Cents Drop Home Opener 5-3 to Trail:

Although it’s early in the season, the Centennials can’t be too happy about last night’s result against the Trail Smoke Eaters.

In front of a crowd that looked like more than the 678 announced attendance, the Cents special teams did them in as Trail scored three of their five goals on the power play to beat Merritt 5-3.

The Cents jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead before the second period was half over, after a scoreless opening frame. And then they got into penalty trouble, with nine of the next 12 calls going against them. Did Merritt become undisciplined? It didn’t seem like it, but there were a number of calls all night (including a couple against the Smoke Eaters that seemed questionable).

The bright spot from last night’s game is once again, the spread out scoring. On three goals, the Cents had seven different players notched a point.

They’ve got to put this one behind them as a big test comes tonight with the 3-1-0-0 Westside Warriors come into town tonight. A preview of that game is coming up later on the blog.

Here’s the recap of last night’s game from merrittcentennials.com:


Merritt, BC – September 30, 2011

Nicholas Wong had a goal and two assists Friday as the Trail Smoke Eaters defeated the Merritt Centennials 5-2 in the BC Hockey League.

Adam Boytinck, Brent Baltus, and Clayton Chessa with a pair, had the other goals for Trail (1-2-1-0), which got 32 saves from Matt Larose.

Billy Marshall, silvan Harper and Brandon Bruce replied for Merritt (1-2-1-0), while Jakob Reichert, Chad Brears, Dustin Lebrun and Richard Sabourin each added assists.

Lino Chimienti made 29 saves in taking the loss for the Centennials.

The Smoke Eaters were strong on the power play, going 3-for-8. Merritt was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Centennials next game is Saturday night against Westside, it’s a 7:30 pm start at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

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