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Jr. Salmonbellies will see a familiar face in Game 1 of B.C. finals against Coquitlam

Eli McLaughlin scored 28 points in 9 B.C. playoff games last summer for the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Tonight, the ‘Bellies will see McLaughlin on the floor in Game 1 of the B.C. finals. But he’ll be wearing the purple and gold of Coquitlam, not the red and white of New West. “We’re well aware of what Eli can do,” Salmonbellies coach Dan Perreault told The Province. “He’s a very strong player. We know that we have to try to limit his quality chances.” This is the way it goes at times in B.C. Last year, New West got the services of McLaughlin, who then returned to Delta for most of the 2014 season. Among this year’s late-season deals saw McLaughlin shipped to Coquitlam and that adds his lethal stick to that of Wes Berg, providing a big test for the New West defense. But that doesn’t worry Perreault and New West, who have a very capable offense themselves as these teams continue their quest for the Minto Cup.

Road to the Minto Cup: B.C., Alberta set to kick off finals, Ontario enters semifinals

And so we’re off to the semifinals in Ontario, while B.C. and Alberta are gearing up for their finals. All went as expected in B.C. with New Westminster and Coquitlam advancing to the finals for the fourth time in 5 seasons. In Alberta, the Okotoks Raiders will play the well-rested Junior Mounties, who haven’t played a game since their July 6 season finale because of a bye in the first round. And in Ontario, the scene shook out according to seeds with the exception of No. 5 Peterborough knocking out No. 4 Kitchener-Waterloo in 5 games. So before the next rounds get started, let’s take a look at what’s going on in each province. READ MORE »

Season may be finished for Delta Islanders, but optimism is just getting started

In the end, the New Westminster Salmonbellies were just too much. Just like they have been for everyone else this summer. New West finished off the season for the Delta Islanders with a 3-0 sweep in the first round of the BCJALL playoffs. And even though the Islanders can boast about being the only team to beat New West this season — a 12-6 decision on May 17 — there’s little consolation when there’s no more lacrosse to be played. Still, coach Greg Rennie is confident in the future of Delta after seeing the compete level of his young team against the veteran-laden ‘Bellies. “I’m really happy with the way our young guys stepped up to play at the level of playoff lacrosse,” Rennie told the Delta Optimist. “It was really a test for a lot of younger guys to see where they were really at. A lot of guys showed very well.”

Last night: Salmonbellies and Adanacs tighten WLA playoff race with wins

The New Westminster Salmonbellies and Coquitlam Adanacs tightened up the Western Lacrosse Association playoff race with wins Saturday night. New West downed the Nanaimo Timbermen 9-6 and Coquitlam beat Maple Ridge 7-5, creating a three-way tie between themselves and the Langley Thunder for the fourth and final playoff spot in the seven-team league. All three teams have six wins for 12 points, putting them four back of third-place Burnaby and three ahead of last-place Nanaimo. The Adanacs have two games left in their regular-season schedule; Langley and New Westminster have three each. Brendan Ranford and Jeff Cornwall each scored twice to pace the Salmonbellies, who won for the third time in their last four games to boost their post-season chances. New West scored 24 seconds into the game and added three goals in the final two minutes of the first period to make it 6-1 after 20 minutes, then coasted home from there. Coquitlam followed a similar path to their win; the Adanacs outscored the Burrards 5-2 in the first period then rode their defence to break a five-game losing streak. Matthew Dinsdale had 2 goals and 2 assists and Darryl Veltman 4 assists to lead the Adanacs. READ MORE »

Weekend Watch: Tight pack in the middle of WLA has plenty to sort out

Frankie Scigliano and Maple Ridge have plenty behind them to keep an eye on. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Frankie Scigliano and Maple Ridge have plenty behind them to keep an eye on. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Victoria cannot be caught. So let the race for second place begin. The Shamrocks are 9 points clear of second-place Maple Ridge, which has 4 games left in the regular season. So while Victoria is sitting pretty, the Burrards are anything but in the Ridge. Four teams remain within striking distance of the Burrards, who have 17 points, so while winning both games this weekend won’t clinch anything, it can give them some breathing room. And that’ll have to be the focus for Maple Ridge, which is at Coquitlam on Saturday before hosting Burnaby on Sunday. READ MORE »

