Burrards Hand Salmonbellies Their First Loss

The New Westminster Salmonbellies were handed their first loss of the season, dropping a 13-12 decision to the Maple Ridge Burrards on Sunday night in WLA action.

Dylan McIntosh had a hat trick for the Burrards including the game-winner with 3:18 left in the game. Tyson Gibson had four points including two goals that he scored late in the third period as the Salmonbellies’ comeback fell short.

New Westminster sits in a tie for second with six points with the Burnaby Lakers. The Salmonbellies are 3-1, while the Lakers are 3-2. The Victoria Shamrocks are now the only undefeated team at 5-0.

Neil Tyacke got the start for the Salmonbellies and was bombarded with 50 shots and made 37 saves. Brandon Humphrey continues his strong WLA season as he stopped 41 of 53 shots in the win.

Wild Momentum Swings In The First Period

New Westminster jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 3:59 of play. Will Malcom opened the scoring at 1:28. Ryan Martel followed that up 1:05 later to make it 2-0.

Luke Pilcher scored unassisted at 2:59 and Logan Schuss scored off a feed from Malcom one minute later to cap off the four-goal run.

Drew Andre got Maple Ridge on the board at the 4:56 mark as momentum shifted in the Burrards’ direction. New Westminster’s power play struggled as Kaden Doughty scored shorthanded at 6:55 and Isaac Ngyou scored a second shorthanded goal at 7:24 to make it a 4-3 ballgame.

Malcom up the Salmonbellies back up by two at the 12:07 mark. Ryan Jones replied back for the Burrards on the power play at 17:54 to get back within one.

The Salmonbellies made it 6-4 with 1:02 left in the period when Austin Ducommun buried a pass from Schuss. Carter Clark scored off a pass from Doughty with 56 seconds left for the Burrards, but New Westminster led 6-5 at the first break.

Burrards Pull Away

The Salmonbellies opened the second-period scoring with Logan Schuss finding the back of the net at 1:14. Schuss scored again on the power play at 5:57 to extend New Westminster’s lead to 8-5.

Maple Ridge battled back with a five-goal run that bled into the beginning of the third period. Rhys Porteous scored at 7:47 and added another marker at 16:49.

Mitchell Nolet scored off an Aidan Solomon feed at 17:31 to tie up the game. Maple Ridge took over the lead 9-8 at the end of the second period when Brett Kujala scored with 53 seconds left on the clock.

Salmonbellies Fall Short For Their First Loss

A late comeback in the third period wasn’t enough as New Westminster was handed their first loss. McIntosh scored on the power play at 7:52 to open the third period and round out a five-goal run by the Burrards.

Martel got New Westminister back on the board at the 9:55 mark. However, Maple Ridge replied with goals from Drew Andre at 11:52 and McIntosh on the power play at 13:17.

Malcom kept the Salmonbellies with striking distance when he scored at 14:37 as New Westminster trailed 12-10.

McIntosh scored his hat-trick goal at 16:42 in what would prove to be the game-winner.

New Westminster had a late push. Gibson scored with the extra attacker on the floor with 2:02 left in the period. He would strike again with the extra attacker with 40 seconds left on the clock. The Salmonbellies couldn’t find the equalizer as they took their first loss 13-12.

Top Scorers

Maple Ridge Burrards

Ryan Jones, 1g 5a

Rhys Porteous, 2g 2a

Dylan McIntosh, 3g 1a

Marcus Klarich, 4a

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Logan Schuss, 3g 3a

Austin Ducommun,1g 5a

Tyson Gibson, 2g 2a

Will Malcom, 3g 1a

Ryan Martel, 2g 2a

Three Stars

  1. Dylan McIntosh, Maple Ridge Burrards
  2. Logan Schuss, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  3. Ryan Jones, Maple Ridge Burrards

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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.