Month: November 2010

Cents Offer Fans A Free Gift During Friday’s Santa Claus Parade:


Merritt, BC – November 22, 2010

The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce that in the spirit of Merritt’s 8th Annual Country Christmas celebrations, the organization will be giving out a limited number of free tickets to the game on Friday, November 26th during the Santa Claus Light-Up Parade.

“With the parade starting right before our game, we decided to give residents an early Christmas gift of a free ticket to that night’s match-up against Prince George,” said Cents Marketing Manager Maddison Canuel. “Although the number of free tickets is limited, we hope that once the parade is over, everyone will come to the arena to cheer on our hometown team to victory!”

For further information, please contact Cents Marketing Manager Maddison Canuel at 250-378-3604.

Cents Doubled 4-2 in Penticton:


Penticton, BC – November 24, 2010

The Merritt Centennials played their fifth game in seven days in a 4-2 loss to the Penticton Vees Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Steve Tresierra with a shorthanded goal, and Jeff Jones scored for the Centennials while Billy Marshall picked up an assist in the loss.

Logan Johnston, Joey Holka and Joey Laleggia had the Penticton goals.

Lino Chimienti kicked out 36 Vees shots to earn second star honours despite the Merritt loss. Joel Rumpel stopped 24 Centennials shots to record the win.

The Cents went 0/4 on the power play and Penticton was 1/6 with the man advantage.

Merritt’s next game is back on home ice Friday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena against the Prince George Spruce Kings to kick of its’ annual Parents’ Weekend.  

Penticton Vees at 6:12 – Joey Laleggia from Curtis Loik and Kyle Mountain
Merritt Centennials at 14:37 (SH) – Steve Tresierra (unassisted) 
Merritt Centennials at 4:25 – Jeff Jones from Billy Marshall
Penticton Vees at 7:20 – Joey Holka from Curtis Loik
Penticton Vees at 10:43 (PP) – Logan Johnston from Tyler Hlookoff
Penticton Vees at 18:46 – Mark MacMillan from Brendan O’Donnell and James Polk

Cents fall 3-2 in Alberni:


Port Alberni, BC – November 21, 2010

The Merritt Centennials put an end to a grueling stretch of four games in five days with a 3-2 loss at the Weyerhauser Arena against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Sunday afteroon.

Billy Marshall and Steve Tresierra scored for the Cents while Jeff Jones, Max Vallis and Kameran Crawford each had assists in the loss.

Brandon Adams had the winner for the Bulldogs. Brothers Josh and Sam Mitchell each also scored in the victory.

Lino Chimienti was strong in goal once again for Merritt, making 33 saves despite the loss. Frank Slubowski kicked out 24 Centennials shots to get the win for Alberni Valley.

Both teams went 1/3 on the power play.

The Cents are now winless against the Bulldogs since January 28, 2006. Merritt hasn’t won in Alberni Valley since November 23, 2003.

The Centennials continue their stretch of five straight road games on Wednesday in Penticton.



Alberni Valley Bulldogs at 4:26 – Josh Mitchell from Kenney Morrison and Colton Sobchak
Alberni Valley Bulldogs at 10:50 (PP) – Sam Mitchell from Kenney Morrison and Casey Bailey
Merritt Centennials at 18:26 – Billy Marshall from Max Vallis 
Merritt Centennials at 10:14 (PP) – Steve Tresierra from Kameran Crawford and Jeff Jones
Alberni Valley Bulldogs at 12:08 – Brandon Adams from Kyle Weber 
No Scoring

Cents in Alberni Valley:

The Merritt Centennials wrap up their four games swing through Vancouver Island this afternoon in Port Alberni. It’s their lone visit of the season to the Weyerhauser Arena to face the Bulldogs.
For AV, it’s the third game of a three game home stand that coincides with Parents’ Weekend for the Bulldogs. The Dogs are 1-1 on the home stand, including a 3-1 loss Saturday against Nanaimo, the team the Cents blanked 3-0 on Friday.
It was a weird one in Victoria last night for Merritt as the Cents outshot the Grizzlies through 20 minutes by a wide margin (17-9) but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. The Grizz stormed out with three goals in the second period and added another three in the third for the win. Max Vallis had the lone goal for the Centennials, who allowed more than three goals against for the first time in eleven games. It also marked the first time in ten games that the Cents hadn’t out shot their opponent (although they did tie Victoria at 45 shots each).
Today’s game is the first for Colton Sobchak against his former team. The 20 year old forward from Kelowna was traded by Merritt to Alberni back in the off-season for the always-popular future considerations. Sobchak is well below his pace of almost a point per game as he was with the Centennials last season and is ice cold right now with just one assist in his last four games, but he does have eight points in his last ten games.
The Cents went 0-2 against the Bulldogs last season and haven’t beat Alberni Valley since January 28, 2006 (check out the boxscore). They haven’t won at the Weyerhauser Arena since November 23, 2003. The boxscore for that game is here.
Catch the game this afternoon on Q101 in Merritt (101.1 FM), or Our pre-game show with Alex Grebenyuk starts at 2 pm with the opening faceoff at 2:30.

Cents Line Up This Afternoon vs. Alberni Valley:

I suspected there would be a couple of line up changes for the Cents after last night’s 6-1 loss in Victoria. Although I don’t know the exact combinations, here’s what the line up is for Merritt today in Port Alberni.




Scratches: Muir (AP), Fletcher

Cents Line Up vs. Victoria:

Coming off a solid game last night, the Centennials aren’t making any changes to their line up tonight, except for in goal.










Scratches: Lebrun, Sabourin

Cents in Victoria Tonight:

Tonight the Centennials play their third game in four days as they make their lone visit to Bear Mountain Arena to face the Victoria Grizzlies.

For the Grizzlies, it’s their last game of a three game home stand. They are 2-0 so far, with both wins coming in overtime.

The Cents want to keep things rolling as they posted their first shutout of the season and Lino Chimienti’s first of his BCHL career last night with a 3-0 win over Nanaimo. Although I didn’t see the game, from what I’ve heard, the Cents played as close to a perfect road game as possible in getting the victory. Not sure of any lineup changes tonight as I’m awaiting an email from Luke Pierce confirming who’s in and who’s out tonight. Dustin Lebrun and Richard Sabourin sat out last night, but from what I understand, both are healthy and Luke was planning to sit out the odd guy during the trip with so many games in such a short period of time.

Tonight’s game marks the first match-up for Dustin Johnson against his former team and first meeting of the season between Merritt and Victoria. They’ll lock horns at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on Wed. December 1. Johnson was traded by the Cents to Victoria last month. Brett Kolins was picked up from the Grizzlies in that deal and didn’t report to Merritt, he’s playing junior ‘B’ hockey in the PIJHL. Johnson, meanwhile, is maintaining the same pace with Victoria that he had with the Cents, compiling 12 points (6g, 6a) in 14 games.

Merritt was 0-2 against Victoria last season and hasn’t beat the Grizzlies since December 10, 2006, a 6-2 win at home. Check out the boxscore for a blast from the past! The Cents haven’t won in Victoria since November 19, 2004, but what a win it was, 8-1 over the then-Salsa.

This season is one of the few for the Centennials in which they don’t have any players on their roster from Vancouver Island, so this isn’t a homecoming for any of them. Not like when they play Coquitlam/Surrey/Langley, when seven players are playing close to home.

Catch the game tonight on Q101 in Merritt (101.1 FM) or or Pre-game show at 6:45, opening faceoff at 7:15.