Merritt Centennials
Q101 is the Home of the Cents!


After the final buzzer the score line was similar, but the difference between Intersquad games in a matter of 24 hours was major. The flow of play was smoother, and the physical intensity was bumped up a notch. 

6-3 was the final with Team Red getting bragging rights once again. The teams, and lines were jumbled again, and several more returnees found their way to the lineup tonight. Tyrell Buckley, Rylan Van Unen, and Henry Cleghorn suited up for Team Red. Jacob Berger, Mike Van Unen, Zach Zorn, Chase Bell, and Nic Wicks suited up for Team White. 

Despite the heavy veteran presence on Team White, it was Jack Vincent who found the scoresheet twice. On his first period goal, he managed to fight off a defender, bring the puck to his forehand and snipe one five hole on the previously unbeaten Vincent Duplessis. He got his second of the game in the third period. Blake Sidoni had the other tally for Team White, after scoring once and having one called back during game one last night. 

Team Red had two goals from veteran Henry Cleghorn, one was a beauty bar down shot, and the other was a great two man give and go play with Rylan Van Unen. Defenseman Berkopec looked good in his second game on the Nicola Valley ice, finding the scoresheet once again showing he has a good nose for the net and a good sense of when to jump up in the play. Auston Ghiradelli, Mathieu Gosselin, and Jack Keough rounded out the scoring for Team Red. 

Vincent Duplessis looked good in net once again for Team Red, only allowing one goal during his tenure in net. He was relieved by Cale Dolan, the towering goaltender from Surrey. Berger got a full game on the other side of the ice for Team White.

One of the biggest differences between Game 1 and 2 of main camp was the physical play. There were several big hits, and hard puck battles all over the ice. After the game, Head Coach and General Manager Joe Martin says that being hard to play against is going to be one of the keys for the Centennials throughout the season.

"It's how we want to play the game, play a little bit harder than the opponents, it's something we have to be known for. There's some really good, fast, skillful teams in our division, and we'll have some good skill on our team, but we have to be able to compete in other parts of the game and make it hard on them."

Game one of the exhibition season starts tomorrow. A home game against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7pm.  

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