Two wins, one loss for Delta Islanders
Coming off a victory over the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League’s top team, the Delta Islanders continued their streak of strong play last week, winning two of three games.
Last Thursday, the Islanders – who now sit third in league standings with a record of 6-4 – earned a victory on the road, defeating the Langley Thunder 17-9. Two days later, they won again – this time on their home floor at Sungod Arena – with a 13-8 victory over the Victoria Shamrocks.
Delta’s only loss of the week – a 12-7 decision – came Sunday on Vancouver Island, in a rematch with the Shamrocks.
Thursday against Langley, the visiting Islanders jumped out to a quick lead, outscoring the Thunder 9-3 in the first period. The Islanders had the advantage in the second frame, too, tallying five more goals to take a 14-6 lead into the third. The final period changed nothing, as the teams each scored three times.
Chase Fraser led the Delta attack with a six-goal, three-assist night, while Cody Nass added three goals and four assists. Other Islanders to light the lamp included Alex Morghese and Spencer Bromley – who each had a pair – Taylor Northway, Jonathan Phillips, Reece Callies and Eli McLaughlin.
Goalkeeper Matt Keither made 23 saves to earn the victory.
Delta’s offence was in fine form Saturday against Victoria, too. The home team never trailed in the game, and led 5-2 after one period of play.
Nass was the offensive leader, with three goals and five assists, while McLaughlin had a four-goal night, while chipping in with an assist. The rest of the offence came from throughout the lineup, as Fraser, Callies, Evan Messenger, Sam Klingsporn, Brad Hofmann and Tyler Nett all scored.
Ryland Hood made 32 saves between the pipes for the victors.
Sunday in Victoria, the Shamrocks avenged the loss, on the strength of a second- and third-period offensive push.
Tied 3-3 after the first period, Victoria outscored Delta 9-4 over the final two frames to pick up the win.
Victoria’s Cole Pickup was the game’s top scorer with three goals and two helpers, while Fraser led the Delta attack with a hat trick. Messenger also had a two-goal performance.
The Islanders are in action Friday when they head to Port Coquitlam for a tilt against the Port Coquitlam Saints, who sit at the bottom of the league standings with a 1-7-1 record.
On Saturday, Delta hosts the Burnaby Lakers at Sungod Arena.