Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh
The Cents were in action on the road Wednesday night, taking on the Vernon Vipers. It was the second leg of the home and home to wrap up the season series between these two rivals, and the Cents were looking to exact a bit of revenge for the 5-1 loss on Saturday.
The Vipers came out strong in the first and got the early opportunity on the man advantage. They would capitalize with the man up at the 3:28 mark after Anthony Latina was able to collect the rebound of the Ken Citron shot and ripple the mesh to give the Vipers the 1-0 lead. The Cents would get chances of their own in the frame but were unable to find the back of the net, and the Vipers would take their one goal lead in to the second.
The Cents came out hard in the second determined to battle back and it wouldn't take them long in to the frame to tie it up. Sam Johnson threw the weak backhander towards the net where Zak Bowles was able to deflect the puck off the shaft of his stick, fooling Todosychuck far side and bringing the game back to even. The Centennials would then take the lead with just over 90 seconds remaining in the period. Gavin Gould was able to send Jake Clifford streaking out of the zone, and he would not be caught. Clifford pulled away and made no mistake on the breakaway, beating Todosychuck close side and send it to the intermission 2-1 in favor of Merritt.
Just like they did in the first, the Vipers got an opportunity on the man advantage early in the third. The Vipers capitalized at the 2:10 mark to tie it back up off the stick of Thomas Aldworth. They would then regain the lead, also on the powerplay, at the 12:17 mark after Liam Coughlin was able to ripple the mesh. They would get one more just over two minutes later, Micheal Roberts let a sharp angle shot go from below the half boards that fooled Anthony Pupplo short side and increased the lead to two. The Cents would mount a comeback late in the period, after a scramble out front of the Vernon net resulted in Grannary collecting the puck behind the net and centering for Micheal Ederer, who made no mistake rippling the mesh and pulling it back within one. Despite a solid push back effort late in the game, the Cents were unable to tie it up and the Vipers were able to hold on for the 4-3 victory.
The Cents are back in action this weekend with, arguably, two of the biggest games of the season as they face off against West Kelowna for a home and home. The Cents are at home on Friday, puck drop for that game is at 7:30, and then visit the Warriors on Saturday night at 7.
(Regular Season) Game
January 31st, 2015 at 7:00 PM