Month: January 2011

Centennials vs. Spruce Kings Line-Ups:

Merritt Centennials

Soquila (93) – Jones (91) – Stack (91)
Vallis (91) – Brears (91) – Fletcher (92)
Harper (92) – Wall (91) – Lebrun (92)
Playfair (92) – Bokenfohr (90) – Sabey (91)

Witkop (90) – Tresierra (90)
Sabourin (92) – Pfeil (92)
Crawford (91) – Marshall (91)

Chimienti (91)
Steel (93)

Scratches: Reichert (93), Maktaak (92), Willcox (94)

Prince George Spruce Kings

Beairsto (92) – Khaira (94) – Skirving (92)
Manlow (91) – Tiechko (92) – Earnest (91)
Landrey (AP)(93) – Murdoch (91) – Watson (92)
Milhouse (91)(AP) – Ryan (94) – Sanford (93)(AP)

Esau (92) – Woodley (91)
Golightly (92) – Waterfield (91)
Davies (93) – Hambrook (92)

Thompson (92)
Large (92)

Scratches: Khan (92)

Cents vs. Spruce Kings Preview:

Merritt (19-24-1-6) vs. Prince George (11-36-0-4)

Tonight is the fifth of six meetings of the season between the Merritt Centennials and Prince George Spruce Kings. With a win, the Cents will not only snap their four game winless skid, but also clinch a playoff spot for the second straight year. Merritt will likely be smarting after a 7-2 loss to Surrey last night.

Last Game Played:
Saturday, January 29 – Merritt lost 7-2 at home against Surrey
Saturday, January 29 – Prince George got waxed 11-4 in Salmon Arm

Next Games:
Tuesday, February 1 – Merritt vs. Nanaimo
Friday, February 4 – Prince George vs. Nanaimo

Let’s take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 50
Wins: 19
Losses: 24
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 12-7-0-4
Road Record: 7-17-1-2
Streak: Winless in four
Last Ten Games: 3-5-1-1
Goals For: 131
Goals Against: 174
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 17-20-0-6 vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 14-6-0-2 at home vs. PG

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 3-14-0-4 in PG

Merritt is 4-4-0-2 overall in its last 10 games vs. PG

Merritt’s last win at home against Prince George was a 4-3 victory in the Spruce Kings lone visit to the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena so far this season on Friday, November 26.

Former Centennials on the Spruce Kings: none

Centennials power play vs. PG this season: 1-for-20
Centennials home record vs. PG this season: 1-0
Centennials road record vs. PG this season: 1-0-0-2

Cents scoring leaders vs. PG this season:
Regan Soquila (1-3-4)
Jeff Jones (1-3-4)
Evan Stack (3-0-3)
Dustin Lebrun (2-0-2)
Brandon Pfeil (0-2-2)
Reece Willcox (0-2-2)
Max Vallis (1-0-1)
Brent Fletcher (0-1-1)
Richard Sabourin (0-1-1)
David Sabey (0-1-1)
Kameran Crawford (0-1-1)

Lino Chimienti (0-1-0-1)
Tyler Steel (2-0-0-0)

Let’s take a look at the Prince George Spruce Kings:

Games Played: 51
Wins: 11
Losses: 36
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 9-15-0-2
Road Record: 2-21-0-2
Streak: Two game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 4-4-0-2
Goals For: 136
Goals Against: 244
Standings: 8th Place

Former Spruce Kings on the Centennials: none

Spruce Kings power play vs. Merritt this season: 2-for-15
Spruce Kings home record vs. Merritt this season: 2-0-0-1
Spruce Kings road record vs. Merritt this season: 0-1

PG’s scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Connor Tiechko (1-1-2)
Jeff Earnest (0-2-2)
Faiz Khan (1-0-1)
Jujhar Khaira (0-1-1)

Alex Wright (2-0-0-1) *no longer with team after being released in December
Kirk Thompson (0-0-0-1)

Here’s a look at the season series between Merritt and Prince George:

Friday, October 29, 2010 @ PG: PG wins in 3-2 in double overtime

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Prince George Spruce Kings at 18:02 – Jeff Datoff from Jeff Earnest and Jujhar Khaira
PERIOD 2
Prince George Spruce Kings at 2:01 – Connor Tiechko from Brendon Fornwald and Jeff Earnest
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 16:32 (PP) – Regan Soquila from Jeff Jones and David Sabey
Merritt Centennials at 19:48 – Max Vallis from Richard Sabourin and Regan Soquila
OVERTIME PERIOD 2
Prince George Spruce Kings at 2:52 – Nic DeSousa from Justin Fillion and Zac Ashdown

