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Vipers back In Merritt for big matchup with Centennials

Vernon (23-15-3-5) @ Merritt (22-18-3-1) 7:30pm

Tonight is the sixth game of seven meetings between the Vipers & Centennials. Merritt leads the season series 3-2. The Centennials won the last meeting 4-1 on January 14th 2014 You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 53-15-2-8 vs. Merritt

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 23-6-1-5 in Merritt

The Vipers are 3-5-1-1 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 4-3-1-2 in their last ten games vs. Merritt

The Vipers last win in Merritt was a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, November 15th 2013

The Centennials last win at home over Vernon was a 4-1 victory on Tuesday, Jamuary 14th 2014

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Vernon Vipers make their third visit of the season to the Nicola Valley Arena and second in less then two weeks have lost two straight after a 6-1 loss at home to the visiting Penticton Vees Friday. Vernon sits in 3rd place four points up on 4th place Salmon Arm and are four points back of 2nd place West Kelowna. The Vipers have just one win in their last five games and are 3-6-0-1 in their last ten games. Dylan Chanter will face his former team for a second time this season, while Jason Bird will see his old team for a second time this season. The Vipers have lost six in a row away from home, have just three wins in their last ten road games.

Brett Mulcahy (26-13-39) leads the Vipers in goals with twenty six while Michael Mcnicholas (20-37-57) leads the Vipers in points with fifty seven.

Games Played: 46
Wins: 23
Losses: 15
Ties: 3
Overtime Losses: 5
Home Record: 13-5-3-3
Road Record: 10-10-0-2
Overtime Record: 3-5-3
Record vs Interior Division: 9-10-0-4
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 12-5-2-1
Record in September: 3-3-1-2
Record in October: 6-3-0-1
Record in November: 6-1-2-1
Record in December: 5-3-0-0
Record in January: 3-5-0-1
When the Vipers score first: 19-5-2-3
When the opponents score first: 4-9-1-2
Leading after 1st Period: 14-3-2-3
Tied after 1st Period: 6-6-0-1
Trailing after 1st Period: 2-5-1-1
Leading after 2nd Period: 15-2-2-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 4-5-1-4
Trailing after 2nd Period: 4-7-0-0
Out shooting Opponents: 12-4-2-1
Out shot by Opponents: 11-8-1-2
One goal games: 8-1-2-5
Goals For: 144
Goals Against: 140
Streak: Two game losing streak
Standings: 3rd Place Interior Division

Lets take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

The Merritt Centennials return home after a 2-1 loss in Coquitlam Friday night snapping the clubs two game winning streak. Merritt and Vernon face each other for a second time in just eleven days after the Centennials 4-1 victory at home on January 14th. Merritt sits out of the playoffs as of tonight in 5th place are just two points back of 4th place Salmon Arm and six points back of 3rd place Vernon. The Cents have won three of their last five games and are 5-4-1-0 in their last ten games. The Centennials have just five regulation losses at home are unbeaten in their last five home games. Merritt has played five of their last seven games away from home being a three game home stand starting tonight.

Scott Paterson (20-16-36) leads the Centennials in goals with twenty and in points with thirty six

Merritt Centennials 2013-14 Regular Season Stats::

Games Played: 44
Wins: 22
Losses: 18
Ties: 3
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 12-5-3-1
Road Record: 10-13-0-0
Overtime Record: 4-1-3
Record vs Interior Division: 11-12-2-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 11-6-1-0
Record in September: 4-5-0-0
Record in October: 6-4-1-0
Record in November: 6-2-1-1
Record in December: 3-3-0-0
Record in January: 3-4-1-0
Goals For: 127
Goals Against: 122
Streak: One game losing streak
Place: 5th Place Interior Division

The Vipers action is Friday night 7pm when they host the Trail Smoke Eaters

For more information please call the Vipers office at 250-542-6022