Christian Del Bianco made 53 saves and earned the game’s second star, but it still wasn’t enough to help his Coquitlam Adanacs secure their first victory of their Western Lacrosse Association season Saturday.
But he did get his team to overtime, where they dropped a 10-9 decision to the Burnaby Lakers, who went into the game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex with the best record in the league.
After both teams scored two goals in the first period, the Lakers and Adanacs exchanged the lead several times in the middle frame before a pair of goals by Coquitlam’s Parker Kump in the last two minues sent them into the dressing room up, 8-7.
Burnaby’s Brodie Gillespie made quick work of that, by tying the game again 11 seconds after the break. Pearson Willis then put the Lakers back in front 11:25 into the period.
But Matt Delmonico gave the Adanacs renewed hope of achieving their first win in five games when he converted a set-up by Carter Dickson and Krump with 5:42 left in regulation time. The goal also extended his scoring streak to five games.
The overtime was the league’s first with its new sudden death format in which each team plays with just three players on the floor, plus goalies. But the Lakers were able to add a fourth player when Coquitlam’s Jaeden Gastaldo was penalized for an illegal cross check just as regulation time had expired.
Tyler Digby’s winning goal for the Lakers came just as Gastaldo’s two-minute penalty expired.
The win was a big bounce back for Burnaby, which had lost its first game of the season the night before, 8-3, to the defending champion Maple Ridge Burrards.
A 9-5 win by the Burrards over Victoria on Sunday means Maple Ridge and Burnaby are tied atop the WLA standings with five wins and a loss each.
Coquitlam will try again for its first win on Friday, when they play the Lakers in Burnaby. They’ll then host the Langley Thunder on Saturday, 7 p.m., at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.