Cents Win!

The Merritt Centennials got an early Christmas present on Sunday as they snapped their sixteen game winless streak with a 6-4 win over the Quesnel Millionaires. Harrison May led the Cents with 56 saves while Alex Goodship, Jordan Grant, Paul Forster, and Alex Valenti each had three points.

I was especially impressed with the Cents second line of Jordan Soquila (who scored one of the prettiest goals you’ll ever see), AP call-up Scott Kirkham, and Alexander MacMillan. Their first line of Jordan Grant, Alex Goodship, and Alex Valenti was also very good (obviously since they combined for nine points). The third line of Alessio Tomasetti, Paul Forster, and Colton Sobchak also played an exceptional game and it gives hope to the fact that the Centennials could have the secondary scoring they’ve so dearly missed in many games this season.

It’s obviously not a desirable situation to give up 60 shots in any game, but full credit to the Millionaires for hanging in there, especially after pulling Evan Karambelas and replacing him with Kiefer Smiley. Smiley was very good for the Mills, considering he played last night in Trail and came in cold almost midway through the second period.

The Cents are now off until Friday, January 2 when they host a team that has had their number for most of the season (who hasn’t?) – the Prince George Spruce Kings. In fact, the Cents open 2009 with three straight home games at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. With everyone at today’s game receiving free pizza courtesy of Domino’s in Merritt, here’s hoping that the crowds will be bigger for that weekend.


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