This was written by PxP voice Dave Ashbaugh:
The Merritt Centennials opened their 2014/15 season today against the Cowichan Valley Capitals at the third annual Bauer BCHL Showcas at the Prospera center in Chilliwack.
The first period was fast paced and full of action with few stoppages. The first whistle of the game didn't come until almost 5 minutes had elapsed in the first. The Capitals were able to jump out to a 1-0 lead courtesy Colton Kehler who was able to bury the feed from Thomas Gobeil at the 9:35 mark of the first frame, with Brayden Gelsinger notching the second assist.
The Centennials were able to pull even 8 minutes later after Brandon Duhaime put home his first of the season on the power play, the game went to the intermission tied at 1 apiece.
The second period was much the same as the first with each team putting one up on the scoreboard. The Capitals regained their lead just over half way through the frame when Sean Harrison received a beautiful centring pass from teammate Skylar Pacheco.
It didn't take the Centennials long to pull them back however, as John Schiavo with a stellar individual effort was able to strip the defencemen of the puck, walk out front and bury the backhander top shelf just 16 seconds after the Capitals took the lead.
In the third the goals came fast and furious for the Centennials as Diego Cuglietta gave Merritt their first lead of the season 4 minutes into the frame, and they never looked back.
Gavin Gould extended the lead to 4-2 10 minutes into the third after a beautiful stretch pass from James Neil sprung him on a partial break.
The Centennials would further extend their lead just 10 seconds later when John Schiavo and Captain Sam Johnston played some give and go with Schiavo finishing the play for his second of the game and season.
The Capitals would try to battle back late in the third when Thomas Gobeil let one go from the point that beat Jonah Imoo while he was down and out, however that's as close as they would come.
Merritt would walk away with their first win of the campaign, upending Cowichan Valley by a score of 5-3.
The Centennials are back in action tomorrow night to wrap up the opening weekend of this 2014/15 season as they face the home town team Chilliwack Chiefs in a 6 o'clock affair.