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.


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

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

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

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

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.)

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

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

# 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:


#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)


#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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