Month: August 2010

Cents Fall 8-4 To Salmon Arm, Correction on Cents Roster, Recent Moves:

What a crowd last night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena for the first Cents home game since March 2nd! Unfortunately for the fans in attendance, the Centennials fell 8-4 to Salmon Arm in their second exhibition game. Here’s the summary from MerrittCentennials.com:

Merritt, BC – August 30, 2010

Spencer Samuel and Chris Hoe each had two goals and an assist while Brandon Mistal had a goal and two assists to lead the Salmon Arm Silverbacks to an 8-4 win over the Merritt Centennials in BC Hockey League exhibition play Monday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Morgan Zulinick, Matt Cassidy and Charlie Vesaturo also scored for the Silverbacks (1-1-0-0).

Max Vallis had a goal and two assists for Merritt (1-1-0-0) while Brent Fletcher and Eric Schmidt also scored in the loss. Alexander MacMillan, Payton Schaefer, Steve Tresierra, and Regan Soquila all chipped in with an assist each.

Goaltender Lynden Stanwood finished with 27 saves to get the win for Salmon Arm. Silverbacks starter Kurt Williams allowed two goals on 12 shots he faced. Cole Buckley got the start for the Cents, finishing with 23 saves in 29:38 minutes of action. Jared Andersen finished the game and wound up making 24 saves on 28 shots.

Both the Centennials and Silverbacks each went 2-for-7 on the power play.

The Cents next game is Wednesday in Westside against the Warriors. Salmon Arm’s next action is Friday in Vernon.

BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 6:04 – Brent Fletcher from Max Vallis and Alexander MacMillan
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 13:56 (PP) – Morgan Zulinick from Brandon Mistal and Jayson Rierdon
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 14:51 – Matt Cassidy from Jarryd Ten Vaanholt and Devon Gannon
Merritt Centennials at 16:47 (PP) – Max Vallis from Payton Schaefer and Steve Tresierra
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 17:57 (PP) – Charlie Vesaturo from Clinton Atkinson and Devon Gannon

PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 2:24 (PP) – Brent Fletcher from Max Vallis
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 5:10 – Chris Hoe from Adam DiBella

PERIOD 3
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 10:06 – Spencer Samuel from Josh Manson
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 13:06 – Chris Hoe from Devon Gannon
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 14:19 – Spencer Samuel from Josh Manson and Brandon Mistal
Merritt Centennials at 15:35 – Eric Schmidt from Regan Soquila
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 18:49 – Brandon Mistal from Spencer Samuel and Chris Hoe

PENALTY SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 2:15 – Eric Schmidt for Hooking (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 10:37 – Regan Soquila for Holding (2 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 11:04 – Devon Gannon for Cross Checking (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 12:34 – Max Vallis for Ineligible Player (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 14:51 – Sean Maktaak for Roughing After Whistle (2 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 14:51 – Devon Gannon for Roughing After Whistle (2 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 15:52 – Charlie Vesatura for Roughing After Whistle (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 17:24 – Richard Sabourin for Holding (2 Min.)

PERIOD 2
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 1:41 – Josh Manson for High Sticking (2 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 6:39 – Josh Monk for Elbowing (2 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 8:08 – David Henry for High Sticking (4 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 14:42 – Billy Marshall for Hooking (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 17:16 – Eric Schmidt for Tripping (2 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 19:44 – Mike Matthes for Cross Checking (2 Min.)

PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 2:11 – Sean Maktaak for Fighting (5 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 2:11 – Sean Maktaak for Game Misconduct
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 2:11 – Cody Michelle for Fighting (5 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 2:11 – Cody Michelle for Game Misconduct
Merritt Centennials at 3:10 – Max Vallis for Tripping (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 4:12 – Doug Chadwick for Roughing After Whistle (2 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 4:12 – Devon Gannon for Roughing After Whistle (2 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:57 – Josh Monk for Slashing (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 19:52 – Dustin Johnson for Fighting (5 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 19:52 – Dustin Johnson for Game Misconduct
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 19:52 – Devon Gannon for Fighting (5 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 19:52 – Devon Gannon for Game Misconduct

CENTS ROSTER CORRECTION

When I posted earlier that Daylan Robertson had been released after Friday night’s Cents intrasquad game, it was incorrect. It’s been brought to my attention that Daylan is in fact still with the Cents heading into tomorrow night’s exhibition game against Westside.

