Adanacs headed to Minto Cup again

Adam Fulton scored three times, and Dylan Foulds added two more, to lead the Coquitlam Adanacs to an 11-6 win over the New Westminster Salmonbellies, and their second straight BC Junior A Lacrosse League championship, Sunday at Queen’s Park Arena in New West.

The Adanacs will now represent B.C. at the Minto Cup national championship that begins Aug. 16 in Calgary, Al.

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And they’ll be heading there with some momentum. The Adanacs won three straight games after trailing in their best-of-seven series against the Salmonbellies two games to one. The two losses the team suffered earlier equalled the total number of times the team was on the short end of score during the regular season.

But a decisive 12-5 win last Tuesday that tied the series seemed to turn the tide back in favour of the Adanacs. They never lost again and trailed only briefly early in Sunday’s game at Queen’s Park Arena when Will Malcolm and Erik Maas scored a minute apart for New West to erase a 1-0 lead for the visitors.

The Salmonbellies’ advantage lasted all of 23 seconds. That’s when Fulton scored shorthanded on a set up from Foulds and Colin Munro to tie it. The Adanacs never looked back.

Coquitlam led 5-3 at the end of the first period, then added two more unanswered goals in the second period to make it 7-3 heading into the final frame, where they again outscored the hosts, 4-3.

The Adanacs fired 49 shots at New West keeper Erik Kratz while Coquitlam’s Christian Del Bianco stopped 32 of the 38 shots he faced.

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