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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh

The Cents were in action on Wednesday night for the second game of the first round against the Vernon Vipers. It was a quick turnaround as game one finished less than 24 hours before game two started and both teams were looking to come out hard.

Unlike the first period in game one, where both teams seemed to be feeling each other out, the two two teams came out hard in the first, looking to grab the first goal of the game. The Cents would strike first at the 10:14 mark after Jake Clifford let the point shot go and Cole Chorney was able to get a piece of it and redirect it past Jarrod Schamerhorn to take the 1-0 lead. Despite Vernons best effort Jonah Imoo stood tall between the pipes and made 15 saves in the period to keep the lead intact and send it to the intermission 1-0 in favor of Merritt.

Vernon came out in the 2nd determined to battle back and they were able to tie it up at the 11:35 mark. Johnny Coughlin let the point shot go from the point and Luke Voltin was able to deflect it up and over Jonah Imoo to tie it up. Vernon would capitalize for their second of the period on a man advantage late in the period. A scramble out front resulted after the initial Dumonceaux shot found its way through to Imoo who made a couple of saveS on the doorstep but was unable to corral the rebound. Liam Finlay would be the first to find the puck in the crease and slide it past Imoo to give Vernon the 2-1 lead heading in to the 3rd. 
The Cents would come out in the third looking for the equalizer. Jonah Imoo, who was solid all game, made a couple of great saves in the period and kept the game within reach for the Cents. Unfortunately they were unable to ripple the mesh and the Vipers were able to hold on for the 2-1 victory, taking the 2-0 series lead.

The series now shifts back to Merritt for games 3 and 4 on Friday and Saturday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Puck drop for both those games is at 7:30.

(Playoff) Game
March 6th, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Nicola Valley Arena
(Playoff) Game
March 4th, 2015 at 7:00 PM

1 - 2
Penticton 58 44 9 3 2 93
Vernon 58 36 18 1 3 76
Merritt 58 32 24 0 2 66
West Kelowna 58 29 21 0 8 66
Salmon Arm 58 28 21 3 6 65
Trail 58 19 33 0 6 44