The BCHL Showcase is in the rearview mirror, and both teams had aspects to their games that improved, but both would like to forget the week that was as neither team was able to come away with a win. The Cents still search for their first win of the season, and the Eagles are looking for their first win since their first game of the season. They haven’t managed to be on the right side of the scoreboard since an overtime win against the Langley Rivermen 5-4 on opening night. The next matchup the Eagles skated to a tie, but since then have only known defeat. Four times in a row to be exact, but they have company in that regard as the Cents are one of two teams in the league who haven’t known the taste of victory.
However, looking a little deeper at the numbers, these teams are pretty similar. Both Surrey and Merritt have the same goals for through 6 games that being 12, and Merritt actually holds the edge in goals against over Surrey. The Cents have surrendered 22 goals over 6 games while the Eagles have allowed 25.
Special teams remain a factor as the Eagles have drawn 41 penalties over 6 games which leads the league, and for a Centennials team that has had it’s share of penalty trouble they will need to be at their clean checking best. Surrey has only converted on 5 of those opportunities or 12.2%, but along with searching for a win the Cents will be searching for their first powerplay goal.
Last season Merritt swept the season series taking both games. An early season matchup in November at home 6-3, and then a late season thriller 3-2 in South Surrey.
One thing the Cents can feel good about is that they finally found the offensive side to their game. After only scoring one goal in week 2 against the Vipers and the Warriors, the Centennials were able to score 3 goals in each game against the Rivermen and the Spruce Kings. Now they just need to score one more than their opponent.
Pre Game starts at 6:45 and Puck drop is at 7 with Jared Thomas at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. If you can't make it to the game, you can always listen at 101.1 on the FM dial, stream from the website, or download the Q101 Merritt App.