In the words of Jared Thomas and Cents broadcasters before him “Cents Win, Cents Win, Cents Win.”
It was a tight-checking 60-minute contest that settled nothing, and with the score level at ones, they skated three aside. After a flurry of action in front of Cents netminder Tanner Marshall, Brett Roloson broke out the other way and found Joey Berkopec streaking to the net for the winner.
Tanner Marshall standing tall. Coming off a mid-week loss in Coquitlam where he allowed six goals against, Tanner Marshall proved he has all the tools to man the blue paint. He was calm, cool and collected all night long and in OT made game-saving stop after game-saving stop.
Defensive effort. In a building that normally sees shot totals in the low forties, the Merritt Centennials limited the Wenatchee Wild to only 25 on target. They were successful in clearing the zone on their first opportunity and limiting the Wild’s second chance opportunities.
The line of Josh Kagan, Matt Osadick, and Thomas Manty. Despite Kagan being acquired mid-week from Cowichan, the trio was flying around the ice, looking like they had years of chemistry between them. They didn’t manage to bulge the twine but showed they could be a line to be reckoned with moving forward.
Discipline. While the Cents headed off to the sin bin far less than in games past, only three times. They did so for unnecessary infractions. In the first, Tyson Galloway went off for three or four too many crosschecks to the back, he then got a misconduct for disagreeing with the call. In the third Kagan went to the box for a double minor for spearing. There is such thing as good penalties, these aren’t them, these are lack of discipline.
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