Thursday, December 5, 2013 - Submitted by Dustin Scafe
Jeff Wight scored his 13th goal of the season just :15 seconds in to the game on his 18th birthday, but the Merritt Centennials failed to add another as the Penticton Vees took a 4-1 victory at South Okanagan Events Centre.
Merritt's loss puts them at four games without a victory, although six wins came in the seven games prior to that. The 16-12-2-1 Cents allowed all four goals in the 2nd Period, with strong performances in the opening and final periods.
Nathan Alalouf made his Centennials debut in the 3rd Period making all 5 saves, after relieving Russell Sanderson, who made 16 of 20 saves.
18-7-1-3 Penticton got goals from Paul Stoykewych, Jack Ramsey, Cody DePourq and Brett Beauvais, while goaltender Olivier Mantha made 20 of 21 saves.
Penticton now stretches their lead on the Centennials in the Interior Division standings to five points, however the two clubs' meet again on Friday for the first time on Merritt's ice.
Gametime on Friday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena is 7:30, and with a strong crowd on Saturday the Cents would love another loud barn to play in.
Fans can also choose to listen to the game on Q101 with Dustin Scafe beginning at 7:00.