Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh
The Cents were in action on Wednesday night for a mid week match-up against the league leading Penticton Vees. It was the fifth match-up between these two teams this season, the Cents defeated the Vees at their home opener, however the Vees have handed the Cents three straight losses since.
The Cents came out hard in the first, determined to score first, something they've struggled to do over the past couple of games. Their hard work paid off at the 5:47 mark on the power play, Cole Chorney picked up the puck in the neutral ice and worked his way in to the offensive zone. He was able to carry the puck past a few defenders, force his way to the front of the net and beat Brendan Barry short side to give the Cents the 1-0 lead heading in to the first intermission.
Colin Grannarry would extend the the lead to two just 3 and a half minutes in to the second frame. Micheal Ederer was able to send him in all alone and he made no mistake, going backhand forehand and roofing it past Barry. The Vees would answer back with one of their own at the 7 minute mark. Dakota Conroy, on the power play, accepted the centering pass from Connor Chartier in the slot, and with a clean look at the net, sniped it past Jonah Imoo to cut the lead in half. The Cents would restore the two goal lead with less than a minute left in the frame. John Schiavo dropped the puck at the blue line for a streaking Jake Clifford who moved in to the circle and was able to snipe it far side on Brendan Barry, sending it to the second intermission 3-1 in favor of Merritt.
The Cents wouldn't let up in third as they continued to pour it on in the final frame. Colin Grannary was able to find the back of then net for his second of the night. Brandon Duhaime, with a great centering pass, was able to find Grannary in slot who sniped it past Barry to extend the lead to 3. Captain Sam Johnson then sealed the deal at the 13:02 mark of the third. He let a quick wrister go from the half boards that fooled Barry far side and put the final nail in the coffin as the Cents cruised to the 5-1 victory. It was one of the most complete sixty minutes the team has played all year, and an important win against an interior division rival.
The team is back in action against another interior division rival that they're chasing in the standings on Friday night. They take on the Vernon Vipers at home for their final game before the Christmas break. Puck drop is at 7:30.
(Regular Season) Game
December 19th, 2014 at 7:30 PM