The Merritt Centennials got the lead in the first, added three in the second, and guided the game home in the third to win 4-1 over the Langley Rivermen on Valentine's Day.
The Cents converted on their first powerplay of the game at the 16:25 mark of the first period. Zach Risteau found Tyrell Buckley at the line, and he made a quick give and go with Nick Wicks on the opposite side before blasting a one timer top corner glove side on Chad Cromar to make it 1-0. That would be the lone scoring of the first period.
The Cents came to life in the second, powered by a line that was playing together for their first game. Christian Sabin was making room for his linemates, and Brad Cocca took advantage throwing a feed from behind the net out front to Henry Cleghorn who put it over the blocker of a sprawled out Cromar. The Rivermen goalie seemed completely baffled, and guessed wrong on the pass, Cleghorn snapped a lengthy pointless streak with his 20th on the season to make it 2-0.
Christian Sabin scored on the very next shift, picking off a D-to-D pass in front of the net, before dangling in and outwaiting Cromar to put it past his outstretched leg to make it 3-0.
Cromar appeared to strain his groin making a diving toe save halfway through the second period and gave way to Braedon Fleming who came off the bench.
That didn't slow down the Cents as they made it 4-0 when Brendan Schneider drove wide, and then found Zach Court in the slot who fired one blocker side on Flemming.
The Cents carried that scoreline into the third, but couldn't add any offense. The Rivermen added a goal from Jayden Lee to break Austin Roden's shutout bid in his third straight start.
Merritt did get their second straight win by a 4-1 score, and after the game Head Coach Joe Martin liked the new look line.
"I thought Sabin had his strongest game this year. Tough for a guy that's in and out of the line up, but he had an easy job making room for Cocca and Cleghorn, and he did that. The line had success and he scored a goal."
Cents now look for their third straight win against the Chilliwack Chiefs on Friday night. 7pm puckdrop from the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.