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Friday, December 19, 2014 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh

The Cents were in action Friday night for the last game before the Christmas break, facing off against the Vernon Vipers. The Cents were coming off a big win on Wednesday against Penticton and back to back victories against the top two teams in the interior division would be a great early Christmas present.

The Cents opened the scoring at the 6:17 mark of the first after Brandon Duhaime was able to collect the rebound off the Josh Teves point shot and ripple the mesh to give the Cents the 1-0 lead. Micheal Ederer would then extend the lead to 2 with less than two minutes remaining in the frame.  Brandon Duhaime was able to find him with the centering pass and Ederer made no mistake on the doorstep sliding it home, to send it to the first intermission 2-0 in favor of Merritt.

The Centennials would extend their lead, on the man advantage, seven minutes in to the second period. Nick Fidanza capitalized on a weird bounce off the end boards that kicked right out front, where he was able to bang it past Schamerhorn to extend the lead to three. However the Vipers would answer back with three of their own before the end of the frame. Thomas Aldworth rippled the mesh for the Vipers first when he let a quick wrist shot go that found its way past Imoo, who got a pice of it, but just not enough. Liam Coughlin would then bury one past Imoo at the 13:01 mark, then on the power play Riley Guenther tied it up with a minute and half remaining in the second. the Game would head to the third period locked at 3.

The third would be back and forth with both teams exchanging chances and both goaltenders standing strong. However it would be the Centennials who would break through with just over five minutes remaining. Micheal Ederer was able to pick the pocket of the Vernon defender, walk to the front of the net and beat Schamerhorn 5-hole to give the Cents the go ahead goal. It would only take them another 13 seconds to do it again, this time it was Ederer centering for Grannary who made no mistake sniping it past Schamerhorn. John Schiavo would then seal the deal with two minutes left, finding the empty net from his own blue line, and giving the Cents the 6-3 victory over Vernon.

Micheal Ederer (2G 2A) Colin Grannary (1G 3A) and Brandon Duhaime (1G 2A) combined for 11 points in the game, making it a total of 15 in two games for that line. Jonah Imoo made 27 saves and had another great performance.

The Centennials are back in action after the break on New Years Eve. They face off against the Coquitlam Express at 5 PM at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. 

Merry Christmas and a very Happy Holidays! 

(Regular Season) Game
December 31st, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Nicola Valley Arena
(Regular Season) Game
December 19th, 2014 at 7:30 PM

3 - 6
Penticton 35 27 5 2 1 57
Vernon 34 21 10 1 2 45
W.Kelowna 34 18 11 0 5 41
Merritt 34 19 13 0 2 40
Salmon Arm 33 12 13 3 5 32
Trail 32 12 18 0 2 26