Eduardo Curros – Field Correspondent, All Lacrosse All The Time
The Burnaby Lakers took on the Coquitlam Adanacs at the Poirier Sports Complex Saturday night. Burnaby was coming off a loss to New Westminster that eliminated them from playoff contention. Coquitlam is playing out the string, looking to next year. The Adanacs held off a late charge by Burnaby to get their second win of the season, 13-11.
Six goals in five-minute span puts Adanacs in front
Goals from Sam La Roue and Myles Moffat on a power play gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead to start the first period. However, five Adanacs players would score six goals in a span of just over five minutes to take the lead. Adam Noakes, Chase McIntyre, and two from Matthew Delmonico made it 4-2. Kieran McKay broke the run for Burnaby, but Steven Neufeld and Clark Walter extended Coquitlam’s lead to 6-3. McKay added his second goal to cut the Adanacs’ lead to 6-4 after one period.
The second period saw Burnaby get a power play goal from Trevayne Hunter and a score from Connor Goodwin. Clark Walter added his second in between the Laker goals, then ignited another four-goal run with a shorthanded marker. Brett Draper, Evan Downey, and Luke Jaber would follow Walter’s hat-trick goal to give Coquitlam an 11-6 edge going into the second intermission.
Adanacs hold off late Burnaby run for second win
Ethan Mlot cut the Lakers’ deficit to four to start the third period. Clark Walter scored his fourth goal to make it 12-7. Toron Eccleston scored twice to make it a three-goal game. Brett Draper pushed the Adanacs’ lead back to four before Sam LaRoue scored a shorthanded goal and Connor Watson scored a powerplay goal. But it was too little too late as the Coquitlam prevailed.
Clark Walter was given 1st Star of the Game with his four-goal performance. Nate Faccin earned 2nd Star, making 44 saves for the Adanacs. Brett Draper took home 3rd star with two goals for the game. Burnaby falls to 5-11 on the season; they finish with a home game against Nanaimo on Tuesday and a game at Langley on Wednesday. Coquitlam (2-14) hosts Victoria on Saturday, then travels to Maple Ridge Monday in the final game of the regular season.
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