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Cents Snuffed Out by Trail 4-1

The Merritt Centennials 2008 exhibition season came to an end on Saturday afternoon at the Cominco Arena with a 4-1 loss against the Trail Smoke Eaters.

For the second straight game, the Centennials opened the scoring. This time it was Devon Hobbs, with assists to Todd Fletcher and Brian Kang, just 1:42 into the second period. Trail stormed back with four unanswered goals though, two in the second and two in third, to take the win.

Kyle Nielsen made his first start of the pre-season and made 40 saves on 44 shots in taking the loss.

Here are your Merritt Centennials 2008 Exhibition Season Scoring Leaders:

22 – Devon Hobbs (2g, 3a – 5 points)
18 – Dustin Johnson (3g, 0a – 3 points)
16 – Dylan Herold (1g, 2a – 3 points)
14 – Brian Kang (1g, 1a – 2 points)
25 – Paul Forster (0g, 2a – 2 points)
6 – Steven MacDonald (1g, 0a – 1 point)
27 – Jason Alessio (1g, 0a – 1 point)
8 – Todd Fletcher (0g, 1a – 1 point)
10 – Codey Abbey (0g, 1a – 1 point)
17 – Cam Brodie (0g, 1a – 1 point)
18 – Casey Fratkin (0g, 1a – 1 point)
24 – Ryan Stanimir (0g, 1a – 1 point)
28 – John Waldrop (0g, 1a – 1 point)

The Cents next game is their 2008-09 regular season opener, Friday, September 6th in Prince George against the Spruce Kings. Listen to the game live with your voice of the Merritt Centennials, Alex Grebenyuk on Radio NL 1230 AM in the Nicola Valley or on the BCHL Fanzone with Spruce Kings play-by-play broadcaster Ron Gallo.