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Devin Kero, now a senior for Michigan Tech, has earned WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors after a win and Winter Classic MVP this past weekend. 

He stopped 36 of 37 shots in Michigan Tech's 5-1 win over Bemidji State on Saturday. 

Kero played 40 games for the Cents back in 2013-14 posting a 2.48 GAA and a 91.8 SV%.  

It's Kero's first WCHA weekly award. 


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The Merritt Centennials (20-26-4-1) prepare for their busiest week of the season as the Mainland Division's Langley Rivermen (22-18-10-2) come into the NVMA for their lone contest of the year. The Cents will travel to Chilliwack on Friday, then welcome Salmon Arm on Saturday, and Victoria on Sunday to make it 4 games in 5 days. 

The Cents will be looking to ride the high of a win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals on the weekend. Despite it being the lone win on the road trip, there were a lot of good stories throughout the game when you consider it was Family Day long weekend. Island Natives Mattias Dal Monte and Austin Roden played a prominent role in the final game of the weekend. The team fueled up with a beautiful pre-game meal prepared at the Dal Monte household: pancakes, waffles, fruit, sausages, bacon, whipped cream, OJ and coffee. That gave the Cents some hunger to go after two points later on that afternoon. 

Halfway through the second period with score 2-0 off powerplay goals from Tyrell Buckley and Mathieu Gosselin, Mattias Dal Monte found a deflection at the line and let it rip for his first goal in the BCHL in front of his mom, dad, and his grandparents that flew down from Kittimat to see him play. 
Birthday boy Jackson Munro tallied the primary assist on an Ashton Stockie goal on the following shift in front of his mother who made the trip to the island to follow the team. With the score 4-0 into the final period, that left Austin Roden as the Centennial with something to play for. The Cents didn't add any more tallies to the scoreboard, but didn't allow any either, and Roden got his second shutout of the season in front of his parents, and grandparents.
The visiting Rivermen are coming off their first win in 5 tries, a 7-6 barn burner against the Surrey Eagles, so you know they're capable of offense. They're also capable of going to the box, with 832 penalty minutes they're the second most penalized team in the league behind the Capitals. The Cents are in the middle of the pack at 7th with 713 PIMS through the year. The Cents also have the edge in the goals-for department with a 160 goals on the year, that's 7 more than the Rivermen. 
The Rivermen are known to explode for offense, but in games against the Interior in 2018 they've gone winless. However, these two teams have met once this season, way back at the BCHL showcase. With the Cents still trying to find their identity they fell 4-3. All their goals were scored in the second period, to lead 3-2 into the 3rd, but the Rivermen answered with two in the final frame including the game-winner which came shorthanded with 3 minutes to go. 
Langley is led offensively by Brendan Budy with 46 points, and their other offenseive weapons are: Angus Crookshank (38), Joe Wojeichowski (28) and Eric Butte (28). The Cents are still led by Henry Cleghorn with 44 points, but he's on a bit of dry spell over the last couple weeks. Nick Wicks with 38 points has moved into 2nd in team scoring, and Zach Court is another hot hand in 4th with 35 points. The Cents now have 6 players with over 30 points, and 18 that have chipped in at least 10. 
The special teams battle sees the Cents with the edge on both counts. 8th on the powerplay with 18.9% which has been improving in the last few games, and the penalty kill has gotten lots of work and the Cents sit 7th with an 82.6% kill rate. The Rivermen 15th on the powerplay with a 15.2% conversion rate, but in their last game they went 5/7 so they're hot. On the PK, the Rivermen 9th at 81.8%. 
In net, the Cents will likely use both goaltenders equally over the next week. Jacob Berger is more rested and is 12-21-2-0 with a 90.6 SV%, a 3.41 GAA, and 2 shutouts. Austin Roden is coming off his 2nd shutout of the year, and is 9-10-0-2 with a 92.6 SV% and a 2.59 GAA. The Rivermen lean on Braedon Fleming who is the 2nd busiest goaltender with over 2400 minutes played, and is 18-22-0-1 with a 90.1 SV% and a 2.93 GAA. Chad Cromar is 4-6-0-1 with a 88.6 SV% and a 3.56 GAA. 
The Cents will look to set the tone for the week with a strong effort against the Rivermen tonight. 
Puck Drop 7pm, Pre-Game 6:45 with Jared Thomas on Q101.1FM or online at 


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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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The Cents play their third game in three days as they have less than a 24-hour turnaround to get prepared for the game this afternoon against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Cents fans you may think you know pain and heartache as the Cents have lost their last 2, but the Capitals come into this game on an 8-game losing skid. It will be a battle for who has more desperation, and a will to win.

