Thursday, February 27, 2014

Centennials Off To Fred Page Cup Playoffs, Post-Season Schedule Released:

Jeff Wight scored a pair of goals for the Merritt Centennials on Wednesday night for his 21st and 22nd of the season while the Cents clinched a playoff spot with a 5-1 win over the rival Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The win gives Merritt a record of 30-22-4-1 on the season, which secures the fourth seed in the Interior Division playoffs, which begin Tuesday night on the road. Find a first round schedule below.

For Merritt, supporting Wight's offense was Jake Clifford(4th) and
Jason Bird(8th), who both scored first period goals, while Sebastien Pare rounded out the scoring in the third with his 14th of the year. Diego Cuglietta earned 4 assists while James Neil had a pair of helpers.

Devin Kero played a more-than-solid game in goal, making 37 of 38 saves as Merritt has only lost once in the previous seven games with Kero in net.

Brendan Kennedy added his 1st of the season for Salmon Arm on a second period powerplay, with the assists to Thomas Plese and Bryden Marsh. Angus Redmond got the start despite Adam Clark returning to the Salmon Arm lineup, with Redmond making 39 of 44 saves.

Jack Berezan and Sam Johnson got involved in a tilt during the second period, which dates back to mid-December when Berezan received an 8-game suspension for a hit to the head of Devin Oakes. Oakes, meanwhile, left the game with a hit from behind major and could potentially see suspension pending league review of the hit.

Merritt finished 3-for-8 on the man advantage, improving their home ice powerplay from 14th in the BCHL to 11th. Salmon Arm was 1-for-2 with the man up.

The Centennials will host one more regular season game before heading in to the Fred Page Cup Playoffs, and that game is Saturday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena when the Vernon Vipers are in town for a 7:30 start.

It will be First Nations Appreciation Night, with $5.00 admission for all of our fans in surrounding First Nations, such as Coldwater, Shackan and Nooaitch.

Listen to that game live on Q101 with Dustin Scafe at 7:00.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

The First Round schedule has been released for the 2014 BCHL Fred Page Cup Playoffs, and while the Merritt Centennials are yet to know WHO, they now know WHEN.

GAME 1- Tuesday Mar.4 @ Pen/WK 
GAME 2- Wed Mar 5 @ Pen/WK 
GAME 3- Friday Mar 7 in Merritt 7:30 
GAME 4- Sat Mar 8 in Merritt 7:30 
GAME 5- Mon Mar 10 @ Pen/WK * if necessary 
GAME 6- Tues Mar 11 in Merritt 7:00 * if necessary 
GAME 7- Wednesday Mar 12 @ Pen/WK * if necessary

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