Cents split at Showcase
The Merritt Centennials went one-and-one at the inaugural BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack on the weekend.
In their first game of the 2012-13 regular season on Saturday, the Cents gave up three unanswered goals in the third period to fall 4-1 to an impressive Prince George Spruce Kings’ team that went undefeated in their two weekend outings.
The next day, in another matinee contest, Merritt got two goals from Sebastien Pare in a workmanlike 4-1 victory over a more familiar opponent, the Trail Smoke Eaters. Sunday’s game was the third meeting of the two teams in just ten days.
“It wasn’t easy,” stated Cents’ head coach and GM Luke Pierce of the Showdown weekend. “The game times [midday each day] and almost different line-ups each time made it tough. I thought that [Saturday] just the basic effort and battle level wasn’t there, for whatever reason. I thought that we were much better Sunday in terms of our willingness to compete. That was the big difference.”
Over 125 college and university coaches were on hand at this year’s Showcase.