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A flurry of activity before the closing time of 9pm on Friday night brought the bid totals up. 

In all $6105 was raised, and Game Day Coordinator Teresa Sybrandy says it will go to a very worthy cause. 

"The money will be split between the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Ty Pozzobon Foundation, so two causes that are very near and dear to Merrittonians."

The players who proved the most popular were Zach Risteau and Matt Kopperud whose jersey's both raised $300 towards the cause.  

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The Merritt Centennials season may have finished with a sweep, but the offseason begins with a bang. 

Early Bird Season Tickets are now on sale to the public with special pricing on a number of options: Adult, Senior, Children, and Student Season Passes, as well as 10 and 5 game flex packs. 

Adult Season Tickets start at $199 for the year or less than $7.10 a game!

Available until April 30th, Regular pricing in effect May 1st. 

Visit the Centennials Marketing Office on Voght Street across from the Post Office to grab yours. 

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The BCHL released it's list of All-Stars for the 2017-18 season, and the Merritt Centennials are left without a representative on the First or Second Team All-Stars as well as the All-Rookie Team. 

Voted on by play-by-play broadcasters throughout the league, the Interior Division has 13 of 18 possible spots. The Victoria Grizzlies' Alex Newhook is the only player to be featured on both the All-Rookie Team and First Team All-Stars. 

The top scorer this season on the Cents was graduating player Henry Cleghorn with 48 points, while Nick Wicks was the only player who was nominated for a year-end award from the BCHL in the Most Sportsmanlike category. 

The Cents first round opponent Wenatchee Wild has 5 representatives across the teams. 

Here are the All-Stars for this season:

FIRST TEAM

F – Jasper Weatherby, Wenatchee Wild

F – Alex Newhook, Victoria Grizzlies

F – Kale Howarth, Trail Smoke Eaters

D – Cooper Zech, Wenatchee Wild

D – Jonny Tychonick, Penticton Vees

G – Ty Taylor, Vernon Vipers

SECOND TEAM

F – John Wesley, Surrey Eagles

F – Ty Westgard, Surrey Eagles

F – AJ Vanderbeck, Wenatchee Wild

D – Michael Ufberg, Vernon Vipers

D – Slava Demin, Wenatchee Wild

G – Adam Scheel, Penticton Vees

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

F – Alex Newhook, Victoria Grizzlies
F – Levi Glasman, Trail Smoke Eaters
F – Keaton Mastrodonato, Alberni Valley Bulldogs
D – Nick Leivermann, Penticton Vees
D – Layton Ahac, Prince George Spruce Kings
G – Seth Eisele, Wenatchee Wild

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Season-ending thoughts from Head Coach Joe Martin, Assistant Captain Zach Court, and Director of Hockey Operations Brian Barrett; along with analysis from play-by-play broadcaster Jared Thomas in the final edition of the 2017-18 season of Talking Cents. 

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The Merritt Centennials came out flying, the Wenatchee Wild weathered the storm and after the Cents opened the scoring the Wild were able to answer with 4 to win the game 4-1. 

Both teams started the goalies of the night before, Jacob Berger for the Cents and Austin Park for the Wild, and through one period of play both stood tall. For the first time this series, the Cents managed to outshoot the Wild in the first 11-8, but weren't able to convert on their chances. 

The scoring didn't arrive until halfway through the second period when Chase Bell found a rebound off a Rylan Van Unen point shot at the back door and barrelled it into the open net. 

Under a minute later the Wild answered on the powerplay with Joey Berkopec in the box, and on the ensuing shift tallied another to quickly take the wind out of the building and make it 2-1. Arnold got a deflection on the first goal before setting up Matt Dorsey for the second. 

With under 5 minutes to go in the second, the Wild converted another on the powerplay to make it 3-1. 

The first goal of the third period would be huge, and it would go to the Wild just under 5 minutes in. Lucas Sowder pulled out from the corner and snuck past Jake Berger short side to make it 4-1. 

The Cents would take some penalties in the third that kept them off the attack, and couldn't muster the same magic of a night ago. 

After the game, Head Coach Joe Martin summed it up in a word. 

"Disappointing. I thought we were going to win tonight, we had chances in game 2, we had chances last night, but it got away from us for a couple minutes in the second period there."

The result may be disappointing, but there's plenty of reasons to be optimistic for next year: a full compliment of defensemen returning, a strong goaltender, and plenty of promise up front. 

Stay tuned to Q101.1FM and online at q101.ca for updates throughout the off-season as the Centennials begin to prepare for next year. 

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