Warriors fall to Cents

The Merritt Centennials scored twice in each period Saturday, to hand the West Kelowna Warriors a 6-3 defeat Saturday.

It was the second night in a row the Warriors have fallen to a team below them in the standings, leaving them just two points better than Salmon Arm in the battle for fifth in the Interior Division.

Both teams have eight games left in the regular season.

Each time the Centennials scored, they backed up that goal with another within 64 seconds of one another.

Rylan Van Unen opened the scoring 12:32 into the opening period. Just 51 seconds later, the Cents doubled the lead.

RJ Murphy cut the deficit in half with his 19th of the season and third in two nights late in the period.

The Centennials increased the lead to three with goals 60 seconds apart early in the second. Again, the Warriors cut into the deficit, when Chase Dubois scored two minutes later.

The cut into the lead again in the third as Ryan Steele banged home his 13th just 95 seconds in. The Warriors pushed for the typing goal, but it was the Centennials who struck next when Bradley Cocca restored the two-goal lead.

Brendan Schneider put Merritt up three 64 seconds later to close out the scoring.

Jacob Berger earned the victory, turning away 33 of the 36 shots he faced. Cole Demers took the loss.

The Warriors look to snap their two-game losing streak Tuesday when they host the Surrey Eagles.

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