Merritt Centennials
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The Cents rode a strong first period of play where they got 4 goals from 4 seperate goal scorers and made those count as they skated to a 4-1 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. 

The party started just 3:19 into the game when Brendan Schneider got a loose puck behind the net to Nick Wicks who found his running mate Zach Court in the slot, and Court fired one mid-blocker on John Hawthorne who got the start for the Bulldogs. 

6 minutes later the Cents were able to get another tally 5-on-5 this time it was the veteran Chase Bell with his 1st since returning from injury. Assists went to Zach Zorn and Sam Miller. 

The Cents got their first powerplay of the game just 30 seconds later, and were able to bulge the twine. This time Joey Berkopec did the honors going up top on Hawthorne to chase him from the game, he was set up by Tyrell Buckley and Wicks.

That brought former Cent, Colten Lancaster into the game, but he didn't fare any better at least in the beginning as one of the first shots he faced went in. With the Cents on another man advantage, Sam Miller was able to roof one from the middle of the ice after playing give and go with Henry Cleghorn at the points.

That would be all for goal scoring in the first, and the Cents had one of their most healthy leads heading into the second, however, Jack Vincent took a penalty at the end of the 1st and that was foreshadowing for what was to come in the 2nd.

In the second period, 14 penalties were called, the game was slowed down to a grinding halt, the Cents were up, they were 4-on-4, they had 5-on-3's, they were short handed, but they weren't able to get anything going with the man advantage in the second. The Bulldogs were the only team that managed to score in the second, after a toe drag around a Cents defender by Christian Simeone, Cole Poliziani took the pass and got it through Jacob Berger who got the start for the Cents. 

In the third, the Cents were hungry for more than the third, but the penalties continued to pile up. No goals were scored in the third, but Assistant Coach Brandon Shaw says he likes the way the team played in the period. 

"We talked a lot about playing hard in the third, and not taking the foot off the pedal, and I think the boys delivered."

The teams combined for over 110 penalty minutes, that without including a scuffle between Mitch Oliver and Tyrell Buckley to end the third. 

The Cents next play on the road in West Kelowna to take on the Warriors for the third time this year.  

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