The Burnaby Lakers entered Week 8 in sixth place in the standings. However, they were far from out of the playoff picture, despite their 2-9 record. Working in their favor this week was an odd schedule quirk: two home games in four days against last place Coquitlam. The Adanacs gave Burnaby all they could handle, but the Lakers eked out a pair of one-goal victories. Those wins moved them to 4-9 on the season, allowing them to leapfrog Maple Ridge for 5th place. They are now two games back of Victoria for 4th place (and a playoff spot) with five games to play.
Coquitlam @ Burnaby – Bill Copeland Arena – Tuesday 7/11
Burnaby held a 3-2 lead after one period, then matched Coquitlam goal for goal the rest of the way in a 9-8 victory. Ty Ewen scored the game-winning goal for the Lakers with just 22 seconds left in the third period. Jacob Dunbar (3g, 1a) of Burnaby was named 1st Star of the Game. Matt Delmonico (2g, 2a) earned 2nd Star honors for Coquitlam. Lakers goaltender Keegen Melenychuk took home 3rd Star honors, making 39 saves in the win. The Adanacs outshot Burnaby 47-40. Keegan Bell, who came to Coquitlam in the Christian Del Bianco trade, had two goals on the night.
Coquitlam @ Burnaby – Bill Copeland Arena – Friday 7/14
The Adanacs returned to the Swamp Friday night looking for a split. Once again, Coquitlam outshot Burnaby 50-49. However, the Lakers still led 5-4 after two periods. Goalie Keegen Melenychuk would shut the door a second time on the Adanacs, making 16 saves in a scoreless third period and 46 saves overall in the 5-4 victory. He would earn 1st Star of the Game honors for his efforts. Jordan Roberts, another player involved in the Christian Del Bianco trade, earned 2nd Star honors for Coquitlam with two goals. Connor Watson (1g, 1a) was named 3rd Star. Adam Noakes and Matt Delmonico also scored for the Adanacs. Burnaby got markers from Ty Ewen, Jacob Dunbar, Toron Eccleston, and Trevayne Hunter in the low-scoring affair.
Coquitlam falls to 1-12 on the season. They host Victoria Saturday night, then host Langley next Tuesday. The Lakers play at Maple Ridge next Tuesday, then return to the Swamp on Friday against New Westminster. Next Saturday, they travel to Coquitlam for their series finale against the Adanacs.
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“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 currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.