - February 21, 2011

The match-ups for the six Conference Quarter-Final series of the 2011 Fred Page Cup Playoffs have been determined. The match-ups are:

INTERIOR CONFERENCE

#2 Penticton Vees vs. #7 Quesnel Millionaires
#3 Salmon Arm Silverbacks vs. #6 Merritt Centennials
#4 Westside Warriors vs. #5 Trail Smoke Eaters

COASTAL CONFERENCE

#2 Surrey Eagles vs. #7 Coquitlam Express
#3 Langley Chiefs vs. #6 Alberni Valley Bulldogs
#4 Victoria Grizzlies vs. #5 Nanaimo Clippers

Dates for these series will be announced as soon as possible. A complete list of start times will be released when available. The 2011 Fred Page Cup Playoffs open Friday, Feb. 25.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cents vs. Smoke Eaters Line-Ups:

Merritt Centennials

12 Soquila (93) / 11 Jones (91) / 9 Stack (91)
10 Vallis (91) / Bokenfohr (90) / 16 Maktaak (92)
15 Reichert (93) / 22 Wall (91) / 19 Brears (91)
8 Harper (92) / 7 Fletcher (92) / 17 Sabey (91)

2 Marshall (91) / 4 Tresierra (90)
6 Witkop (90) / 3 Willcox (94)
28 Crawford (91) / 25 Pfeil (92)

31 Chimienti (91)
35 Steel (93)

Scratches: 21 Lebrun (92) / 24 Sabourin (92) / 26 Playfair (92)

Trail Smoke Eaters

9 St. Denis (92) / 14 Jacklin (90) / 11 Mellor (92)
7 Bradshaw (90) / 18 DeSousa (90) / 25 Mailey (90)
10 Proulx (91) / 21 Cooper (91) / 22 Tappe (92)
17 Baker (93) / 24 Boytinck (92) / 20 Bauer (91)

12 Matthews (91) / 2 Baker (91)
4 Walker (93) / 16 Sidhu (91)
3 McEwan (91) / 5 Tonello (90)

35 Larose (92)
1 Smiley (90)

Scratches: 8 Blanaru (92) / 6 Dixon (94) / 19 Luiten (92)

Cents vs. Smoke Eaters Preview:


Merritt (21-31-1-6) vs. Trail (31-22-2-4)

Tonight is the eighth and final meeting of the season between the Merritt Centennials and Trail Smoke Eaters. It's the final game of the 2010-11 season for both teams as the Cents look to snap their three game losing streak and head into the playoffs on a winning note. The Smoke Eaters are out to snap a winless streak of their own, as they haven't posted a victory in four games.

Last Game Played:
Thursday, February 17 - Merritt lost 4-2 at home against Prince George
Friday, February 18 - Trail lost 4-2 in Vernon

Next Games:
Friday, February 25 - Merritt @ Salmon Arm or Penticton (Playoff Game 1)
Friday, February 25 - Trail @ Westside (Playoff Game 1)

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 59
Wins: 21
Losses: 31
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 13-12-0-4
Road Record: 8-19-1-2
Streak: Three game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 2-8-0-0
Goals For: 153
Goals Against: 214
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 24-24-1-2 against Trail

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 overall in its last 10 games vs. Trail

Merritt’s last win at home against Trail was a 3-2 victory this season on Saturday, November 27.

Former Centennials on the Smoke Eaters:
D Jake Baker (0g, 10a in 63 career games with Merritt)
F Scott Jacklin (Didn't report to Merritt after being acquired in January 2009)

Centennials power play vs. Trail this season: 7/33
Centennials home record vs. Trail this season: 2-1
Centennials road record vs. Trail this season: 1-3

Cents scoring leaders vs. Trail this season:
Jeff Jones (3-4-7)
Regan Soquila (3-4-7)
Evan Stack (3-3-6)
Steve Tresierra (0-4-4)
Sean Maktaak (2-1-3)
Billy Marshall (0-3-3)
Brandon Pfeil (0-3-3)
Max Vallis (2-0-2)
Blaine Bokenfohr (1-1-2)
Dustin Lebrun (1-1-2)
Reece Willcox (1-1-2)
Kameran Crawford (0-1-1)
David Sabey (0-1-1)
Chad Brears(0-1-1)

Lino Chimienti (2-2)
Tyler Steel (1-1)

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

Games Played: 59
Wins: 31
Losses: 22
Ties: 2
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 18-9-0-3
Road Record: 13-13-2-1
Streak: Four game winless streak
Last Ten Games: 4-3-0-3
Goals For: 196
Goals Against: 168
Standings: 5th Place

Former Smoke Eaters on the Centennials: none

Smoke Eaters power play vs. Merritt this season: 4/27
Smoke Eaters home record vs. Merritt this season: 3-1
Smoke Eaters road record vs. Merritt this season: 1-2

Trail's scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Sam Mellor (5-6-11)
Scott Jacklin (4-5-9)
Travis St. Denis (3-3-6)
Cullen Bradshaw (3-3-6)
Adam Boytinck (2-2-4)
Paul Mailey (1-3-4)
Curtis Tonello (1-3-4)
Nic DeSousa (1-2-3)
Rajan Sidhu (0-3-3)
Logan Proulx (1-1-2)
Eric Walker (1-0-1)
Ben Matthews (1-0-1)
Ryan Luiten (1-0-1)
Eric Cooper (1-0-1)
Jason Nash (0-1-1)
Dylan Tappe (0-1-1)
Ryan Luiten (0-1-1)
Ben Greenaway (0-1-1)

Kiefer Smiley (3-1)
Matt Larose (1-2)

Here's a look at the season series between Merritt and Trail:

Friday, September 10, 2010 @ Trail: Smoke Eaters win 8-2

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Trail Smoke Eaters at 3:41 (PP) - Travis St. Denis from Steve Koshey and Graeme Strukoff
Trail Smoke Eaters at 11:28 - Curtis Tonello from Dylan Tappe
Merritt Centennials at 13:03 (PP) - Max Vallis (unassisted)
Trail Smoke Eaters at 19:59 - Adam Boytinck from Paul Mailey and Scott Jacklin
PERIOD 2
Trail Smoke Eaters at 0:26 - Scott Jacklin from Sam Mellor
Trail Smoke Eaters at 0:41 - Graeme Strukoff from Rajan Sidhu and Matthew Laboucane
Trail Smoke Eaters at 6:16 - Logan Proulx from Cullen Bradshaw and Clayton McEwan
Trail Smoke Eaters at 8:37 - Sam Mellor from Scott Jacklin
Merritt Centennials at 14:27 - Regan Soquila from Brandon Pfeil and Steve Tresierra
PERIOD 3
Trail Smoke Eaters at 0:13 - Travis St. Denis from Sam Mellor and Scott Jacklin

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839992

Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ Trail: Smoke Eaters win 6-4

