Merritt Centennials got the party started early in the NVMA with a goal 17 seconds in, but the Vees ended the part with 3:46 left in the third to win it 3-2.
It was Nick Wicks who tallied early in the first witch a quick slapper low and past Adam Scheel from Matt Kopperud and Rylan Van Unen to make it 1-0.
Halfway through the first, Colten Gerlib extended the lead after a feed from below the goal line by Zach Court that found him at the right point. Gerlib walked in took his time, and fired one top shelf glove side for the second goal of the game.
The Cents nearly escaped with the two goal lead, but the Vees got a goal with 34 seconds left to make it 2-1.
The second saw no scoring, but a couple good chances. The best one belonged to Matthieu Gosselin, he got a feed on a backdoor play from Mattias Dal Monte, but was robbed by Scheel as he swept it off the line with the paddle of his stick.
The third stanza started with Sam Miller going to the box for tripping, and the Cents killed off 1:59 of the penalty before Wyatt Sloboshan scored on the powerplay to tie it 2-2 3:25 in to the third.
The Cents pushed for the go ahead goal, but weren’t able to convert on their chances, and late in the game Michael Campoli threw a shot on net. Jacob Berger got a big piece of it with his glove before it trickled across the line.
After the game Head Coach Joe Martin said he liked a certain part of the Cents game.
“I liked the intensity, I feel like if we continue to play that way those chances are going to start going our way, and then we can make slight coaching changes. If you don’t have the intensity, you can’t get far.”
Cents will try to guide their game tomorrow night against the West Kelowna Warriors all the way to the end. Puck drop 7pm from Royal LePage Place on Q101.