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Suspensions and fines handed out to Adanacs and Salmonbellies following game four of the BCJALL Finals

The Salmonacs were a team back in the 50's, safe to say New West and Coqtuilam don't get along anymore
The Salmonacs were a team back in the 50's, safe to say New West and Coqtuilam don't get along anymore

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.


WLA Power Rankings: All seven teams set to dance in the final week of the regular season

Corey Small is a man on a mission trying to get his Victoria Shamrocks back to the Mann Cup. (Photo: Bruce Sototesbury)
Corey Small is a man on a mission trying to get his Victoria Shamrocks back to the Mann Cup. (Photo: Bruce Sototesbury)

So here we are, a week away from the second season starting out west and we have our combatants set. The league leading Victoria Shamrocks are looking to defend their WLA title as they’ll take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies in the opening round best of seven. In the other series, the Burnaby Lakers will host the Maple Ridge Burrards is what should be an incredible series between two young and hungry teams.

Even with the Shamrocks running away with the regular season title, it’s been one of the best season out west as all the teams had some sort of hope heading into the final few weeks of the season. However, only four make it and if the BC Junior A final is any indication, we could be in for some dandy lacrosse. Victoria won the season series with New West with three straight victories while Maple Ridge took two from Burnaby in three very tightly contested games. From here on out, it’s going to take 12 wins to capture the Mann Cup and for the four play-off bound teams they just have to get through one more game each before things get underway in a week. Let the fun begin as the Road to the Mann Cup hits another gear. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings- Let the fun begin as the WLA regular season winds down.

Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0
Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0

With just a couple weeks remaining in the Western Lacrosse Association’s regular season, things are really starting to heat up in the standings. Victoria has clinched a play-off berth and with a win over Langley will clinch the top spot over-all and home-floor throughout the western play-offs. But after that it’s anyone’s guess. Five points separates second from fourth while three points separate fourth from seventh.

With every game a team can jump or drop in the standings so from here on out, wins are crucial but so is staying healthy. Burnaby has been without Matt Beers since the early stages of the year and you have to think they could be a few more wins better than the seven they currently have if they had the young rugged defender in the lineup every game. It’s time to strap on the foil and get ready to go to war cause this is the time when the real season begins. The push for the post season is underway and it all starts Wednesday night in Langley. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: No changes as things get a little tighter through the middle of the pack

Things are heating up out west as everyone is fighting for a play-off spot. (Photo: Garrett James)
Things are heating up out west as everyone is fighting for a play-off spot. (Photo: Garrett James)

While the Victoria Shamrocks extend their lead in the Western Lacrosse Association standings, the Maple Ridge Burrards and the rest of the clubs try to keep pace. Just five points separates 3rd from 7th so there is still plenty to play for with only three weeks remaining in the regular season. For now though we are seeing some fantastic performances and even better lacrosse played out west.

It’s becoming very evident that no game is guaranteed in the league as we’ve seen games that should be locks go completely side-ways and others that turn into instant classics. Only two players from BC teams will represent Canada at the Wold Field Championships in Denver so it will full steam ahead for all seven clubs as we get close and closer to the post-season. Victoria has a a seven point spread over second place Maple Ridge and they don’t look like they want to give that lead up anytime soon. The question is, who’s going to be there when the dust settles on August 1st.

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BCJALL Power Rankings: New West claims regular season crown as Victoria and Delta battle it out for third

It’s the final week in the BCJALL and the only left to decide is who will finish third and fourth between the Victoria Shamrocks and Delta Islanders. Wednesday night, the New Westminster Salmonbellies captured their first regular season title in over a decade defeating the Coquitlam Adanacs to sweep the season series and give themselves home floor advantage throughout the post-season. Those four teams have been in the top four for much of the season and always looked to be on a collision course in the play-offs.

