I know it’s just pre-season, but the Centennials are off to their best start since the 2005-06 exhibition season when they opened 1-0-1. BCHL season-by-season stats don’t go back far enough to find out the last time Merritt was 2-0 to start the pre-season.
I understand that Westside iced a much more inexperienced line-up than the Centennials, but either way, it seems that the Cents can be happy with the result. Warriors PBP voice Jon Zacks has a recap of the game on his blog, The General’s Report, over there to the left.
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West Kelowna, BC – September 3, 2011
The Merritt Centennials are now 2-0 on the pre-season after a 2-1 overtime win over the Westside Warriors at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna.
It was a game dominated by special teams as the Centennials opened the scoring on a power play in the second period on an unassisted Evan Stack goal. That goal almost stood up as the winner, but Warriors forward Evan Anderson notched a power play goal with 13 seconds left in the third period to send the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, Stack scored his second goal of the game on the power play with 1:10 left in overtime to give the Cents the victory.
Veteran netminders Lino Chimienti and Tyler Steel split the goaltending duties for the Centennials in their first action of the pre-season.
The Cents next exhibition game is Friday night at home against the SFU Clan of the BCIHL.