Jr. ’Bellies stop Saints
After a sleepy start, the New Westminster Jr. Salmonbellies defeated the Port Coquitlam Saints 7-3 at Queen’s Park Arena on Tuesday.
In the first period, PoCo actually took a 2-0 lead before Reagan Harding scored for the Salmonbellies with three seconds left. The Saints took a 3-1 lead with a powerplay goal just 2:37 into the second period, but the ’Bellies closed the door from there.
Unfortunately for them it was difficult opening the door at the other end with Saints goaltender Carson Michaud, with a little help from backup Garrett Spann, standing guard. New West didn’t manage to score until 10 minutes later. By the end of the period the Salmonbellies had a 4-3 lead, although it certainly could have been much more considering they outshot the Saints 24-6. Overall New West held a 60-33 shot advantage.
Josh Byrne scored twice for the Salmonbellies with singles going to Harding, Reese Robinson, Jakob Doucet, Reid Mydske and Quinn Mackay.
The win left New West in second place in the B.C. Junior Lacrosse League, two points behind Coquitlam and one ahead of third-place Delta, with a 14-4-0 record.
It was the Salmonbellies’ final home game of the regular season. They were to play in Delta on Wednesday before visiting Coquitlam today (Friday) and Burnaby on Sunday (7 p.m.).
Last Friday, the ’Bellies were in Nanaimo downing the Timbermen 11-6.
Kyle Dobbie racked up four goals and an assist against the T-men with Kegan Bal and Brandon Goodwin notching two goals and an assist each. Drew House scored once and added four assists while Doucet had a goal and three helpers. Justin Goodwin also scored for the Salmonbellies.