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839982

Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ PG: PG wins 3-1

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Prince George Spruce Kings at 9:24 – RJay Berra from Zac Ashdown and Nic DeSousa
PERIOD 2
Prince George Spruce Kings at 4:05 (PP) – Justin Fillion from Connor Tiechko and Zac Ashdown
Prince George Spruce Kings at 8:32 – Justin Fillion from Brendon Fornwald and Derek Henderson
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 13:54 – Dustin Lebrun from Brandon Pfeil

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839983

Friday, November 26, 2010 @ Merritt: Merritt wins 4-3

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 4:16 – Evan Stack from Jeff Jones and Regan Soquila
Prince George Spruce Kings at 6:48 – Faiz Khan from Nic DeSousa and Lyndon Martell
Merritt Centennials at 13:56 – Evan Stack from Regan Soquila and Jeff Jones
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 3:35 – Jeff Jones from Reece Willcox and Brandon Pfeil
Prince George Spruce Kings at 15:07 (PP) – RJay Berra from Derek Henderson and Justin Fillion
Merritt Centennials at 18:15 – Dustin Lebrun from Brent Fletcher and Kameran Crawford
Prince George Spruce Kings at 18:48 – Justin Fillion from Nic DeSousa and RJay Berra
PERIOD 3
No Scoring

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=840097

Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ PG: Merritt wins 1-0 in overtime

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
No Scoring
PERIOD 2
No Scoring
PERIOD 3
No Scoring
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 1:29 – Evan Stack from Reece Willcox

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=839984

Over the years, the Centennials and Spruce Kings have made a number of trades with each other, here’s a summary:

2009-10
04-Oct-09 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Brad Bourke (D)(89) to the Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Andrew Pickering (F)(89).
03-Oct-09 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Tyler Miller (D)(91) to the Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.

2008-09
10-Jan-09 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Alex Goodship (89) (F) to the Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Michael Nardi (90) (F) and future considerations.

2007-08
19-Nov-07 The Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Shane Mainprize (G)(88) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.

2006-07
28-Sep-06 The Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL transfer the playing rights of Corey Gannon (86)(F) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club of the BCHL for future considerations.

2005-06
10-Jan-06 The Prince George Spruce Kings transfer the playing rights of Brad Thiessen (86)(G), Brody Mott (85)(D), and Matt Shuya (85)(F) to the Merritt Centennials in exchange for the playing rights of Cory Grant (85)(G), Greg Tyshynski (86)(F), Chris Shudo (87)(F) and future considerations.

Centennials vs. Eagles Line-Ups:

Merritt Centennials

Soquila (93) – Jones (91) – Stack (91)
Vallis (91) – Wall (91) – Bokenfohr (90)
Harper (92) – Brears (91) – Sabey (91)
Playfair (92) – Fletcher (92)

Witkop (90) – Tresierra (90)
Pfeil (92) – Willcox (94)
Crawford (91) – Marshall (91)
Sabourin (92)

Chimienti (91)
Steel (93)

Scratches (subject to change): Reichert, Lebrun, Maktaak

Surrey Eagles

Vanderhoek (91) – McGowan (90) – Gentzler (90)
Trupp (92) – Holm (91) – Morley (94)
Stenerson (93) – Vanderlugt (90) – Lindores (91)
Coish (92) – Mackie (93)

Jones (91) – Saip (91)
Koshey (91) – Sweeney (92)
Wedel (92) – Orser (92)

Hunt (92)
St. Laurent (90)

Scratches: Smith-Mass, Morley, Monk, Hunt

2011 BCHL Playoff Schedule:

Although we still don’t know how the match-ups will shake down for the BCHL playoffs, I have received word on what the playoff dates are.

