Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh
The Cents were in action for their final game of the regular season, facing off against the Trail Smoke Eaters. With a playoff spot already secured the Cents decided to rest a few key players before the playoffs, which start on Tuesday.
Trail, with nothing to play for, came out hard in the first and genErated a couple of great scoring chances and were able to ripple the mesh for the first of the game at the 9:55 mark. Craig Martin was able to fire a wrister past Anthony Pupplo to give Trail the 1-0 lead. They would follow that up just 48 seconds later off the stick of Jake Lucchini to increase the lead. The Cents would get one back late in the frame. Gavin Gould was able to move in to the offensive zone and cut to the front of the net. He tried to pull it to the forehand but Brett Clarke was able to poke it away, however John Schiavo was right there to collect the rebound and send it in to pull the game back within one. The game would head to the intermission 2-1 in favor of Trail.
Trail would get a couple of opportunities on the man advantage in the second frame. They would capitalize on their first opportunity at the 5:26 mark. Dallas Calvin was able to send it back door to Dexter Mcleod who made no mistake tapping it home. They would follow that up with another one at the 15:22 mark, also on the power play. Dallas Calvin was able to ripple the mesh past Pupplo to send it to the intermission 4-1 in favor of the visitors. Trail would come out hard in the third and wouldn't take long to increase their lead. Just under two minutes in, Sheldon Brett was able to snipe the wrister far side on Pupplo and give Trail the 5-1 lead. The Cents would get one back in the period off the stick of Micheal Ederer, but that's as close as they would come, falling 5-2 in their final game of the regular season.
Playoffs kick off on Tuesday as the Cents head to Vernon for game one, puck drop is at 7.