Port Coquitlam lose twice on busy weekend

First the Port Coquitlam Saints were flopped, then they were felled.

The Saints lost consecutive BC Junior A Lacrosse League games over the long weekend, 8-6 Friday to the New Westminster Salmonbellies and 10-6 to the Nanaimo Timbermen on Saturday.

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The losses drop Port Coquitlam to sixth place in the league standings, with just a pair of wins and four points in eight games.

Playing their second game in less than 24 hours against the Timbermen, with a ferry ride in between, the Saints ran out of gas in Nanaimo as they gave up the last six goals of the game to squander a 6-4 advantage midway through the second period.

Port Coquitlam scored the first three goals of the game before Nanaimo answered with a pair of their own before the first intermission. Daylin Kellough then put the visitors up 4-2 just over three minutes after the break. The teams continued to exchange goals until Ryan Sheridan’s second goal of the game, sparked their run that included three unanswered goals in the third period.

Jacob Dunbar had two goals and an assist to lead the Saints scorers, while Kellough chipped in a pair. Calvin Hafner faced 49 shots in Port Coquitlam’s net, while his teammates fired 51 at Timbermen’s keeper Colin Jeffrey.

Friday at the PoCo Rec Centre, the Saints fought back to tie the Salmonbellies five times but ultimately couldn’t break free as a pair of third period goals by Tre Leclaire gave the visitors the win.

Dunbard and Jacob Patterson each had a goal and two assists to pace the Saints, while Junior B call—up Austin Wahl scored two goals. Hafner stopped 37 of the 45 shots he faced.

The Saints won’t play again until Friday, when they host the Delta Islanders, 8 p.m., at PoCo Rec.

The Coquitlam Adanacs, meanwhile, will try to keep their season-opening win streak alive when they host the Delta Islanders tonight at 8 p.m. at the Coquitlam Sport and Leisure Complex, and the Burnaby Lakers Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Adanacs have four wins in as many games, tied with the Victoria Shamrocks and the Timbermen for second place in the league standings. The Shamrocks have played three more games.

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