Chilliwack Chiefs maul Merritt in mid-week BCHL matchup

The Chilliwack Chiefs put the boots to the Centennials, skating to a 7-1 win.

The Chilliwack Chiefs stomped the last-place team in the Interior conference Wednesday night, beating the Merritt Centennials 7-1.

The Chiefs out-shot the Cents 40-32 and used a lethal power play to collect the win, improving to 11-5-3-1 on the season.

Seven different Chilliwack skaters scored goals, with Brett Rylance setting up three of them.

Arlo Merritt got the scoring started 6:04 into period one, picking up a power play goal with assists to Nikita Nesterenko and Brett Willits.

Nesterenko picked up an unassisted even strength marker 70 seconds later and Chilliwack led 2-0 through 20 minutes.

Brody Gagno scored a second period goal, setting the table for a third period offensive explosion as Willits, Joey Larson, Tyler Cristall and Carter Wilkie put pucks behind Merritt goalie Tyler Winter.

The only Centennial to slip one past Chiefs keeper Mathieu Caron was a former teammate, with Chase Nameth scoring shorthanded.

Caron stopped 31 pucks.

Chilliwack is home this weekend with games against the Surrey Eagles (Saturday night, 7 p.m.) and the Coquitlam Express (Sunday afternoon, 2 p.m.).

Both are at the Chilliwack Coliseum.

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