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Trail Smoke Eaters at 10:06 - Sam Mellor from Travis St. Denis and Scott Jacklin
PERIOD 2
Trail Smoke Eaters at 1:31 - Cullen Bradshaw (unassisted)
Merritt Centennials at 10:01 - Jeff Jones from Dustin Johnson and Regan Soquila
Trail Smoke Eaters at 12:30 (PP) - Travis St. Denis from Rajan Sidhu and Steve Koshey
Merritt Centennials at 18:07 - Dustin Johnson from Regan Soquila and Jeff Jones
PERIOD 3
Trail Smoke Eaters at 4:02 - Scott Jacklin from Rajan Sidhu and Travis St. Denis
Trail Smoke Eaters at 5:41 - Paul Mailey from Adam Boytinck and Cullen Bradshaw
Merritt Centennials at 7:34 (PP) - Dustin Johnson from Jeff Jones and Steve Tresierra
Merritt Centennials at 17:19 (SH) - Regan Soquila (unassisted)
Trail Smoke Eaters at 18:56 (EN) - Cullen Bradshaw from Adam Boytinck and Paul Mailey

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839993

Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ Merritt: Centennials win 3-2

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Trail Smoke Eaters at 2:12 - Cullen Bradshaw from Logan Proulx and Paul Mailey
Trail Smoke Eaters at 8:33 (PP) - Sam Mellor from Travis St. Denis and Clayton McEwan
Merritt Centennials at 16:40 (PP) - Dustin Lebrun from Jeff Jones and Steve Tresierra
PERIOD 2
No Scoring
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 12:26 (PP) - Evan Stack from Billy Marshall and Jeff Jones
Merritt Centennials at 13:19 (PP) - Reece Willcox from Regan Soquila and Dustin Lebrun

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840217

Saturday, December 18, 2010 @ Merritt: Centennials win 3-2

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 2:24 - Blaine Bokenfohr from Sean Maktaak
PERIOD 2
Trail Smoke Eaters at 7:03 - Ben Matthews from Jason Nash and Ben Greenaway
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 9:52 - Evan Stack (unassisted)
Merritt Centennials at 12:15 - Sean Maktaak from Kameran Crawford and Blaine Bokenfohr
Trail Smoke Eaters at 13:25 - Ryan Luiten (unassisted)

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840218

Thursday, December 30 @ Trail: Smoke Eaters win 3-2

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Trail Smoke Eaters at 2:40 - Eric Walker (unassisted)
Trail Smoke Eaters at 5:51 (PP) - Scott Jacklin from Sam Mellor and Cullen Bradshaw
Trail Smoke Eaters at 9:13 - Sam Mellor from Scott Jacklin and Curtis Tonello
Merritt Centennials at 11:00 (PP) - Jeff Jones from Regan Soquila and Billy Marshall
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 17:53 - Sean Maktaak (unassisted)
PERIOD 3
No Scoring

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839994

Friday, January 7, 2011 @ Trail: Centennials win 3-1

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 1:12 (PP) - Jeff Jones from Steve Tresierra and Evan Stack
Merritt Centennials at 7:57 - Billy Marshall from Regan Soquila and Brandon Pfeil
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

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839995

Wednesday, January 26 @ Merritt: Smoke Eaters win 4-2

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Trail Smoke Eaters at 13:02 - Nic DeSousa from Sam Mellor and Curtis Tonello
Trail Smoke Eaters at 17:19 - Adam Boytinck from Dylan Tappe and Ryan Luiten
PERIOD 2
Trail Smoke Eaters at 11:29 - Erik Cooper from Sam Mellor and Nic DeSousa
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 0:55 - Evan Stack from Brandon Pfeil and Reece Willcox
Merritt Centennials at 14:47 - Regan Soquila from Evan Stack and Lino Chimienti
Trail Smoke Eaters at 19:25 (EN) - Sam Mellor from Curtis Tonello and Nic DeSousa

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840219

Over the years, the Centennials and Smoke Eaters have made a number of trades with each other, here's a summary:

2009-10
19-May-09 The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Jeff Zmurchyk (D)(90) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club for the 2009-10 season to complete the Jan 2009 transfer of Chad Gehon to Merritt for Scott Jacklin and future considerations.

2008-09
10-Jan-09 The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Chad Gehon (88)(F) and future considerations to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club for the playing rights of Scott Jacklin (90)(F).
22-Jun-08 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Chad Gehon (88)(F), Tyler Johns (89)(D) and Shane Oatway (90)(D) to the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Cameron Brodie (88)(F) and Brad Davis (88)(F).

2007-08
08-Jan-08 The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club acquires the playing rights of Kevin Koopman (88)(D) from the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
15-Oct-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Paul Levarsky (89)(D) to the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Todd Bowman (87)(D).
25-May-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Cody Butcher (87)(D) to the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Mitchell Smith (88)(F) and Brian Kang (88)(F).

2005-06
03-Aug-05 The Merritt Centennials trade Daryle Hurd 85(F)to the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for Chris Shudo 86(F).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cents vs. Spuce Kings Line-Ups:

Merritt Centennials

#12 Soquila (93) - #11 Jones (91) - #9 Stack (91)
#10 Vallis (91) - #14 Bokenfohr (90) - #16 Maktaak (92)
#15 Reichert (93) - #22 Wall (91) - #19 Brears (91)
#8 Harper (92) - #7 Fletcher (92) - #17 Sabey (91)

#6 Witkop (90) - #4 Tresierra (90)
#25 Pfeil (92) - #3 Willcox (94)
#2 Marshall (91) - #24 Sabourin (92)

#35 Steel (93)
#31 Chimienti (91)

Scratches: #28 Crawford (91), #26 Playfair (92), #21 Lebrun (92)

Prince George Spruce Kings

#21 Skirving (92) - #16 Khaira (94) - #19 Khan (90)
#11 Manlow (91) - #14 Tiechko (92) - #17 Earnest (91)
#25 Beairsto (92) - #15 Murdoch (91) - #26 Watson (92)
#24 Davies (93) - #8 Ryan (94) - #18 Sanford (AP)(93)

#6 Esau (92) - #10 Woodley (91)
#3 Golightly (92) - #7 Waterfield (91)
#4 Steinke (AP)(94) - #22 Hambrook (92)

#1 Thompson (92)
#35 Large (92)

*Subject to change after warm up

Cents Announce First Round Playoff Ticket Prices:


Not sure how I missed this when it was released a couple of weeks ago, but thought it was worth posting. Better late than never!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC – February 4, 2011

The Merritt Centennials have clinched a BCHL Interior Conference playoff berth for the second straight season and would like to thank their fans for their tremendous support this season!

“As a thank you to our fans, we are proud to announce that ticket prices for our first round BCHL Interior Conference Quarterfinal series will remain the same as regular season prices,” said Cents Marketing Manager Maddison Canuel. “We know the playoffs are going to be hard hitting, intense and fast-paced, and we’d like the entire Merritt community to pack the rink and cheer the team onto victory!”

First-come, first-served playoff tickets will be on-sale game days starting at 1:30 pm until an hour before puck drop at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena Box Office. Season ticket holders receive priority to purchase their seats until an hour before puck drop at which time their seats will be released to the general public.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $9 for students and $7 for senior/child. Exact dates and times of playoff games will be released at a later date.

