Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Submitted by Dustin Scafe
The Interior Division in The BCHL is always tight and this year seems to be no exception early on, so it was important for The Cents to come away with a couple victories this weekend over interior division rivals, which is exactly what they did.
Friday night saw them in action against the Silverback as Salmon Arm was hoping to put on a good show in front of the first home crowd of the season.
However, for a 2nd straight season the Cents had their eyes set on playing spoiler.
The Centennials were the first to find the back of the net courtesy of Braden Fuller to give them the 1-0 lead early in the first.
However, Salmon Arm was able to battle back and send it to the intermission all tied at 1. Captain Bryden Marsh would put the Silverbacks ahead 4 minutes into the second after receiving a beautiful centering pass, giving Anthony Pupplo no chance to make the save; but that would be the last time Salmon Arm would ripple the mesh in the game.
Shane Poulsen answered back 10 minutes later on the power play as he let one go from the point that fooled goaltender Redmond and brought the score back to even.
Diego Cuglietta would then make his presence felt as he picked up the puck just inside the blue line with a clear path to net, went forehand back hand and absolutely undressed the goaltender in what was, arguably, the goal of the season so far, regaining the lead going into the intermission.
The third was much of the same from The Cents as they added two more late in the period with John Schiavo sniping one home and Nick Fidanza had his first taste of BCHL scoring as he found the empty net from his own blue line late in the game to put the icing on the cake as the Cents cruised to the 5-2 victory.
Merritt was back in action on Saturday night opening the season at home in front of a packed crowd at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena as they faced off against another interior division foe, the Penticton Vees.
Right from the get go you could tell the Cents had a little extra jump in their step as they carried the momentum from the previous nights win into this game.
It didn't take to long before the Red ‘n White found the back of the net as Captain Sam Johnson made no mistake with a beautiful saucer pass to Micheal Ederer on the two on one opportunity as Ederer was able to tap home his first of the game and second of the season.
A rare mistake from goaltender Hunter Miska would allow the Cents to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission after Miska mishandled the long shoot in and Daniel Nachbaur was right on the doorstep to poke it home.
Their was only one tally in the second as James Neil pushed the lead to 3 on another two on one opportunity with Gavin Gould who dished the cross ice pass to Neil who was able to find the top corner of the net from the high slot.
The game went into the second intermission with the Cents leading 3-0.
It didn't take Merritt long into the final frame to ripple the mesh once again as Micheal Ederer found the top corner from a sharp angle on the power play to extend the lead less than 60 seconds into the third.
John Schiavo would then cap off a great game for the Cents adding one more late in the period to put the nail in coffin and secure the win.
Jonah Imoo was solid between the pipes for The Cents as he came away with his first shut-out of the season and grabbing first star of the game honors with his 37 saves.
The Cents are back in action next weekend with another pair of Interior Division matchups as they face off against the Vernon Vipers at home on Friday night, puck drop for that game is at 7:30.
They are then in West Kelowna facing off against the Warriors at Royal LePage Arena, puck drop for that game is at 7:00.
(Regular Season) Game
October 3rd, 2014 at 7:30 PM