Action packed weekend in the Arena Lacrosse League West…
The Shooting Eagles picked up a 15-11 Win over the Black Fish.
An Even Opening Half
The Black Fish (2-4) struck first when Ryan Jones and Evan Messenger set up Jon Phillips (2g, 3a) on a man-up marker at the 12:45 mark.
The Shootings Eagles (2-4) took the hit and responded off a pair of Ryan Martel (3g, 3a) tallies, the first at 11:51 and Martel immediately responded just 1:04 later.
Phillips and Greg Lunde, acquired in a trade from the Eagles, set up Messenger (2g, 2a) on a short handed tally to knot it up, 2-2.
Lunde continued to be playmaker off a Chase McIntyre (1g, 1a) advantage score.
With just 1 tick on the clock, Jake Foster (3g, 4a) kept the advantage goal parade running to end the opening quarter with a 3-3 battle.
To The Second
At 13:51, Dylan Laprade (2g, 2a) benefitted from a Coady Adamson (2a) set up with Dean Fairall (4g, 1a) joining the goal party to push it to a 5-3 Eagles lead.
Not to be pushed around, Isaac Bot (1g) followed just over a minute later by Jones and Messenger dealing a pretty passing play converted by Lunde (2g, 3a) that would close the entertaining half with the combatants deadlocked at 5-5
Things Would Change
The Shooting Eagles came out shooting and picked up four goals in just 2:48 supplied by, Foster, LaPrade, another from Foster, and Martel to get it a 9-5 lead.
Phillips squashed the run and it stayed 9-6 for four and a half minutes when Foster found Justin Digby (2g).
It took just :28 Declan Fitzpatrick (1g) to stretch it to 11-6.
Laszlo Henning (1g) and another last minute goal, this one from Lunde, ended the third quarter with an 11-8 Eagles advantage.
We Close it Out
Ryan Jones (2g, 3a) on the man-up with his first of two, got it to a two goal differential, 11-9.
Fairall on the advantage at 12:13 and at even strength at 8:34 got it 13-9.
Lunde set up Jones to cut it three.
Digby, followed by Fairall, both on the power play and Messenger ending the 15-11 contest with three advantage lamp lighters.
Shots were 62-48 for the Black Fish with Eagles netminder, Andrew Gallant garnering 50 saves and amassing a pair of helpers.
Matt Hiebert played 18:57 with Tori Van Rheenen stopping 9 of the 31 he faced in his 40:20.
Power Plays had the Eagles turning in a 4 for 7. The Black Fish posted a 5 of 11 with a short handed tally.
“We went and did a walkthrough and make sure our heads are in the right state of mind and happy and excited and wanting to come out with some positive energy and then that translated into guys going down and finishing checks and putting effort in and the forecheck was finally there and the extra pass on offence came back and communicating on defence,” explained coach Adam Smith.
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