Cents fall 6-5 in double OT to, Hills almost POW, Holowenko to WHL, Minor Hockey:

Wow. Another tough loss for the Cents after battling back to tie the game. Comebacks seem to be the name of the game for Merritt on the road, but in the last four games the Centennials have just come up short. Their three game Northern road trip culminated with a 6-5 loss in double overtime to Prince George yesterday afternoon.

Here’s the recap from Merritt Centennials.com:

Prince George, BC – December 6, 2009

Justin Fillion scored 2:12 into double overtime to give the Prince George Spruce Kings a 6-5 edge over the Merritt Centennials in BC Hockey League Sunday afternoon.

Marcus Watson scored a goal and added three assists, Sam Muchalla had two goals and an assist while Brooks Robinson notched a goal and two assists for Prince George (12-19-1-2). Nick DeSousa also added a single in regulation for the Spruce Kings.

Derek Hills had a goal and three assists for Merritt (10-21-0-2), while Colton Sobchak scored twice and added an assist in the loss. Stephen Wall also had a goal and two assists for the Centennials. Jordan Soquila scored on a penalty shot in the second period and Mitch Jones notched two assists.

Former Centennials netminder Kyle Nielsen made 27 saves for Prince George in the win, while Keith Hamilton kicked out 47 saves for Merritt in the loss. The Spruce Kings outshot the Cents 5-3.

Merritt and PG each went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

The Centennials next game is Tuesday in Vernon while the Spruce Kings return to the ice Friday at home against Alberni Valley.

News & Notes: The Cents are now winless in 16 games away from the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena this season…Derek Hills’ four-point afternoon has him riding a five game point streak. He has 11 points during the streak…Stephen Wall’s three-point afternoon was his first multi-point game since Sept. 29…Cents captain Jordan Soquila is on a six game streak, he has nine points in that stretch…Merritt was without 16-year-old Cole Holowenko after he was called up by the WHL’s Chilliwack Bruins.

(Cents utilityman Derek Hills)

Cents defenceman Derek Hills, who’s played up front and on the blueline this season, was named a runner up for BCHL Player of the Week after posting eight points in three games. As mentioned above, Hills is on fire lately, firing 11 points during a five game point streak. You have to wonder if the Cents would have posted three wins during the three games if we’d be talking about Hills being Player of the Week for the second time this season, instead of Mark Zengerle.

(Cents netminder Cole Holowenko)

Had the chance to see Cents goaltener Cole Holowenko on Rogers Sportsnet yesterday as he backed up Braden Gamble in the Chilliwack Bruins 4-0 WHL shutout of the Vancouver Giants. Holowenko was called up by the Bruins after Saturday’s Cents game in Quesnel. With Bruins number-one goaltender Lucas Gore out with a shoulder injury, it remains to be seen if Holowenko will stay in Chilliwack or if he’ll be on his way back to Merritt. I hope to ask Cents coach and GM Luke Pierce that exact question when I get his weekly wrap first thing tomorrow morning.
I received this email late yesterday from Tammy Bangsund, PR director for Merritt Minor Hockey. Way to go boys! You’ll notice a couple of familiar names here as some of these guys were in training camp with the Cents.

The Tracker Sportswear Midget Rep boys played 2 games this weekend, winning both!

Saturday Dec 5th travelled to Revelstoke and won 9-2. Scorers were: Daylan Robertson 3, Eric Schmidt 2, Kyle Robichaud, Payton Schaefer, Cole Fex & Garret Bangsund all with 1 goal each. Russell Sanderson did an outstanding job between the pipes!

Sunday Dec 6th vs Westside at NVM Arena winning 8-1! Michael DeSimone did an awesome job of netminding. Scorers were: Eric Schmidt 4, Brendan Colter 2, Liam Ouellette & Cole Drennan with 1 each.

Next up for the Tracker Boys is a 3 day tourney in Williams Lake Dec 11-13th. Current league stats for the team are 8 wins, 1 tie & 2 loses.

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