The Maple Ridge Burrards and Coquitlam Adanacs kicked off Week 5 of the WLA by playing a rare home-and-home series in a span of three days. Maple Ridge was looking to keep pace with Victoria in the race for the final playoff spot. Coquitlam were still in search of their first win after starting the season 0-7. Both teams would accomplish their goal to some degree, as they split the doubleheader, with each home team prevailing.
Coquitlam @ Maple Ridge – Cam Neely Arena – Sunday 6/25
The Adanacs held a 3-2 lead after one period, but Maple Ridge outscored them 6-0 in the second period, winning 8-4. Burrards forward Garret Winter (2g, 2a) was named 1st Star of the Game. Vinny Ricci (1g) took home 2nd Star honors for Coquitlam, with Connor Whyte (2g, 1a) earning 3rd Star for Maple Ridge. Shots were 44-42 in favor of the Burrards, and Brandon Humphrey made 38 saves in the win. The game got chippy near the end of the third period, with Reid Reinholdt of the Adanacs fighting Mitch McDole of the Burrards. Both players were assessed 20 minutes in penalties following the fracas.
Maple Ridge @ Coquitlam – Poirier Sports Complex – Tuesday 6/27
These teams would meet again in Coquitlam two nights later. The Adanacs led 8-6 after two periods, but the Burrards forced overtime by scoring with just one second left in regulation time. However, Matt Delmonico scored 2:04 into the extra frame to give Coquitlam an 11-10 win, their first of the season.
The Adanacs swept the 3 Stars of the Game, with Clark Walter (3g, 3a) and Brett McIntyre (3g, 3a) being named 1st and 2nd Star, respectively. Luke Jaber (2g) earned 3rd Star honors. Andrew Gallant made 35 saves in the win. Will Clayton had two goals (including the one that forced overtime) and three assists for Maple Ridge. Other standouts for the Burrards were Brett Kujala (2g) and Ryan Jones (1g, 7a). Brandon Humphrey once again made 38 saves, albeit in a losing effort this time.
Maple Ridge is now 3-6-1; they remain a game and a half behind Victoria for fourth place in the standings. They are off until Sunday July 9 when they host Langley. Coquitlam (1-8) hosts New Westminster on Tuesday July 4, then travels to Nanaimo on Saturday July 8.
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