It was close through two, but the Merritt Centennials gave the West Kelowna Warriorsa taste of their own medicine from last weekend, as the Cents pulled away with 4 goals in the third period to win 7-4.
The game started with both teams trading chances, but no one being rewarded for it until late in the first period. Chase Bell won a face-off in the Warriors zone on the right side, and won it back to Joey Berkopec at the right point. Berkopec walked in to the top of the circle and from the outside was able to wrist one top corner over Cole Demers to make it 1-0.
On the ensuing shift however, the Warriors were pressing and managed to draw a penalty. Christian Sabin went to the box, and then Zorn followed him moments later to give the Warriors a 5-on-3. After a huge save by Austin Roden to deny a back door pass, Stephen Kleysen found the puck on the ensuing scramble, and before Roden could get reset fired it into the net to tie things up at 1 to end the first.
In the second period both teams were pressing, but it was the Warriors that struck first. Chase Dubois on a rebound from a Jared Marino shot was able to flip the puck backhand over the blocker of Roden to make it 2-1.
The Cents would draw even just before the middle of the frame, on a powerplay that had some beautiful puck movement. The puck touched everyone on the powerplay, before Brad Cocce fed it to the slot to Zach Court, and he fed it down low to the right side of the net where Nick Wicks finished off the play to tie things back up at 2.
The Warriors would seize the lead back on a bit of an odd one, as Michael Ryan had his point shot tipped by Chase Stevenson in front of the net who was on his belly after a hit in front. That gave the Warriors the 3-2 lead at the 12:08 mark.
The Cents would get back into the game courtesy another powerplay goal, and once again it was the stellar puck movement of the first unit. The puck was fed into Brad Cocce in the high slot and he was able to make a couple of moves, before feeding it down low to Zach Court who just had to deflect it past Cole Demers to tie the game 3-3, and that's how the second period would finish.
The final frame would start off with some fireworks for the Centennials, as less than a minute in Rylan Van Unen, in his fashion, came streaking down the left wing and on a partial break away was able to fire one low on Demers to make it 4-3.
The Warriors answered the goal by drawing a penalty, but that didn't stop Zach Zorn who scored another shorthanded goal by deflecting down a Demers clearing attempt and put in a wrap around to make it 5-3. at the 5:15.
5 minutes later Brendan Schneider made it 6-3 with a nice inside out move on the Warriors defender before wristing it mid glove side on Demers.
With 5 minutes left the Warriors pulled the goalie to try and come back, but Henry Cleghorn iced the game with a long shot on the empty net.
Max Bulawka would score in garbage time to make it 7-4, but it was another game where Austin Roden stopped 50 shots of the 54 he faced, and earn a second star nod.
The Cents will look to string together 3 in a row when they travel to Trail tonight to do battle against the Smoke Eaters.
Puck Drop at 7pm, Pre Game at 6:45 with Jared Thomas on Q101.1 FM or stream online on your desktop or device at q101.ca.