Cents vs. Prince George Preview:


Merritt (21-30-1-6) vs. Prince George (12-39-0-6)

Tonight is the sixth and final meeting of the season between the Merritt Centennials and Prince George Spruce Kings. With a win, the Cents will not only snap their two game losing streak, but also eliminate PG from the playoffs.

Last Game Played:
Tuesday, February 15 - Merritt lost 5-2 at home against Vernon
Sunday, February 13 - Prince George lost 4-3 in overtime at home against Penticton

Next Games:
Saturday, February 19 - Merritt vs. Trail
Friday, February 18 - Prince George @ Penticton

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 21
Losses: 30
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 13-11-0-4
Road Record: 8-19-1-2
Streak: Two game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 2-8-0-0
Goals For: 151
Goals Against: 210
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 17-21-0-6 vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 14-7-0-2 at home vs. PG

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 3-14-0-4 in PG

Merritt is 4-5-0-1 overall in its last 10 games vs. PG

Merritt’s last win at home against Prince George was a 4-3 victory in the Spruce Kings first visit to the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena this season on Friday, November 26.

Former Centennials on the Spruce Kings: none

Centennials power play vs. PG this season: 1-for-25
Centennials home record vs. PG this season: 1-1
Centennials road record vs. PG this season: 1-0-0-2

Cents scoring leaders vs. PG this season:
Jeff Jones (1-4-5)
Evan Stack (4-0-4)
Regan Soquila (1-3-4)
Dustin Lebrun (2-0-2)
Brandon Pfeil (0-2-2)
Richard Sabourin (0-2-2)
Reece Willcox (0-2-2)
Max Vallis (1-0-1)
Brent Fletcher (0-1-1)
David Sabey (0-1-1)
Kameran Crawford (0-1-1)

Lino Chimienti (0-2-0-1)
Tyler Steel (2-0-0-0)

Let's take a look at the Prince George Spruce Kings:

Games Played: 57
Wins: 12
Losses: 39
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 9-17-0-4
Road Record: 3-23-0-2
Streak: Winless in five games
Last Ten Games: 2-4-0-4
Goals For: 150
Goals Against: 264
Standings: 8th Place

Former Spruce Kings on the Centennials: none

Spruce Kings power play vs. Merritt this season: 2-for-17
Spruce Kings home record vs. Merritt this season: 2-0-0-1
Spruce Kings road record vs. Merritt this season: 1-1

PG's scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Connor Tiechko (2-1-3)
Kyle Manlow (1-1-2)
Jujhar Khaira (0-2-2)
Jeff Earnest (0-2-2)
Ben Woodley (0-2-2)
Faiz Khan (1-0-1)
Dustin Beairsto (1-0-1)
Trent Murdoch (1-0-1)
Brandon Watson (0-1-1)

Alex Wright (2-0-0-1) *no longer with team after being released in December
Kirk Thompson (1-0-0-1)

Here's a look at the season series between Merritt and Prince George:

Friday, October 29, 2010 @ PG: PG wins in 3-2 in double overtime

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Prince George Spruce Kings at 18:02 - Jeff Datoff from Jeff Earnest and Jujhar Khaira
PERIOD 2
Prince George Spruce Kings at 2:01 - Connor Tiechko from Brendon Fornwald and Jeff Earnest
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 16:32 (PP) - Regan Soquila from Jeff Jones and David Sabey
Merritt Centennials at 19:48 - Max Vallis from Richard Sabourin and Regan Soquila
OVERTIME PERIOD 2
Prince George Spruce Kings at 2:52 - Nic DeSousa from Justin Fillion and Zac Ashdown

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839982

Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ PG: PG wins 3-1

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Prince George Spruce Kings at 9:24 - RJay Berra from Zac Ashdown and Nic DeSousa
PERIOD 2
Prince George Spruce Kings at 4:05 (PP) - Justin Fillion from Connor Tiechko and Zac Ashdown
Prince George Spruce Kings at 8:32 - Justin Fillion from Brendon Fornwald and Derek Henderson
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 13:54 - Dustin Lebrun from Brandon Pfeil

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839983

Friday, November 26, 2010 @ Merritt: Merritt wins 4-3

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 4:16 - Evan Stack from Jeff Jones and Regan Soquila
Prince George Spruce Kings at 6:48 - Faiz Khan from Nic DeSousa and Lyndon Martell
Merritt Centennials at 13:56 - Evan Stack from Regan Soquila and Jeff Jones
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 3:35 - Jeff Jones from Reece Willcox and Brandon Pfeil
Prince George Spruce Kings at 15:07 (PP) - RJay Berra from Derek Henderson and Justin Fillion
Merritt Centennials at 18:15 - Dustin Lebrun from Brent Fletcher and Kameran Crawford
Prince George Spruce Kings at 18:48 - Justin Fillion from Nic DeSousa and RJay Berra
PERIOD 3
No Scoring

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840097

Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ PG: Merritt wins 1-0 in overtime

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

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839984

Sunday, January 30 @ Merritt: PG wins 4-1

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
No Scoring
PERIOD 2
Prince George Spruce Kings at 18:10 - Dustin Beairsto from Jujhar Khaira and Ben Woodley
PERIOD 3
Prince George Spruce Kings at 0:23 - Connor Tiechko from Kyle Manlow
Prince George Spruce Kings at 4:42 - Trent Murdoch from Brandon Watson and Ben Woodley
Merritt Centennials at 16:53 - Evan Stack from Jeff Jones and Richard Sabourin
Prince George Spruce Kings at 19:53 (EN) - Kyle Manlow (unassisted)

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840098

Over the years, the Centennials and Spruce Kings have made a number of trades with each other, here's a summary:

2009-10
04-Oct-09 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Brad Bourke (D)(89) to the Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Andrew Pickering (F)(89).
03-Oct-09 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Tyler Miller (D)(91) to the Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.

2008-09
10-Jan-09 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Alex Goodship (89) (F) to the Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Michael Nardi (90) (F) and future considerations.

2007-08
19-Nov-07 The Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Shane Mainprize (G)(88) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.

2006-07
28-Sep-06 The Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL transfer the playing rights of Corey Gannon (86)(F) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club of the BCHL for future considerations.

2005-06
10-Jan-06 The Prince George Spruce Kings transfer the playing rights of Brad Thiessen (86)(G), Brody Mott (85)(D), and Matt Shuya (85)(F) to the Merritt Centennials in exchange for the playing rights of Cory Grant (85)(G), Greg Tyshynski (86)(F), Chris Shudo (87)(F) and future considerations.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cents vs. Vipers Line-Ups:

Merritt Centennials

Soquila (93) - Jones (91) - Stack (91)
Vallis (91) - Bokenfohr (90) - Maktaak (92)
Lebrun (92) - Wall (91) - Reichert (93)
Harper (92) - Fletcher (92) - Sabey (91)

Witkop (90) - Tresierra (90)
Pfeil (92) - Willcox (94)
Sabourin (92) - Marshall (91)

Chimienti (91)
Steel (93)

Scratches: Crawford (91), Brears (91), Playfair (92)

Vernon Vipers

Robinson (90) - Murphy (90) - Basara (93)
Kakoske (90) - Knisley (92) - Nowick (91)
McGillis (91) - Walchuk (92) - Muench (92)
McPhee (93) - Fitzgerald (92) - Hadley (92)

Corkey (92) - Lyles (90)
Weinstein (90) - Patenaude (91)
Mowat (93) - Thompson (90)

Halcrow (91)
Voth (91)

Scratches: Sparrow (93), Zalewski (92), Renz (92)

Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce Weekly Recap:

Cents Head Coach/GM Luke Pierce joined me on the Q101 morning show today for his weekly recap. Here's what Luke had to say:

Former Centennials forward Wade MacLeod has three points in Beanpot loss:

Former Centennials forward Wade MacLeod had a goal and two assists as his Northeastern University Huskies lost in the Beanpot finale.

