Islanders down two games
The Delta Islanders are a game away from having their B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League season come to an end, after falling behind 2-0 to the New Westminster Salmonbellies in their best-of-five semifinal series.
The Islanders lost 15-11 Wednesday at Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster, and fell 15-8 Saturday in the Sungod Arena.
The Islanders tried to play catch-up for much of the first game, but in the rematch on their home floor played the Samonbellies even for 40 minutes before being outgunned in the third period.
In the first game, the Salmonbellies scored six times in the first 10 minutes of play, and had a 7-4 lead after one period. The advantage grew to 10-6 midway through the second frame until the home side attempted a comeback. Quinton Bradley, Jonathan Phillips and Tyler Nett tallied in a four-minute span to pull to within a goal.
New Westminster extended the lead again with one goal just before the second intermission and two more in the first 68 seconds of the third period.
Phillips led the Delta offense with three goals and three assists, while Evan Messenger added two goals and three helpers. Nett and Sam Klingsporn also had two goals, with Chase Fraser and Bradley adding singles.
The Salmonbellies outshot Delta 51-40.
In the second contest, Mike Henry and Messenger scored first period goals, each giving Delta a one-goal lead.
Messenger netted two quick goals to start the second period, giving Delta a 4-2 lead. But a within minute after Messenger’s third goal of the game, the Salmonbellies scored twice to knot the score at 4-4.
Sam Clare gave the Islands their final lead of the game, with his first of the playoffs six minutes into the second period. New Westminster replied with two scores and a 6-5 lead, before Connor Davidson answered for Delta sending the game into the third period deadlocked 6-6.
It was all New Westminster after that. The Salmonbellies netted scored the first nine goals of the session for a 15-6 lead before Cody Nass and Bromley of the Islanders close out the scoring.
The series resumes in New Westminster tonight, and should Delta extend the series, game four is Saturday back at the Sungod Arena at 7:30 p.m.