Isles lose two to leaders, remain in third place

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After losing twice to the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League’s top two teams, the Delta Islanders tightened their hold on third place with a 12-8 win over the Victoria Shamrocks Sunday night on Vancouver Island.

The Islanders lost at home 15-10 to the first-place Coquitlam Adanacs Saturday night in the Sungod Arena, five days after falling to the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

Now at 9-6 (won-lost) with six games remaining, Delta is five points up on the Shamrocks and four back of New Westminster.

The Islanders outshot Coquitlam 47-38 in Saturday’s clash, but the Adanacs stretched an early lead to three goals by the first intermission and were never threatened. Coquitlam led 5-2 after one period and were up 12-6 after two.

Shawn Richardson, Eli McLaughlin, Evan Messenger and Jonathan Phillips each netted a pair for Delta, with Cody Nass and Tyler Nett adding a goal each.

Nett, Nass and McLaughlin collected four assists each.

Sunday in Victoria, the Islanders fell behind 6-2 early in the second period then outscored the home side 10-3 over the final 32 minutes for a come from behind win.

McLaughlin with a powerplay goal and Chase Fraser with three tallies tied the score at 6-6 after two periods. Mike Henry and Phillips gave Delta a short-lived 8-6 lead, one which was erased on a pair of Shamrocks goals in a 47-second span.

McLaughlin netted the winner with 11 minutes to go, then Phillips added two more to complete a hat trick and Taylor Northway closed out the scoring in the final minute of play. Nett and Messenger were the goal scorers in the first period.

The Islanders were in Coquitlam to face the Adanacs last night, then will host New Westminster Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Sungod Arena.

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