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Sunday, November 23, 2014 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh

The Cents were in action Saturday night at home for the second leg of their home and home with Penticton and were looking to exact some revenge for Friday night.

The first, just like Friday night, was a hard fought defensive battle with both teams exchanging chances. The Cents best opportunity in the first came shorthanded when Cole Chorney and Gavin Gould moved in two on one. Gould received the centering pass but rung it off the crossbar. The game would head to the first intermission with no score.

The Vees were able to open the scoring in the second at the 3:33 mark. Jack Ramsey was able to find the back of the net in close to give the Vees the lead. The Cents would have an aNswer with one of their own four minutes later. The initial Jake Clifford point shot was saved by the shoulder of Brendan Barry and Colin Grannary was able to collect the puck behind the net and wrap it around in to the open side to tie it up. Merritt would find one more before then end of the period, Shane Poulsen let a blast from the point fly on the power play, however it would connect solidly with iron and rebound back behind Barry where Diego Cuglietta was waiting right on the doorstep to bang home the rebound and give the Cents the 2-1 lead heading in to the final frame.

It didn't take long for the Vees to tie it back up. Just 57 seconds in to the third Demico Hannoun picked up the puck in the Cents end and let a wicked wrist shot go from the high slot that went bar down on Jonah Imoo and tied the game back up. Diego Cuglietta then rippled the mesh for a second time on the man advantage. Josh Teves moved in to the offensive zone with speed, cut below the line and centered out front for Cuglietta. Brendan Barry managed to make the save on the initial opportunity but was unable to handle the rebound and Cuglietta made no mistake on the second chance to regain the lead. Dakota Conroy managed to tie it back up at the 8:42 mark beating Imoo in the scramble out front. The Vees would regain the lead at the 16:07 mark, Connor Chartier was able to get away a quick turn around shot from the circle that went off the far post and in giving the Vees the 4-3 lead. Dakota Conroy would then seal it on the open net with forty seconds reaming and the Vees came away with the 5-3 victory, handing the Cents only their third loss on home ice this season.

The Cents are back in action with a mid week match-up against the Vipers in Vernon on Wednesday night, puck drop is at 7.

(Regular Season) Game
November 29th, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Nicola Valley Arena
(Regular Season) Game
November 26th, 2014 at 7:00 PM

3 - 7
Penticton 26 22 3 0 1 45
Vernon 24 14 7 1 2 31
W.Kelowna 25 13 7 0 5 31
Merritt 26 14 11 0 1 29
Trail 23 11 11 0 1 23
Salmon Arm 25 8 10 2 5 23