Salmonbellies get back on winning track
Tyler Richards made 49 saves and Kevin Crowley and Jordan McBride each scored two goals as the New Westminster Salmonbellies defeated the Maple Ridge Burrards 8-5 at Queen's Park Arena on Thursday.
The victory evened the ’Bellies' Western Lacrosse Association record at 6-6 and put them into a third-place tie with Burnaby (5-5-2), although fifth-place Nanaimo (5-3-1) was just a point behind them with three games in hand. A showdown between the Salmonbellies and Lakers goes tonight (Friday) at Bill Copeland Arena.
Crowley also added three assists while McBride had two. Other Salmonbellies goal scorers were Mike Berekoff, Kyle Ross, Sean Robinson and Kevin Lunnie.
The Burrards outshot the ’Bellies 54-35, including 19-8 in the third period when New West was assessed four minor penalties, including two to Wade DeWolff with less than five minutes remaining. Maple Ridge didn't score on the double minor until only 64 seconds were left in the game.
Both teams scored two powerplay goals, although New West had just three opportunities while Maple Ridge had eight.
First-place Langley Thunder (8-4) visit Queen's Park Arena next Thursday (7:45 p.m.).