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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh

The Cents faced off against the Victoria Grizzlies for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon at The Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, and what a game it was.

The Cents opened up the scoring with one of the prettiest goals they've scored all season after Rhett Willcox finished off the beautiful passing play to give the Cents the 1-0 lead, Jake Clifford and Nick Fidanza grabbed the two assists. The Grizzlies would answer back before the end of the frame when Meirs Moore let one go from the point that fooled Pupplo short side. The game would go to the intermission all locked at 1.

The second wouldn't see any scoring, due largely to play of both goaltenders. Each team had a couple of great opportunities, but both Anthony Pupplo and Micheal Stiliadis would stand tall, they would also be named the first and second star of the game. 

The third period was back and forth with each team exchanging a pair of goals. Gavin Gould would restore the lead half way through the period beating Stiliadis in close. Victoria would answer back with one of their own on the power play after Garrett Foster let one go that found its way past Pupplo, however It wouldn't take the Cents long to regain the lead. Capatain Sam Johnson was able to answer back just 12 seconds later with a great individual effort battling his way to the front of the net from the end boards and backhanding one past Stiliadis in close to restore the lead. Victoria wasn't done yet though, as they had another man advantage late in the third and were able to capitalize and tie it back up, the game would go to OT all tied at 3.

Both teams exchanged opportunities in the extra frame, but once again the play of both goaltenders was strong and it looked like it would be heading to 3 on 3 action. However, Victoria took a penalty with just 23 seconds remaining setting the stage for an absolutely amazing finish.

The Cents were able to get set up in the zone, and with just fractions of a second remaining and the fans screaming "SHOOT" Micheal Ederer let it go from the circle and Diego Cuglietta was able to tip it past Stiliadis as the clock expired and the buzzer sounded. The referee immediately signaled goal and the Cents came away with the overtime stunner, their second OT win in as many games.

The Cents are back in action on Friday night as they take on The Vipers in Vernon, puck drop for that game is at 7.

(Regular Season) Game
October 24th, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Kal Tire Place
(Regular Season) Game
October 19th, 2014 at 2:00 PM

3 - 4 (OT)
Penticton 11 10 1 0 0 20
Trail 10 7 3 0 0 14
Merritt 11 7 4 0 0 14
Vernon 11 6 4 0 1 13
Salmon Arm 12 5 5 0 2 12
W.Kelowna 11 5 5 0 1 11