The Merritt Centen-nials gave themselves, their coaches and their fans two huge presents under the tree this past week with a pair of impressive wins on home ice prior to the Christmas break.

On December 17, rookie Colin Grannary’s two-goal performance paced the Cents to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Penticton Vees in one of the team’s most consistent efforts this season.

Cole Chorney, Jake Clifford and Sam Johnson also tallied for the Centennials, who never let the Vees’ vaunted offence get wound up.

The first star of the game, Merritt netminder Jonah Imoo, looked his old self again, stopping 33 of 34 shots sent his way.

Meanwhile, the Cents handed Penticton  goaltender Brendan Barry his first loss in 10 starts this season.

The Centennials won the special team’s game-within-a-game, going two-for-six with the man advantage while limiting the Vees to just one goal on four chances.

The Wednesday night defeat was just league-leading Penticton’s fifth regulation loss this season.

Two nights later, the Centennials pulled off possibly even a bigger coup, downing the Vernon Vipers 6-3 at home to close out Merritt’s pre-Christmas schedule.

The Vipers have been rolling along in recent weeks, finding ways to win on an almost nightly basis.

The line of Grannary, Michael Ederer and Brandon Duhaime were a force all night against the Snakes, racking up a total of 11 points between them.

The über-talented Ederer finally caught some breaks, scoring twice and assisting on two other goals.

Both Grannary and Duhaime found the back of the net once, as did Nick Fidanza and team-scoring leader John Schiavo.

Imoo picked up his second win in three successive starts, turning aside 27 of 30 pucks sent his way.

At the other end of the ice, former Centennial netminder Jarrod Schammerhorn was solid, despite allowing five goals on 34 shots. The final Merritt goal was an empty-netter.

As impressive as the overall win was the Centennials’ resiliency, as they bounced back from a horrid second period in which Vernon scored three times in a row to erase an early 3-0 Merritt lead.

The Cents put the pedal to the metal in the final 20 minutes, however, to send everyone home happy for the holidays.

The Cents’ next game is at home on December 31 (New Year’s Eve) at 5 p.m. versus the Coquitlam Express.