Cents outgunned 8-7 in Quesnel:

Another heartbreaking one goal loss for the Cents on the road as they fell 8-7 in Quesnel. The silver lining to the dark cloud that is a 15 game road winless streak, is that the Centennials outscored the Millionaires 6-3 over the final 40 minutes. If not for a shaky first period, the result in this game could have been much different.

Here’s the recap of the game from Merritt Centennials.com:

Quesnel, BC – December 5, 2009

Joshua Desmarais scored twice as the Quesnel Millionaires hung on the beat the Merritt Centennials 8-7 in BC Hockey League action Saturday night.

Taylor Holst had three assists for Quesnel (11-19-0-4), while Trever Hertz and Clayton Chessa each had a goal and two assists. Jacob Verheyden, Spencer Graboski, Skyler Smutek and Eliot Raibl also each notched a single marker in the win.

Jeff Jones scored twice for Merritt (10-21-0-1) and chipped in with two assists. Dustin Johnson had a goal and two assists while Derek Hills and David Sabey each had a goal and an assist. Jordan Soquila and Alexander MacMillan dished out two assists each. Colton Sobchak and Alex Valenti had the other Cents goals.

Kirby Halcrow stopped 27 shots for the Millionaires for the win, while Keith Hamilton, who came on in relief of Cole Holowenko at the start of the second period, made 19 saves in the loss.

Merritt went 2-for-5 on the power play while Quesnel was 2-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Cents next action is Sunday in Prince George while the Mills play Wednesday at home against Williams Lake.

Game Box Score

News & Notes: The Cents, despite the loss, had just seven players not appear on the scoresheet…Alex Valenti returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s game in Williams Lake…Mitch Jones also returned to the lineup after missing three games…Merritt battled back from 6-1, 7-2 and 8-4 deficits, but never held the lead during the game…The Cents road winless streak now stands at 15 games…The loss is Merritt’s third straight one-goal defeat on the road…It was announced prior to the game that Cole Holowenko has been called up by the WHL’s Chilliwack Bruins on an emergency basis…Jeff Jones is now tied for fourth among all BCHL rookies in goals with 13…Andrew Pickering is now riding a five game point streak…Daniel Chang has a three game assist streak.

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