I apologize if the mistake caused any problems to anyone and thanks for your understanding. I’ve also now corrected my earlier post so it’s accurate.

RECENT MOVES

F Denver Manderson (Penticton, 2007-10) has received a tryout with Medvescak Zagreb (Austria Erste Bank Liga) after being released from his tryout with EC Salzburg (Austria Erste Bank Liga). Manderson had a goal and an assist in five games with Salzburg this season after posting 40 goals and 73 assists with Penticton Vees (BCHL) in 2009-10. . . .

F Mike Hamilton (Victoria/Merritt, 2000-03) signed a one year contract with Vipiteno (Italy Seria A2). Hamilton, 27, had six goals and 23 assists in 65 games with Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL) last season. . . .

F Dean Strong (Vernon, 2004-05) has been released from his tryout contract with HC Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg (German Elite League). Strong had two goals and three assists in 16 games with Worcester Sharks (AHL) and 16 goals and 21 assists in 34 games with Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) last season. . . .

D Matt Hanson (Penticton, 2000-01) inked a one year contract with HK Partizan Beograd (Slovakia Slohokej Liga). Hanson had three goals and seven assists in 52 games with Arizona Sundogs (CHL) last season. . . .

F Josh Demerais (Quesnel, 2009-10) signed a tryout contract with EC Dornbirn (Austria Nationalliga). Demerais had 20 goals and 22 assists in 28 games with Quesnel Millionaires (BCHL) and 25 goals and 18 assists in 27 games with Sainte-Agathe Montagnards (QJAAAHL) last season. . . .

Cents Edge Salmon Arm SilverBacks 7-6 in Exhibition Opener:

The Cents opened their pre-season with a 7-6 win last night in Salmon Arm. Here’s the summary and box score from MerrittCentennials.com:

Salmon Arm, BC – August 29, 2010

The Merritt Centennials opened their 2010 exhibition season with a 7-6 win over Salmon Arm Sunday night at the Sunwave Centre.

The SilverBacks jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on goals by Rick Soo, Devin Muller and Morgan Zulinick. Merritt outshot Salmon Arm 14-9 in the opening frame.

The Cents responded with three straight goals from Jeff Jones, Jordan Salahor and Evan Stack in the first 12:29 of the second period to tie the game 3-3. Salmon Arm took a 4-3 lead on Soo’s second goal of the night at 14:05. Merritt outshot the Backs 11-9 in the second frame to hold a 25-18 edge after 40 minutes.

The SilverBacks jumped out to a two goal lead at 1:27 of the third period on a goal by David Henry. The Cents replied at 2:17 on a goal from David Sabey, but Salmon Arm got it back 39 seconds later when Spencer Samuel beat Merritt netminder Cole Buckley to make the score 6-4. The Centennials got to within one goal at 6-5 when Jones notched his second of the night at 13:59 and Sabey got his second to tie the game 54 seconds later, paving the way for Jeff Zmurchyk’s heroics with 18 seconds left in the third period.

Ryan Garber got the start in goal for the Cents and he made 16 saves in 30:05 of action. Buckley came on for the final 29:55 of the game, making 12 saves. Kris Moore started for the SilverBacks, kicking out nine shots while Jacob Mattes played the final 40 minutes and he made 16 saves.

Shots on goal were even at 34 apiece and the Cents went 1-for-2 on the power play while Salmon Arm finished 2-for-4.

The two teams meet again Monday night at 7 o’clock at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 1:54 – Rick Soo (unassisted)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 15:25 (PP) – Devin Muller from Morgan Zulinick and David Henry
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 18:27 – Morgan Zulinick from Justin Krabben and Devin Muller

PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 2:08 (PP) – Jeff Jones from Evan Stack and Brandon Pfeil
Merritt Centennials at 2:42 – Jordan Salahor from Brent Baltus and Steve Wall
Merritt Centennials at 12:29 – Evan Stack from Brandon Pfeil
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 14:05 – Rick Soo from Josh McKissock

