PoCo Saints still looking for a win

The Port Coquitlam Saints go into tonight’s BC Junior A Lacrosse League game against the Burnaby Lakers still looking for their first win.

The Saints dropped their third game in a row , 8-6 to the Victoria Shamrocks, Saturday in Victoria.

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PoCo had a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period and a 4-3 advantage late in the middle frame but were undone when they gave up three straight goals in just over four minutes that put Victoria up 6-4.

A shorthanded goal by Daylin Kellough with two seconds remaining in the period got the Saints back to within a goal, but the Shamrocks outscored the visitors 2-1 in the third period to lock down their first win of the season.

Calvin Hafner stopped 45 of 53 shots he faced in the Saints’ net, while his teammates fired 42 shots at Victoria’s Cameron Dunkerley.

The Shamrocks’ celebration was shortlived though, as they surrendered five straight goals in the third period to fall 12-9 to the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs, Sunday at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex.

Heading into the final frame tied 7-7, the visitors bolted in front when Patrick Dodds scored on a power play just 46 seconds in. Ben Preston then expanded their lead to 9-7 when he beat Adanacs’ keeper Nate Facin a little less than six minutes into the frame.

The score stayed that way until Anthony Buono scored unassisted with 5:46 left on the clock to spark a five-goal outburst by the Adanacs that included a pair of goals by Jr. B call-ups Adam Noakes and Beau Chetner. The latter turned out to be the game winner, as Ethan Ticehurst and Dennon Armstrong followed with insurance goals.

Armstrong’s goal was his fifth of the game, along with three assists. Ticehust chipped in four points, as did Matthew Smigel, another Jr. B call-up. Facin stopped 40 of the 49 shots he faced in Coquitlam’s net.

The Adanacs’ win was their second in as many starts, but they don’t play again until next Monday, when they face the Lakers in Burnaby, followed by a game against the New Westminster Salmonbellies in New West next Tuesday.


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