Keegan Bal scored five goals and added five assists to help the New Westminster Salmonbellies rout the Coquitlam Adanacs 14-5 on Tuesday night.
Not far behind, Kevin Crowley picked up a hat trick and had three assists for six points for New Westminster. Between the pipes, Zach Higgins got the start and stopped 44 of 49 shots for the win.
Coquitlam actually held a 2-1 lead early in this game, but the Salmonbellies pulled away with an eight-goal run between the first and second periods.
The win keeps the Salmonbellies in contention for first place in the WLA at 9-2. They are trailing the first-place Langley Thunder at 9-1. Meanwhile, the Adanacs sit at the bottom of the standing with a 1-9 record.
First Period Action
Both teams could not find the back of the net until 7:41 into the first period. Crowley scored to give New Westminster the early lead.
Two of the Adanac’s NLL veterans Matthew Delmonico and Clark Walter scored midway through the first to give Coquitlam a 2-1 lead.
New Westminster rounded out the first-period scoring with two goals from Bal and a marker from Crowley. New Westminster led 4-2 at the break as the Salmonbillies their eight-goal run.
Salmonbellies Break Open The Game
Crowley scored 38 seconds into the second period as New Westminster would score five straight goals to start the period.
Also scoring during the run was Bal with two, Jordan McBride and Haiden Dickson.
Delmonico got Coquitlam back on the board with 9:34 left on the clock but the Adanacs still trailed 9-3.
Dickson, Jacob Doucet, and Noah Armitage rounded out the second-period scoring, It ended the night for Coquitlam goaltender Nate Faccin. He was replaced by Andrew Gallant in the third period with New Westminster leading 12-3.
Salmonbellies cruise to victory
The Salmonbellies scored a pair of power-play goals to open the third period. Bal found the back of the net 37 seconds into the final frame. McBride followed that up with 8:49 on the clock to put the Salmonbellies up by 11.
Gallant would settle down in the Adanacs’ goal as those would be the only two goals he would allow.
Luke Jaber and Chase McIntyre scored late goals for Coquitlam to end the game 14-5.
- Keegan Bal, New Westminster Salmonbellies
- Zach Higgins, New Westminster Salmonbellies
- Kevin Crowley, New Westminster Salmonbellies
New Westminster Salmonbellies
Keegan Bal, 5g 5a
Will Malcom, 7a
Kevin Crowley, 3g 3a
Matthew Delmonico, 2g 2a
Clark Walter, 1g 2a
Chase McIntyre, 1g 1a
Luke Jaber, 1g 1a