Bellies Best Struggling Burrards

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Maple Ridge Burrards (1-6) visited the New Westminster Salmonbellies (4-6) at the Queen’s Park Arena in Thursday night WLA action.

A feisty affair between two struggling teams saw the Salmonbellies come out on top 11-9.  The game was filled with penalties, with a total of 69 minutes assessed.  Mitch Jones (3g,2a), and Haiden Dickson (3g,2a) led the way for the Salmonbellies, while Dennon Armstrong (3g,4a), and Garrett Winter (1g,4a) answered for the Burrards.

The goalie match-up had Zach Higgins in net for New Westminster against Brandon Humphrey in net for Maple Ridge.

To The Game:

Will Clayton got the scoring started quickly for the Burrards converting a Ryan Jones pass at just 0:24 seconds in.  Jordan McBride answered for the Salmonbellies on the power play finishing off a Jason Jones pass at 2:15, followed by Brett Ginac scoring off a Justin Salt pass just 0:25 seconds later for a 2-1 ‘Bellies lead.

Maple Ridge came back with two goals of their own.  Mitch McDole converted a Dennon Armstrong pass at 3:23, then Garrett Winter scored just 0:23 seconds later to give the Burrards a 3-2 lead.  Drew Belgrave tied the game up again unassisted at 5:35, followed by Haiden Dickson scoring to give the Salmonbellies the lead once again at 9:58.

Although there were many more opportunities, the goaltending was very sharp.

After one period, New Westminster 4 Maple Ridge 3.

Second Period:

The Salmonbellies got the scoring going in this period when Tom Johnson scored unassisted on the power play at 2:36, opening a two goal lead.  The Burrards answered back with Dennon Armstrong converting a Garrett Winter pass at 7:53 on the power play, followed by Gabe Procyk scoring unassisted at 8:36 to again tie the game up. 

Dennon Armstrong scored his second of the period off a Will Clayton pass to give Maple Ridge the lead once again, but Tony Malcom answered back unassisted at 10:10.

Again there were lots of opportunities, and lots of extra curricular activities leading to a parade to the penalty box.

Both goalies were sharp facing 36 shots in the period.

After two periods, New Westminster 6 Maple Ridge 6.

Third Period:

Mitch Jones opened up the scoring for the Salmonbellies on the power play off a Haiden Dickson pass at 3:05, but Dylan McIntosh, and Dennon Armstrong’s third of the game with an extra attacker on the foor, gave the Burrards the lead again. 

Mitch Jones scored the next two goals for New Westminster in this see-saw affair.   The first was off an Isaac Richmond pass at 8:12, followed by an unassisted goal with an extra attacker on the floor.  Haiden Dickson increased the lead to two goals with a blast off a Jones pass at 12:29.  Maple Ridge got within one on a Ryan Jones goal at 17:37, but Haiden Dickson scored with just 0:42 seconds left to seal the deal.

Final score, New Westminster 11 Maple Ridge 9.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 55-54 in favor of the Burrards.
  • The Salmonbellies scored twice on the power play, while Maple Ridge scored once.

Top Scorers:

Maple Ridge Burrards:

  • Dennon Armstrong 3g, 4a
  • Garrett Winter 1g, 4a
  • Ryan Jones 1g, 2a
  • Will Clayton 1g, 2a

New Westminster Salmonbellies:

  • Mitch Jones 3g, 2a
  • Haiden Dickson 3g, 2a
  • Jordan McBride 1g, 2a

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.