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In the final game before the Christmas break the Cents gutted a game out against the Island Division's Nanaimo Clippers. Austin Roden faced his former club and helped the Cents over come two deficits before grasping the lead for good in the third period and winning 4-2. 

The first period only saw one goal, and it came from the Clippers. Brady Lynn was able to cap off a play to the slot, post and in after the Cents got a little too cute in their own end and caused a turnover. 

However, in the second the Cents turned it around quickly as just 25 seconds in Brendan Schneider finished off his own play in the slot and was able to beat Taz Burman who got the nod in net for the Clippers. 

Just two minutes later the Clippers were able to regain the lead with an odd play on the half wall, where after a scramble a shot was thrown on that deflected off a defenseman in front and Parker Colley got credit for the goal. 

The Cents would tie it up at the 8:59 mark, when Colten Gerlib walked in from the right point and fed Matt Kopperud in the slot. He took the puck on his backhand, before quickly spinning and firiing a shot through Burman to tie things back up at 2. 

After going more than halfway through the third deadlocked at 2, Zach Zorn finally broke the tie with a power move to the net. Matthieu Gosselin was able to find him streaking to the goal mouth, and feed him with a heavy pass, that he deflected over Burman to make it 3-2. 

Brendan Schneider would ice the game with an empty netter with 10 second left. 

Neither team was able to convert on the powerplay, which the Centennials will take as a minor victory considering the Clippers led the league in that regard. 

After the game, Coach Matt Sampson said the players are looking forward to the break. 

"It's a time to rest and reflect, but I'm glad we're at .500 it's a long way from where we started the season and we look forward to facing our tough schedule when we get back."

Cents next game is December 29th against Coquitlam. 

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