The Centennials will look to rebound tonight after a heart breaking loss in OT to the only remaining undefeated team in the BCHL the Penticton Vees. It marks the 3rd loss in a row after their 3 game win streak, and their second straight overtime loss. So far the Cents haven’t found the magic formula to pick up the extra point in OT, but hope they won’t need to go to the extra frame tonight against the Wild.
The Cents have 2 wins and 3 losses in their last 5 while the Wild are 3 and 2 in their past 5, and on a 3 game win streak. The Wild sit 5th in the super competitive interior division with 15 points and a 7-3-0-1 record while the Cents sit last in the Interior with 8 points and a 3-7-2-0 record.
Once again special teams will be a factor with Wenatchee near the top of the league when it comes to the powerplay with a 24.7% conversion rate while the Cents have struggled in the last 3 games they haven’t managed to find the back of the net despite some good looks with the man advantage. If they can bump their powerplay slump, they may be able to bump their losing skid as well.
The Wild are coming off a win last night against the team that led the Interior Division coming into the weekend, the West Kelowna Warriors, 4-2. It was tighter than the score line shows as they hung onto a 3-2 lead late into the period before icing the game in the empty net as the Warriors were searching for the equalizer.
The Wild and Cents have met once before this season with the Wild coming out on top. Despite an early two goal lead in the third period, the Centennials got into penalty trouble and ended up surrendering 3 powerplay goals as the Wild went on to win 5-3. The Cents got a late marker from Tyrell Buckley after the Wild had iced the game into the empty net.
Head Coach Joe Martin says his team needs to forget last night and get some rest.
“The bus won’t leave until just before 11 o’clock, plenty of time to get some rest, forget about tonight and be ready to go for the Wild.”
Puck Drop is at 7pm from the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. Pre Game at 6:45 with Jared Thomas on Q101.1 FM, online at q101.ca, or the Q101 Merritt app.