Merritt Centennials
Q101 is the Home of the Cents!


The Cents came into their third game on the Island with a full belly because of a nice home-cooked meal at the Dal Monte residence, but they still showed enough hunger to beat the Cowichan Valley Capitals 4-0.

The game was full of a number of good storylines, but it started in the first with the Cents converting on the powerplay on a point shot from Tyrell Buckley that found its way through the crowd. Assists went to Zach Risteau and Zach Court who continued their hot play after being held off the scoresheet against Nanaimo.

The second period was when the Cents took it to the Capitals. Mathieu Gosselin got the two goal lead, when he was sprung on a breakaway by Tyrell Buckley, the Goose then proceeded to take a full fledged slap shot from between the hash marks and wired one past Mike Corson blocker side.

The good feels continued at the 15:08 mark when Mattias Dal Monte scored the first BCHL goal of his young career. The puck deflected back to the line, and he fired one off a defenseman and in. All in front of his clan of supporters, his mom, dad, and grandparents who flew in from Kittimat to see him play this weekend.

Ashton Stockie found the scoresheet just 30 seconds later with some slick hands in front, he was able to make some moves and beat Corson high glove side to extend the lead to 4-0. The primary assist went to birthday boy Jackson Munro whose mom was also in the stands cheering on the Cents.

In the third the Cents were able to shut the door to give Austin Roden his second shutout of the season in front of his family.

After the game, Head Coach Joe Martin said that one player was playing for his family.

“Mathieu Gosselin wanted to come into this game and prove something. His brother was on this team as a 20 year old, and the Capitals traded him away. He wanted to prove the family name, and did it this afternoon.”

Cents next in action on Wednesday night at home against the Langley Rivermen. 7pm puckdrop.

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