The Coquitlam Adanacs hosted the New Westminster Salmonbellies at the Poirier Sports Complex Saturday night in a Week 4 WLA showdown. New Westminster’s hot start to the season has them well on their way to forgetting last year’s underwhelming campaign. Meanwhile, Coquitlam has yet to win a game this season, and will have to wait another week as the Salmonbellies triumphed 11-8 to improve to 5-1 on the year and remain tied with Langley for first place.
Coquitlam relinquishes early lead
Haiden Dickson opened the scoring for New Westminster just 22 seconds into the game. Goals form Matt Delmonico (7:00) and Jalen Chaster (8:10) put Coquitlam on top 2-1, albeit briefly. Noah Armitage tied it at 9:58, then put the Salmonbellies ahead with a power play goal at 16:12. Unfortunately for Coquitlam, they would spend the rest of the game chasing New Westminster.
Dickson struck again 48 seconds into the second period, then Ryan Martel (4:45) extended New West’s lead to three. Clark Walter (6:03) scored for Coquitlam to break the four-goal run. The Salmonbellies responded with a hat-trick marker from Armitage (6:22) and Martel’s second (9:27) to make it 7-3. Brett McIntyre (10:14) cut the lead to 7-4, but Dickson scored his hat-trick goal 35 seconds later. Walter’s second (15:00) kept the margin at three heading into the third period.
Salmonbellies keep Coquitlam at bay (and winless)
The Adanacs’ run continued into the third period, with Adam Noakes (1:22) and Walter’s hat-trick goal (4:14) narrowing the margin to 8-7. Jimmy McBride (8:55) gave New Westminster some breathing room, but Chase McIntrye (11:34) made it a one-goal game again. However, Coquitlam could not find the magic equalizer. McBride answered with his second goal 20 seconds later, and Dickson’s fourth of the game (13:36) closed the scoring.
Dickson (4g, 2a) was named 1st Star of the Game. Walter (3g, 2a) was named 2nd Star, and Martel (2g, 3a) took home 3rd Star honors. New Westminster outshot Coquitlam 52-41. Salmonbellies goaltender Neil Tyacke made 33 saves, improving to 4-0 in his starts this season. Nate Faccin made 41 saves in a losing effort for the Adanacs. Coquitlam falls to 0-6 this year; they host Langley on Tuesday, then travel to Maple Ridge next Sunday. The Salmonbellies host Burnaby on Thursday, then travel to Victoria Friday for a key matchup against the Shamrocks.
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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.