Adanacs Keep Burrards From Sweeping Week 7 Slate

The Coquitlam Adanacs traveled to Planet Ice – Cam Neely Arena for their third meeting with the Maple Ridge Burrards on Sunday night. Both teams were playing their third game of a busy Week 7. Coquitlam was looking to right the ship, as they were 0-3-1 in their previous four games, including two losses to Maple Ridge. Conversely, the Burrards were on a roll, having won their last three games to even their record at 6-6 and move up to second place behind Victoria in the standings. Both goaltenders were outstanding, but the Adanacs triumphed 6-3 to improve to 5-7-1, good for fourth place in the standings. The loss kept Maple Ridge from sweeping all three of their Week 7 games; they fall below .500 again at 6-7, but remain in second place.

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Adanacs stay one step ahead of Maple Ridge

Brian Gillis opened the scoring for Coquitlam at 1:07 of the first period. Trevor Funk (7:03) equalized for the Burrards. Kean Moon scored on a power play (18:35) to put the Adanacs back in front 2-1 after the first period. Dylan McIntosh (2:21) pulled Maple Ridge even once again to start the second period. However, a power play goal from Chase McIntyre (11:08) and a goal from Riley Isaacs (15:48) gave Coquitlam a two-goal cushion. Garret Winter (17:43) halved the deficit before Gillis scored his second goal of the game (18:27) to put the Adanacs up 5-3 entering the third period.

Can Coquitlam hold on to a playoff spot?

John Hofseth (6:05) scored the only goal of the third period to secure the 6-3 win for the Adanacs. Goaltender Andrew Gallant was named 1st Star of the Game, making 48 saves on 51 Maple Ridge shots. Hofseth (1g, 3a) was named 3rd Star for Coquitlam. Burrards goaltender Brandon Humphrey (39 saves on 45 Adanacs shots) earned 2nd Star honors.

The Adanacs have five games remaining, but the road to the playoffs won’t be easy for them. Four wins are needed to guarantee a winning record on the season. Remaining home opponents include Langley in Week 8, New Westminster in Week 9, and Burnaby in Week 10. Coquitlam also plays at Victoria in Week 9 and at New Westminster in Week 10.

Maple Ridge has also now played 13 games, but have a little more flexibility than Coquitlam does when it comes to playoff hopes. The Burrards host Burnaby Tuesday night in Week 8, then have Week 9 off. In Week 10, they play at Burnaby and at Nanaimo, then host New Westminster and Nanaimo in Week 11. With four of their remaining five games against the bottom two teams in the league, they can likely secure a playoff spot even if they split those games.

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and covers NLL, PLL, WLA, and Major Series Lacrosse for the network.