by Kyle Anderson
The Merritt Centennials scored with 2:23 remaining in the 3rd to break a 4-4 deadlock, taking their own home opener 5-4 over the West Kelowna Warriors on Saturday night.
The Warriors opened the scoring when Liam Blackburn snapped home his first of the season, but the Cents responded off a turnover as Tyler Ward buried his 2nd.Merritt went up 2-1 early in the 2nd on a Gavin Gould power-play marker, before the Warriors stormed back with 3 goals of their own.Kristian Blumenschein had a pair of goals, including 1 on the power-play, before Brett Mennear widened the lead to 2.
The Centennials Colin Grannary was awarded a penalty shot in the middle frame, and slid it through the legs of Daniel Mannella to make it 4-3.Merritt wasn’t done as Gould’s 2nd of the game came on a breakaway marker, as the Warriors out-shot the Cents 15-7 in the middle frame.The late goal from Nick Jermain was a back breaker for the Warriors, again off a turnover as Jermain spun and fired to beat Mannella.The Warriors return home Tuesday night against the Trail Smoke Eaters, with puck drop at 7 pm at Royal Lepage Place.
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