Adanacs eke out win over Okotoks in Minto Cup opener

The Coquitlam Adanacs spotted the Okotoks Raiders a 1-0 lead 30 seconds into their opening round game at the Minto Cup junior national lacrosse championship Friday, then never trailed again en route to an 11-9 win.

While the Adanacs dominated on the shot clock, 64-37, over the Rocky Mountain Junior A Lacrosse League champions, they were never able to open a lead of more than two goals, and four times the Raiders were able to battle back from deficits to tie the score.

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"It wasn't our best game," Coquitlam assistant coach Jason Bishop admitted. "We just want to learn from our experience and get better."

The Adanacs, who are defending Minto Cup champions, had a 5-4 lead at the end of the first period and they were up 9-8 after two periods.

Okotoks tied it seven minutes into the final frame before late goals 2:40 apart by Reid Bowering and Thomas Semple sealed the win for Coquitlam.

Semple finished the game with two goals and three assists, while his brother, Max, also had a five-point night — all of them assists. Haiden Dickson scored three times and was the Adanacs' player of the game.

Nate Faccin, the BC Junior A Lacrosse League’s goalie of the year, stopped 28 shots.

Coquitlam next faces the Ontario champions, Orangeville Northmen, Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. The Northmen handled the Victoria Shamrocks, 12-1, in Friday’s early game.

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