Salmonbellies Force A Game 7

The New Westminster Salmonbellies picked up a 9-6 win over the Langley Thunder on Saturday night to force a Game 7 in the WLA Finals.

It will be winner-takes-all on Tuesday night at Queen’s Park Arena. Langley will be looking to win back-to-back WLA titles, while New Westminster is looking for their first championship since 2017.

Waiting in the wings are the MSL champion Six Nations Chiefs to take on the winner for the Mann Cup.

Zach Higgins had himself a night in the New Westminster goal. Langley outshot the Salmonbellies 52-41 but Higgins turned away 46 shots for the win.

Salmonbellies Jump Out To Huge League

New Westminster jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. Higgin stopped all 13 shots he faced in the first.

Kevin Crowley opened the scoring for the Salmonbellies 5:30 into the game. Keegan Bal would then make it 2-0 at the 7:09 mark.

Ryan Martel rounded out the scoring at 10:36 to give New Westminster a three-goal lead.

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Langley Inches Closer In The Second

Crowley once again opened the second period scoring to round out a four-goal run for the Salmonbellies.

After going scoreless for 22:24, Curtis Dickson got Langley on the board. Dane Dobbie followed that up at 6:59 as the Thunder trailed 4-2.

Haiden Dickson restored New Westminster’s three-goal cushion on the power play at 9:50. However, Chase Scanlan answered back 1:04 later.

Robert Church rounded out the second-period scoring with 1:12 left as New Westminster led 5-4 heading into the final frame.

New Westminster Holds On To Force A Game 7

The Salmonbellies and Thunder exchanged goals to open the third period. Keegan Bal got on the board 3:41 into the third. Church followed that up 3:17 later to make it 6-5 for the ‘Bellies.

New Westminster started to put the game out of reach late in the third. Will Malcom continued to strong playoff push with a goal with 8:06 on the clock. Martel then made it 8-5 for New Westminster with 6:30 left in the game.

With the goalie pulled for the extra attacker, Dobbie was able to get a goal back for Langley with 2:54 on the clock. Drew Belgrave scored an unassisted marker with 1:18 to play as New Westminster forced a Game 7 with a 9-6 victory.

Three Stars

  1. Zach Higgins, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  2. Mitch Jones, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  3. Curtis Dickson, Langley Thunder

Top Scorers

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Mitch Jones, 4a

Keegan Bal, 2g 2a

Kevin Crowley, 2g 1a

Langley Thunder

Curtis Dickson, 1g 3a

Robert Church, 2g 1a

Dane Dobbie, 2g 1a

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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.