Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
The Coquitlam Adanacs were able to salvage a split in a home-and-home series against the Burnaby Lakers this weekend.
After a demoralizing 12-9 loss to the Lakers on Friday night in Burnaby, the Adanacs rebounded for an 11-9 win in Coquitlam on Saturday.
Christian Del Bianco once again saw a lot of rubber on Saturday night as he stopped 46 of 55 shots in the win. On the faceoff dot, Brett Beetow and Brandon Balewicz combined to win 17 of 23 draws for the Adanacs. It was a rough outing for Philip Buque as he won one of 12 draws for the Lakers.
Lakers jump out to an early lead
Looking to pull off another major upset and potentially sweep the Adanacs this weekend, the Lakers jumped out to an early lead in this one.
Matt Delmonico put Coquitlam on the board first at 3:29. However, goals by Ryan Martel and Mark Yingling put the Lakers up 2-1.
Adam Dickson scored at 14:05 to tie up the game, but Martel scored the go-ahead goal with 2:07 left to play in the first period.
The Lakers held a 3-2 lead heading into the first intermission.
Adanacs fight back
Special teams were the name of the game in the second period. The two teams combined for two shorthanded goal, three powerplay markers and one goal with an extra attacker.
Jacob Dowell scored for the Lakers on an individual effort 55 seconds into the period, while Burnaby was a man down to make the score 4-2.
Still on the power play at 2:19, Clark Walter scored for Coquitlam to get the Adanancs back within one. With Levi Anderson in the box for slashing, Saskatchewan product Zach Gould would score for the Lakers on the power play at 5:03 to restore Burnaby’s two-goal cushion.
Penalty troubles continued for the Adanacs when Delmonico was sent off at 5:43 for holding. Coquitlam was able to salvage a bad situation with Brett Draper scoring shorthanded at 6:52.
With it being a home-and-home series, there was no love lost between these two teams. At the 7:40 mark, Josh Kelly and Harrison Smith for the Lakers and Dylan Watson and John Hofseth for the Adanacs were sent to the box for roughing.
Once cooler heads prevailed, Delmonico scored for the Adanacs at 11:14 to tie up the game 5-5. Watson’s power-play goal at 15:39 would cap off a three-goal run for Coquitlam to give them the lead.
Martel would reply 52 seconds later for the Lakers and Pearson Willis would put one home with an extra attacker at 17:04 to give the Lakers a 7-6 lead.
Thirty seconds later, Dickson would make the score 7-7 heading into the final frame.
Four-goal third period gives the Adanacs the home-and-home split
Jackson Gillis would lead the charge for the Adanacs in the third period. He’d score at 1:02 and 3:11 to pull Coquitlam ahead 9-7.
Dylan Watson would extend the lead at 5:11 to complete a four-goal run that started in the second period for the Adanacs.
The Lakers tried to mount a comeback midway through the third. Connor Watson found the back of the net for Burnaby at 9:55 to make it 10-8. At 15:43, Mark Yingling got the Lakers back within one.
Luke Jaber added the insurance goal at 16:32 to give the Adanacs the 11-9 win and the home-and-home split.
- Dylan Watson, Coquitlam Adanacs
- Ryan Martel, Burnaby Lakers
- Adam Dickson, Coquitlam Adanacs
Dylan Watson, 2g 4a
Adam Dickson, 2g 3a
Matt Delmonico, 2g 3a
Ryan Martel, 3g 3a
Laszlo Henning, 3a
Connor Watson, 1g 2a
Mark Yingling, 2g 1a
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Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.