PERIOD 3
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 1:27 (PP) – David Henry from Morgan Zulinick and Devin Muller
Merritt Centennials at 2:17 – David Sabey from Brent Baltus and Steve Wall
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 2:56 – Spencer Samuel from Rick Soo
Merritt Centennials at 13:59 – Jeff Jones (unassisted)
Merritt Centennials at 14:53 – David Sabey from Jordan Salahor and Evan Stack
Merritt Centennials at 19:42 – Jeff Zmurchyk from Evan Stack and Brent Baltus

PENALTY SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 2:11 – Josh McGladdery for Tripping (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 12:31 – Dylan Playfair for Fighting (5 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 12:31 – Dylan Playfair for Game Misconduct
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 12:31 – Mike Matthes for Fighting (5 Min.)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 12:31 – Mike Matthes for Game Misconduct
Merritt Centennials at 14:59 – Josh McGladdery for Checking From Behind (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 14:59 – Josh McGladdery for Game Misconduct

PERIOD 2
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 1:26 – Taylor Fauchoux for High Sticking (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 7:23 – Brent Fletcher for Roughing (2 Min.)
Merritt Centennials at 19:35 – Kyle Clerke for Goaltender Interference (2 Min.)

PERIOD 3
Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:34 – Adam DiBella for Tripping (2 Min.)

MERRITT CENTENNIALS GOALIE STATS
# Player MIN. SH SV
35 Cole Buckley (W) 29:55 19 12
1 Ryan Garber 30:05 15 16

SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS GOALIE STATS
# Player MIN. SH SV
41 Kris Moore 20:00 9 9
1 Jacob Mattes (L) 40:00 23 16

Here are the rosters for each team:

MERRITT

#1 Ryan Garber (G)
#35 Cole Buckley

#2 Brandon Pfeil (D)
#3 Jeff Zmurchyk (D)
#6 Ryan Skinner (D)
#7 Connor McCoach (D)
#8 Doug Chadwick (D)
#24 Mitchell Hewson (D)

#9 Evan Stack (F)
#10 Max Vallis (F)
#11 Jeff Jones (F)
#12 Chad Brears (F)
#14 Josh McGladdery (F)
#15 Jordan Salahor (F)
#16 Kyle Clerke (F)
#17 David Sabey (F)
#18 Dylan Playfair (F)
#19 Brent Fletcher (F)
#21 Brent Baltus (F)
#22 Steve Wall (F)

SALMON ARM

#1 Jacob Mattes (G)
#41 Kris Moore (G)

#4 Dustin Cave (D)
#5 Adam DiBella (D)
#7 Joel Kipp (D)
#8 Matt Ridley (D)
#14 Justin Krabben (D)
#28 Mike Matthes (D)

#9 Braeden Monk (F)
#10 David Henry (F)
#15 Morgan Zulinick (F)
#17 Graham McBain (F)
#18 Rick Soo (F)
#19 David Kilip
#20 Brendan Burge (F)
#22 Josh McKissock (F)
#24 Spencer Samuel (F)
#39 Cody Michelle (F)
#91 Devin Muller (F)
#94 Taylor Fauchoux (F)

I chatted with Cents coach and GM Luke Pierce briefly this morning after the win…

Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce

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Cents Intrasquad Game, Recent Moves:

My coaching debut wasn’t much of a success as Team Merritt News (Team Black) blanked Team Q101 (Team White) 5-0 in the Cents annual intrasquad game last night. There was a GREAT crowd at the game, the amount of interest in the Centennials this season is as high as I’ve seen it in my eight years in Merritt.

After the game, the Cents trimmed their training camp roster by nine more players: Forwards Daylan Robertson, Brad Robinson, Ben Reinbolt, Caleb Staniland and River Lafferty, defencemen Lucas Hildebrand and Brett DeFrias, and goaltenders Dusty Hyde and Dylan Quinn. The cuts leave 34 players still with the team, including veterans. Not included in that total are Jakob Reichert and Austin Baecker, as both left training camp to attend WHL camps with Chilliwack and Seattle respectively. Here’s the summary from the Cents website:

Merritt, BC – August 27, 2010

The Merritt Centennials played their annual intrasquad game Friday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. 33 Cents hopefuls took to the ice that saw Team Black skate away with a 5-0 victory over Team White. The Centennials coaching staff now has the task of reducing the team’s roster to no more than 23 players for the regular season opener on the road Friday September 10 in Trail.