The divide in the BCJALL from top to bottom is getting close but there still doesn’t seem to be any teams that can compete with the big guns from New West and Coquitlam. Only the Adanacs have finished their regular season schedule with the Shamrocks still to play two games and holding this place in their grasp. But really who wold you rather play? Both Delta and Victoria are in unenviable positions of having to take on the top two teams starting on the road.  Just a handful of games remain in the season then the fun really begins as we get closer and closer to the Minto Cup. READ MORE »


Breaking: Team Canada’s John Grant denied exemption, will miss 2014 World Games

John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)
John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)

OTTAWA, ON July 4, 2014 – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) announced today that forward John Grant Jr. will not be playing for Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships that begin next week in Denver, Colorado. He will be joining Coach Randy Mearns’ staff on the sidelines to help Canada win its third World Championship and will be replaced on the 23-man roster by Burlington, Ontario native Jordan MacIntosh. Grant, a veteran of four World Championships and widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever play the game, suffers from a medical condition that requires prescription medication as a part of hormone therapy (testosterone). READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: No deadline deals and very little movement as July kicks off

Adam Shute has been fantastic in net for the Adanacs this year. (Photo: The Now file)
Adam Shute has been fantastic in net for the Adanacs this year. (Photo: The Now file)

The WLA trade deadline came and went and there wasn’t even a blip on the radar. One GM went so far as to say that no deals being made was “brutal” and that it “gets worse every year” with fewer and fewer trades. Teams out east constantly load up the front runners while teams out west sit back and beat each other up for three months and hope one team has a lucky four game win streak come Mann Cup time.
So with no real movement to speak of, the teams will now have to make due with what they have and find the right mix to make that run to the big dance. The Shamrocks had a tough week and finally tasted defeat on Saturday but as much as everyone wants an undefeated season, the sentiment on the team bus after was the lose was exactly what they needed. It’s still tight in the middle of the pack which will give us a very exciting July leading to the post-season. READ MORE »


Junior Adanacs add James Rahe from Junior Thunder at the deadline

IL Indoor has learned that the Coquitlam Junior Adanacs have acquired the rights to James Rahe from the Langley Junior Thunder in a late deadline deal in the BCJALL. In return the Thunder acquire a 2016 first and a 2015 third round pick, a player to be named later as well as the Coquitlam Juniors agree to affiliate with the WLA Langley Thunder for the senior A post-season. Rahe will return to the Junior Thunder after the season is over but this deal gives the second year player a chance at a Minto Cup. READ MORE »


BCJALL Power Rankings: the rich getting richer at the deadline as play-offs creep closer

It’s trade-deadline time out in BC as we now know the four teams that will compete for a shot at becoming the one team that will represent the province and compete for the 2014 Minto Cup. And that’s when the entire landscape of the BC Jr A loop changed. It’s common practice that teams in the top leagues often move players at the deadline to acquire that needed piece of the puzzle or stock pile for the future. But it’s quite rare to see a team that’s in the play-offs trading away their best players at the deadline to a team ahead of them in the standings.

Delta shipped off their leading scorer Eli McLaughlin and one of their top defenders Taylor Northway to the Coquitlam Adanacs in exchange for a 2015 first round pick, Spencer Stevens and future considerations. Speaking of futures; the league leading New Westminster Salmonbellies acquired Brett Dorbay from the Langley Thunder as part of a deal from earlier in the year. Meanwhile, the Victoria Shamrocks have sat there and watched the mainland teams load up as we get set for the play-offs to begin in a couple weeks.

So check out the rankings this week and keep a close eye on IL Indoor as we get closer and closer to crowing a BC champion READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: Shamrocks maintain lead and add depth while the rest of the league tries to keep pace

Brodie MacDonald was the WLA's first star allowing just 8 goals in two games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Brodie MacDonald was the WLA's first star allowing just 8 goals in two games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

The rich are getting richer out west as the Eastern transfer window gets set to close Thursday June 26th. The Victoria Shamrocks added Buffalo and Kitchener-Waterloo two way dynamo Dhane Smith Tuesday afternoon, giving them another young weapon on a roster that’s top of the table half-way through the year. There could be some more moves by western teams as the deadline looms as does the WLA trade deadline. There are some rumours floating around of a couple players that could be changing jerseys in the coming days.

However as we move through the season, the other six clubs are fixated with catching the Shamrocks while not losing ground to the others in the battle for the top four continues. We’ve some incredible defensive efforts this week including a few goalies putting on some spectacular performances as they do all they can to limit the damage in hopes of spurring on their club. Three teams are tied for second place while Nanaimo, New Westminster and Coquitlam try and get back into the hunt. Just six games out west this week so check out the rankings and be sure to keep up to date on all the action right here on IL Indoor. READ MORE »