Friday, February 25 – Round One Game One
Saturday, February 26 – Round One Game Two
Monday, February 28 – Round One Game Three
Tuesday, March 1 – Round One Game Four
Thursday, March 3 – Round One Game Five
Friday, March 4 – Round One Game Six
Saturday, March 5 – Round One Game Seven

Tuesday, March 8 – Round Two Game One
Wednesday, March 9 – Round Two Game Two
Friday, March 11 – Round Two Game Three
Saturday, March 12 – Round Two Game Four
Monday, March 14 – Round Two Game Five
Tuesday, March 15 – Round Two Game Six
Wednesday, March 16 – Round Two Game Seven

Friday, March 18 – Round Three Game One
Saturday, March 19 – Round Three Game Two
Monday, March 21 – Round Three Game Three
Tuesday, March 22 – Round Three Game Four
Thursday, March 24 – Round Three Game Five
Friday, March 25 – Round Three Game Six
Saturday, March 26 – Round Three Game Seven

Friday, April 1 – Fred Page Cup Final Game One
Saturday, April 2 – Fred Page Cup Final Game Two
Monday, April 4 – Fred Page Cup Final Game Three
Tuesday, April 5 – Fred Page Cup Final Game Four
Thursday, April 7 – Fred Page Cup Final Game Five
Saturday, April 9 – Fred Page Cup Final Game Six
Monday, April 11 – Fred Page Cup Final Game Seven

Friday, April 15 – Doyle Cup Game One
Saturday, April 16 – Doyle Cup Game Two

Cents vs. Eagles Preview:

Merritt (19-23-1-6) @ Surrey (30-16-1-2)

Tonight is the second and final meeting of the season between the Merritt Centennials and Surrey Eagles. The Centennials will likely have some revenge on their minds after being shutout 4-0 last night in Surrey. The Cents can clinch a playoff spot for the second straight year with a win tonight combined with a Prince George loss in Vernon.

Last Game Played:
Friday, January 28 – Merritt lost 4-0 in Surrey
Friday, January 28 – Surrey won 4-0 at home against Merritt

Next Games:
Sunday, January 30 – Merritt vs. Prince George
Sunday, January 30 – Surrey vs. Cowichan Valley

Let’s take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 49
Wins: 19
Losses: 23
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 12-6-0-4
Road Record: 7-17-1-2
Streak: Winless in three
Last Ten Games: 4-4-1-1
Goals For: 129
Goals Against: 167
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 3-9-1-1 vs. Surrey

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 2-4-0-1 at home vs. Surrey

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 1-5-1-0 in Surrey

Merritt is 3-6-1-0 overall in its last 10 games vs. Surrey

Merritt’s last win at home against Surrey was a 6-4 victory to close out the 2006-07 regular season on Saturday, March 3, 2007.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 3:16 – Wade MacLeod from Casey Pierro-Zabotel
Merritt Centennials at 3:34 – Casey Pierro-Zabotel from Wade MacLeod and Jordan Zalba
Surrey Eagles at 7:47 (PP) – Adam Basford from Phil Magistrale and Scott Jow
Merritt Centennials at 11:43 – Tyler Halliday from Nicholas Kang
Surrey Eagles at 19:49 (PP) – Ryan Pajimola from Phil Magistrale and Scott Knowles
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 1:50 – from Blake O’Connor and Nicolas Sciangula
Surrey Eagles at 5:30 – Greg Tyshynski from Stephen Balint and Phil Magistrale
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 6:29 – Casey Pierro-Zabotel from Wade MacLeod
Surrey Eagles at 10:59 (PP) – Phil Magistrale from Greg Tyshynski and Adam Basford
Merritt Centennials at 19:54 (PP) (EN) – Stephen Cavanagh from Wade MacLeod and Casey Pierro-Zabotel

Merritt is 3-8-0-0 against Coastal Conference opponents this season.

Former Centennials on the Eagles:
D Mitch Jones (8g, 24a in 47 career games with Merritt)

Cents power play vs. Surrey this season: 0/3
Cents home record vs. Merritt this season: 0-0
Cents road record vs. Merritt this season: 0-1

Let’s take a look at the Surrey Eagles:

Games Played: 49
Wins: 30
Losses: 16
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 16-7-1-1
Road Record: 14-9-0-1
Streak: Three game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 6-4-0-0
Goals For: 178
Goals Against: 150
Standings: 2nd Place

Surrey is 7-6-0-1 against Interior Conference opponents this season.

