THE CENTS LOOK TO CONTINUE THEIR SUCCESS AT HOME AGAINST VERNON
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh
The Cents were in action Saturday night for the first leg of a home and home against Vernon. Coming in to this one it had been more than a year since Vernon was able to win at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, and the Cents were hoping to continue that trend.
They came out hard in the first and controlled the pace of play, holding Vernon to just three shots through the first half of the period. Their hard work would pay off as they took the lead at the 9:40 mark. Josh Teves sent a beautiful saucer pass up the ice, right on the tape of John Schiavo, who moved in all alone and roofed the puck short side past Jarrod Schamerhorn to give Merritt the lead. Vernon would tie it up just two and half minutes later short handed. Colton Mccarthy was sprung on the break away and beat Jonah Imoo up high to pull it back to even. Vernon would then get a bit of a lucky break just before the end of the frame. Ken Citron let a hard shoot in go from center that somehow fooled Imoo and squeezed through to give the Vipers the 2-1 lead heading in to the intermission.
Vernon would continue their success on offense in the second frame. They extended their lead at the 8:39 mark. Liam Coughlin was able to intercept the clearing pass in the Cents end and let a hard slap shot go from the point that beat Imoo far side. They would add to that lead about two minutes later, Brandon Egli was able to ripple the mesh and push the lead to 4-1. After allowing the fourth goal, Imoo got the yank and was replaced by Anthony Pupplo, who was sharp between the pipes for the rest of the period. The game would head to the intermission 4-1 in favor of Vernon.
The third started to see some emotion creep in to the game, something that had not been present through the first two periods. A couple of scrums broke out at the 13:47 mark after a high hit from Brandon Duhaime. Malik Kaila and Brandon Egli came to blows, both dropping their gloves. Malik Kaila landed a couple of rights and scored the takedown, however, as he was falling to the ice he landed hard with Egli on top of him. Kaila stood back up after the fight but almost immediately collapsed favoring his left leg. He had to be helped off the ice by medical staff, and their is no word on his condition. If Kaila is out for an extended period of time, it would be a big blow to the Cents as they're already suffering a couple of injuries. After all was said and done Vernon came away with a five minute penalty with just over six minutes left in the game. It would only take them eight seconds in to the man advantage to score their fifth goal of the game. The Cents would shut them down for the rest of the game but were unable to muster any offense and Vernon came away with their first victory in Merritt since November 2013. Final score 5-1.
The Cents are on the road Wednesday night for the second half of the home and home in Vernon, looking to return the favor. Puck drop for that game is at 7.
(Regular Season) Game
January 28th, 2015 at 7:00 PM