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The Cents led for a large portion of the game Wednesday night against the Penticton Vees, but the lead only had to change once for the Vees to take the game 4-3.

The first period saw the Cents with the lone tally of the frame, just over 6 minutes in off a turnover at the line by Brendan Schneider he threw a shot on that was partially blocked, and Matt Kopperud found the loose puck and backhanded it past Adam Scheel for the first goal of the game, and the only goal of the period.

In the second, the Vees answered early with a goal by Massimo Rizzo at the 2 minute mark, which came following a huge stop by Jacob Berger after a point shot was deflected.

Midway through the second, the Cents regained the lead when Joey Berkopec fired a shot from the right side wall, that deflected off a Vees defender and under the blocker of Scheel to make it 2-1.

A few minutes later, on a powerplay, Matthieu Gosselin blasted a shot from the top of the left circle that beat Scheel clean on the glove side for his 3rd powerplay goal in 2 games.

The Vees continued to push and were able to get timely goals from Marcus Mitchell, as he shot one from the high slot on the rush over the glove side of Berger, and Taylor Ward, who found the puck in the blue paint off a partial block by Jackson Munro.

That left the third with things tied at 3’s, but just 4 minues in after a turnover at the line by Kenny Johnson, Ryan Sandelin retrieved the puck and played it down low for Vees Captain Owen Sillinger who was all alone below the hash marks and made Berger pay with a move to the backhand in tight making it 4-3.

Despite chances in the third to tie, the Cents couldn’t convert and now fall to 1-4 since the Christmas break.

The next game up, the Vernon Vipers at home on Friday night.

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