Month: October 2011

Cents Move Into Third in Interior Conference:

By gaining a single point in Penticton last night, the Cents improve to 5-1-0-2 in their last eight games and move into third place in the BCHL’s Interior Conference, two points back of the second place Vernon Vipers.

Merritt has a one point lead over Westside and Prince George, but both the Warriors and Spruce Kings have a game in hand on the Centennials. The Cents are three points clear of Chilliwack, but the Chiefs have three games in hand.

Here’s the summary from each of the last two games (from

Cents Fall 5-4 in OT to Penticton, but Single Point Moves Them Into 3rd


Penticton, BC – October 29, 2011

Connor Reilly scored with just 58 seconds left in overtime as the Merritt Centennials fell 5-4 to the Penticton Vees in the BC Hockey League action Saturday evening at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Jakob Reichert scored twice for the Centennials (6-5-1-3) while Billy Marshall and Dustin Lebrun notched a goal each. Dylan Chanter, Silvan Harper, Sean Maktaak, Brendan Lamont, Richard Sabourin and AP call-up Braeden Hikichi each had an assist in the OT loss.

Mike Reilly, Garrett Hendrickson, Cody DePourcq and Steven Forgarty also scored for the Vees (11-2-0-0-1). Joey Benik pitched in with four assists for Penticton.

Merritt netminder Lino Chimienti made 27 saves in the loss, while Vees goalie Michael Garteig stopped 34 shots for the win.

The Centennials finished the night 0-for-4 on the power play and Penticton wound up 4-for-6 with the man advantage.

With the single point, the Cents now have just one regulation loss in their last eight games and moved into third place in the BCHL’s Interior Conference, one point ahead of Westside and Prince George. Merritt is two points back of second place Vernon.

The Centennials next game is in Salmon Arm on Wednesday night, November 2nd, against the Silverbacks.

Cents Edge Salmon Arm 6-5 in Overtime


Salmon Arm, BC – October 28, 2011

The Merritt Centennials stormed back from 4-1 and 5-2 deficits to defeat the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 6-5 in overtime in BC Hockey League action Friday night at the Sunwave Centre.

Brandon Bruce paced the Centennials (6-5-1-2) offence with three goals, including the winner, while Billy Marshall, Jakob Reichert and Payton Schaefer also scored. Ross Mancuso had two assists in the win while Schaefer, Tyler Martin, Silvan Harper, Brent Fletcher, Sean Maktaak, Dustin Lebrun, and Richard Sabourin also added single helpers.

Devin Muller led Salmon Arm (3-7-0-3) with two goals while Bryce Gervais had a goal and an assist. Brett Knowles ad Alex Gillies added single markers. Morgan Zulinick chipped in with three assists in the loss while Matt Brown had two helpers.

Tyler Steel started the game for Merritt and was pulled after allowing four goals on 11 shots. Lino Chimienti came on in relief and gave up just one goal on 17 shots to get the win. Kurt Williams stood tall in the Silverbacks net. Despite giving up all six Cents goals, he made 43 saves in the loss.

Merritt finished the night 0-for-5 on the power play while Salmon Arm went 2-for-4 with the man advantage.

Merritt’s next game is the second of three straight away from home as the Centennials head to Penticton Saturday to face the Vees.

Coquitlam Express Shuffle The Deck:

The Express have been the busiest team in the BCHL on the transaction wire this week, signing two players and sending three packing. It’s clear to me that Darcy Rota and Jon Calvano aren’t happy with a .500 record through 11 games. I’m also trying to figure out how the BCHL is allowing the Express to operate without a 1995-born player on the roster, they haven’t had one since Trevor Stack played with the team earlier this season. Of course, the league rules state that each team has to have a 1994 and 1995 born player on their roster this season.

Here’s a summary of what they’ve been up to…

To Carleton Place Canadians:
F Ben Murphy (92)
To Coquitlam Express:
Future Considerations

To Wellington Dukes:
D Dana Tenenbaum (92)
To Coquitlam Express:
Future Considerations

To Chilliwack Chiefs:
D Matthew Hutchinson (91)
To Coquitlam Express:
Future Considerations

Meanwhile, the Express have signed D Bruin McDonald (92) and F Connor Redmond (92).

D Bruin McDonald (92)
F Connor Redmond (92)

Cents Sign Forward Brayden Low?