Here's the summary from the Huskies website:

The Huskies’ Beanpot hopes were dashed in overtime as Jimmy Hayes scored the game-winning goal to lift top-ranked Boston College to a 7-6 win over the Northeastern men’s ice hockey team in the Beanpot championship on Monday night before a sellout crowd at TD Garden.

Chris Rawlings made 39 saves in the championship game for the Huskies (10-12-6) and won the Eberly Award as the goaltender with the best save percentage in the Beanpot, becoming the fourth Husky in the last six years to take home that prize.

Five different Huskies scored in a wild affair that produced the most goals in a Beanpot game since 2001. Brodie Reid scored twice in the championship game for his first career multiple-goal game as the rookie finished with three goals in his first Beanpot. Wade MacLeod notched a goal and two assists and Tyler McNeely tallied a goal and an assist. Steve Silva and Jamie Oleksiak each posted a pair of assists and Rob Dongara provided a shorthanded tally.

Hayes’ game-winner for the Eagles (22-6-0) came six minutes into the extra frame that was made possible after MacLeod potted a late equalizer at 18:14 of the third period.

Chris Kreider registered the first chance of the game after accepting a pass in between the circle in Northeastern’s zone. Kreider wristed it towards the target, but Rawlings blocked it to smother the opportunity.

At 3:54, Boston College gained the first power play of the contest. Freshman Anthony Bitetto and Brian Gibbons both took offsetting hitting after the whistle infractions, but Luke Eibler’s identical call put BC up a man. Northeastern’s penalty-killing unit swarmed and prevented any auspicious chances.

After the Eagles thwarted a Huskies’ charge, Boston College turned it into the first goal at 9:12. Kevin Hayes carried the puck out of NU’s zone and hit Tommy Cross in stride. Cross flung the puck towards the target and earned a fortuitous bounce off of Drew Daniels’ skate. The puck caromed to the right and crossed up Rawlings to his left for the 1-0 advantage.

The Huskies responded with the extra-man advantage at 17:04 thanks to a one-time blast from Eibler to knot the game up, 1-1. Northeastern cycled down low as sophomore Garrett Vermeersch initiated the scoring play by sweeping the puck up to Oleksiak atop the zone. Oleksiak deferred to Eiber on the top-right corner and teed up a one-timer over John Muse’s right shoulder for the power play blast.

Five seconds after the NU goal, Gibbons took another hitting after the whistle penalty at 17:09. Kreider shadowed Gibbons into the box at 17:33, but a Silva trip negated the 5-on-3.

Silva’s call did not deter NU from potting its second-straight power play goal at 18:12 with a 4-on-3 advantage. Reid and MacLeod played cat-and-mouse right near the blue, but MacLeod’s last pass was right on Reid tape and the rookie rifled another one-timer from the left dot to the back of the net to take the lead, 2-1.

Rawlings made a crucial stop with 24.8 seconds left to keep the one-goal edge after the first 20 minutes. Brian Dumoulin had a point-blank blast six feet in front of Rawlings, but NU’s netminder stood his ground and extinguished the opportunity.

Kreider and Bitetto both took hitting after the whistle penalties to close out the first and the Eagles stormed out of the gates in the second and squashed NU’s momentum with a 4-on-4 tally just 54 seconds into the second frame. Cross was able to jar the puck loose from behind the Huskies net out to Pat Mullane on the near post. Rawlings was out of position and Mullane hurled the puck into the left side of the net to button the game back up, 2-2.

What looked to be another BC opportunity turned into a Huskies short-handed marker at the 2:47 mark of the second frame. Sophomore Robbie Vrolyk was assessed a tripping penalty at 1:52, but a broken play caused by senior Mike Hewkin yielded Dongara’s acrobatic goal. Dongara grabbed the puck off the broken play and motored it one-on-one with a BC defender the length of the ice. Under heavy duress, Dongara roofed the puck as he was tumbling over right past Muse’s mitt to reclaim the lead, 3-2.

Boston College turned right around and sewed it up again on a power play rip at 5:25. The Eagles took advantage of a D. Daniels interference call at 4:23 and crafted a tic-tac-toe tally in NU territory. Dumoulin faked a shot for the right dot and pushed it over to Mullane on the other side. Dumoulin set Kreider up between the circles with a swift dish to nudge the score even once again, 3-3.

At 12:07 of the second, Steven Whitney capitalized on a 4-on-4 situation to recoup the lead for BC. Steven Whitney cashed in on a loose puck on the goal mouth after Cross flung it back from behind to the net to regain the one-goal lead, 4-3.

Nearly a minute and a half later, the Huskies responded to keep the slobber-knocker intact. McNeely emerged from the box after a boarding call (11:12) and registered his fifth-career Beanpot tally at 13:24. Silva fired the disc in from just within the blue line up to MacLeod in the slot. MacLeod tested Muse up high, causing the puck to drop a few feet outside of Muse’s reach. McNeely swooped in from the middle and hammered the back of the net for the fourth tie, 4-4, through the first 40 minutes of action.

Northeastern galloped ahead in the third on a put-back goal from Reid at 8:44 for his second of the contest, 5-4. Sophomore Steve Quailer zoomed down the left side of the sheet and linked up with Oleksiak on the left dot. Oleksiak lined up and chipped the puck off of Muse, but Reid’s pursuit paid off after he crashed the net and ripped the puck top-shelf.

The back-and-forth affair pushed ahead when Bill Arnold netted one to close the gap and tie it again, 5-5. Philip Samuelsson provided Arnold with the rubber in the neutral zone and the rookie was able beat Rawlings on an off-balance flick directly in front of the goalmouth at 10:12.

Newcomer Cody Ferriero took a slashing call at the time of Arnold’s tally to give BC the man-advantage and the Eagles cashed in on transition at 11:44. Kreider gathered the puck after a feathered pass from Jimmy Hayes on the far boards and motored towards the cage. Kreider was crossed up Rawlings in close and won the battle in close to claim the edge once again, 6-5.

For those that thought they got their money’s worth at the TD Garden on Valentine’s Day, MacLeod and Silva injected even more drama at 18:14 on a perfectly-crafted one-time goal to push the game into overtime, setting the stage for the game-winner from Jimmy Hayes.

Muse made 21 saves to earn the win for the Eagles as Boston College held a 46-27 advantage in shots on goal.

The Huskies and Eagles will renew acquaintances this weekend, skating in a home-and-home Hockey East series on Friday night in Chestnut Hill and Saturday night at Matthews Arena.

