Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Centennials Take Two Of Three On Island Swing:

Heading in to the final overnight trip of the 2013/14 BCHL regular season, the Merritt Centennials had a target of four points on their radar, and with wins over Powell River and Cowichan Valley; the goal was achieved and the team continues to take momentum in to next weekend's back-to-back to Interior Division rivals.

The weekend began with the Centennials taking a 4-1 decision over the favoured Powell River Kings, before a third period comeback forced overtime in Cowichan Valley, where the Cents earned a 4-3 win. To close the weekend, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs showed they were the hungriest of the three opponents with a 2-1 win over Merritt to leave the Centennials 5 points up on Salmon Arm with a single game in hand.

Sunday's game provided Dane Birks with his 3rd goal of the season, while Jarrod Schamerhorn was solid in net making 34 of a possible 36 saves as the Cents now sit at 28-21-4-1 with four games remaining on the schedule.

Fourteen players earned points on the road trip, with Jeff Wight leading the way with 3 assists. Jason Bird celebrated his first two goals as a Centennial during Friday night's win over the Kings.

The standings in the Interior Division is a bit of a different picture than that of two weeks ago, with Merritt now leading the Silverbacks by 5 points with a game in hand, while sitting 5 points back of Vernon with equal games-played. Penticton and West Kelowna remain tied at the top of the standings, with each team having five games remaining.

For the Centennials, there are a pair of important games on the schedule this coming weekend, with Western Night taking place this Friday against West Kelowna, before Fan Bus Night on Saturday in Salmon Arm.

Friday night's game will get going at 7:30 from the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, with $5.00 admission for all fans who show up in a Cowboy Hat. It is also doubled up as Family Night, so families of four (2 adults, 2 children) can attend the game for just $20.00.

Fan Bus Night is looking for fans to hop on board and come cheer on the Centennials in a game that will be critical in the standings, as a Friday win on Friday could have the Cents clinch a playoff spot on Saturday with a victory.

Both games can be heard on Q101, with the broadcasts beginning 30 minutes prior to puck drop. Both games are very able to be attended, so let's show up in red and support the Cents this weekend.

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