Former Eagles on the Centennials: none

Eagles power play vs. Merritt this season: 1/3
Eagles home record vs. Merritt this season: 1-0
Eagles road record vs. Merritt this season: 0-0

Surrey’s scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Robert Lindores (1-2-3)
Jeff Vanderlugt (1-2-3)
Linden Saip (1-0-1)
Beau Orser (1-0-1)
Mitch Jones (0-1-1)
Michael Stenerson (0-1-1)
Scott Holm (0-1-1)
Steve Koshey (0-1-1)

Karel St. Laurent (1-0)

Here’s a look at last year’s season series between Merritt and Surrey:

Sunday, November 1, 2009 @ Merritt: Surrey wins 5-2

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Surrey Eagles at 0:16 – Michael Krgovich from Richard Vanderhoek and Grant Toulmin
Surrey Eagles at 2:18 (PP) – Chris Santiago from Andrew Wallace and Bradley McGowan
Merritt Centennials at 17:48 – Jordan Soquila from Ryne Bodger and Mitch Jones
PERIOD 2
Surrey Eagles at 3:27 – Jamus Lane from Clayton Chessa and Erik Cooper
Merritt Centennials at 3:38 – Jeff Jones from Dustin Johnson and Andrew Pickering
Surrey Eagles at 9:47 – Jason Grecica from Bradley McGowan and Chris Santiago
Surrey Eagles at 16:36 – Chris Santiago from Bradley McGowan and Jason Grecica
PERIOD 3
No Scoring

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=712669

Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ Surrey: Merritt wins 4-3 in overtime

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 18:19 – Alex Valenti from Derek Hills and Kameran Crawford
Surrey Eagles at 19:04 – Andrew Wallace from Richard Vanderhoek and Adam Basford
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 14:21 – Daniel Chang from Alex Valenti and Kameran Crawford
Surrey Eagles at 18:13 (PP) – Adam Basford from Michael Krgovich and Andrew Wallace
Merritt Centennials at 19:49 – Daniel Chang from Alexander MacMillan and Alex Valenti
PERIOD 3
Surrey Eagles at 8:21 – Bradley McGowan from Michael Krgovich and Adam Basford
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 4:55 (PP) – Mitch Jones from Derek Hills and Alex Valenti

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=712896

Over the years, the Centennials and Eagles have made a number of trades with each other, here’s a summary:

2010-11
15-Jun-10 The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Matt Mazzarolo (90)(D) from the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club for future considerations.

2008-09
23-Oct-08 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Stephen Ceccensse (89)(F) to the Surrey Eagle Hockey Club in exchange for the BCHL Jr A playing rights of Chris Van Duynhoven (89)(D).

2007-08
05-Sep-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Matt Redkwich (89)(F) to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club. This completes the future considerations as part of the Max Grassi transfer earlier from Merritt to Surrey.

08-Aug-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Max Grassi (88)(F) and future considerations to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Scott Jow (87)(F), Eliot Raibl (89)(D) and Brandon Clark (88)(D).

2006-07
20-Jul-06 The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club of the BCHL transfer the playing rights of Tyson Papalia (87)(F) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club for future considerations.

2003-04
10-Jan-04 The Surrey Eagles trade Kelly Barnes to the Merritt Centennials in exchange for future considerations.

Cents @ Eagles Preview:

Merritt (19-22-1-6) @ Surrey (29-16-1-2)

Tonight is the first meeting of the season and first of two in two days between the Merritt Centennials and Surrey Eagles. The Cents can clinch a playoff spot for the second straight year with a win tonight combined with a Prince George loss in Vernon.

Last Game Played: Wednesday, January 26 – Merritt lost 4-2 at home to Trail
Sunday, January 23 – Surrey won 3-1 at home against Langley

Next Games:
Saturday, January 29 – Merritt vs. Surrey
Saturday, January 29 – Surrey @ Merritt

Let’s take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 48
Wins: 19
Losses: 22
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 12-6-0-4
Road Record: 7-16-1-2
Streak: Lost one
Last Ten Games: 5-3-1-1
Goals For: 129
Goals Against: 163
Standings: 6th place

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 3-8-1-1 vs. Surrey

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 2-4-0-1 at home vs. Surrey

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 1-4-1-0 in Surrey

Merritt is 3-6-1-0 overall in its last 10 games vs. Surrey

Merritt’s last win in Surrey was a 4-3 overtime victory on Sunday, January 17, 2010.

Merritt is 3-7-0-0 against Coastal Conference opponents this season.

Former Centennials on the Eagles:
D Mitch Jones (8g, 24a in 47 career games with Merritt)

Let’s take a look at the Surrey Eagles:

Games Played: 48
Wins: 29
Losses: 16
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 15-7-1-1
Road Record: 14-9-0-1
Streak: Two game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 6-4-0-0
Goals For: 174
Goals Against: 150
Standings: 2nd Place

Surrey is 6-6-0-1 against Interior Conference opponents this season.

