Coquitlam Outlasts Burnaby In OT

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

The Burnaby Lakers (0-1) visited the Coquitlam Adanacs (1-0) in Saturday night WLA action at the Coquitlam Sports Centre.

The Burnaby Lakers got out to a quick start, and looked to ride it all the way to victory, but a strong push by Coquitlam on the last five minutes of the third sent the game to overtime.  In OT Joseph Hofseth was the hero for the hometown Adanacs, sending the fans home with a 14-13 victory.

To the game:

Burnaby got on the board quickly with Ryan Martel (2g,5a) converting a Phillip Buque pass at just 0:22 seconds.  Clark Walter (2g,1a) tied the game up when he finished a Matt Delmonico pass at 5:14.

The Lakers stormed back with three quick goals.  Lazslo Henning (2g,2a) converted a Ryan Martel pass at 5:49, followed by Mark Yingling (2g,1a) also converting a Ryan Martel pass just 0:43 seconds later. 

Things got chippy when Josh Poponick and Connor Watson squared off in a tilt.  The fight yielded both men fighting majors, and unsportsmanlike misconducts.

Lazslo Henning continued the scoring for the Lakers, this time on a power play, with his second of the game also assisted by Martel at 8:19.

The Adanacs came back when John Hofseth (7g,1a) scored off a Vinny Ricci pass at 9:41, followed by Aiden Guld (1g,0a) converting an Evan Downey pass at 12:36. 

Not to be outdone, the Lakers again put together a three goal run to end the period.   Phillip Buque (2g,1a) scored on a feed from Toron Eccleston at 13:10, followed by Eccleston (3g,3a) himself scoring at 14:41, then Ryan Martel finishing a Brandon Luitwieler pass at 16:46.

After a wild first period, Burnaby 7 Coquitlam 3.

Second Period:

Coquitlam started the second Period on a mission, getting three quick goals.  John Hofseth converted a Vinny Ricci pass on the power play at 0:27 seconds, followed by Ricci (1g,4a) himself scoring off a Quinn Ingalis pass at 1:59.  John Hofseth scored again off a Vinny Ricci pass on the power play at 2:44, and it was just a one goal game 7-6.

Burnaby got on the board when Connor Watson (2g,2a) scored unassisted on the power play, followed by Mark Yingling with his second of the game off a Pearson Willis pass at 8:37.  Josh Poponick (1g,0a) answered back for Coquitlam unassisted, but Toron Eccleston then scored his second of the game to restore the three goal lead for Burnaby at 9:41.

Although the play was frantic, both Christian Del Bianco (Adanacs Goalie) and Zak Boychuk (Lakers Goalie) stood tall in net.

After two periods, Burnaby 10 Coquitlam 7.

Third Quarter:

The Adanacs brought the game within one with two goals from Thomas Semple (2g,2a).  The first was off a John Hofseth pass at 5:24, then completing an Adam Dickson pass at 5:48.  Toron Eccleston and John Hofseth exchanged goals, and then with two more from Burnaby, the Lakers looked to have the game well in hand 13-10.

Coquitlam made a big push with only five minutes left.  First, Clark Walter converted a Vinny Ricci pass at 15:24, followed by John Hofseth beating Boychuk off a Quinn Ingalis pass at 18:24.  Hofseth scored again just 0:19 seconds later unassisted, sending this game to overtime.

After regulation, Burnaby 13 Coquitlam 13.


Just 0:28 seconds into the extra period Hofseth completed his natural hat-trick (and his seventh of the game) when he converted a Clark Walter pass to give the Adanacs the come from behind victory.

Final score, Coquitlam 14 Burnaby 13.

Three Stars:

  • First Star………John Hofseth
  • Second Star….Vinny Ricci
  • Third Star……..Toron Eccleston

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 53-52 in favor of Coquitlam.
  • Faceoffs were even at 15-15.
  • Burnaby were able to score three power play goals, while Coquitlam got two.

Top Scorers:

Coquitlam Adanacs:

  • John Hofseth 7g, 1a
  • Vinny Ricci 1g, 4a
  • Thomas Semple 2g,2a

Burnaby Lakers:

  • Ryan Martel 2g, 5a
  • Toron Eccleston 3g, 3a
  • Lazslo Henning 2g, 2a
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.