New Westminster – Day three of the Minto Cup was filled with scoring and some rough stuff as temperatures boiled over. The Whitby Warriors stayed perfect through the round robin and the New Westminster Salmonbellies had a close win over the Okotoks Raiders.
The final score of the game between the Salmonbellies and the Okotoks doesn’t tell the whole story, as the teams were close throughout the first and second period.
In the first period the Salmonbellies got off to a perfect start scoring 4 goals in the first 10 minutes of the period. The Salmonbellies MVP of the game Nathan Stewart did most of his work in the first, scoring 3 times and assisting on another.
Stewart finished the game with 5 goals and 2 assists but wasn’t the only Salmonbellie earning big numbers, as Anthony Malcolm also put on a show adding 7 assists for his team.
The Raiders never gave up in this due or die game, they were down 4-0 early in the first but they battled back to make it 6-4 heading into the second period. In the second period the teams remained close scoring 3 goals apiece, but the Salmonbellies pulled well ahead in the third.
The Salmonbellies outscored the Raiders 7-2 in the third as they put an end to the Raiders hopes of making the next round. The 16-9 victory for the Salmonbellies means they will move on to face the Coquitlam Adanacs in the semi-finals.
As for the Raiders their tournament comes to an end and will have to wait another year to try and give Alberta its first Minto Cup title. Matthew Kristiansen took home the MVP in the Raiders final game scoring a goal and 3 assists.
In game two of the night the Adanacs came out of the gate firing and were leading through the first half of the opening period. Tyler Garrison of the Adanacs and also a current member of the Stealth had a beautiful individual effort goal 29 seconds into the game. Reid Reinholdt who was named MVP for the Adanacs also potted two quick goals to give them an early advantage.
The Adanacs were up 3-1 in the first but the second half of the period belonged to the Warriors who scored 4 unanswered goals to make it 5-3 through 20 minutes. The Warriors dominated the rest of the way scoring 7 goals in the second period, as the lead was too much for the Adanacs to make up.
The Warriors won the game 12-7 as Curtis Knight stepped up for the Warriors scoring 4 goals and 3 assists. He also took home MVP honours and is now tied with Dan Lintner for the points lead with 13, as the Adanacs managed to hold the Warriors top scorer to only one assist.
In the final minutes of the game things heated up as both teams lost their cool resulting in a number of different fights. The two teams tallied nearly 90 minutes worth of penalties in the final two minutes alone.
It’s not clear how these penalties will affect tomorrow’s semi-final game, but one things for sure if the Adanacs and Warriors face off in the final series it could get out of control.
Tomorrow’s semi-final game is set for 8pm at Queens Park Arena between the Coquitlam Adanacs and the New Westminster Salmonbellies. It's a single knockout game to determine who will take on the Warriors in the best of 5 series final.
Tickets to the Minto Cup can be purchased at Queen’s Park Arena and for more information visit http://www.bcjunioralacrosse.com/mintocup2013.cfm