Dustin Lebrun (92) and Eric Schmidt (93) each led Black with a goal and an assist. Jared Andersen (90), Cole Buckley (92), and Michael Hails (94) shared the shutout in goal for Team Black. The game featured four fights. There were two in the second period, one between Silvan Harper (92) and Sean Maktaak (92), and one between Harper and Steve Tresierra (90). Joshua McGladdery (92) battled Brent Fletcher (92) while Lebrun locked horns with Kyle Clerke (92) in the third period.

Scoring Summary:

First Period

1. Black, Alexander MacMillan (Max Vallis) 8:04

2. Black, Silvan Harper (Chad Brears, Brent Fletcher) 8:12

Second Period

3. Black, Dustin Lebrun (Ryan Skinner, Eric Schmidt) 6:42 PP

4. Black, Schmidt (Lebrun) 17:52

Third Period

5. Black, Evan Stack (Brett DeFrias, Kameran Crawford) 7:07

Team Black (Merritt News)

Co-coaches: Bill Pierce, John O’Connor

11 – Evan Stack (91)
12 – Dylan Playfair (92)
14 – Payton Schaefer (93)
15 – Max Vallis (91)
16 – Chad Brears (91)
17 – Alexander MacMillan (90)
19 – Brent Fletcher (92)
21 – Eric Schmidt (93)
22 – Silvan Harper (92)
23 – David Sabey (91)
23 – Jordan Salahor (93)
25 – Dustin Lebrun (92)

26 – Brett DeFrias (93)
27 – Kameran Crawford (91)
28 – Jeff Zmurchyk (90)
29 – Brandon Pfeil (92)
30 – Conor McCoach (93)
31 – Ryan Skinner (92)

Black – Jared Andersen (90)
Red – Cole Buckley (92)
Grey – Michael Hails (94)

Team White (Q101)

Co-coaches: Cliff Nokleby, Brian Wiebe, Alex Grebenyuk

11 – Jeff Jones (91)
12 – Kyle Clerke (92)
13 – Regan Soquila (93)
14 – Dustin Johnson (90)
15 – Sean Maktaak (92)
16 – Daylan Robertson (94)
18 – Brad Robinson (92)
21 – Brent Baltus (92)
22 – Joshua McGladdery (92)
23 – Ben Reinbolt (92)
24 – Stephen Wall (91)
25 – Caleb Staniland (92)
26 – River Lafferty (94)

27 – Steve Tresierra (90)
28 – Richard Sabourin (92)
29 – Billy Marshall (91)
30 – Mitchell Hewson (93)
1 – Doug Chadwick (92)
35 – Lucas Hildebrand (91)

White – Ryan Garber (91)
Blue – Dusty Hyde (91)
Gold – Dylan Quinn (93)

I talked with Cents coach and GM Luke Pierce after the game…

Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce

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Here’s a look at recent moves by ex-BCHL players:

F Paul Kariya (Penticton, 1990-92) will miss the 2010-11 season as he recovers from post-concussion syndrome. Kariya had 18 goals and 25 assists in 75 games with St. Louis Blues (NHL) last season. He is an unrestricted free agent. . . .

F Matthew Bahen (Salmon Arm, 2001-02) signed a one year contract with Gjøvik (Norway 2). Bahen had two goals and no assists in 13 games with York University (CIS) last season. . . .

F Darcy Zajac (Salmon Arm, 2004-06) inked a one year deal with Trenton Devils (ECHL). Zajac notched eight goals and 11 assists in 41 games with University of North Dakota (NCAA) last season. . . .

D TJ Miller (Surrey/Penticton, 2004-06) has agreed to a one year contract with Trenton Devils (ECHL). Miller had four goals and 11 assists in 39 games with Northern Michigan University (NCAA) in 2009-10. . . .

F Evan Barlow (Salmon Arm, 2003-05) signed a try out contract with Rogle (Allsvenskan Sweden) after not receiving a contract offer from from HIFK (ET Finland). Barlow had 32 goals and 43 assists in 58 games with Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) last season. He also played eight games with Abbotsford Heat (AHL), scoring a goal and three assists. . . .