Game Notes
• This game marked the fourth Beanpot championship game in which the Huskies have gone to overtime. Northeastern won its first Beanpot in overtime against Boston College in 1980 and previously lost overtime championships in 1987 and 2005, both to Boston University.

• The goal from Tyler McNeely with help from Wade MacLeod and Steve Silva marks the fifth straight contest all three forwards have scored in a game.

• With two points tonight, Tyler McNeely now has 96 career points and a career-best seven-game point streak.

• Wade MacLeod concludes his Beanpot career with nine points (2-7-9) and Tyler McNeely finishes with eight points (5-3-8) in eight career Beanpot games.

Cents vs. Vipers Preview:


Merritt (21-29-1-6) @ Vernon (33-11-4-9)

Tonight is the sixth and final meeting of the 2010-11 season between the Merritt Centennials and Vernon Vipers. It's the second of two games within five days between the two teams. The Cents have already won the season series with a 3-1-0-1 record vs. the Vipers.

Last Game Played:
Saturday, February 12 - Merritt lost 8-2 in Langley
Friday, February 11 - Vernon lost 3-2 in overtime at home versus Merritt

Next Games:
Thursday, February 17: Merritt vs. Prince George
Friday, February 18: Vernon vs. Trail

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 57
Wins: 21
Losses: 29
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 13-10-0-4
Road Record: 8-19-1-2
Streak: One game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 2-8-0-0
Goals For: 149
Goals Against: 205
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2002-03 season Merritt is 7-45-0-5 against Vernon

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 1-19-0-4 at home vs. Vernon

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 3-20-0-2 in Vernon

Merritt is 2-8-0-0 in its last 10 visits to Vernon's Wesbild Centre

Merritt is 1-9-0-0 in its last 10 home games vs. Vernon

Merritt’s last win o home ice against the Vipers was a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, November 5, 2010.

Former Centennials on the Vipers:
None

Centennials power play vs. Vernon this season: 5/18
Centennials home record vs. Vernon this season: 1-0-0-1
Centennials road record vs. Vernon this season: 2-1

Cents scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:
Jeff Jones (2-3-5)
Regan Soquila (3-1-4)
Evan Stack (0-4-4)
Max Vallis (2-1-3)
Chad Brears (1-2-3)
Stephen Wall (0-3-3)
Steve Tresierra (1-1-2)
Sean Maktaak (1-1-2)
Brandon Pfeil (1-1-2)
Dustin Lebrun (1-0-1)
Kameran Crawford (0-1-1)
Jakob Reichert (0-1-1)
Reece Willcox (0-1-1)
Brent Fletcher (0-1-1)
Billy Marshall (0-1-1)

Lino Chimienti (1-0)
Tyler Steel (2-1)

Let's take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

Games Played: 57
Wins: 33
Losses: 11
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 9
Home Record: 16-5-2-5
Road Record: 17-6-2-4
Streak: Two game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 7-2-0-1
Goals For: 182
Goals Against: 137
Standings: 1st Place

Former Vipers on the Centennials:
Steve Tresierra (5g, 16a in 68 games with Vernon from 2007-09)
David Sabey, Jeff Jones and Tyler Steel all were participants in Vipers training camp in the past. Jones was AP'd by Vernon in 2008-09 but didn't play any games with the Vipers.

Vipers power play vs. Merritt this season: 5/18
Vipers home record vs. Merritt this season: 1-1-0-1
Vipers road record vs. Merritt this season: 1-0-0-1

Vipers scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Dylan Walchuk (4-3-7)
David Robinson (3-3-6)
John Knisley (1-5-6)
Steven Weinstein (2-2-4)
Darren Nowick (1-3-4)
Marcus Basara (2-1-3)
Ryan Renz (1-2-3)
Michael Zalewski (1-2-3)
Malcolm Lyles (1-2-3)
Bryce Kakoske (1-2-3)
Kyle Murphy (0-3-3)
Brett Corkey (1-1-2)
Max Mowat (0-2-2)
Aaron Hadley (0-2-2)
Dane Muench (0-2-2)
Philip Patenaude (0-1-1)
Adam Thompson (0-1-1)

Blake Voth (2-1-0-1)

Here's a look at the season series between the two teams:

Tuesday, September 21 - Merritt wins 5-4 in overtime @ Vernon

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Vernon Vipers at 3:34 - Dylan Walchuk from Marcus Basara and David Robinson
Merritt Centennials at 5:50 (PP) - Regan Soquila from Stephen Wall
Merritt Centennials at 19:43 (PP) - Dustin Johnson from Kameran Crawford and Jeff Jones
PERIOD 2
Vernon Vipers at 11:17 (PP) - Steven Weinstein from Bryce Kakoske and Kyle Murphy
PERIOD 3
Vernon Vipers at 3:53 - Marcus Basara from Dylan Walchuk and David Robinson
Merritt Centennials at 6:44 (PP) - Jeff Jones from Dustin Johnson and Max Vallis
Merritt Centennials at 16:52 (PS) - Dustin Johnson (unassisted)
Vernon Vipers at 19:28 - Dylan Walchuk from John Knisley and Philip Patenaude

OVERTIME PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 2:20 - Jeff Zmurchyk from Stephen Wall

http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839996

Sunday, October 3 - Vernon wins 4-3 in overtime @ Merritt

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 2:34 - Regan Soquila from Chad Brears and Evan Stack
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 3:28 - Max Vallis from Jeff Jones and Jakob Reichert
Vernon Vipers at 4:37 - Bryce Kakoske from Michael Zalewski and Malcolm Lyles
Vernon Vipers at 10:02 - David Robinson from Max Mowat and Aaron Hadley
Merritt Centennials at 12:48 - Max Vallis from Jeff Zmurchyk and Jeff Jones
PERIOD 3
Vernon Vipers at 1:53 - Marcus Basara from Max Mowat and John Knisley
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Vernon Vipers at 4:36 - David Robinson from Dylan Walchuk and Steven Weinstein

http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840247

Friday, November 5 - Merritt wins 4-3 in overtime at home against Vernon

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
No Scoring
PERIOD 2
Vernon Vipers at 0:29 (PP) - Michael Zalewski from John Knisley and Malcolm Lyles
Vernon Vipers at 8:44 - John Knisley from Michael Zalewski and Aaron Hadley
Vernon Vipers at 10:05 - Todd Skirving from Nicholas Kerr and Darren Nowick
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 12:45 (PP) - Steve Tresierra from Evan Stack and Brent Fletcher
Merritt Centennials at 16:43 - Jeff Jones from Regan Soquila and Reece Willcox
Merritt Centennials at 19:06 (PP) - Sean Maktaak from Steve Tresierra and Brandon Pfeil
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 1:45 - Brandon Pfeil from Chad Brears and Sean Maktaak

http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840248

Tuesday, January 18 - Merritt loses 6-0 in Vernon

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Vernon Vipers at 1:47 - Malcolm Lyles from Steven Weinstein and John Knisley
PERIOD 2
Vernon Vipers at 2:12 (PP) - Steven Weinstein from Dylan Walchuk and Darren Nowick
Vernon Vipers at 11:45 - Brett Corkey from Kyle Murphy and Ryan Renz
Vernon Vipers at 15:20 (PP) - Dylan Walchuk from Darren Nowick and Dane Muench
PERIOD 3
Vernon Vipers at 18:53 - Ryan Renz from David Robinson and Kyle Murphy
Vernon Vipers at 19:22 - David Robinson from Bryce Kakoske and Ryan Renz

http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839997

Friday, February 11, 2010 - Merritt wins 3-2 in overtime @ Vernon

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 8:51 - Dustin Lebrun from Stephen Wall
PERIOD 2
Vernon Vipers at 9:10 (PP) - Darren Nowick from John Knisley and Brett Corkey
Vernon Vipers at 17:44 - Dylan Walchuk from Dane Muench and Adam Thompson
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 2:40 - Regan Soquila from Evan Stack and Jeff Jones
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 4:35 - Chad Brears from Billy Marshall and Evan Stack

