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The Centennials host the West Kelowna Warriors an exact week after the last time these two teams met. The Cents hope they can channel the spirit of their most recent win, 3-2 in OT against the Trail Smoke Eaters as opposed to the game against the Warriors last week that they lost 7-2.

Discipline played a factor in that matchup as the Cents found themselves in the penalty box early and often. In the end they surrendered 4 powerplay goals on 12 opportunities, and had a couple misconducts thrown in for good measure including a game misconduct for Colten Gerlib for a check from behind. 

Despite all the penalties, it didn't unravel for the Cents until the 3rd period. Up to that point it was only 2-1, but after an incident where Brad Cocca was checked from behind, the Cents ended up shorthanded, Head Coach Joe Martin was thrown out of the game, the Warriors took control scoring 4 unanswered, chasing Jacob Berger from the crease, before the Cents got a goal in garbage time to make it 6-2, and the Warriors added one more to make it 7-2. 

Coach Martin said that the Cents need to channel their frustration in the right way and they'll look to do so tonight against the 5th place in the Interior Division Warriors and make up some ground in the ever tighter standings where they're looking to make up points, now 4 points behind the next closest Salmon Arm, and 10 points behind the Warriors. These division rival clashes are key. 

Captain Jared Marino (23), Chase Dubois (22), and defenseman Michael Ryan (21) pace the Warriors attack, they have a depth of scoring throughout the line up, and goaltender and starter Nic Amundrud has returned to action as of last week against the Cents. The top three scorers for the Cents have the same point output: Henry Cleghorn (23), Zach Zorn (22), and Nick Wicks (21). 

The matchup on paper once again very similar. The Warriors with a -3 goal differential, the Cents with a -1 goal differential. The Cents headed into last weekend with the 3rd best powerplay in the league, but now sit at 10th after a bad couple nights on the man advantage and now sit at 19.5%. The Warriors slightly better in 6th with 19.9%, and on the kill the Warriors have the edge as well in 5th with an 83.6% penalty kill. The Cents now 11th after a tough weekend in that regard as well with a 81.1% kill rate. 

The Cents could turn to Austin Roden tonight to give the Warriors a taste of something different, he hasn't had a bad start in a Cents uniform going 1-1-1, making game saving efforts throughout the action he's seen this season. On the year his number slightly better than Berger's at a 91.6 SV% and a 3.02 GAA, Berger is 8-11-2-0 with a 91.1 SV% and a 3.22 GAA.  

The Warriors will likely turn to their veteran netminder Nic Amundrud after he looked solid last week against the Cents stopping 37 of 39 shots. On the year he is 7-8 with a 91.3 SV% and a 2.90 GAA. Cole Demers who had a rough night the last time he got the call in the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena losing 5-1 sports an 8-3 record, a 91.9 SV% and a 2.77 GAA. 

The Cents will look to continue the trend of the home team winning in the season series as this will be the 4th meeting of the year with the home team taking each game in convincing fashion. 

Puck drop at 7pm at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, Pre Game at 6:45 with Jared Thomas on Q101.1FM or stream it on your desktop or device at q101.ca. 

 

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