First Round of Cents Training Camp Cuts, Recent Moves:

The Cents pared their training camp roster down to 58 players (plus returnees and signees Jakob Reichert and Jared Andersen) today with the first round of cuts.

I had the chance to chat with Cents assistant coach Chad DeLeeuw after the last players were evaluated and released.

Cents Assistant Coach Chad DeLeeuw

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Returning players Jeff Jones, Kam Crawford, Dustin Johnson, Austin Baecker, Alexander MacMillan, David Sabey, Steve Tresierra, Stephen Wall, Silvan Harper and acquisition Jared Andersen joined practice tonight and will take part in scrimmages starting tomorrow. Defenceman Jordan Paddock (93) isn’t included on any of the roster sheets the team handed out, but Cents coach and GM Luke Pierce assured me that Paddock is still in camp. Here are the new teams after the first round of cuts:

Team White

Forwards
Jeff Jones (91) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
Kyle Clerke (92) – Okanagan Rockets (BCMML)
Evan Stack (91) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Jakob Reichert (93) – Revelstoke Grizzlies (KIJHL)
Brandon Briere (92) – Chase Chiefs (KIJHL)
Dylan Playfair (92) – Penticton Lakers (KIJHL)
Ben Reinbolt (92) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Brendan Colter (93) – Merritt Midget Rep
Chris Williamson (91) – HC Ambri-Priotta U20 (SUI)
Daylan Robertson (94) – Merritt Midget Rep

Defence
Kameran Crawford (91) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
Corey Dubbledam (93) – Vancouver NE Chiefs (BCMML)
Brandon Pfeil (92) – Grandview Steelers (PIJHL)
Billy Marshall (91) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Daniel Buchanan (93) – Thompson Blazers (BCMML)

Goaltenders
Ryan Garber (91) – Grand Forks Border Bruins (KIJHL)
Dylan Quinn (93) – Prince George Midget AAA
Michael Hails (94) – Vernon Midget AAA

Team Black

Forwards
Dustin Johnson (90) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
Brett Orser (92) – Mission Icebreakers (PIJHL)
Caleb Staniland (92) – Aldergrove Kodiaks (PIJHL)
Jordan Salahor (93) – Okanagan Rockets (BCMML)
Max Vallis (91) – PF Changs U18 AAA
Colten Defrias (91) – Chase Chiefs (KIJHL)
Briar McNaney (93) – Columbia Valley Rockies (KIJHL)
Brent Baltus (92) – North Island Silvertips (BCMML)
Dane Carlson (93) – Cranbrook Ice AA
Jeffrey Coates (91) – Okanagan Hockey Academy Prep AAAA

Defence
Austin Baecker (92) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
Richard Sabourin (92) – Okanagan Rockets (BCMML)
Taylor Greatrex (92) – North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL)
Conor McCoach (93) – Vancouver North East Chiefs (BCMML)
Tim Martens (92) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)

Goaltenders
Jared Andersen (90) – Grand Prairie Storm (AJHL)
Layne Swier (91) – Blackfalds Wranglers (HJHL)

Team Red

Forwards
Stephen Wall (91) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
Silvan Harper (92) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
Brad Robinson (92) – Kerry Park Islanders (VIJHL)
Dustin Lebrun (92) – Vancouver North East Chiefs (BCMML)
Chad Brears (91) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Dylan Sahara (93) – Penticton Midget AAA
Eric Schmidt (93) – Merritt Midget Rep
Brent Fletcher (92) – New Westminster Midget Royals
Brock Wellicome (93) – Valley West Hawks (BCMML)
Josh McSkimming (93) – Cranbrook Ice AA

Defence
Jeff Zmurchyk (90) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
Lucas Hildebrand (91) – Grand Forks Border Bruins (KIJHL)
Adrian Coulter (93) – Fort St. James Midget Stars
Doug Chadwick (92) – Chase Chiefs (KIJHL)
Brandon Parmar (93) – South Island Thunderbirds (BCMML)

Goaltenders
Mitchell Sheridan (92) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Jared Rathjen (94) – Cariboo Cougars (BCMML)

