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The Merritt Centennials are sending D Olson Werenka (99) to the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL for future considerations.

Werenka, a Calgary native, is returning to his home province to conclude his Junior career. This season with the Cents he had 3 goals and 14 assists in 31 games played. He is joining a Spruce Grove team that are second place in the North division of the AJHL at 30-10-2 and are the 4th place team overall.

Head Coach and GM Derek Sweet Coulter knows Werenka will be a good piece for a contender.

"Olson has that fire and that fight you need to be effective in the playoffs. We wish him well with the Saints."

The Merritt Centennials would like to thank Olson for his contributions to the team and the community during his time with the club, and with him the best with Spruce Grove.

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Marshall and Winter

(Photos- Garrett James)

It’s no secret that the Merritt Centennials’ goalies have been facing a lot of rubber this year, but it might surprise you find out exactly how many shots Tanner Marshall and Ryan Winter have faced.

This year the Cents have 184 goals against, Marshall has allowed 97, while Winter accounts for 73. (Empty netters and an AP account for the remainder)

Make no mistake on the surface those numbers are less than pretty until you account for the sheer amount of vulcanized rubber they’ve been forced to turn aside. Then the work the goalies have put in this season becomes extraordinary. 

Tanner Marshall has faced 843 shots this year. An average of 40.26 shots per 60 minutes.

Despite appearing in just 22 games for a total of 1262 minutes, Marshall has faced more shots that 19 of 25 qualified goalies. Two of the goalies that have faced more shots have played over 600 more minutes than Marshall, while all six faces fewer shots per 60.

Ryan Winter despite not facing as many shots as Marshall, 743, holds a BCHL-high average of 41.66 shots per 60 minutes.

Winter has faced more shots than 11 of the 25 qualified goalies.

Top three goalies for shots per 60 minutes;

  1. Ryan Winter (4.08 GAA)           41.66 (Merritt)
  2. Tanner Marshall (4.61 GAA)     40.26 (Merritt)
  3. Joe Howe (3.91 GAA)               38.21 (Victoria/Coquitlam)

Top three GAA goalies’ shots per 60 minutes;

  1. Clay Stevenson (1.70 GAA)  27.27 (Coquitlam)
  2. Jordan Naylor (1.73 GAA)     31.25 (Nanaimo)
  3. Yaniv Perets (2.22 GAA)       26.31 (Penticton)

The stats clearly show that while the Cents tenders GAA’s are bottom two in the league, those numbers are directly related to their heavy workloads. 

Surprisingly the win/loss stats don’t differ that much for the Cents, they’re getting pelted regardless of the outcome. In Marshall and Winter’s combined 9 wins, they faced an average of 39.11 shots, in their 30 regulation and OT/shootout losses they saw 40.56.

Maybe 40 is the magic number.

Catch the Cents this Friday at the NVMA vs West Kelowna. If you can’t make it down to the barn be sure to tune into Q101 at 6:45 for all the action with Jared Thomas and Michael Reeve.


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The Merritt Centennials announced today that they have signed defenseman Chase Cooke (03) of the KIJHL's Princeton Posse for the remainder of the season.

A Merritt local, Cooke is no stranger to the team and fans. He's suited up for 5 games this year as an affiliate, and has been a part of Cents training camps for the last two seasons. As a rookie with the Posse this season, Cooke has put up 6 goals and 15 assists in 29 games. He registered his first BCHL point, an assist, against the Trail Smoke Eaters last Friday.

Head Coach and GM Derek Sweet-Coulter says that Cooke is the kind of player they want in this organization.

"Chase is a great character who is committed to getting better every day and serving his community off the ice as well. He will be a big part of the culture we are building here in Merrit. We are extremely happy to add him and are excited to see his development this season and beyond."

The Centennials would like to welcome Cooke and his family officially to the team fold.

Fans will get their sixth chance to see Cooke this Friday against the West Kelowna Warriors.

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The Merritt Centennials have sent F Matt Osadick (00) to the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for future considerations.

Osadick was acquired by Barry Wolff in the off-season in exchange for goaltender Vincent Duplessis, forward Frazer Dodd and future considerations and came in with a lot of hype. Scoring 63 points in 45 regular season games and adding 18 more in 17 post season contests hopes were high that he'd be a scoring threat with the Centennials. Unfortunately, Osadick has had trouble getting his footing in the BCHL, tallying 3 goals and 5 assists in 36 games with Merritt.

Head Coach and GM Derek Sweet-Coulter says that Osadick will get a chance to provide some secondary scoring in Trail.

"Matt is a great person who was a tremendous citizen in the community of Merritt. I want to thank him for all his hard work on and off the ice this season."

The Merritt Centennials would like to thank Matt and his family for their contributions to the club and community during his time here and wish him well in Trail with the Smoke Eaters.

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The Merritt Centennials had the game within their grasp once again, but the Smoke Eaters rode another strong third period to a 5-2 victory.

It was another great start for the Merritt Centennials who were on the wrong end of he shot clock, but were able to be on the right side of the score board. Chase Nameth scored with a diving shot that fooled Terness blocker side after being set up by Thomas Manty. Trail quickly answered, but Evan Benwell helped regain the lead with his first in the BCHL. Benwell was set up by AP Kaden Zakall to the side of net, and Benwell showed off his patience outwaiting Terness with a dangle to the backhand to the side of the net and banking it in off the backside of Terness and in. Tanner Marshall started strong in the first and set the tone for the rest of the game with a stack of solid saves. Shots after 1 were 22-6 Trail.

In the second period, the Centennials found themselves on the penalty kill a little more often, but didn’t break until the 5th chance for the Smoke Eaters. Ozar scored his first of the night to tie the game at 2’s. Trail would take the lead late in the 2nd period after a Cents giveaway at the blueline. Shots after 2 were 35-18 Smoke Eaters.

The final frame saw the Smoke Eaters pull away with 2 more goals for Ozar to finish off the hat trick bid. Olson Werenka finished the game with some fireworks by taking on Kyle Pow in a heavyweight tilt and soundly stomped him. Throwing right after right and connecting until he took Pow to the ice. Final shots were 52-28 Trail.

Head Coach Derek Sweet-Coulter said it was another solid effort especially on the penalty kill.

“Top marks to our penalty kill and Tanner Marshall tonight on only allowing 2 on 10 chances, but giving the Smoke Eaters 10 chances isn’t a recipe for success.”

The Cents get set for the rematch on Tuesday against these very same Smoke Eaters in Trail.

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