The Centennials got stand up play from their starting goaltender who did everything but score for the home side, and fell to the Vernon Vipers 2-0.
The teams traded chances throughout the first period, as they felt eachother out. It looked like it may have gone all the way to the first break in play with no score, but the Vipers were able to convert late in the frame off a weak point shot. After holding it in at the line, Jack Judson was able to get it across to Jordan Sanhu who let go a weak shot from the right point. The puck made it's way towards the net and was deflected on by Niko Karamanis and got behind Berger for the first goal of the game at 17:20 of the first period.
During the second period, the score remained the same due in large part to some spectacular goaltending from Berger. The Cents had four chances on the powerplay in the second to try and convert, and get back into the hockey game, but were unable to get the puck past Ty Taylor of the Vipers. After the second, the goalies were the stories. Berger had 20 stops on 21 shots, while Taylor stopped all 19 he faced.
The third period saw the Cents waver in their disciplined play. They went to the box for three penalties, two in quick succession to go down to three men. They managed to kill that off, and had more solid play from Berger, but when Sam Miller took a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct, the Vipers finally pounced. Karamanis got the goal again, this time he got the puck off the end boards off an errant shot by Michael Young, and as Berger was searching for the puck, Karamanis banked it off Berger's back and into the net.
That would be the final, 2-0 for the Vernon Vipers. After the game, Head Coach Joe Martin said that his team showed discipline in not taking too many penalties, but that discipline takes many forms.
"There's discipline on getting pucks deep, there's discipline on finishing your checks, there's discipline on playing hard for your teammates."
The Cents will see if they can muster all of their discipline tomorrow night as they hit the road for the first time this season and face the West Kelowna Warriors. Pre Game at 6:45, Puck Drop at 7pm on Q101, Q101.ca, and the Q101 Merritt app.