Team Blue

Forwards
Alexander MacMillan (90) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
David Sabey (91) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
Colton Schell (92) – Penticton Lakers (KIJHL)
Sean Maktaak (92) – Creston Thundercats (KIJHL)
Regan Soquila (93) – Vancouver North East Chiefs (BCMML)
Kevin Kassulat (91) – MN Flying Aces (MNJHL)
Payton Schaefer (93) – Merritt Midget Rep
Joshua McGladdery (92) – Notre Dame Argos Midget AAA
River Lafferty (94) – Carlyle Cougars
Marco Finucci – (91) – Squamish Wolf Pack (PIJHL)

Defence
Steve Tresierra (90) – Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
Brett Defrias (93) – Kamloops Storm (KIJHL)
Ryan Skinner (92) – Kamloops Storm (KIJHL)
Mitchell Hewson (93) – Okanagan Rockets (BCMML)
Tyler Jones (92) – Castlegar Rebels (KIJHL)

Goaltenders
Dusty Hyde (91) – Cold Lake Ice (NEAJBHL)
Cole Buckley (92) – Revelstoke Grizzlies (KIJHL)
Russel Sanderson (94) – Merritt Midget Rep

Here’s what the remainder of camp looks like:

Thursday August 26th, 2010

Fitness Testing
Red/Black: 8:30am – 10:00am
Blue/White: 10:00am – 11:30am

Ice Time
Red vs. Black: 12:30pm – 1:45pm
Blue vs. White: 2:15pm – 3:30pm

Goaltender Session 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Ice Time
Red vs. White: 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Black vs. Blue: 7:15pm – 8:30pm

Friday August 27th, 2010

Ice Time
Black vs. White: 8:30am – 9:45am
Player Interviews: 10:00am – 11:00am

Ice Time
Blue vs. Red: 11:00am – 12:15pm
Player Interviews: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

*All remaining players will participate in the Annual Intrasquad game. Subsequent meetings for all remaining players will occur in the later afternoon.

2010 Merritt Centennials Intrasquad Game

TEAM Q101 VS. TEAM MERRITT NEWS

Warm Up 5:55pm
Game Time: 6:30pm

*Final Evaluation
(Coaching staff will meet with all players remaining in camp)

RECENT MOVES

D Willie Mitchell (Kelowna, 1994-95) signed a two year contract worth 3.5 million dollars per season with Los Angeles Kings (NHL). Mitchell scored four goals and eight assists in 48 games with Vancouver Canucks (NHL) last season. . . .

Recent Moves:

F Tyler Mazzei (Williams Lake/Nanaimo, 2004-07) signed a one-year contract with Nijmegen Devils (Eredivisie Netherlands). The Kelowna product had ten goals and 15 assists in 40 games with RIT (NCAA) last season. . . .

F Jared Cipparone (Burnaby, 2006-07) was released from his tryout with HC Huddinge (Division 1 Sweden). Cipparone had four goals and seven assists in 24 games with Carleton University (CIS) in 2009-10. . . .

F Layne Stopanski (Trail/Vernon, 2007-10) has signed a tryout contract with Nybro IF (Division 1 Sweden). He had 34 goals and 40 assists in 46 games with Beaver Valley NiteHawks (KIJHL) last season. . . .

2010-11 Cents Training Camp Rosters:

Training camp opens today for the Centennials, I had the chance to grab a copy of the rosters heading into the first sessions. I’ve tried to post a link to the player’s stats if they’re available online.

Team Gold

Forwards
Mathew Norman (94) – Okanagan Hockey Academy Junior Varsity AA
Kevin Lourens (91) – Abbotsford Pilots (PIJHL)
Caleb Staniland (92) – Aldergrove Kodiaks (PIJHL)
Dylan Richardson (92) – Castlegar Rebels (KIJHL)
Josh McSkimming (93) – Cranbrook Ice AA
Marco Finucci – (91) – Squamish Wolf Pack (PIJHL)
Scott Mackey (92) – Delta Ice Hawks (PIJHL)
Payton Schaefer (93) – Merritt Midget Rep
Bruce Silvera (90) – Revelstoke Grizzlies (KIJHL)

Defence
Corey Dubbledam (93) – Vancouver NE Chiefs (BCMML)
Daniel Buchanan (93) – Thompson Blazers (BCMML)
Doug Chadwick (92) – Chase Chiefs (KIJHL)
Lucas Hildebrand (91) – Grand Forks Border Bruins (KIJHL)

