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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh

The Centennials were in action Tuesday night at home against the Chilliwack Chiefs looking to exact a bit of revenge. Back on October 10th the Chiefs handed the Cents their worst loss of the season trouncing them 7-1 at The Prospera Center, but it was a different story on Tuesday night.

The Cents opened the scoring half way through the first when Gavin Gould, with a beautiful tip pass at center, sent a streaking Colin Grannary into the offensive zone. Grannary, showing great patience, tried out-waiting goaltender Aiden Pelino but was forced behind the net and found Gould out-front who made no mistake banging home the centering pass to give the Cents the lead, the game would head to the first intermission 1-0 in favor of the home town team.

The second would be much more eventful with both teams potting a pair of goals. Cole Arcuri found the back of the net for the first time this season with the man advantage early in the second. He let a howitzer of a shot go from the point that found its way past a screened Pelino to extend the lead to two. Chilliwack would answer back with two unanswered goals at the 7:08 and 13:43 mark of the second frame to tie the game up, however The Cents would answer back three minutes after Chilliwacks second goal. Captain Sam Johnson was able to hold the puck in the offensive zone, move into the slot and let the shot go, it was turned away by Pelino, but John Schiavo was on the doorstep to bang home the rebound and restore the lead, sending the game to the second intermission 3-2 in favor of the Cents.

It was all Centennials in the third as Devin Oakes scored his first of the season after Pelino turned the initial Nick Fidanza shot aside, however Oakes was able to collect the rebound and find the back of the net from the circle. The Cents continued to pile it on at the 11:52 mark on the power play. Shane Poulsen, with a heads up move, shot the puck at Diego Cuglietta, who was right on the doorstep, and Cuglietta was able to redirect the shot home to extend the lead to 5-2. Chilliwack head coach Jason Tatarnic would take a risk pulling the goaltender with more than three and half minutes left, however it wouldn't pay off. Just 20 seconds after the goaltender was pulled Brandon Duhaime was able to fore check the puck away from Chilliwack in their own zone and find the back of the empty net to seal the deal. The Cents cruised to the 6-2 victory.

The Centennials are back in action on the road on Friday night as they face off against the Trail Smoke Eaters for the first time this season, puck drop is at 7:30.

(Regular Season) Game
October 31st, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Cominco Arena
(Regular Season) Game
October 28th, 2014 at 7:00 PM

2 - 6
Penticton 15 14 1 0 0 28
Merritt 14 9 5 0 0 18
W.Kelowna 14 7 5 0 2 16
Vernon 13 7 5 0 1 15
Trail 12 7 5 0 0 14
Salmon Arm 14 6 6 0 2 14