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
Saturday, January 29 – Merritt vs. Surrey
Saturday, January 29 – Surrey @ Merritt
Let’s take a look at the Merritt Centennials:
Games Played: 48
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
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
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
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
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ Surrey: Merritt wins 4-3 in overtime
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
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
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
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:
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.
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).
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).
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.
10-Jan-04 The Surrey Eagles trade Kelly Barnes to the Merritt Centennials in exchange for future considerations.