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The Merritt Centennials have sent F Matt Osadick (00) to the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for future considerations.

Osadick was acquired by Barry Wolff in the off-season in exchange for goaltender Vincent Duplessis, forward Frazer Dodd and future considerations and came in with a lot of hype. Scoring 63 points in 45 regular season games and adding 18 more in 17 post season contests hopes were high that he'd be a scoring threat with the Centennials. Unfortunately, Osadick has had trouble getting his footing in the BCHL, tallying 3 goals and 5 assists in 36 games with Merritt.

Head Coach and GM Derek Sweet-Coulter says that Osadick will get a chance to provide some secondary scoring in Trail.

"Matt is a great person who was a tremendous citizen in the community of Merritt. I want to thank him for all his hard work on and off the ice this season."

The Merritt Centennials would like to thank Matt and his family for their contributions to the club and community during his time here and wish him well in Trail with the Smoke Eaters.

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The Merritt Centennials had the game within their grasp once again, but the Smoke Eaters rode another strong third period to a 5-2 victory.

It was another great start for the Merritt Centennials who were on the wrong end of he shot clock, but were able to be on the right side of the score board. Chase Nameth scored with a diving shot that fooled Terness blocker side after being set up by Thomas Manty. Trail quickly answered, but Evan Benwell helped regain the lead with his first in the BCHL. Benwell was set up by AP Kaden Zakall to the side of net, and Benwell showed off his patience outwaiting Terness with a dangle to the backhand to the side of the net and banking it in off the backside of Terness and in. Tanner Marshall started strong in the first and set the tone for the rest of the game with a stack of solid saves. Shots after 1 were 22-6 Trail.

In the second period, the Centennials found themselves on the penalty kill a little more often, but didn’t break until the 5th chance for the Smoke Eaters. Ozar scored his first of the night to tie the game at 2’s. Trail would take the lead late in the 2nd period after a Cents giveaway at the blueline. Shots after 2 were 35-18 Smoke Eaters.

The final frame saw the Smoke Eaters pull away with 2 more goals for Ozar to finish off the hat trick bid. Olson Werenka finished the game with some fireworks by taking on Kyle Pow in a heavyweight tilt and soundly stomped him. Throwing right after right and connecting until he took Pow to the ice. Final shots were 52-28 Trail.

Head Coach Derek Sweet-Coulter said it was another solid effort especially on the penalty kill.

“Top marks to our penalty kill and Tanner Marshall tonight on only allowing 2 on 10 chances, but giving the Smoke Eaters 10 chances isn’t a recipe for success.”

The Cents get set for the rematch on Tuesday against these very same Smoke Eaters in Trail.

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The Merritt Centennials announced a trade today that sends defender Joey Berkopec (99) to the Coquitlam Express in exchange for future considerations. 

Berkopec was in his 3rd year as a part of the Centennials and was arguably their top defenseman. To date he had tallied 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points this season, and in his Cents career he compiled 12 goals and 45 assists in 144 games.  

Head Coach Derek Sweet-Coulter says the move gives Berkopec a chance to win, and will help build the team moving forward.

"We thank Joey for all his hard work with the Centennials for the last 3 years and we wish him all the best as he moves on to his next chapter with Coquitlam."

With the move Berkopec goes to the first ranked team in the BCHL. 

 

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The Merritt Centennials (10-25-1-3) go for game 2 of the double dip against the Trail Smoke Eaters (24-12-2-1) tonight.

Last night the Merritt Centennials were in the driver's seat for the majority of the game, but a strong finish from Trail saw the Smoke Eaters come back and grab the win 6-3.

The first period was a textbook frame of how to play at the NVMA spurred on by some timely offense. Affiliate Brett Mero from the Kamloops Storm scored his first BCHL goal, on his first shot, on his first shift just 3 minutes into the game to make the game 1-0. Linemate Christian Buono picked up where he left off before the break as he'd add another by beating Terness blocker side to put the Cents up 2-0. The Cents would also kill off two Trail penalties in the first frame, a far cry from the last time the two teams met where Trail put up 6 goals on 6 tries in the opening period.

The second period saw the Smoke Eaters have to start on their heels due to the penalty kill. The Cents kept their feet moving to draw a pair of calls early on and Trail would score their first goal of the game even strength. Phillippe Lapointe would score on an off speed shot after his stick shattered as he released, and the change up slipped under the pad of Tanner Marshall. Marshall had some of his best play in the 2nd period where he made huge saves when the Cents were shortmanned. He flew across the crease to rob Trail on back door plays and was a big part of the Cents going to the third period up 2-1.

