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The Cents got contributions from all over the lineup and got consistency all throughout the game to top the warriors 6-3.

The line that got on the board first last night against the Vees, did the same tonight, but this time it was the Rylan Van Unen who batted one home in the blue paint after Nick Wicks set up Matt Kopperud in front with a shot.

Zach Risteau got another goal in tight a minute later at the 13:23 mark off a feed from Zach Court, and roofed it on the backhand in tight to make it 2-0.

RJ Murphy answered for the Warriors on a breakaway and slid one five-hole on Jacob Berger to conclude the scoring in the first 2-1.

Early on in the second, Risteau rang one off the post and in after a shot from the line from Mattias Dal Monte, and he picked up his first point of the BCHL.

Tyrell Buckley added what would be the eventual game-winner on the powerplay, a shot from the line that found it’s way through the crowd.

Chase Dubois had the lone answer for the Warriors in the second to conclude the scoring 4-2.

In the third, the Warriors would cut the lead to one on a Ryan Steele shot to make it 4-3.

Brad Cocca answered for the Cents after peeling off the half-wall cutting to the slot and firing one low through the legs of Cole Demers.

Just over a minute later, Brendan Schneider added some insurance, after Zach Risteau turned the puck over and found him in front.

Jacob Berger stood tall in his 3rd straight game stopping 33 of 36 shots. Demers allowed 6 on 27, and the Cents took the win 6-3. Cents went 1/3 on the Powerplay while the Warriors went 0/6

After the game, Head Coach Joe Martin said he liked the consistency.

“We had contributions from up and down the line up, every line got in on the offense, and we had a solid effort from start to finish. Other than their powerplay, they weren’t able to generate much momentum, and they weren’t able to score.”

It gives the Cents some momentum as they prepare for a road trip on the Island next weekend starting Friday against Powell River.

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