In less than 24 hours, the Merritt Centennials and Penticton Vees restart their playoff rivalry. The last time these two teams met in the post-season, it was the Vees who came out on top with a series sweep back in 2014. The Centennials aren’t going down without a fight though. The Vees had a first round bye, while the Centennials swept the defending RBC Cup National Champions, the West Kelowna Warriors. The Centennials have had a solid season and the post- season is looking promising as the team has strong goaltending from Jacob Berger and Colten Lancaster. Berger has played all four playoff games and earned a win in all. The offence has been stellar for the Cents as Tyler Ward leads not only the team in points, but also the league with seven goals and three assists for a total of ten points. On defence, it’s Mike Faulkner who leads with one goal and four assists.
Berger had a record of 1-3 against the Vees during the regular season and Lancaster had a record of 0-2. The player from the Cents that had the most points against the Vees during the regular season was Mike Faulkner with 4 assists and 1 goal. The Centennials record during the regular season against the Vees was 1-6.
Game 1; @ SOEC, March 17 (7pm)
Game 2; @ SOEC, March 18 (6pm)
Game 3; @ NVMA, March 20 (7pm)
Game 4; @ NVMA, March 21 (7pm)
*Game 5; @ SOEC, March 23 (7pm)
*Game 6; @ NVMA, March 24 (7pm)
*Game 7; @SOEC, March 27 (7pm)