The Cents once again showed that will early in the game last night against the Clippers. They drew 5 penalties in the first period alone, but weren’t able to convert on any man advantages. The Clippers did manage to sneak one past Austin Roden in the first to make it 1-0.

The second saw the penalties begin to swing the other way, with the Clippers drawing 4 penalties to the Cents 1, but they weren’t having any luck with the man advantage either and the game went to the 3rd period 1-0.

An early powerplay in the third gave the Clippers a 2-0 lead, but Zach Zorn was able to get the Cents back within one with his speed and size on the outside, cutting to the net and putting a backhand shortside on Noah Featherstonehaugh Gowe to make it 2-1.

The Cents were fighting penalties all period, 6 in fact, and before they could pull the goalie for the equalizer in the final minute, the Clippers added another marker late to ice the game and take it 3-1.

The good news for Cents fans is that the Capitals have had an equally busy weekend. They fell to the West Kelowna Warriors 3-1 on Friday at home, and the Vancouver Grizzlies 7-2 at the Q Centre, so they will have the same amount of rest as Merritt.

The Capitals and Cents last met in late September where the Cents won their second game of the year 7-1. It’s been a long time since then, but Cowichan finds themselves still in the same position they’ve been in since that point 17th in the league.

Cowichan Valley is led by Troy Mactavish (37), Ty Pochipinski (34), and Tate Coughlin (30) up front. The Cents got one lone goal last night, Zach Zorn unassisted on shorthanded to move him into a tie for most shorthanded goals on the year with 5. Zach Risteau has the hot hand for the Cents. Since returning from the USHL, Risteau has 14 points in 13 games, and adds that extra skill on the Cents powerplay, and skill to whatever line he’s on. Henry Cleghorn has gone quiet for the Cents in the last week, and he’s a player the Cents need to start rolling again, if the team is going to start picking up wins.

The battle between the pipes will see the Caps turn to Michael Corson and JJ Pichette. Corson is 3-5 with a 91.6 SV% and a 3.20 GAA. Pichette is 4-12 with an 87.2 SV% and a 5.00 GAA. The Cents will decide between Jacob Berger and Austin Roden. Roden played phenomenal last night, but took the loss and is now 8-10-0-2 with a 92.4 SV%, a 2.71 GAA and 1 shutout.Berger is 12-21-2-0 with a 90.6 SV% and a 3.41 GAA with 2 shutouts.

The Capitals are a team that plays well on home ice, and they have the desperation of vying for a playoff spot on the line. The Cents will have to be hungrier if they want to come away with the W this afternoon.

Puck Drop 2pm, Pre-Game 1:45 with Jared Thomas on Q101.1FM or online at

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The Merritt Centennials and Nanaimo Clippers combined for a whopping 1/16 on the powerplay on Saturday night, but Nanaimo had more markers 5-on-5 to make the difference 3-1.

In the first, the Cents had some jump, but with the game scoreless 6 minutes in the Nanaimo Clippers broke the goose egg to make it 1-0 on a goal from Josh Bourne to the side of the net.

The Cents carried the play, and were forcing the Clippers to take penalties, as they had 5 opportunities on the powerplay in the first, but were unable to convert despite good puck movement.

It was a sleepy second period with no goals scored, part of that was due to a fearless play by Zach Court to block a shot face first. He was stitched up and returned to action before the end of the 2nd.

In the third, the Cents went to the box early, with Christian Sabin going to the box for tripping, and on that powerplay the Clippers were able to convert. Leading goalscorer Tristan Crozier was able to get one up high on Austin Roden who made his first start since returning from injury, and against his former club. That gave the Clippers the 2-0 lead.

Despite Chase Bell taking a tripping call at the 2:31 mark, Zach Zorn was able to convert on a short-handed partial breakaway. Driving wide on the left side, Zorn barrelled towards the net, made a move to the backhand and beat Noah Featherstonehaugh Gove short side mid-blocker to get the Cents back within one.

The Cents were plagued by penalties from the remainder of the period, but had an opportunity even strength for the final two minutes. The Cents didn’t get the opportunity to pull the goalie and push for the equalizer as Preston Brodziak was able to convert on an odd-man rush after Roden made the initial save.

Roden was sensational, especially in the third period when the Cents were shortmanned 6 times, but his efforts weren’t enough to spur the team onto a comeback.

After the game, Joe Martin felt despite the number of penalties in the third they were all justified.

“Sabin is digging for a loose puck, and trips someone. Chase Bell – the same thing. Tyrell Buckley is trying to stop a breakaway, Joey Berkopec is doing the same. Ashton Stockie is following through on a clearing attempt and catches someone up high.”

The Cents will try to stay out of the box and get onto the board with more regularity tomorrow afternoon in Duncan when the Cents square off against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Puck Drop 2pm, Pre-Game 1:45 on Q101.1FM or online at

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