A weekend sweep for Islanders

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A pair of wins over two struggling opponents allowed the Delta Islanders to tighten their hold on third place in the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League.

The Islanders edged the Port Coquitlam Saints Friday night in Port Coquitlam, then topped the Burnaby Lakers 11-6 Saturday at the Sungod Arena in North Delta.

With nine games remaining on the schedule, the Islanders are at 8-4-0 (won-lost-tied), tied the with 7-1-0 New Westminster Salmonbellies for second place. The Salmonbellies have played three fewer games.

Against the 1-8-1 Saints, the Islanders outshot the home side in every period but trailed 4-2 after 20 minutes. Eli McLaughling and Brad Hofman tallied for Delta.

The Islanders blitzed Port Coquitlam for six goals in the second period, and took an 8-6 lead into the dressing room. Chase Fraser scored three times in a seven-minute span, and McLaughlin, Spencer Bromley and Sam Clare added singles.

Port Coquitlam pulled to within a goal three times in the final frame, but goals from Connor Davidson and Taylor Northway kept Delta in front.

The Islanders had an easier time of if Saturday at home, and again used a offensive outburst in the second period to put down the Lakers.

Evan Messenger had a pair of goals in the first period, which ended 2-2.

Burnaby took a brief 3-2 lead early in the second period, but seven minutes later trailed 6-3. McLaughin with three goals, Cody Nass with two, and Tyler Nett and Bromley with one each had the Islanders leading 9-5 after two periods.

McLaughlin with his fourth of the game and Jesse Worley with his first were the only goal scorers in the final 20 minutes.

Delta will visit the Salmonbellies tonight (Tuesday) in Queen’s Park Arena, hoping to defeat New Westminster for the second time this season. Next weekend, the Islanders host the 8-1-1 Coquitlam Adanacs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Sungod before visiting the 4-3-1 Victoria Shamrocks Sunday evening in the provincial capital.

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