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The Merritt Centennials kick off their first three game weekend of the season tonight with a home game against the Powell River Kings.

Powell River is second in the Coastal Conference with an 11-3-1-and-1 record. The Cents are 2-9-0-and-3, but have registered points in three straight.

Merritt will be without three forwards as Dylan Playfair and Sean Maktaak sit out with suspensions while Evan Stack is gone for up to a month with a sprained ankle. Steve Wall injured himself during off-ice training on Tuesday and is a game-time decision.

Defenceman Jeff Zmurchyk has the green light to play after sitting out a three-game suspension while Tyler Steel also returns from suspension to back-up Lino Chimienti, who gets his third straight start in goal for the Centennials.

Alex Grebenyuk has the pre-game show at 7 o'clock followed by the opening faceoff from the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena at 7:30.

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