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839998

In the last few years, Merritt and Vernon have made a number of trades with each other, here's a summary:

2008-09
07-Jan-09 The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Steve Tresierra (90)(D) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
08-Oct-08 The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Matt Cumming (D)(91) and future considerations to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Graeme Gordon (89)(G).

2007-08
02-Dec-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Justin Thomas (89)(D) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
06-Oct-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Patrick Rogan (90)(F) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Kevin Koopman (88)(D).
10-Sep-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Casey Fratkin (F)(89) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
05-Sep-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Eliot Raibl (89)(D) to the Vernon Viper Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.

2005-06
03-Nov-05 The Vernon Vipers transfer the playing rights of Cody Butcher (D)(87) to the Merrit Centennials for future considerations

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cents Potential Playoff Opponents:

It seems like the Cents have been in sixth place forever and the most common question I get from other fans is, "Who does it look like we'll play in the playoffs?"

With one week to go in the 2010-11 BCHL regular season, there are four teams that could still finish third and face the Centennials starting on February 26. Let's have a look at those teams and their remaining schedules.


1. Vernon Vipers (33-11-4-9)
Remaining games: @ Merritt, vs. Trail, vs. Quesnel
Cents Record vs. Vernon this season: 3-1-0-1 (4 of 5 games have gone in OT, Merritt is 3-0-0-1 in the extra frame)


2. Salmon Arm Silverbacks (37-17-2-0)
Remaining games: @ Powell River, @ Langley, @ Surrey, @ Coquitlam
Cents Record vs. Salmon Arm this season: 0-4-0-2 (Five of the six games have been decided by two goals or less)


3. Penticton Vees (35-17-2-2)
Remaining games: @ Prince George, vs. Westside, vs. Prince George, vs. Quesnel
Cents Record vs. Penticton this season: 0-5-0-1 (Four of the six games have been decided by two goals or less)


4. Westside Warriors (31-19-2-4)
Remaining games: @ Quesnel, @ Penticton, vs. Prince George, vs. Quesnel
Cents Record vs. Westside this season: 5-1-0-0

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cents 2011 Spring Camp Details:


The Centennials have released the details for this year's Spring Camp in Merritt. Here's the release from the Cents website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC – February 10, 2011

The Merritt Centennials announced today the details for their 2011 Spring Evaluation Camp in Merritt on April 1-3. Registration is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

“Last year, six players who attended our Spring Evaluation Camp received invites to our Main Training Camp in August and wound up on our roster for the season," said Cents Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce. "We are once again this year looking for players with a superior work ethic, attitude, strong skating ability and most importantly, demonstrate a will to compete every time they’re on the ice.”

The cost of the camp is $150.

For complete details, please visit www.merrittcentennials.com and click on "2011 Spring Camps".

For the record, those six players who got the invite to Main Camp and made the Centennials roster are Evan Stack, Billy Marshall, Chad Brears, Dylan Playfair, Richard Sabourin and Dustin Lebrun. Additionally, Eric Schmidt has played this season as an affiliate player this season after attending Spring and Main Camp.

Cents @ Chiefs Preview:


Merritt (21-28-1-6) @ Langley (29-21-1-7)

Tonight is the second of two meetings between the Merritt Centennials and Langley Chiefs. It's also the Centennials final road game of the 2010-11 regular season. The Cents wrap up the season with three straight home games against Vernon, Prince George and Trail.

Last Game Played:
Friday, February 11 - Merritt won 3-2 in overtime in Vernon
Tuesday, February 8 - Langley won 8-5 in Coquitlam

Next Games:
Tuesday, February 15: Merritt vs. Vernon
Friday, February 18: Langley vs. Salmon Arm

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 56
Wins: 21
Losses: 28
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 13-10-0-4
Road Record: 8-18-1-2
Streak: One game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 2-7-1-0
Goals For: 147
Goals Against: 197
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 5-7-0-2 against Chilliwack/Langley

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 3-3-0-2 at home vs. Chilliwack/Langley

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 2-4-0-0 in Chilliwack/Langley

Merritt is 2-4-0-0 in its last six visits to Chilliwack/Langley

Merritt is 3-2-0-2 in its last eight home games vs. Chilliwack/Langley

Merritt’s last win in Chilliwack/Langley against the Chiefs was a 5-2 victory way back on Tuesday, September 30, 2006.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 5:33 (PP) - Wade MacLeod from Patrick Rogan and Cody Butcher
Merritt Centennials at 10:35 (PP) - Patrick Rogan from Nick Stermer and Casey Pierro-Zabotel
Merritt Centennials at 16:29 - Matt Redkwich (unassisted)
PERIOD 2
Langley Chiefs at 0:47 (SH) - Kyle Mackinnon from Chris Ickert
Merritt Centennials at 12:19 (SH) - Nicholas Kang from Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Nick Stermer
PERIOD 3
Langley Chiefs at 7:51 - Milos Gordic from Ryan Botchar
Merritt Centennials at 17:25 (PP) - Cody Butcher from Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Stephen Cavanagh

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=329572

Former Centennials on the Chiefs:
D Tyler Miller (was traded to Merritt by Westside but didn't report to Merritt and was dealt to Prince George before playing a game with the Cents)

Centennials power play vs. Langley this season: 1/11
Centennials home record vs. Langley this season: 0-1
Centennials road record vs. Langley this season: 0-0

Centennials are 4-11 against the Coastal Conference this season

Cents scoring leaders vs. Langley this season:
Jeff Jones (1-1-2)
Max Vallis (2-0-2)
Stephen Wall (1-0-1)
Dustin Lebrun (1-0-1)
Kameran Crawford (0-1-1)
Jakob Reichert (0-1-1)
David Sabey (0-1-1)

Tyler Steel (0-1)

The Cents do have seven players on their roster who are from the Greater Vancouver area, so there is bound to be a strong cheering section for Merritt during tonight's game.

