Game Nine – Centennials vs. Powell River Preview:

Merritt (1-4-1-2) vs. Powell River (6-2-0-0)

Tonight is the first and only meeting between the Merritt Centennials and Powell River as the BCHL returns to a non-interlocking schedule this season. It’s also the Cents second game of a season-long six game home stand.

The game is available with Cents PBP announcer Alex Grebenyuk on Q101 in Merritt at 101.1 FM in the Nicola Valley. You can also tune in at or on the BCHL Fanzone at

Last Game Played:
Saturday, October 8: Merritt lost 3-2 to Vernon in double overtime at Nicola Valley Memorial Arena
Sunday, October 9: Powell River lost 4-3 to Coquitlam at the Poirier Sports & Leisure Centre

Next Games:
Friday, October 14: Merritt vs. Salmon Arm
Friday, October 14: Powell River @ Coquitlam

Let’s take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 8
Wins: 1
Losses: 4
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 0-1-0-2
Road Record: 1-3-1-0
Streak: Winless in six
Last Ten Games: 1-4-1-2
Goals For: 22
Goals Against: 36
Standings: 7th place Interior Conference
Power Play (Overall): 7/36 (19.44%) – 10th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 3/14 (21.43%) – 6th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 4/22 (18.18%) – 9th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 29/40 (72.50%) – 14th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 13/19 (68.42%) – 12th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 16/21 (76.19%) – T-12th in BCHL

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 8-6-0-1 overall vs. the Kings

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 5-3-0-0 at home vs. Powell River

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 3-3-0-1 in Powell River

Merritt is 3-3-0-1 in its last seven visits to the Hap Parker Arena

Merritt is 5-3-0-0 in its last eight home games vs. Powell River

Merritt’s last win over Powell River at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena was a 2-0 victory back on Saturday, December 19, 2009 as Keith Hamilton made 41 saves for the shutout.

No Scoring
Merritt Centennials at 9:20 – Steve Tresierra from Austin Baecker
Merritt Centennials at 15:34 – Jordan Soquila from Jeff Jones and Andrew Pickering

Former Centennials on the Kings:
None, but Kings dman Jordan Paddock and his family used to live in Merritt and he played some of his minor hockey here. Jordan also was in training camp with the Centennials back in August of 2010.

Average Age: 18.45 years
Average Ht: 5’11.6″
Average Wt: 176.9 lbs.

Centennials home record vs. Powell River last season: 0-1
Centennials road record vs. Powell River last season: 0-1

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Chad Brears (91)
Lino Chimienti (91)
Brent Fletcher (92)
Silvan Harper (92)
Dustin Lebrun (92)
Sean Maktaak (92)
Billy Marshall (91)
Brandon Pfeil (92)
Jakob Reichert (93)
Richard Sabourin (92)
Regan Soquila (93)
Evan Stack (91)
Tyler Steel (93)
Reece Willcox (94)

Merritt Centennials departed & traded players from last year’s team:

Jeff Jones (91 – Robert Morris University – NCAA)
Max Vallis (91 – Omaha Lancers – USHL)
Steve Wall (91 – Sherwood Park Crusaders – AJHL)
Steve Tresierra (90 – Queen’s University – CIS)
David Sabey (91 – Winkler Flyers – MJHL)
Blaine Bokenfohr (90 – Northern AB. Institute of Technology – ACAC)
Kameran Crawford (91 – Osoyoos Coyotes – KIJHL)
J-P Witkop (90 – Manhattanville College – NCAA)
Dylan Playfair (92)
Brett Kolins (92 – didn’t report to Merritt after being acquired from Victoria)

Let’s take a look at the Powell River Kings:

Games Played: 8
Wins: 6
Losses: 2
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 5-0-0-0
Road Record: 1-2-0-0
Streak: Two game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 6-2-0-0
Goals For: 29
Goals Against: 16
Standings: 1st place Coastal Conference
Power Play (Overall): 4/36 (11.11%) – 16th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 2/21 (9.52%) – 15th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 2/15 (13.33%) – T-14th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 37/39 (94.87%) – 2nd in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 25/25 (100%) – T-1st in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 12/14 (85.71%) – T-2nd in BCHL

Former Kings on the Centennials:
None, but Cents AP Brandon Formosa played a full season (57 games) in Powell River in 2009-10, posting seven points and 27 PIM

Average Age: 18.52 years
Average Ht: 6’0″
Average Wt: 180.77 lbs.

Kings home record vs. Merritt last season: 1-0
Kings road record vs. Merritt last season: 1-0

Powell River Kings Returning Players:

Cohen Adair (91)
Steven Schmidt (91)
Craig Dalrymple (91)
Daniel Schuler (92)
Jon Jutzi (91)
Teagan Waugh (92)
Chris Williams (91)
Carter Shinkaruk (91)
Brenden Forbes (92)
Sean Maguire (93)

Powell River Kings departed & traded players from last year’s team:

Chad Niddery (90)
Matt Garbowsky (90)
Justin Dasilva (90)
Andrew Pettitt (90)
Mike Sones (92)
Jason Yee (90)
Klay Kachur (91)
Bond Hawryluk (91)
Brendan Hawryluk (91)
Braden Pears (93)
Scott Renner (92)
Justin Bardarson (90)
Michael Garteig (91)

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