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The Cents came into West Kelowna looking to spoil the Warriors’ version of parents weekend, but after a tightly contested 40 minutes of play, the Warriors came to life in the third and took the game 7-2.

The first period saw the Cents on their heels early getting into penalty trouble. They wouldn’t register their first shot on net until they were down 2 men, and found themselves on a 2-on-1. That was halfway through the first period, and the Cents managed to stand tall on the penalty kill until late in the frame when RJ Murphy was able to deflect one in off a pointshot and past Jacob Berger who got the start in net.

The second period started with Cavin Tilsley in the box, and the Centennials on a rare powerplay on the night, but they weren’t able to convert. The Cents would take 5 more penalties in the period, but no goals were scored with the man advantage in the second.

The Warriors added a goal after Chase Dubois feathered a pass through neutral ice onto the stick of a streaking Parm Dhaliwal, and he went post and in mid-glove past Berger to make it 2-0 late in the second.

Just two minutes later the Cents got on the board on a bit of a lucky one. Tyrell Buckley dumped the puck in from centre and Nik Amundrud, who made the start for the Warriors, went out to play it. The puck took a strange bounce off the corner and into the slot where Henry Cleghorn was there to bat the gift into the net. The second period would end 2-1.

The third period is where the game got away. The Warriors scored two and a half minutes in after Spencer Hora walked in from the right point and beat Berger low. Two minutes later Cavin Tilsley scored after a string of saves in front, it was skated back to the line and a low wrister beat Berger to the blocker side.

Then at the 5:20 mark Brad Cocca was hit from behind, and a skirmish ensued. Tyrell Buckley and Cocca went to the box for the Cents, while Garrett Ewert and Tilsley went to the box for the Warriors, but it was Buckley who got the extra penalty. It was at this point that Joe Martin was ejected from the game. On the ensuing powerplay, the Warriors got another goal. This time from Captain Jared Marino to lead 5-1. It also ended Berger’s night in net, and Austin Roden came on in relief.

Roden made some good saves early, but he was beaten as well surrendering a goal to Jordan Todd.

Christian Sabin got a redemption goal after Cleghorn found his in the slot, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Warriors would add another one before the game was done to top the Cents 7-2.

Head Coach Joe Martin said after the game that the team needs to find a way to learn from this game.

“There’s a lot of frustration, but we need to channel this frustration and learn a lesson from this game. We can’t give the other team that many opportunities, and we have to use the frustration we feel from this game tomorrow night.”

The Cents won’t have time to dwell on this one as they will host the league leading Trail Smoke Eaters tomorrow night at 7pm. Pre Game at 6:45 with Jared Thomas on Q101.1FM or online on your desktop or device at q101.ca

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