Sunday, September 8, 2013

Merritt vs Langley Game Preview (Game 2):

As a second consecutive BCHL Bauer Showcase wraps up in Chilliwack on Sunday night, the Merritt Centennials will face off once more at Prospera Centre looking for a second consecutive victory.

Two more games will follow the completion of the Cents contest with the Langley Riverman, who were also successful in their Showcase opener on Friday. Langley defeated Trail in overtime by a 5-4 score.

Tonight's game should allow both teams to settle things down a little more as the early Bauer Showcase games featured a bouncing puck that resulted in plenty of turnovers for everyone.

These two teams will meet again November 8th and 9th in a home-and-home beginning in Merritt.

Gametime tonight is 5:30, details on the broadcast can be found below.

 1-0-0-0 Merritt Centennials

The Cents started Russell Sanderson in the season opener, while the Rivermen started third year starter James Barr. During Barr's tenure in the BCHL, he has posted a .905 Save Percentage while Merritt boy Russell Sanderson has appeared in 55 less regular season BCHL games, but holds a .918 Save Percentage on his career.

On Friday night, Merritt's coaching staff in Luke Pierce and Joe Martin gave everyone a chance to strut their stuff, with rookies Dan Nachbaur and Rhett Willcox picking up points along with seven others. Payton Schaefer led the way with two goals, while Diego Duglietta had two helpers. Sanderson was solid, making several big time saves, stopping 31 of 33 shots.

 1-0-0-0 Langley Rivermen

Langley's opener had import Brendon Kearney bury two goals, as the Captain of the Honeybaked U18 program last season made his BCHL debut following leaving the US National Development Program in the USHL. Another import, 20 year old Mitch McLain, put up a two point night to kick off his second season in Langley, and first since committing to an NCAA school. Former-Coquitlam Express Will Cook had two assists, while goaltender James Barr stopped 22 of 25 shots that came his way from Smoke Eater sticks.

Two names to listen for on the Q101 broadcast will be Jakob Reichert, a familiar name to Centennials faithful, as well as Austin Azurdia, whose last second heroics went viral (see here) last season. Another name that should be noted is Darien Craighead, as the 16 year old was 3rd in Valley West Hawks (BCMML) scoring behind Rhett Willcox of the Cents.


Game time between the Cents and Riverman is 5:30 on the secondary arena at Prospera Place, with the Norgaard Ready Mix Pregame Show beginning at 5:00 sharp. Catch the game on the radio dial at 101.1, or online at Q101.ca or through BCHL.ca. 

Click this link to listen live! 

Next up for the Cents is the home opener weekend, as they put the 2013 BCHL Bauer Showcase behind them for another calendar year. On Friday night, the West Kelowna Warriors play host for their home opener beginning at 7:00 with the Pregame Show beginning at 6:30. Then, on Saturday, Nicola Valley Memorial Arena is the spot to be as the Cents return to their own barn for a 7:30 start, while the Q101 broadcast begins at 7:00!

Catch you on the airwaves!

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