The weather outside indicates it's hockey weather and so does the calendar..ahhh it's finally here. The Kings welcome the Merritt Centennials to the Hap Parker weekend in the first of two games featuring Interior Conference opponents.
You can quickly browse the standings in the BCHL and see Merritt's 1-4 record and say, well this should be a Kings win. However if games were played on paper, then why would we endure a 60 game schedule plus playoffs? Just ask the Vernon Vipers.
Yes the two-time defending national champions were up ended 5-4 in OT, at home, to the Centennials on Tuesday. Their first win dating back to February 17th when they downed the the Silverbacks 6-4.
The Cents started this season, dropping their first four games by a combined scored of 24-11 including surrendering 6 goals or more in all but one of those games. However with a young team, your going to expirence growing pains.
The Cents' have 12 rookies on their roster, a statement to the direction this club is undertaking. As in May the team announced a three year plan to compete for the RBC in 2012-2013.
I spoke today with Brian Wiebe, colour commentator for Merritt and the man behind the Making Cents Blog. He told me, Head Coach/GM Luke Pierce has set a goal of winning a first round playoff series this spring. Wiebe noted, that would most likely mean the team needs a top 4 finish in the Interior. Something That maybe obtainable with efforts like Tuesday night's.