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Best of the Season


Team social media girl, Katie Campbell caught up with the players and Head coach/GM Joe Martin, to see what their favourite memory of the season was,


Head Coach/GM, Joe Martin- “ Overtime winners in playoffs for sure, Stephan Seeger’s in game 2 and 4, and then Tyrell Buckley’s in game 6 to force a game 7.”  


Play by Play, Mantar Bhandal- “ It’d have to be Tyrell’s goal in game 6 against Penticton. I lost my mind in the booth, and it’ll go down as one of the most famous Merritt goal calls of all time! I’ve never been a part of such an amazing atmosphere! I’ll never forget it.”


#3 Zach Risteau- “I’d say my favourite memory was getting a flat tire on the way home from Trail and having to wait 7 hours for a new one. We also had a game that day and we watched the sunrise.”


#4 Mike Faulkner- “I think my favourite memory was in the 3ot game in the playoffs in West K. Stephan is my best friend and he’s been through alot in the last few years with hockey and everything and there was nobody more deserving of scoring that goal.”


#5 Aaron Murray- “My favourite memory had to be Seeger’s ot goal to sweep West Kelowna.”


#6 Cade Gleekel- “Playing capture the flag at Corbett lake!”


#7 Tyrell Buckley- “When Stephan Seeger scored the triple overtime winning goal in game 2 against West Kelowna in round 1. I’ve never jumped so high in my life. Seeger is born a leader and it showed throughout the playoffs.”


#8 Zach Zorn- “I’d say hanging out, camping at the start of the year”


#9 Nick Wicks- “My favourite memory was game 4 in overtime when Seeger scored to end the series!”


#10 Chase Bell- “Has to be getting stuck on the bus after we blew a tire on our way home from Trail and then winning the following day.”


#11 Rylan Van Unen- “My favourite memory from the season would probably be, being stuck on the bus for 7 hours after the Trail game and winning the next day.”


#12 Stephan Seeger- “My favourite memory from the 2016/2017 season would have to be the overtime goal Tyrell Buckley scored in game six, quickest release I’ve seen in a long time and one of the happiest faces I’ve ever seen on Tyrell Buckley. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving teammate and leader.”


#13 Henry Cleghorn- “My favourite memory of the season was the whole playoffs, showing how resilient our group was and how well we succeeded.”


#14 Ian Creamore- “My favourite memory was winning game 6 in overtime to have the chance to move on to game 7 in Penticton! Didn’t play a whole lot but I had a great view of the goal on the bench!”


#15 Ethan King- “My favourite memory was beating the defending national champions and in a sweep! Just that feeling after Seeger scored that overtime winner in game 4, just the best feeling!”


#16 Zach Court- “I would say winning in triple o.t in West Kelowna in game 2 when Seeger scored.”


#17 Brett Jewell- “Favourite memory would probably be just playing in front of 1000+ fans in game 6 and winning in overtime.”


#18 Tyler Ward- “Game 4 when we completed the sweep against the West Kelowna Warriors in ot.”


#19 Michael Regush- “Game 6, beating Pen at home.”


#22 Zach Metsa- “My favourite memory this season was when Seeger scored the game winning goal in the 3rd overtime in West K. The relief I felt when we won that game was something I’ll never forget.”


#23 Nick Fidanza- “Favourite memory had to be game 6 against Penticton. I’ve never seen our barn that crazy and that loud with so many people, definitely my favourite game I’ve ever played and favourite memory of the year.”


#24 Zach Bleuler- “I think ending the 9 game losing streak against Wenatchee is my best memory.”


#26 Michael Van Unen- “My favourite memory would be the first round series sweep.”


#31 Jacob Berger- “My favourite memory would probably be sweeping West Kelowna in the first round.”


#35 Colten Lancaster- “My favourite part of the year was getting to know every player and how different they were but how close we became as a team, it was an amazing adventure throughout the whole year but getting to know everyone was by far the best experience!”


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