Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Submitted by Dustin Scafe
After falling to the Penticton Vees on home ice 24 hours prior, the Merritt Centennials continued to show persistence on the road in Trail on Saturday night, pulling away with a 4-3 win at the Cominco Arena.
In his return to the lineup, Adam Tracey put up a goal and an assist, including an early-2nd period goal to give Merritt their first lead. Rhett Willcox was the first to strike for Merritt, while Jeff Wight and Shane Poulsen added singles.
Devin Kero made 29 of 32 saves for his 10th BCHL win, which helps the Centennials improve to 17-13-2-1 on the season.
Braden Pears opened the scoring early in the game, while Travis Stephens and Adam Wheeldon chipped in with goals as Sheldon Brett had a pair of helpers, his first points in the BCHL.
In goal for the 7-22-2-1 Smoke Eaters was Adam Todd, who made 19 saves in the opening period and 44 of 48 overall.
With the win, the Centennials stay level with Salmon Arm for 3rd in the Interior Division with 37 points, 6 back of Vernon and 7 points back of Penticton.
Merritt is now off for the week before visiting the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday.
The Centennials haven't faced the Warriors since September, and the clubs' will do battle once again at Royal LePage Place in Westbank. Game time is 7:00, while the Q101 broadcast begins at 6:30.
After Friday, there are just a pair of games left until the Christmas Break, and both of those contests will see the Salmon Arm Silverbacks hit the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena ice.