PoCo Saints thunderstruck by shorthanded goals

The Port Coquitlam Saints will be looking to get on a winning track, while the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs hope to carry on their winning ways when the two teams meet in their BC Junior A Lacrosse League game tonight at the PoCo Rec Centre.

The Saints opened their BCJALL season Friday with an 11-8 loss to the Langley Thunder.

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The Adanacs have yet to play, as they embark on defending their Minto Cup national championship.

Against the Thunder, the Saints surrendered four shorthanded goals, three of them on the same penalty to Langley’s Torin Van Rheenen in the second period.

Those blew open a tight 5-4 advantage for the visitors who had a 4-3 lead after the first period and an 11-6 margin heading into the game’s 20 minutes.

The Saints, who had seven Junior B players on their roster to fill gaps in their lineup, were led by Jacob Patterson’s five-point performance that was comprised of a goal and four assists.

Nathaniel Kozevnikov scored six times and added a helper to charge the Thunder’s offence, which fired 35 shots at Saints’ goalies Calvin Hafner and Kyle Mooney. Port Coquitlam peppered Langley goalie Torin Van Rheenen with 61 shots.

Game time tonight at the PoCo Rec Centre is 8 p.m.

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