Game Day – Cents vs. Vipers Preview:

Sorry I’m so late posting this on the blog, but it’s been on the Cents website since I did it about an hour before tonight’s game started.

I’ll have a summary posted later tonight or early tomorrow morning at and here on the blog.



Merritt, BC – September 10, 2011

The Merritt Centennials look to improve to 4-0 on the BCHL pre-season as they host the defending BCHL champion and RBC Cup finalist Vernon Vipers tonight at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

The Cents, who are currently carrying 29 players on their roster, are 3-0 after wins last Friday in 100 Mile House against Prince George, last Saturday in Westside, and last night against the SFU Clan of the BCIHL.

Tonight’s game is the fourth of six games in 16 days for the Centennials. Merritt finishes off the pre-season with a home-and-home against Chilliwack on Friday, September 16th at Prospera Centre. The Cents host the Chiefs on Saturday, September 17th.

This is the Centennials projected roster for tonight’s game:

Evan Stack (91)
Brandon Bruce (93)
Eric Schmidt (93)
Brendan Lamont (94)
Scotty Patterson (93)
Jakob Reichert (93)
Sean Maktaak (92)
Payton Schaefer (93)
Chad Brears (91)
Dustin Lebrun (92)
Noah Dolinajek (92)
Dylan Playfair (92)

Billy Marshall (910
Ross Mancuso (92)
Tyler Martin (93)
Dylan Chanter (95)
Simon Horlick (93)
Braeden Hikichi (92)

Goaltenders Russell Sanderson (94) and Tyler Steel (93) are expected to split the netminding duties.

Here is Vernon’s projected roster for tonight:

Tanner Burns (93)
Mike Roberts (95)
John Knisley (92)
Mat Lambert (94)
Mike Zalewski (92)
Darren Nowick (91)
Steve Aldridge (96)
Pat McGillis (91)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Jedd Soleway (94)
Connor Hartley (93)
Alex Hagen (92)

Marc Hetnik (93)
Walker Sidoni (94)
Reilly O’Connor (94)
Turner Lawson (94)
Tom Swales (92)
Reid Blinkhorn (91)

Mike Vlanich (92) and Danny Todosychuk (94) should split the goaltending job for Vernon.

Tonight’s game is a 7:30 pm start at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Admission is $5 each or free for all Cents full season ticket holders.

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