Jakob Reichert (Langley)
Brent Fletcher (New Westminster)
Silvan Harper (Coquitlam)
Dustin Lebrun (Coquitlam)
Brandon Pfeil (West Vancouver)
Regan Soquila (Maple Ridge)
Reece Willcox (Surrey)

Let's take a look at the Langley Chiefs:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 29
Losses: 21
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 7
Home Record: 14-8-1-5
Road Record: 15-13-0-2
Streak: One game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 4-5-0-1
Goals For: 225
Goals Against: 209
Standings: 3rd Place - Coast

Former Chiefs on the Centennials:
None

Chiefs power play vs. Merritt this season: 1/5
Chiefs home record vs. Merritt this season: 0-0
Chiefs road record vs. Merritt this season: 1-0

Chiefs scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Josh Myers (1-3-4)
Matt Ius (2-1-3)
Mike Tebbutt (2-1-3)
Brandon Thompson (1-0-1)
Tyler Miller (0-1-1)
Ryan Bakken (0-1-1)
Trace Strahle (0-1-1)
Trevor Gerling (0-1-1)
Brad McBride (0-1-1)

Wyatt Galley (1-0)

Here's a look at the season series between the two teams:

Friday, October 1 - Langley wins 9-5 in Merritt

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Langley Chiefs at 4:10 - Mike Tebbutt from Max Fiedler and Tim Daly
Langley Chiefs at 5:32 - Brandon Thompson from Trevor Gerling and Brad McBride
Merritt Centennials at 6:27 (PP) - Jeff Jones from Dustin Johnson and Kameran Crawford
Merritt Centennials at 9:33 - Max Vallis from Jeff Jones and Jeff Zmurchyk
Langley Chiefs at 10:50 - Josh Myers from Matt Ius and Tyler Miller
Merritt Centennials at 15:51 - Max Vallis from Jakob Reichert and Jeff Zmurchyk
PERIOD 2
Langley Chiefs at 6:45 (SH) - Mike Tebbutt from Ryan Bakken
Langley Chiefs at 9:23 - Matt Ius from Josh Myers
Langley Chiefs at 10:43 (PP) - Tim Daly from Trace Strahle and Josh Myers
Langley Chiefs at 13:31 - Stan Smrke from Mike Tebbutt and Tim Daly
Langley Chiefs at 17:53 - Matt Ius from Josh Myers and Jamie Lively
Langley Chiefs at 19:25 - Stan Smrke (unassisted)
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 10:18 - Dustin Lebrun from Jeff Zmurchyk
Merritt Centennials at 12:25 - Stephen Wall from David Sabey and Dustin Johnson

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839952

In the last number of years, Merritt and Langley/Chilliwack have made just a couple of trades with each other, here's a summary:

2007-08
10-Oct-07 The Langley Chiefs Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Erick Ruud (87)(F) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
2005-06
19-Aug-05 The Merritt Centennials trade Ted Vickers (85)F to the Chilliwack Chiefs in exchange for future considerations.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Centennials Line-Up vs. Vipers:

Soquila (93) - Jones (91) - Stack (91)
Vallis (91) - Bokenfohr (90) - Maktaak (92)
Lebrun (92) - Wall (91) - Brears (91)
Harper (92) - Fletcher (92) - Sabey (91)

Witkop (90) - Tresierra (90)
Pfeil (92) - Willcox (94)
Sabourin (92) - Marshall (91)

Chimienti (91)
Steel (93)

Scratches: Reichert (93), Playfair (92), Crawford (91)

Cents @ Vipers Preview:


Merritt (20-28-1-6) @ Vernon (33-11-4-8)

Tonight is the fifth of six meetings between the Merritt Centennials and Vernon Vipers. It's the first of two games within five days between the two teams.

Last Game Played:
Wednesday, February 9 - Merritt lost 4-2 in Westside
Wednesday, February 9 - Vernon lost 5-4 in Salmon Arm

Next Games:
Saturday, February 12: Merritt @ Langley
Tuesday, February 15: Vernon @ Merritt

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 55
Wins: 20
Losses: 28
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 13-10-0-4
Road Record: 7-18-1-2
Streak: One game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 2-7-1-0
Goals For: 144
Goals Against: 195
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2002-03 season Merritt is 6-45-0-5 against Vernon

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 1-19-0-4 at home vs. Vernon

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 2-20-0-2 in Vernon

Merritt is 1-9-0-0 in its last 10 visits to Vernon's Wesbild Centre

Merritt is 1-9-0-0 in its last 10 home games vs. Vernon

Merritt’s last win in Vernon against the Vipers was a 5-4 double overtime victory back on Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

Former Centennials on the Vipers:
None

Centennials power play vs. Vernon this season: 5/16
Centennials home record vs. Vernon this season: 1-0-0-1
Centennials road record vs. Vernon this season: 1-1

Cents scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:
Jeff Jones (2-2-4)
Max Vallis (2-1-3)
Regan Soquila (2-1-3)
Stephen Wall (0-2-2)
Steve Tresierra (1-1-2)
Evan Stack (0-2-2)
Sean Maktaak (1-1-2)
Chad Brears (0-2-2)
Brandon Pfeil (1-1-2)
Kameran Crawford (0-1-1)
Jakob Reichert (0-1-1)
Reece Willcox (0-1-1)
Brent Fletcher (0-1-1)

Tyler Steel (2-1)

Let's take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

Games Played: 56
Wins: 33
Losses: 11
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 8
Home Record: 16-5-2-4
Road Record: 17-6-2-4
Streak: One game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 8-2-0-0
Goals For: 183
Goals Against:134
Standings: 1st Place

Former Vipers on the Centennials:
Steve Tresierra (5g, 16a in 68 games with Vernon from 2007-09)
David Sabey, Jeff Jones and Tyler Steel all were participants in Vipers training camp in the past. Jones was AP'd by Vernon in 2008-09 but didn't play any games with the Vipers.

Vipers power play vs. Merritt this season: 4/14
Vipers home record vs. Merritt this season: 1-1
Vipers road record vs. Merritt this season: 1-0-0-1

Vipers scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Dylan Walchuk (3-3-6)
David Robinson (3-3-6)
John Knisley (1-4-5)
Steven Weinstein (2-2-4)
Marcus Basara (2-1-3)
Ryan Renz (1-2-3)
Michael Zalewski (1-2-3)
Aaron Hadley (0-2-2)
Malcolm Lyles (1-2-3)
Bryce Kakoske (1-2-3)
Kyle Murphy (0-3-3)
Max Mowat (0-2-2)
Darren Nowick (0-2-2)
Brett Corkey (1-0-1)
Philip Patenaude (0-1-1)
Darren Nowick (0-1-1)
Dane Muench (0-1-1)

Blake Voth (2-1)

Here's a look at the season series between the two teams:

Tuesday, September 21 - Merritt wins 5-4 in overtime @ Vernon

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Vernon Vipers at 3:34 - Dylan Walchuk from Marcus Basara and David Robinson
Merritt Centennials at 5:50 (PP) - Regan Soquila from Stephen Wall
Merritt Centennials at 19:43 (PP) - Dustin Johnson from Kameran Crawford and Jeff Jones
PERIOD 2
Vernon Vipers at 11:17 (PP) - Steven Weinstein from Bryce Kakoske and Kyle Murphy
PERIOD 3
Vernon Vipers at 3:53 - Marcus Basara from Dylan Walchuk and David Robinson
Merritt Centennials at 6:44 (PP) - Jeff Jones from Dustin Johnson and Max Vallis
Merritt Centennials at 16:52 (PS) - Dustin Johnson (unassisted)
Vernon Vipers at 19:28 - Dylan Walchuk from John Knisley and Philip Patenaude