Former Eagles on the Centennials: none

Here’s a look at last year’s season series between Merritt and Surrey:

Sunday, November 1, 2009 @ Merritt: Surrey wins 5-2

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Surrey Eagles at 0:16 – Michael Krgovich from Richard Vanderhoek and Grant Toulmin
Surrey Eagles at 2:18 (PP) – Chris Santiago from Andrew Wallace and Bradley McGowan
Merritt Centennials at 17:48 – Jordan Soquila from Ryne Bodger and Mitch Jones
PERIOD 2
Surrey Eagles at 3:27 – Jamus Lane from Clayton Chessa and Erik Cooper
Merritt Centennials at 3:38 – Jeff Jones from Dustin Johnson and Andrew Pickering
Surrey Eagles at 9:47 – Jason Grecica from Bradley McGowan and Chris Santiago
Surrey Eagles at 16:36 – Chris Santiago from Bradley McGowan and Jason Grecica
PERIOD 3
No Scoring

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=712669

Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ Surrey: Merritt wins 4-3 in overtime

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 18:19 – Alex Valenti from Derek Hills and Kameran Crawford
Surrey Eagles at 19:04 – Andrew Wallace from Richard Vanderhoek and Adam Basford
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 14:21 – Daniel Chang from Alex Valenti and Kameran Crawford
Surrey Eagles at 18:13 (PP) – Adam Basford from Michael Krgovich and Andrew Wallace
Merritt Centennials at 19:49 – Daniel Chang from Alexander MacMillan and Alex Valenti
PERIOD 3
Surrey Eagles at 8:21 – Bradley McGowan from Michael Krgovich and Adam Basford
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 4:55 (PP) – Mitch Jones from Derek Hills and Alex Valenti

http://www.merrittcentennials.com/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=3359&leagueID=8957&gameID=712896

The Cents do have seven players on their roster who are from the Greater Vancouver area, so there is bound to be a strong cheering section for Merritt during tonight’s game.

Brent Fletcher (New Westminster)
Silvan Harper (Coquitlam)
Dustin Lebrun (Coquitlam)
Brandon Pfeil (West Vancouver)
Jakob Reichert (Langley)
Regan Soquila (Maple Ridge)
Reece Willcox (Surrey)

Over the years, the Centennials and Eagles have made a number of trades with each other, here’s a summary:

2010-11
15-Jun-10 The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Matt Mazzarolo (90)(D) from the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club for future considerations.

2008-09
23-Oct-08 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Stephen Ceccensse (89)(F) to the Surrey Eagle Hockey Club in exchange for the BCHL Jr A playing rights of Chris Van Duynhoven (89)(D).

2007-08
05-Sep-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Matt Redkwich (89)(F) to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club. This completes the future considerations as part of the Max Grassi transfer earlier from Merritt to Surrey.

08-Aug-07 The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Max Grassi (88)(F) and future considerations to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Scott Jow (87)(F), Eliot Raibl (89)(D) and Brandon Clark (88)(D).

2006-07
20-Jul-06 The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club of the BCHL transfer the playing rights of Tyson Papalia (87)(F) to the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club for future considerations.

2003-04
10-Jan-04 The Surrey Eagles trade Kelly Barnes to the Merritt Centennials in exchange for future considerations.

Cents fall 4-2 to Trail:

The Centennials once again showed that they’re no pushovers as they almost rallied back to tie last night’s game after Trail built a 3-0 lead. Unfortunately their rally just came up short as the Cents fell 4-2 to the Smoke Eaters.

The win allowed Trail to move into to third in the Interior Conference, which means a first round playoff match-up with the Centennials. Of course, a lot can change between now and February 19th, but if the post-season started today, that would be the series.

Here’s the recap from MerrittCentennials.com:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC – January 26, 2011

Matt Larose made 33 saves as the Trail Smoke Eaters beat the Merritt Centennials 4-2 in B-C Hockey League action Wednesday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Larose outduelled Centennials goaltender Lino Chimienti, who made 26 saves for Merritt (19-22-1-6).

Nic DeSousa, Adam Boytinck and Erik Cooper staked Trail (29-19-2-1) to a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes before Evan Stack and Regan Soquila scored in the third period to bring the Cents to within one. Sam Mellor salted the game away with an empty net goal with 35 seconds remaining.

David Sabey, Jeff Jones, Brandon Pfeil and Reece Willcox each had assists for Merritt in the loss.

The Centennials finished the night 0-for-4 on the power play while the Smoke Eaters went 0-for-2 on the man advantage.

Merritt’s next game is Friday in Surrey against the Eagles. The two teams meet again on Saturday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.