FINALLY! What a weekend it was for the Merritt Centennials as they snapped their nine game winless skid in a big way. First with a tight 2-1 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings last night and then with a 9-3 blowout win against the Quesnel Millionaires tonight.
As expected, the 9-3 win featured a number of positives for the Cents.
– F Colton Sobchak (90) scored his first career BCHL hat trick and has points in four straight games
– D Matt Mazzarolo (90) scored his first career BCHL goal
– With his goal, F Dustin Johnson (90) has scored seven in his last nine games
– With his assist, D Steve Tresierra (90) now has six points in nine games with the Cents since being acquired from Vernon
– With a goal and two assists, F Michael Nardi (90) posted his first multi-point game since joining the Cents from Prince George and his first multi-point game overall since Sept. 8
– D Brad Bourke (89) made his return to the lineup with a goal and an assist after missing the previous five games with concussion-like symptoms
– With a goal and two assists, F Kevin Philp (90) now has ten points in his last ten games
– By chipping in with three assists, F Gary Rai (90) has seven points in his last five games
– For G Kyle Nielsen (89), it is his second straight win and second straight night of making more than 30 saves. He kicked out 32 shots against Quesnel after a 41 save performance last night against PG.
– The six goal margin of victory was the team’s largest this season (the previous high was three on Sept. 14 in a 6-3 win against Prince George and on Oct. 26 in a 4-1 win over Penticton)
– The nine goals is the most scored in a game this season, and most scored in any game since a 10-1 win in game three of their opening round playoff series against Trail back on March 10, 2006. In regular season play, tonight’s nine goals is the most the Centennials have posted since an 11-4 thumping of the Burnaby Express WAY back on December 17, 2005.
– The seven goal third period is the most scored in any period this season (the previous high was five on Sept. 18 in a 7-5 loss to Westside)
The Centennials did have one AP in the lineup against the Mills as D Steven MacDonald (90) played his sixth BCHL game and picked up his first career BCHL point with an assist on Sobchak’s first goal (which would turn out to be the game winner).
F Alessio Tomassetti (89), D Jake Baker (91), and F Jordan Soquila (89) were the only Centennials to not register a point, although Soquila did have a spirited scrap with F Josh Fersovitch (89) in the third period and all three still played a strong game.
It was really good to see the guys with lots of smiles at the end of this one in a season in which both the Centennials and their fans haven’t had a whole lot to smile about. Here’s hoping they can keep the good times rolling on Wednesday against Penticton.