The Merritt Centennials had a full house on hand, honouring Ty Pozzobon, raising money and awareness for mental health, but the West Kelowna Warriors spoiled the party and took the game early in OT 2-1.
The first period went scoreless, with a few penalties exchanged by both sides, but neither team able to get the edge. Austin Roden stopped all 6 shots he faced, Nic Amundrud stopped all 10 he faced.
In the second stanza, the Warriors broke the goose egg on the powerplay 7:18 into the period. Jake Harrison unloaded a shot from the line that found it's way through the crowd and into the top corner glove side on Roden.
4 minutes later Christian Sabin got credit for a goal, after he worked the puck down the right wing, and from the half wall, the Warrior defender stripped him of the puck and threw it into the bottom of his own net underneath the right pad of Amundrud. The Cents and Warriors headed to the 3rd tied 1-1.
In the third no one could break the tie, despite Tilsley taking a late penalty for the Warriors, the Cents couldn't convert on the powerplay and the teams headed to overtime. With the game heading to extras, it also meant that the Warriors locked up the 5th seed, and with the point for getting to OT, the Cents did lock up the 6th seed.
That would be the only solace in this game as just 30 seconds into OT, Parm Dhaliwal struck the top corner off the right wing with a quick shot that beat Roden.
After the game, Head Coach Joe Martin said he had to give the other team credit.
"They played well defensively, and Amundrud was good, he didn't have to stop too many grade A chances, but he did enough. They knew all they needed was to get to overtime and they did."
The Cents will finish the season tomorrow night against the Langley Rivermen.