Kent Johnson finally broke through early on in the final frame, scoring up top on Marshall after some head fakes from the slot. The goal would come just 20 seconds in, but Ben Ward would tie the game by stripping Johnson on the ensuing shift going down the ice, keeping on a 2-on-1 and sniping top corner glove side to restore the lead 3-2. Cody Schiavon answered for Trail to tie the game at the 5 minute mark of the third and there it would stay until just under the 5 minute remaining mark of the period. On their 5th powerplay of the night, the Smoke Eaters finally pulled through and it was Kent Johnson who scored low on a goal mouth scramble. From there the wheels fell off for the Centennials who allowed two more goals for a 6-3 final. Final Shots were 51-45 Trail.

The teams will meet for their 4th time this season with another game on the horizon on Tuesday. Last night was by far the Cents best effort of the season series, but they're still 0-3 against the Smoke Eaters that have outscored the Cents 22-6. The energy was evident from the get go from the Cents but now they will have to make the long trip to Trail and come off the bus ready to play.

Christian Buono continues to be ready to play as he had a goal and an assist and leads the team with 31 points. Payton Matsui had some quality chances for the Cents last night and has 25 on the year. Captain Rylan Van Unen awaits his first points of 2020 and is tied with rookie Thomas Manty with 18 points.

Kent Johnson continues to pace the league after a 4 point night against the Cents with 73. Owen Ozar jumps into 2nd spot with 48 points, and Michael Collela has 47.

The Centennials had a decent chance at shutting out the Smoke Eaters on the powerplay last night, but couldn't quite get it done.

Powerplay:                               Penalty Kill:

Cents - 10.7% (17th)          Cents - 72.9% (17th)

Trail - 26.1% (1st)                 Trail - 86% (3rd)

The goaltending battle sees Tanner Marshall coming off another great game where he deserved a better fate. Marshall is 6-12-1 with a 4.59 GAA and a .884 SV%. Ryan Winter is waiting for his first game of 2020 and is 3-11-2 with a .902 SV% and a 4.08 GAA with 1 shutout.

Logan Terness played admirably last night and is 17-7-2 with a .932 SV% and a 2.40 GAA. Matteo Paler-Chow is also waiting for his first game of 2020 and is 9-10-1 with an .881 SV% and a 3.56 GAA.

Head Coach Derek Sweet Coutler says the Cents need to have that extra push when it gets down to crunch time.

"Late in games when we need that goal we need our team pushing for the win instead of pushing the panic button."

Puck drop 7pm from the Trail Memorial Centre. Pre-Game 6:45 with Jared Thomas on Q101 and HockeyTV.

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The Merritt Centennials were in the driver's seat for the majority of the game, but a strong finish from Trail saw the Smoke Eaters come back and grab the win 6-3.

The first period was a textbook frame of how to play at the NVMA spurred on by some timely offense. Affiliate Brett Mero from the Kamloops Storm scored his first BCHL goal, on his first shot, on his first shift just 3 minutes into the game to make the game 1-0. Linemate Christian Buono picked up where he left off before the break as he'd add another by beating Terness blocker side to put the Cents up 2-0. The Cents would also kill off two Trail penalties in the first frame, a far cry from the last time the two teams met where Trail put up 6 goals on 6 tries in the opening period. Shots after 1 were 18-14 Trail.

The second period saw the Smoke Eaters have to start on their heels due to the penalty kill. The Cents kept their feet moving to draw a pair of calls early on and Trail would score their first goal of the game even strength. Phillippe Lapointe would score on an off speed shot after his stick shattered as he released, and the change up slipped under the pad of Tanner Marshall. Marshall had some of his best play in the 2nd period where he made huge saves when the Cents were shortmanned. He flew across the crease to rob Trail on back door plays and was a big part of the Cents going to the third period up 2-1. Shots after 2 were 36-31 Cents.

Kent Johnson finally broke through early on in the final frame, scoring up top on Marshall after some head fakes from the slot. The goal would come just 20 seconds in, but Ben Ward would tie the game by stripping Johnson on the ensuing shift going down the ice, keeping on a 2-on-1 and sniping top corner glove side to restore the lead 3-2. Cody Schiavon answered for Trail to tie the game at the 5 minute mark of the third and there it would stay until just under the 5 minute remaining mark of the period. On their 5th powerplay of the night, the Smoke Eaters finally pulled through and it was Kent Johnson who scored low on a goal mouth scramble. From there the wheels fell off for the Centennials who allowed two more goals for a 6-3 final. Final Shots were 51-45 Trail.

After the game, Head Coach Derek Sweet-Coulter said special teams played a factor.

"I thought our powerplay looked really good tonight, but we couldn't convert and we give them one too many opportunities. Overall we played well, we just need that extra push instead of pulling back."

The Cents will look to push back in Trail Saturday night - 7pm puck drop.

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