OVERTIME PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 2:20 - Jeff Zmurchyk from Stephen Wall

http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839996

Sunday, October 3 - Vernon wins 4-3 in overtime @ Merritt

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 2:34 - Regan Soquila from Chad Brears and Evan Stack
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 3:28 - Max Vallis from Jeff Jones and Jakob Reichert
Vernon Vipers at 4:37 - Bryce Kakoske from Michael Zalewski and Malcolm Lyles
Vernon Vipers at 10:02 - David Robinson from Max Mowat and Aaron Hadley
Merritt Centennials at 12:48 - Max Vallis from Jeff Zmurchyk and Jeff Jones
PERIOD 3
Vernon Vipers at 1:53 - Marcus Basara from Max Mowat and John Knisley
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Vernon Vipers at 4:36 - David Robinson from Dylan Walchuk and Steven Weinstein

http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840247

Friday, November 5 - Merritt wins 4-3 in overtime at home against Vernon

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
No Scoring
PERIOD 2
Vernon Vipers at 0:29 (PP) - Michael Zalewski from John Knisley and Malcolm Lyles
Vernon Vipers at 8:44 - John Knisley from Michael Zalewski and Aaron Hadley
Vernon Vipers at 10:05 - Todd Skirving from Nicholas Kerr and Darren Nowick
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 12:45 (PP) - Steve Tresierra from Evan Stack and Brent Fletcher
Merritt Centennials at 16:43 - Jeff Jones from Regan Soquila and Reece Willcox
Merritt Centennials at 19:06 (PP) - Sean Maktaak from Steve Tresierra and Brandon Pfeil
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 1:45 - Brandon Pfeil from Chad Brears and Sean Maktaak

http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840248

Tuesday, January 18 - Merritt loses 6-0 in Vernon

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Vernon Vipers at 1:47 - Malcolm Lyles from Steven Weinstein and John Knisley
PERIOD 2
Vernon Vipers at 2:12 (PP) - Steven Weinstein from Dylan Walchuk and Darren Nowick
Vernon Vipers at 11:45 - Brett Corkey from Kyle Murphy and Ryan Renz
Vernon Vipers at 15:20 (PP) - Dylan Walchuk from Darren Nowick and Dane Muench
PERIOD 3
Vernon Vipers at 18:53 - Ryan Renz from David Robinson and Kyle Murphy
Vernon Vipers at 19:22 - David Robinson from Bryce Kakoske and Ryan Renz

http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839997

In the last few years, Merritt and Vernon have made a number of trades with each other, here's a summary:

2008-09
07-Jan-09 The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Steve Tresierra (90)(D) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
08-Oct-08 The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Matt Cumming (D)(91) and future considerations to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Graeme Gordon (89)(G).

2007-08
02-Dec-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Justin Thomas (89)(D) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
06-Oct-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Patrick Rogan (90)(F) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Kevin Koopman (88)(D).
10-Sep-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Casey Fratkin (F)(89) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
05-Sep-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Eliot Raibl (89)(D) to the Vernon Viper Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.

2005-06
03-Nov-05 The Vernon Vipers transfer the playing rights of Cody Butcher (D)(87) to the Merrit Centennials for future considerations

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Centennials @ Warriors Preview:

Merritt (20-27-1-6) @ Westside (28-19-2-4)

Tonight is the sixth and final meeting of the season between the Merritt Centennials and Westside Warriors. It's the Cents third to last road game of the 2010-11 season.

Last Game Played:
Sunday, February 6 - Merritt beat Alberni Valley 4-3
Saturday, February 5 - Westside beat Trail 5-4 in overtime

Next Games:
Friday, February 11 - Merritt @ Vernon
Friday, February 11 - Westside @ Quesnel

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 54
Wins: 20
Losses: 27
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 13-10-0-4
Road Record: 7-17-1-2
Streak: One game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 3-6-1-0
Goals For: 142
Goals Against: 191
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2006-07 season (when Langley Hornets moved to Westside), Merritt is 9-18-0-3 vs. the Warriors

Since the 2006-07 season Merritt is 5-8-0-2 at home vs. Westside

Since the 2006-07 season Merritt is 4-10-0-1 in Westside

Merritt is 7-3-0-0 in its last 10 games vs. Westside

Merritt’s last win in Westside was a 3-1 victory on Friday, December 10, 2010.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Westside Warriors at 15:18 (PP) - Max French from Matt Cronin and Tom Kroshus
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 7:43 - Jeff Jones from Regan Soquila and Evan Stack
Merritt Centennials at 15:39 (PP) - Jeff Jones from Regan Soquila and Evan Stack
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 19:51 (EN) - Steve Tresierra from Stephen Wall

Former Centennials on the Warriors:
G Cole Holowenko (9-14-0-0 record, 5.42 GAA, .858 save % in 31 games with Merritt)

Centennials power play vs. Westside this season: 5/23
Centennials home record vs. Westside this season: 3-0
Centennials road record vs. Westside this season: 2-0

Cents scoring leaders vs. Westside this season:
Jeff Jones (6-4-10)
Regan Soquila (0-7-7)
Dustin Lebrun (2-3-5)
Evan Stack (1-4-5)
Steve Tresierra (3-1-4)
Steve Wall (1-3-4)
David Sabey (2-1-3)
Jakob Reichert (2-1-3)
Reece Willcox (1-1-2)
Max Vallis (0-2-2)
Richard Sabourin (0-2-2)
Billy Marshall (1-0-1)
Blaine Bokenfohr (0-1-1)
Sean Maktaak (0-1-1)
Chad Brears (0-1-1)

Lino Chimienti (2-0)
Tyler Steel (3-0)

Let's take a look at the Westside Warriors:

Games Played: 53
Wins: 28
Losses: 19
Ties: 2
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 17-8-0-2
Road Record: 11-11-2-2
Streak: Three game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 5-4-0-1
Goals For: 212
Goals Against: 164
Standings: 5th Place

Former Warriors on the Centennials:
None

Warriors power play vs. Merritt this season: 2/15
Warriors home record vs. Merritt this season: 0-2
Warriors road record vs. Merritt this season: 0-3

Westside's scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Max French (1-4-5)
Travis Blanleil (2-1-3)
Brett McKinnon (1-1-2)
Dru Morrison (1-1-2)
Alex Greive (1-1-2)
Tyler Krause (1-1-2)
Quinn Gould (1-1-2)
Tyler Brickler (1-1-2)
Matt Cronin (0-2-2)
Tom Kroshus (0-2-2)
Grayson Downing (0-2-2)
Michael King (1-0-1)
Shawn Hochhausen (1-0-1)
Brett Mulcahy (0-1-1)
Tyler French (0-1-1)
Kyle Singleton (0-1-1)

Kevin Boyle (0-4)
Cam Gorchynski (0-1) *no longer with team