Goaltenders shined in Salmonbellies’ win over Lakers

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The goaltenders shined as the New Westminster Salmonbellies downed the Burnaby Lakers 8-3 on Thursday night at Queen’s Park Arena.

Both goaltenders faced a combined 103 shots. Cam MacLeod picked up the win for New Westminster, stopping 47 of 50 shots in the win. Despite taking the loss, Keegen Melenychuk still was impressive with 45 saves off of 53 shots.

Kevin Crowley accounted for most of New Westminster’s offense. He potted five of the Salmonbellies’ eight goals and added an assist.

Salmonbellies jump out to a six-goal lead

There was only one goal in the first period. Ryan Martel scored for New Westminster with 6:20 left in the first. Not only would it give New Westminster a 1-0 lead, it also started a six-goal run for the Salmonbellies.

Both goaltenders shined in the first period of Melenychuk faced 19 shots and MacLeod stopped all 15 shots he faced.

Crowley scored 4:15 into the second period, followed by Haiden Dickson 33 seconds later. Crowley would score twice before the second was finished to make it 5-0. Dickson rounded out the run with 2:03 left in the second.

The Lakers finally broke the goose egg with 34 seconds left in the period off a goal from Erik Maas. Burnaby was held scoreless for 39:26.

Too big of a deficit for the Lakers to overcome

Burnaby scored 5:42 seconds into the third period to get within four goals. Butch La Roue found Brandon Luitwieler for the Laker’s second goal.

New Westminster stopped any momentum Burnaby may have had 6:35 into the period. Crowley scored his fourth goal and added another with 8:53 on the clock. The Salmonbellies held an 8-2 lead.

Jacob Dunbar rounded at the scoring with 8:05 left in the game to make the final 8-3.

Cam MacLeod gave his thoughts after the game:

Three Stars

  1. Kevin Crowley, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  2. Cam MacLeod, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  3. Keegen Melenychuk, Burnaby Lakers

Top Scorers

Burnaby Lakers

Jayden Reschny, 2a

Toron Eccleston, 2a

Brandon Luitweiler, 1g

Jacob Dunbar, 1g

Erik Maas, 1g

Butch La Roue, 1a

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Kevin Crowley, 5g 1a

Haiden Dickson, 2g 2a

Ryan Martel, 1g 1a

Anthony Malcom, 2a

Kai George, 2a

Justin Salt, 2a

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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.