Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network
The New Westminster Salmonbellies picked up a 10-6 road win over the Maple Ridge Burrards on Tuesday night in a penalty-filled affair.
Both teams combined for 34 minutes in penalties. The Salmonbellies capitalized on three power-play opportunities and converted a shorthanded goal in the third period and killing off a two-man advantage for the Burrards. Meanwhile, Maple Ridge only scored once on the man-advantage.
Maple Ridge was able to keep this game close after a low-scoring first period, but the Salmonbellies’ offence broke out in the second frame to outscore their opponents 6-3.
Neil Tyacke picked up the win in goal for the ‘Bellies, stopping 31 of 37 shots. Brandon Humphrey faced a lot of rubber on the other side of the floor. He stopped 38 of 48 shots in the loss.
Low-scoring first period
Both teams came into this game struggling. The Burrards only had one win, while the Salmonbellies sit on the cusp of being eliminated from playoff contention. Even in this game, it took a while for both teams to get going.
Haiden Dickson got the ‘Bellies on the board first at 8:48. Brett Kujala, who has been a bright spot for the Burrards this year, replied at 10:01.
Jason Jones would round out the first period scoring at 13:22 to make the score 2-1 for New Westminster heading into the second.
Salmonbellies find their mojo
It didn’t take long for New Westminster to make a statement in the second period. Haiden Dickson scored his second of the game only six seconds into the period.
Rhys Blake would take a cross-checking penalty at 3:07. Fifteen seconds into the power play Jordan McBride would find the back of the net to cap off a three-goal run for the Salmonbellies that started in the first period.
Ryan Jones temporarily stopped the ‘Belllies’ momentum with a goal at 4:04 to make it 4-2 in favour of New Westminster.
It was short-lived as Jason Jones scored on the power play for the Salmonbellies. Fifty-one seconds later Mitch Jones would add to the tally to make it 6-2 for New Westminster.
Will Clayton stepped up to the plate for the Burrards, scoring back-to-back goals at 8:20 and 10:25 to keep Maple Ridge in the game.
The Salmonbellies came right back with Ethan Forgrave scoring at 14:35 and Colton Clark added a power-play marker 18 seconds later. New Westminster led 8-4 with one period left to play.
Salmonbellies hold on to win penalty-filled affair
The third period began scoreless as the Salmonbellies were able to kill off three straight penalties. With Jason Jones in the box for unsportsmanlike conduct, New Westminster extended their lead with a shorthanded goal from Haiden Dickson.
Garrett Winter replied for the Burrards to make the score 9-5. However, Forgrave scored with 2:26 left in the game to restore the five-goal cushion.
Dennon Armstrong rounded out the scoring in the penalty-filled affair with 12 seconds left in the game for the Burrards to make the final 10-6.
- Mitch Jones, New Westminster Salmonbellies
- Will Clayton, Maple Ridge Burrards
- Jimmy McBride, New Westminster Salmonbellies
New Westminster Salmonbellies
Haiden Dickson, 3g 3a
Mitch Jones, 1g 4a
Jordan McBride, 1g 3a
Colton Clark, 1g 3a
Maple Ridge Burrards
Will Clayton, 2g 3a
Brett Kujala, 1g 2a
Ryan Jones, 1g 2a
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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.