Road to Tampa Bay starts Friday

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) The NCAA Div. I opening round, and the road to the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, Fla., gets going Friday and BCHL graduates will take their fair share of the spotlight. All told, 56 BCHL alums (eight of whom are NHL draft picks, noted below with italics) will feature in […]

Willcox news highlights pro signings

(By Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) After completing a successful NCAA career with Cornell University, former Merritt Centennials defenceman Reece Willcox will now try the pros. The blueliner signed a contract Monday with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers after four seasons at Cornell. It is expected he will report to the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh […]

Around the BCHL: Saturday, Feb. 27

Despite surrendering the opening goal of the game, the Vernon Vipers roared back with four first-period goals of their own on the way to 7-2 road win over the Trail Smoke Eaters that sewed up the final Interior playoff berth for the Snakes. Bennett Morrison’s goal just 1:16 into the game put the home side […]

Around the BCHL: Friday, Feb. 26

Trailing by three in the third period with their season hanging by a thread, the Merritt Centennials summoned the will to produce four goals in 5:19 to overtake the league’s top team, the Penticton Vees, on the way to a 5-3 home win. Tyson Jost put the visitors ahead in the first with Scott Conway […]

Around the BCHL: Feb. 20

Nick Germain tied the game with 1:30 left in regulation and then scored 29 seconds into overtime, lifting the Merritt Centennials to a 3-2 home win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. After Zak Bowles opened the scoring for the Cents in the second, Liam Conrad tied it for the ‘Dogs late in the middle frame […]

Fiorentino earns a spot at Northeastern

The Merritt Centennials are proud to announce 1996-born defenceman Nick Fiorentino has accepted the opportunity to attend and play NCAA Div. I hockey at Northeastern University in Boston starting in the fall. Fiorentino is in his first and only season in the BCHL, a campaign where to date he leads the Cents blueline in scoring with 7 goals, 28 […]

Around the BCHL: Saturday, Feb. 13

Cole Kehler made 33 saves and Nick Fidanza’s goal was the winner as the Merritt Centennials earned a 4-1 road win over the Victoria Grizzlies. After a scoreless opening frame, Zach Court and Fidanza scored in rapid succession early in the second. Brett Stirling scoring the lone Grizz goal late in the period, making it […]

Around the BCHL: Friday, Feb. 5

Jordan Sandhu’s goal early in the third period wound up being the winner for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in an important 4-2 home win over the Victoria Grizzlies that brings the ‘Dogs within two points of the Grizz for the final Island playoff spot. After Garrett Halls opened the scoring in the first, Ryan Finnegan […]

Grannary accepts offer to UNO

The Merritt Centennials are proud to announce centre Colin Grannary (Delta, B.C.) has committed to the NCCA Div. I program at the University of Nebraska Omaha for the 2017-18 school year. Grannary currently leads the Cents in all offensive categories with 24 goals, 39 assists and 63 points. The 6-foot, 170-pound pivot recently participated in […]

Around the BCHL: Saturday, Jan. 30

Chris Schutz scored twice in 2:24 to start the second period in leading the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to a 6-3 road win over the Victoria Grizzlies. Chris Sarault opened the scoring in the first for the ‘Dogs with Quinn Syrydiuk making it 2-0 before PJ Conlon got the Grizz on the board. Schutz’s pair proved […]