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The Cents played strong in the first and third, and Berger was there to pick them up in second stopping 41 shots for the shutout and guiding Merritt to a 4-0 win over the Smoke Eaters.

The game began in earnest on a bit of a weird one by Christian Sabin, he deflected a Matt Kopperud backhander past Marshall to make it 1-0 at the 4:35 mark.

Chase Bell made it 2-0 at the 7:04 mark after Matthieu Gosselin streaked down the right wing with speed, looped below the goal line and fed it out front where Bell one-timed it past Tanner Marshall.

The Cents would get in a bit of penalty trouble to end the period, and that would set the stage for a long second period where the Cents were short manned through long stretches and were outshot 16-2. If not for stellar goaltending from Berger, and a goal line sweeping play by Mike Van Unen, Trail could have done more damage in the second.

In the third, the Cents returned to themselves a little more, and despite going down a man early in the third Zach Zorn and Henry Cleghorn were able to combine on a short handed 2-on-0 to make it 3-0. Cleghorn stripped his man at the blue line and skated onto the puck on the left side, and Zorn got open on the right side to get the puck between the hash marks and beat Marshall with a nifty wrister.

Zorn would add another on the powerplay, taking it out of the nearside corner and driving to the net, before tucking it five hole on Marshall for the final goal of the game.

From then on the Cents hung on to the lead, helping Berger secure the shutout.

The Cents have now won three in a row for the first time since their first wins of the season, and have moved into a tie with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for 6th in the standings of the Interior Division.

Acting Head Coach Matt Sampson said the Cents are focusing on their game right now.

“We really want to focus on us, and get back to practice and prepare, and be harder to play against at home. It’s disappointing to be under .500 at home and we want to get back to that, and it starts next weekend.”

The Cents will look to get their first 4 game win streak of the season next week against the Wenatchee Wild and keep it going against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

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