The Merritt Centennials couldn’t level enough shots towards the Spruce Kings net to make life difficult for their goaltender and fell by a score of 3-0 in the season finale.
In the first period it took a while for the offense to arrive, but when it did it was Prince George who got things going. Hunor Torzsok struck again as he was able to find a loose puck on a bounce from the wall and levelled a backhander that baffled Dias to make it 1-0. Another ex-Cent added to the lead towards the tail end of the first when Christian Buono picked up a drop pass from Killian McGregor and fired it post and in to make it 2-0. The Cents only mustered 3 shots in the first to the Spruce Kings 8.
The game was still up for grabs in the second period, but the Cents couldn’t seize it. They’d get into a bit of penalty trouble, but would manage to kill off every attempt. Neither team would find offense in the second as the goaltenders reigned supreme. Shots after 2 were 21-8.
The Cents luck on the penalty kill ran out in the third period when Kolton Cousins tallied a powerplay goal, and despite wanting to have a strong comeback effort the Cents couldn’t break the goose egg. Final shots were 33-15.
After the game Head Coach Derek-Sweet Coulter said the lack of shots didn’t help.
“We have to get way more shots on net than that. The Spruce Kings are strong defensively, but we need to find a way to put more rubber on the net.”
The Cents will look to get the offense going tomorrow night against the Chilliwack Chiefs for their pod finale.