Goaltenders
Dylan Quinn (93) – Prince George Midget AAA
Layne Swier (91) – Blackfalds Wranglers (HJHL)
Mitchell Sheridan (92) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)

Team White

Forwards
Conor Enright (93) – North Shore Winter Club Midget AAA
Kyle Clerke (92) – Okanagan Rockets (BCMML)
Brendan Colter (93) – Merritt Midget Rep
Jaymes Veitch (94) – Creston Midget AAA
Jordan Salahor (93) – Okanagan Rockets (BCMML)
Spencer Kristensen (91) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Colton Schell (92) – Penticton Lakers (KIJHL)
Max Vallis (91) – PF Changs U18 AAA
Brandon Briere (92) – Chase Chiefs (KIJHL)

Defence
Dawson Leblond (93) – Terrace Midget Rep
Brandon Parmar (93) – South Island Thunderbirds (BCMML)
Richard Sabourin (92) – Okanagan Rockets (BCMML)

Goaltenders
Michael Desimone (93) – Merritt Midget Rep
Dusty Hyde (91) – Cold Lake Ice (NEAJBHL)

Team Grey

Forwards
Ben Reinbolt (92) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Mak Barden (93) – Valley West Hawks (BCMML)
Dane Carlson (93) – Cranbrook Ice AA
Mikel Brewer (93) – Grand Forks Border Bruins (KIJHL)
Lee Orpen (93) – North Island Silvertips (BCMML)
Colten Defrias (91) – Chase Chiefs (KIJHL)
River Lafferty (94) – Carlyle Cougars
Jeffrey Coates (91) – Okanagan Hockey Academy Prep AAAA
Briar McNaney (93) – Columbia Valley Rockies (KIJHL)

Defence
Mitchell Hewson (93) – Okanagan Rockets (BCMML)
Brett Defrias (93) – Kamloops Storm (KIJHL)
Brandon Pfeil (92) – Grandview Steelers (PIJHL)
Brodie Clark (91) – North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL)

Goaltenders
Russel Sanderson (94) – Merritt Midget Rep
Ryan Garber (91) – Grand Forks Border Bruins (KIJHL)

Team Blue

Forwards
Spencer Brodt (91) – Castlegar Rebels (KIJHL)
Brock Wellicome (93) – Valley West Hawks (BCMML)
Brent Baltus (92) – North Island Silvertips (BCMML)
Daylan Robertson (94) – Merritt Midget Rep
Eric Schmidt (93) – Merritt Midget Rep
Brett Orser (92) – Mission Icebreakers (PIJHL)
Chris Williamson (91) – HC Ambri-Priotta U20 (SUI)
Jakob Reichert (93) – Revelstoke Grizzlies (KIJHL)
Brent Fletcher (92) – New Westminster Midget Royals
Sam Nigg (93) – Penticton Midget AAA

Defence
Alex Bond (93) – Coquitlam Midget
Tyler Jones (92) – Castlegar Rebels (KIJHL)
Kenny Whitford (91) – Penticton Lakers (KIJHL)
Lee Muir (91) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)

Goaltenders
Cole Buckley (92) – Revelstoke Grizzlies (KIJHL)
Michael Hails (94) – Vernon Midget AAA


Team Red

Forwards
Marc Lepine (92) – Raylin Midget AA
Brad Robinson (92) – Kerry Park Islanders (VIJHL)
Dylan Sahara (93) – Penticton Midget AAA
Kevin Leschuk (93) – Chase Midget Broncos
Evan Stack (91) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Dylan Playfair (92) – Penticton Lakers (KIJHL)
Jackson Playfair (94) – Okanagan Hockey Academy Prep AAAA
Sean Maktaak (92) – Creston Thundercats (KIJHL)
Mike Keyes (93) – North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL)

Defence
Tim Martens (92) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Ryan Skinner (92) – Kamloops Storm (KIJHL)
Adrian Coulter (93) – Fort St. James Midget Stars
Craig Cobbett (92) – Notre Dame Midget AA

Goaltenders
Jared Rathjen (94) – Cariboo Cougars (BCMML)
James Leonard (93) – Kamloops Midget AAA

