Burrards Down Bellies To Tighten WLA Standings

The Maple Ridge Burrards tightened up the WLA standings with a 10-6 win over the New Westminster Salmonbeillies on Thursday night.

The win pulls the Burrards into a tie for second place with the Salmonbellies with five wins a piece. However, New Westminster has a game in hand.

Brandon Humphrey was the story of the game. The Salmonbellies bombarded the Maple Ridge net with 54 shots, but Humphrey turned aside 48 shots. He also helped Maple Ridge come back from a 6-4 deficit heading into the third period. Humphrey stopped all 22 shots he faced, while the Burrards found the back of the net six times.

Nash Moog had a big game for the Burrards on the faceoff dot, winning 11 of 16 draws.

Justin Geddie got the start of New Westminster in goal and stopped 35 of 44 shots in the loss.

Slow Start For The Burrards

Maple Ridge got off to a slow start to this game. Austin Ducommun opened the scoring 1:03 into the game to give New Westminster the early lead. Maple Ridge fought back with Drew Andre burying a feed from Marcus Klarich at 8:16 to tie it up.

The Salmonbellies finished off the first period with a three-goal run. Jake Govett scored at 9:02 followed by Tyson Gibson’s goal at 15:47 to make it 3-1.

Will Malcom rounded out the scoring on the power play with 1:50 on the clock to give New Westminster a 4-1 lead heading into the second period.

Maple Ridge Chips Away At New Westminster’s Lead

The Burrards got back within striking distance early in the second period. Klarich scored unassisted 39 seconds into the second. Anthony Kalinich made it a 4-3 game at the 5:59 mark.

Malcom got the Salmonbellies back on the board at 7:07 as the two teams exchanged goals. Rhys Porteous scored for the Burrards at 11:28 to make it 5-4 for the Salmonbellies.

Malcom rounded out the second period scoring on the power play at 13:18 as New Westminster held a 6-4 lead heading into the final frame.

Burrards Complete Third-Period Comeback

Maple Ridge dominated the third period to complete the comeback. Klarich scored his second of the night 1:26 into the third. Dylan McIntosh scored at 4:15 to tie the game up 6-6.

The Burrards didn’t let up. McIntosh struck again at 6:22 to give the Burrards their first lead of the game. Porteous scored on the power play at 10:52.

Ryan Jones scored unassisted at 13:32 to make it 9-6. Peytin Wallace potted an empty-netter with 51 seconds left in the game to make it 10-6 to tighten up the WLA standings.

Top Scorers

Maple Ridge Burrards

Marcus Klarich, 2g 4a

Ryan Jones, 1g 2a

Drew Andre, 1g 1a

Rhys Porteous, 2g

Dylan McIntosh, 2g

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Will Malcom, 3g 1a

Jake Govett, 1g 3a

Tyson Gibson, 1g 2a

Three Stars

  1. Brandon Humphrey, Maple Ridge Burrards
  2. Marcus Klarich, Maple Ridge Burrards
  3. Will Malcom, New Westminster Salmonbellies

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

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.