Road to the Minto Cup: New Westminster, Brampton and Six Nations advance

There’s still plenty to be decided, but 3 teams are a step closer to their ultimate goal. In Ontario, Brampton and Six Nations are through the first round with sweeps of their opponents, while New Westminster in B.C. is through after dispatching Delta. A few more series will be decided this weekend, including the other B.C. semifinal where Coquitlam has a 2-0 lead on Victoria. A Coquitlam win on Saturday sends the Adanacs to the B.C. finals, where they’d play the Salmonbellies for all the marbles for the fifth time in 6 seasons. READ MORE »

Last night: Burrards hammer Adanacs 13-4

Last year the Maple Ridge Burrards started strong but faded as the season progressed to miss the playoffs. This summer, they’re working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Maple Ridge dumped the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-4 to improve their second-place record to 8-5-1. That gives them one more point than they earned all of last year with four games left to play. The Burrards have a good chance to qualify for the playoffs even if they don’t win another game, but they’ll be wanting to emulate what they did in last night’s game: start strong and finish strong. Maple Ridge outscored Coquitlam 5-1 in both the first and third periods. Frankie Scigliano starred in net, stopping 36 of the 40 shots he faced. Ben McIntosh (4 goals, 2 assists), Riley Loewen (3g, 3a) and Jarrett Davis (1g, 5a) all had 6-point nights for the Burrards to lead their attack. Tyler Garrison scored twice for Coquitlam. READ MORE »

Road to the Minto Cup: First round of playoffs in Ontario, B.C., Alberta in full gear

And so, the pursuit of the 2014 Minto Cup begins. This year’s event is in Langley, B.C., at Langley Events Centre and the participants will take a bit of a different route to get there. At least for B.C. and Alberta. Nothing’s changed for Ontario, but the playoff champs in B.C. and Alberta will square off to determine the Western rep this year. It’s a change from the familiar 4-team format of years past that had the 3 provincial champions, along with the host team, vying for the coveted trophy. The first round of playoffs in Ontario, B.C. and Alberta kicked off this week, so check out the results and status of each series after the jump. READ MORE »

Last Night: Oakville defense rises to help Rock shut down K-W for victory

The Oakville Rock aren’t quite out of the Major Series basement, but they’re showing they’re not exactly folding up the tents, either. Last night’s 7-6 win over Kitchener-Waterloo may be just the Rock’s fourth win of the season, but 2 of those wins have come in the last 3 games. It took a while for the Rock to find their footing last night, entering the third period trailing 6-4 after giving up 5 goals in the second. But Mike Mawdsley, Stephan Leblanc and Rob Hellyer scored goals in the third for Oakville while goalie Nick Rose and the Oakville defense pitched a shutout to put, and keep, the Rock in front. READ MORE »

Last night: Tye Belanger’s 53-save performance leads Excelsiors to 4-3 win over Chiefs

The Brampton Excelsiors went into their game against the Six Nations Chiefs with a game plan to limit the Chiefs chances and run down the clock. They executed it to perfection to take a tight-checking 4-3 win over the Chiefs Saturday night behind a sensational goaltending performance by Tye Belanger. Brampton got three goals in the first period, one in the second, then held on for dear life in the third to achieve the upset. Six Nations scored once in the first and twice in the third but weren’t able to get the tying goal. “That’s exactly how we drew it up. Don’t let them score goals, waste clock, we’ve got to wear them down,” said Brampton Head Coach Clem D’Orazio. “The message was, don’t poke the bear. They’ve got some great offensive players over there that we wanted to just contain. We were on hands but we’re still in a contain defence. The boys just helped each other out all over the floor. It was really nice to watch.” READ MORE »