I haven’t received confirmation from Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce, but this article in the Richmond Review newspaper indicates that F Brayden Low (94), who played with the Centennials as an AP in Friday’s 2-0 win over Surrey has signed with the team full-time.

Here’s the line on Low:
F Brayden Low (94)

Here’s the article:

Low signs with Merritt Centennials

By Don Fennell – Richmond Review
Published: October 26, 2011 1:00 AM

The Richmond Sockeyes’ success has already cost them the services of at least one player to Junior A hockey this season, and more could follow suit.

Gritty forward Brayden Low has signed with the Merritt Centennials of the B.C. Hockey League and was in their lineup during a 2-0 win over the Surrey Eagles last weekend.

Richmond general manager Richard Petrowsky said Low played well in his Centennials’ debut, and the coaching staff was particularly impressed with his strength in the faceoff circle.

Recovering from an off-season knee injury, Low, 17, had one assist in five games with the Sockeyes who retain his Pacific International Junior Hockey League rights. He is also affiliated with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League.

Powell River Kings-Whitby Fury Trade:

With Brandon Tidy moving from their affiliate roster to the main roster, Powell River needed to make a move to get down to 21 players and they did by trading F Luke Laszkiewicz (92) to the Whitby Fury of the OJHL for future considerations.

To Whitby Fury:
F Luke Laszkiewicz (92)
To Powell River Kings:
Future Considerations

Trail Smoke Eaters Release Former Cents Tryout Matt Bissett:

F Matt Bissett, who was in training camp with the Centennials briefly this past August, has been released by the Trail Smoke Eaters in light of their two big trades yesterday.

Bissett was a victim of the numbers game in Trail as it was one man over the limit of 21 allowed on each BCHL roster. He’s set to join his hometown Ridge Meadows Flames of the PIJHL.

F Matt Bissett (94)

Trail Smoke Eaters Shake Up Roster:

The Trail Smoke Eaters shook up their core on Thursday, sending D Rajan Sidhu (91) to the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL for G James D’Andrea (92) and future considerations.

The deal comes a day after Sidhu scored the winning goal as the Smokies upset the first place Penticton Vees.

The BCHL website is yet to post the trade, but Trail has posted it on its website.

Here’s how the deal shakes down:

To Trail Smoke Eaters:
G James D’Andrea (92)
+ Future Considerations
To Drumheller Dragons:
D Rajan Sidhu (91)

With the acquisition of D’Andrea, it meant that something had to give between the pipes for the Smoke Eaters, and they relieved their glut of goaltenders by swinging another big trade with Alberni Valley.

To Trail Smoke Eaters:
F Taylor House (92)
D Marley Keca (93)
D Tanner Hicks (93)
To Alberni Valley Bulldogs:
G Matt Larose (92)
D Daniel Del Bianco (94)
D Eric Walker (93)

Here’s the official release from Trail’s website:

TRAIL, BC — The Trail Smoke Eaters have completed a pair of trades involving a total of seven players today.

The Smoke Eaters have acquired goaltender James D’Andrea (92) from the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons in exchange for defenseman Rajan Sidhu (91).

“He was a goaltender we’ve had our eye on for a couple of weeks,” stated Smoke Eaters head coach/general manager Bill Birks, “we’re excited to bring him in to our program.”

The Smoke Eaters also made a five-player transaction with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, acquiring defensemen Marley Keca (93) and Tanner Hicks (92) as well as forward Taylor House (92).

In exchange, the Bulldogs receive goaltender Matt Larose (92) and defenseman Daniel DelBianco (94).

“We’ve acquired two defensemen who can fit into our top four,” Birks said, “and House has the skill to be in our top two forward lines.”

D’Andrea, a native of Calgary, Alberta, compiled an 11-20-4 record with a 4.11 GAA in 42 AJHL appearances with the Dragons and Calgary Canucks.

Hicks, a fellow Calgarian, scored 13 points in 26 games with Alberni Valley last season, and has also played in the AJHL with Olds.

Keca, a 6-1 defenseman from Kelowna, is entering his second full BCHL season, having scored 17 points in 65 appearances with Alberni Valley and Quesnel.

House, from Cochrane, Alberta, was a member of the 2011 KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes, where he finished third on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 62 points.

The Smoke Eaters would like to welcome D’Andrea, Hicks, Keca and House to the organization, and thank Sidhu, DelBianco and Larose for their contributions in Trail during their time as Smoke Eaters.