The Merritt Centennials faced off against the Chilliwack Chiefs in an intense game on New Year’s Eve. The arena was buzzing with excitement as fans eagerly watched the back-and-forth battle between the two teams.
The Centennials got off to a strong start when Easton Ryan scored his fourth goal of the season just three minutes into the game. However, the Chiefs quickly responded with two goals of their own, taking the lead. The game continued to be a high-scoring affair, with Merritt tying it up at 2-2 when Sawyer Prokopetz’s shot took a lucky bounce off the back boards and found the net.
Chilliwack managed to score once more before the end of the first period, bringing the score to 3-2 in their favor. Both teams’ goaltenders tightened up their defense in the second period, resulting in a scoreless stretch. It wasn’t until midway through the second period that Michael Stenberg scored his fifth goal of the season, tying the game at 3-3.
The tension mounted as the third period began, and the Chiefs scored another goal just three minutes in. Despite a late push from the Centennials, the goal proved to be the game-winner for the Chiefs, securing their 4-3 victory.
The Centennials have been working hard to improve their record and reach a .500 mark. With a current record of 11-15-3-1, they will look to bounce back in their upcoming games against the West Kelowna Warriors and the Cranbrook Bucks.
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