The Cents have won their first game of the season, after defeating the Surrey Eagles 2-1 on wednesday night, courtesy some late game heroics and a powerplay goal from former Surrey Eagle Colten Gerlib. However, this matchup is a battle of two teams who are still in the basement of their respective divisions. The Cents are looking to continue their trend upward, and the Capitals have their only win against the lowly Coquitlam Express who, after the Cents win the other night, are now the only team in the BCHL without a win.
There will be a familiar face on the other side of the ice for one Centennial, as the Capitals acquired Raphael Gosselin from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, if that name sounds familiar it’s because his younger brother Matthieu is playing for the Centennials. Both played for the Champlain St. Lawrence Lions before moving to Junior A hockey this year, but it was younger brother and Centennial Matthieu who led the team in scoring, followed by his brother.
Cowichan is coming off their biggest loss of the season, 11-1 at the hands of the Wenatchee Wild, while the Cents are coming off their first win. The Capitals have scored 5 more goals than the Centennials over the season, but their defensive play isn’t nearly as good as 3 times already this season they’ve allowed over 8 goals or more. By comparison the Centennials have only allowed 5 goals once, and their biggest losses on the year have only been by 2 goals.
Cowichan is also 0-2 on the road to start the year, with only 2 goals scored in each game, and while the Centennial home record isn’t sparkling they’ve been competitive in every game in front of the fans at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. It’s a great opportunity for the Cents to continue their momentum, and Coach Joe Martin hopes that the Cents learnt from their last game.
“We shortened the bench late in the game to hang on, and I hope that the players learnt from watching and when we have a similar situation down the road we can use more of our bench.”
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