Cents vs. Salmon Arm Game Four Preview:


Merritt (0-3) vs. Salmon Arm (3-0)

Last Games Played:

Friday, February 25 Game One: Salmon Arm beat Merritt 7-2
Saturday, February 26 Game Two: Salmon Arm beat Merritt 4-3
Monday, February 28 Game Three: Salmon Arm beat Merritt 4-3 in overtime

Tonight is Game Four of the first round of the BCHL Playoffs between the Merritt Centennials and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Gorillas lead the best of seven series 3-0. The Centennials are on a three game losing streak while the Silverbacks are on a three game winning streak. Tonight’s game is live on Q101 in Merritt with Alex Grebenyuk and Paul McLellan. Our pre-game show will be on the air at 6:30 with the opening faceoff is at 7 o’clock.

Let’s take a look at the Merritt Centennials: (0-3)

Home record: 0-1
Road record: 0-2

Cents leading scorers in the series:

Jeff Jones (1-4-5)
Regan Soquila (3-1-4)
Evan Stack (0-4-4)
Kameran Crawford (2-0-2)
Max Vallis (1-0-1)
Billy Marshall (1-0-1)
Silvan Harper (0-1-1)
Reece Willcox (0-1-1)
Sean Maktaak (0-1-1)
Blaine Bokenfohr (0-1-1)

Lino Chimienti (0-2, 5.92 GAA)
Tyler Steel (0-1, 3.18 GAA)

Let’s have a look at the Salmon Arm Silverbacks: (3-0)

Home record: 2-0
Road record: 0-0

Silverbacks leading scorers in the series:

Brett Knowles (2-6-8)
Devin Gannon (4-1-5)
Mike Hammond (3-1-4)
Bryce Gervais (0-4-4)
Paul DeJersey (2-1-3)
Devin Muller (0-3-3)
Charlie Vasaturo (2-0-2)
Jerryd Ten Vaanholt (1-1-2)
Dustin Cave (1-0-1)
Brad Reid (0-1-1)
Morgan Zulinick (0-1-1)
Jayson Reardon (0-1-1)
Josh Manson (0-1-1)
Clinton Atkinson (0-1-1)
Brandon Mistal (0-1-1)

Kris Moore (3-0, 2.55 GAA)

Let’s take a look back at last night’s Game Three:

Game Three: Monday, February 28 @ Merritt: Silverbacks win 4-3 in overtime over Merritt

Let’s take a look back at Saturday night’s Game Two:

Game Two: Saturday, February 26 @ Salmon Arm: Silverbacks win 4-3 over Merritt

From MerrittCentennials.com:

Jarryd Ten Vaanholt tipped a Bryce Gervais shot over the glove hand of Lino Chimienti with 2:26 left in regulation to lift the Salmon Arm Silverbacks to a 4-3 win over the Merritt Centennials in Game Two of the BC Hockey League Interior Conference Quarterfinal series.

Brett Knowles, Mike Hammond and Devin Gannon also scored for Salmon Arm (2-0).

Regan Soquila, with two, and Kameran Crawford scored for the Centennials (0-2). Jeff Jones had two assists for Merritt while Silvan Harper, Evan Stack and Reece Willcox each had a single helper.

The Cents outshot the Silverbacks 45-32 with Merritt’s Chimienti making 28 saves in a losing effort. Kris Moore stopped 42 shots for Salmon Arm.

The Backs went 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Centennials converted once on their seven man advantages.

Merritt hosts Games Three and Four on Monday and Tuesday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Game time is 7 pm both days and reserved seating tickets are available starting at 1:30 pm at the Memorial Arena Box Office.


Game One: Friday, February 25 @ Salmon Arm: Silverbacks win 7-2 over Merritt

From MerrittCentennials.com:

Mike Hammond had a pair of goals and an assist as the Salmon Arm Silverbacks beat the Merritt Centennials in Game One of their BC Hockey League Interior Conference Quarterfinal series Friday night.

Charlie Vasaturo added two goals, Brett Knowles had two assists, and Paul DeJersey had a goal and an assist for Salmon Arm (1-0). Dustin Cave and Devin Gannon also posted goals in the win.

Billy Marshall and Max Vallis tallied for Merritt (0-1) while Jeff Jones, Blaine Bokenfohr and Sean Maktaak each had assists in the loss.

Kris Moore made 24 saves for the Silverbacks to earn the win. Lino Chimienti started in net for the Centennials and stopped 8 of 13 shots in 32:13 of work. His replacement, Tyler Steel, turned aside 16 of 18 shots.

The Cents scored on one of their four power play chances, while Salmon Arm went 2-for-3 with the man advantage.

Game Two of the series is Saturday night at the Sunwave Centre before returning to Merritt for Games Three and Four this coming Monday and Tuesday.


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