New Westminster – The second day (August 18) of the 2013 Minto Cup featured another lopsided win for the Whitby Warriors and a redemption win for the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
The Warriors jumped on the score sheet early with a goal just 43 seconds into the game as they dominated the Okotoks Raiders from start to finish. It was a big second period for the Warriors that really solidified the win as they potted 9 goals in the middle frame alone.
The Raiders did manage to get 3 goals of their own in the second period, two of which came from their game MVP, Brett Baron. It wasn’t enough as the Raiders now fall to 0-2 in the tournament so far, as the Warriors took this one in a final score of 18-4.
It was another huge game for Dan Linter of the Warriors who had his second straight 5 goal night and currently leads the tournament in scoring with 12 points in just two games. The Warriors also received contribution from a variety of players in this one as Austin Shanks took home MVP honours with a goal and 3 assists.
This game also featured all four goaltenders with Raiders goalies Kanathonson Horn-David and Dylan Bachmeier facing a total of 66 shots. Horn-David faced 44 shots but only made 30 saves and Bachmeier faced another 22 shots in about 14 minutes of play allowing 4 goals.
On the other hand Warrior’s goalie Alexis Buque has been putting on a clinic in net with a goals against average of 4.39 and he has only allowed 8 goals in just 2 games. Warriors backup Josh Delves also did his job in about 10 minutes of play, making 2 saves on 3 shots.
It was a different story in game number two that featured the Coquitlam Adanacs and the New Westminster Salmonbellies. The late contest featured Vancouver Stealth owner Denise Watkins conducting the ceremonial face off before the game, which got off to a similar start as the Salmonbellies found the back of the net 45 seconds into the game. The first period stayed close as it was tied 2-2 after 20 minutes.
The second period was taken over by the Salmonbellies who scored 5 goals and took a 7-4 lead into the final frame. It was a big second period for the Salmonbellies game MVP Eli McLaughlin, as he collected 3 of his 5 points in the period.
With just 10 minutes left in the game the Salmonbellies led 9-4 and the Adanacs made a late push getting 3 goals late but it wasn’t enough. The Salmonbellies grabbed their first win of the tournament with a 9-7 victory that now puts both them and the Adanacs at 1-1 for the tournament.
Tyler Pace was a bright spot for the Adanacs scoring 2 goals and 2 assists and was awarded MVP honours.
With the Salmonbellies win over the Adanacs its very possible these two teams could faceoff again in the semi-finals of the tournament. If the Salmonbellies can beat the Raiders tomorrow the two local teams will most likely have to battle it out for a chance to go to the finals.
These two teams have had to play each other a lot recently as Coquitlam beat New Westminster earlier this month in a 5 game series for the Provincial Championship.
The Salmonbellies will look to secure their ticket to the semi-finals Monday night (August 19) at 5pm as they take on the Raiders who will be fighting to stay alive. The Adanacs will get their chance to rebound at 8pm but will be in tough, as they face as Warriors team that has yet to lose in the tournament so far.
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