CENTS’ 2012-13 REGULAR SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
The Merritt Centennials hockey club, in conjunction with the British Columbia Hockey League, have released their 2012-13 regular season schedule.
The Cents’ 56-game regular season begins with two games as part of the BCHL’s inaugural Showcase event, slated for September 7-9 at Prospera Place in Chilliwack. Merritt will play the Prince George Spruce Kings on the Saturday at 12 noon, and the Trail Smoke Eaters on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Centennials’ official home opener will be the following Saturday, September 15 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena versus Trail.
The 2012-13 Cents’ schedule features home and away games against every other BCHL team.
Merritt will play seven games in total against each Interior Division club: Vernon, Penticton, Trail, Salmon Arm and West Kelowna (formerly Westside). They will also play two games against each of the 10 non-divisional teams from the Coast and Island Conferences. The only exception will be Prince George who Merritt plays on three occasions in total.
The 2012-13 BCHL regular season schedule is top heavy in weekend games - on Friday and Saturday nights, and on Sunday afternoons. Week night games have been kept to a minimum.
The Cents’ own schedule sees a total of 22 Saturday night games (14 home, 8 away), 19 Friday night games (7 home, 12 away), five games on a Sunday, 6 on a Wednesday and 4 on a Tuesday.
Play-by-play coverage of every Cents’ regular season game can be heard on Q101 radio, and viewed on the BCHL website through FASTHockey.com.
Some important home dates to remember in this coming season’s Cents’ schedule are:
Sept. 8 - season opener vs Prince George @ BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack
Sept. 15 - season home opener vs Trail
Sept. 28 - vs former Centennial Jakob Reichert and the Langley Rivermen
Nov. 14 - vs RBC champion Penticton Vees, the team that knocked the Centennials out of the playoffs last season.