The Merritt Tracker Sportswear midget reps’ Cinderella run through the Okanagan-Mainline playoffs continues.

The local Jr. Cents face off against Chase this weekend in a best-of-three series to determine the OMAHA Tier 3 midget champions.

The series winner will also earn a berth in this year’s provincial championships, scheduled for Alberni Valley from March 17 to 21.

Merritt’s midgets have made it to the final round of the playoffs thanks to a pair of improbable upsets. In round one action, the seventh-place Jr. Cents upset the fifth-place Summerland Jets, winning their best-of-three series in two straight games.

That series victory paled in comparison to the monumental upset Merritt handed top-ranked Kelowna in round two playoff action. Losers of game one, 11-3, on Feb. 3, the Jr. Cents rebounded to take games two and three by scores of 3-2 and 3-0 respectively this past weekend.

Game two, played at the Shulus Arena on Saturday, was close from beginning to end. Tied at 2-2 late in the third period, it was Merritt’s Grady Musgrave who was the difference maker, scoring the game winner with just 3:41 remaining in regulation time. Other Tracker scorers were Zack Sanderson and Nolan Prowal.

In the third and deciding game of the series, Sunday in Kelowna, the Jr. Cents rode the shutout goaltending of Kristian Stead to victory. Prowal had a pair of goals for the Tracker team, while Bradley Colter tallied once.

Game one of the Merritt-Chase series takes place on Saturday in Chase at 1:30 p.m. Game two is back in Merritt, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Novice

Merritt’s two novice teams, the Red Thunder and the Black Knights, went head-to-head in the championship game of a tournament in Logan Lake on the weekend. In a great battle between two teams that had never previously played each other, the Red Thunder prevailed 8-3.

Both Merritt novice teams went undefeated in tournament action leading up to the championship game. The Red Thunder beat teams from Kamloops, Clearwater and Williams Lake, while the Black Knights topped sides from Princeton, Williams Lake and Logan Lake.

Midget House

The NVIT midgets were knocked out of the playoffs on Saturday, losing 6-2 to Clearwater on home ice. Merritt goals were scored by Brayden Thormoset and Tristan Couture. The midget house team will attend one last tournament in Westside in March.

Initiation

A one-day initiation tournament takes the spotlight at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on Saturday. In addition to two teams from Merritt, there will be teams from Kelowna, Princeton, North Okanagan and 100 Mile House in attendance. Games begin at 7:30 a.m. and run through till 5:15 p.m.

Merritt’s Team White plays its games at 7:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., while the local Team Red plays at 8:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Other games this weekend

Saturday

? 10 a.m. Novices vs. West Kelowna (Shulus Arena)

? 12:45 p.m. Novices vs. West Kelowna (Shulus Arena)

? 3:30 p.m. Atom Dev. vs. Salmon Arm (Shulus Arena)

Sunday

? 9:30 a.m. Atom Dev. vs. Salmon Arm (N.V. Arena)

? 10 a.m. Novices vs. West Kelowna (Shulus Arena)

? 11:30 a.m. Bantam House vs. Lillooet (Shulus Arena)

? 12:45 p.m. Peewee House vs. Lillooet (N.V. Arena)

? 2 p.m. Novices vs. West Kelowna (Shulus Arena)

? 2:30 p.m. Midget Rep vs. Chase (N.V. Arena)