Suspensions and fines handed out to Adanacs and Salmonbellies following game four of the BCJALL Finals
Two nights ago the Coquitlam Adanacs and New Westminster Salmonbellies squared off in a very pivotal game four in their best of seven series to crown a BC Junior A champion. Leading two games to one, Coquitlam was hoping to put a strangle hold on the series heading into tonight’s game five but New Westminster wasn’t going to go quietly as they went on to a 13-8 win to even things up and give us a now best two of three finals.
However the bigger story was antics between the two clubs that saw a combined 228 penalty minutes in a fight filled final period that has left both squads depleted of many of their top players. As a result the BCJALL handed out 11 game suspensions between the two clubs and a $1500 fine to the Coquitlam Adanacs. The biggest hits were to the Adanacs who will be without their head coach Neil Doddridge for the remainder of the series after he was given three games as well as goalie Riley Camazzola who was given two games. James Rahe, Robin Lowenberger and Ray Banister were each handed one game bans by the league. Eric Penney, goalie for the Salmonbellies was give a one game suspension for his very high hit on Connor Stroup which really seemed to set things off. Johnny Pearson and Alex Bohl were give one game each for receiving their third game misconducts of the season.
Both teams will feel the effect of these suspensions heading into tonight’s game five but if we have learned anything from previous incidents like this, they’ll get back down to the business at hand and be ready to go for a crucial game five. These clubs were one one, but now they don’t get along and will have to refocus as two wins are all that’s needed to advance to the next round of the Road to the Minto Cup.