Team Black

Forwards
Devon Grossler (91) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Cole Fex (93) – Merritt Midget Rep
Dustin Lebrun (92) – Vancouver North East Chiefs (BCMML)
Regan Soquila (93) – Vancouver North East Chiefs (BCMML)
Joshua McGladdery (92) – Notre Dame Argos Midget AAA
Tyler Porteous (91) – St. Albert Steel (AJHL)
Kevin Kassulat (91) – MN Flying Aces (MNJHL)
Kurtis Hagan (92) – Vernon AAA
Andrew Nichols (91) – North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL)

Defence
Billy Marshall (91) – Princeton Posse (KIJHL)
Conor McCoach (93) – Vancouver North East Chiefs (BCMML)
Taylor Greatrex (92) – North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL)
Jordan Paddock (93) – Regina Pat Canadians (Saskatchewan Midget AAA)

Goaltenders
Tyler Moffat (93) – Calgary Midget AA Royals
Nolan Bowker (91) – Beaverlodge Blades (NWJHL)

Cents Release Sam Gemmell, More On Training Camp With Luke Pierce, Former Centennial Brandon Campos Signs With ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads:


(Former Cents Forward Sam Gemmell)

It’s like Christmas Eve for hockey fans in the Nicola Valley as the Centennials open training camp tomorrow morning at Memorial Arena. I had the chance to talk to Cents coach and GM Luke Pierce about camp opening tomorrow.

In the interview, Luke reveals that the team has released forward Sam Gemmell (90) after efforts to trade him were unsuccessful.

Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce

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With Gemmell being released, here’s what the Cents roster numbers look like heading into training camp, assuming the final roster includes 20 skaters. I’m going to assume the Cents go with 13 forwards, seven defenceman and two goaltenders. Players are ranked in terms of points last season.

Forwards
Dustin Johnson (90)
Jeff Jones (91)
Alexander MacMillan (90)
David Sabey (91)
Stephen Wall (91)
Silvan Harper (92)
Jakob Reichert (93)
*
*
*
*
*
*

The asterisks represent spots that need to be filled and thus, there are six openings (at minimum) up front for the Cents. I would think that none of the returning players should feel safe as any of them could be outplayed by someone coming in and trying to make the team.

Defence
Steve Tresierra (90)
Jeff Zmurchyk (90)
Kam Crawford (91)
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*
*
*

You’ll notice I haven’t included Austin Baecker (92) on the list, simply because he’s attending Seattle Thunderbirds camp after having his WHL rights acquired by them earlier this spring. T-Birds Prospect Camp starts this Wednesday.

Goal
Jared Andersen (90)
*

I also didn’t include Keith Hamilton (92) and Cole Holowenko (93) on the goaltender’s list because both are attending WHL camps as well. Hamilton’s attending the Portland Winterhawks camp, which starts Wednesday, while Holowenko is off to the Chilliwack Bruins camp, which starts Thursday.


(Former Cents Forward Brandon Campos)

Great to see former Cents forward Brandon Campos land a pro contract with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads for the 2010-11 season. Here’s the releases from the Cents and the Steelheads:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC – August 19, 2010

The Merritt Centennials would like to congratulate Brandon Campos after signing with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL for the 2010-11 season.

Campos, who was BCHL Interior Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player in 2001, spent the 2009-10 season with the University of BC Thunderbirds of the CIS, finishing tied for first in team scoring with 21 points in 28 games.

The Port Coquitlam product is a veteran of 105 BCHL games and 136 WHL games over four seasons of junior hockey from 2004-08. Campos racked up 111 points in two seasons with the Centennials between 2004 and 2006.

Berube, Campos bring training camp roster to ten
Thursday, August 19, 2010
(Boise, ID) – After re-signing eight members of last season’s National Conference championship team, Idaho Steelheads head coach and director of hockey operations Hardy Sauter announced Thursday two new faces that have signed with the team.

Defenseman Mike Berube and forward Brandon Campos at one point both played in the Western Hockey League, the same league Sauter coached in the past three seasons before being named head coach of the Steelheads last month.

Campos, 22, has spent the past two seasons playing at the University of British Columbia after spending the previous two seasons with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips and Chilliwack Bruins. His best season came in 2007-2008, when he scored 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists) in 67 games with Chilliwack.