Salmonbellies Romp Lakers To Win Season Series

The Burnaby Lakers hosted the New Westminster Salmonbellies at Bill Copeland Arena Friday night in Week 4 of the WLA. Burnaby was looking to get back on track after a tough loss to Victoria last week. New Westminster was also coming off their first blemish on the season, albeit unexpectedly, to Maple Ridge. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they ran into a brick wall in the form of goaltender Neil Tyacke. Tyacke stopped 50 of 55 shots as the Salmonbellies romped Burnaby 15-5 to improve to 4-1 and win the season series against the Lakers.

Salmonbellies set the tone with big first period

Thomas Vela (1:30) got things started for Burnaby, but that’s all they would get in the period. Tyacke turned aside 17 of the 18 Lakers shots he faced, and New Westminster responded with six unanswered goals. Three from Ryan Martel (6:45; 8:12; 12:06 power play), a pair from Tyson Gibson (5:48; 11:38 power play), and one from Adam Dickson (15:31) put the Salmonbellies in front 6-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Sean Kriwokon (1:54 second period) made it 7-1 before Ben McDonald broke the run for Burnaby at the 6:54 mark. McDonald would net his second on a power play (13:46), sandwiched between a pair of Salmonbellies goals by Will Malcom (10:38; 14:03). Jake Govett (17:56) and Noah Lebar (18:49) added two more to give New Westminster a commanding 11-3 lead after two periods.

New West keeps pace with league-leading Victoria

In the middle part of the third period, the Lakers ran into penalty trouble, with the Salmonbellies taking full advantage. Consecutive power play goals from Dickson (6:50), Gibson (9:30), and Luke Pilcher (11:48) made it 14-3. Jacob Dunbar broke the six-goal run with his own power play goal at 13:36. Martel (17:48) would add his fourth goal of the night to close out the scoring for New Westminster. Dunbar added a second power play goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game for the 15-5 final.

Tyacke’s performance in net earned him 1st Star of the Game. Gibson (3g, 5a) was named 2nd Star, and Martel (4g, 2a) took home 3rd Star honors. The Salmonbellies hold second place behind 6-0 Victoria, but can catch the Shamrocks in the win column next week. They play Langley on Wednesday, then have a home-and-home with Nanaimo on Thursday and Sunday. The Lakers host Victoria next Friday, and will attempt to hand the Shamrocks their first loss of the season.

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“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 covers NLL, PLL, WLA, and Major Series Lacrosse for the network.