Cents whip Willams Lake 6-1:

Wow, five in a row! The Cents have won five straight for the first time in almost four years. Here’s the official recap from Merritt Centennials.com:

January 2, 2010 – Merritt, BC

Alexander MacMillan and Mitch Jones each had a goal and three assists as the Merritt Centennials skated to a 6-1 win over the Williams Lake Timberwolves in BC Hockey League play Saturday night.

Stephen Wall, Dustin Johnson, Colton Sobchak and Andrew Pickering also had goals for Merritt (16-23-0-2) while Johnson added two assists. Keith Hamilton made 22 saves for his eighth win of the season.

Ryan Stanimir had the lone goal for the Timberwolves (9-28-1-0), while Evan Dauenhauer made 43 saves in the loss.

The Cents went 3-for-9 with the man advantage and Williams Lake was 0-for-5 on its power plays.

Merritt’s next game is Sunday in Westside while the T-Wolves are off until they visit Penticton next Friday.

News & Notes: Dustin Johnson is now tied for fourth in the BCHL with 26 goals … Johnson is also riding a three game goal scoring streak and a two game assist streak … Andrew Pickering is on a two game goal scoring streak … Mitch Jones and Alexander MacMillan’s four point games established a career best for each of them … Alex Valenti and Ryne Bodger were the scratches for Merritt as both are still recovering from injuries … The five game winning streak is Merritt’s best since the 2005-06 season when the team won five in a row from February 16 – 25, 2006 … The Cents outscored their opponents during that streak 27-11 while during their current streak, they’ve outscored the opposition 25-12.

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