Coquitlam Adanacs rookie goalie Christian Del Bianco may be excused if he’s seeing rubber in his dreams.
The top pick in February’s Western Lacrosse Association draft faced 63 shots against the New Westminster Salmonbellies Thursday at Queen’s Park Arena, as the Adanacs lost their fourth straight game, 13-7.
In Del Bianco’s two games since he joined the Adanacs following his championship season with the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks, he’s faced 120 shots and allowed 23 goals.
The Salmonbellies’ barrage on Coquitlam’s net started early and never relented. New Westminster scored six times on 25 shots in the first period and built a 9-2 lead by the time the second period was five minutes old. And while the Adanacs managed to outscore the hosts 5-4 the rest of the way, it wasn’t enough.
Kevin Crowley had five points for the Salmonbellies, while Jordan McBride and Austin Shanks each had four-point nights.
Matt Delmonico led Coquitlam’s offence with two goals and an assist. Dean Fairall had three assists.
The week ahead could prove especially challenging for Del Bianco and the struggling Adanacs’ defence, which has allowed a league-high 49 goals in just four games. Coquitlam plays the undefeated Burnaby Lakers twice; Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, and again next Friday at Burnaby’s Copeland Arena.