The Coquitlam Adanacs know one thing heading into their final regular season game of the BC Junior A Lacrosse League game tonight — they’re going to finish in first place.
But they don’t yet know who they’ll be facing in the league semifinals that begin next week.
One of their opponents could be the New Westminster Salmonbellies, tonight’s visitors to the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, at 7:30 p.m.
The Salmonbellies are currently in third place, two points head of the Nanaimo Timbermen and Langley Thunder. New West and Nanaimo each has two games left to play, while Langley has just one remaining, which just so happens to be against the Salmonbellies on Sunday.
Nanaimo, meanwhile, will close out its regular season with games against the Burnaby Lakers and Delta Islanders, both already eliminated from the playoff race.
Coquitlam has some self-interest to motivate them for their game against New West tonight, as a win would elevate the chances for the Timbermen to leapfrog into third place, and away as a possible opponent in the semifinals. Nanaimo is responsible for two the Adanacs’ four defeats this season.
Coquitlam heads into tonight’s game with momentum from an offensive barrage they unleashed upon the Lakers on Wednesday, when they defeated the hapless Burnaby side 17-3.
The Adanacs led 7-1 at the end of the first period and 15-2 heading into the third.
Robert Hofseth scored four goals and added four more assists, Colin Munro also had four goals and three assists while Philip Buque had a six-point night.
Coquitlam also outshot the visitors, 61-27.