NEW WESTMINSTER — You’d be hard pressed to find the last time the Coquitlam junior Adanacs dropped three consecutive games.
For the first time since 2010 — the lone year they won it all — the Coquitlam Adanacs will not be competing for Canada’s most coveted junior lacrosse prize, as the A’s were bounced from the Minto Cup Tuesday night after falling 11-7 to the host New Westminster Salmonbellies.
The win catapulted the Salmonbellies into a best-of-five final against Whitby for the national junior championship.
The loss was Coquitlam’s third in as many days, and came on the heels of a 9-7 defeat to the Bellies Sunday, and a 12-7 setback to Whitby on Monday.
That the Adanacs managed just seven goals in each of their losses only underscores the loss of righthanded sniper Wesley Berg, who suffered an apparent broken leg in the B.C. league finals.
Referred to as the “best offensive player in the country” by his head coach Neil Doddridge, Berg netted 28 points in six playoff games and 41 points in eight regular season games.
Berg suffered the injury in Game 3 of the provincial final. That series went to five games, with Coquitlam eking out a 3-2 win for its fifth straight B.C. crown.
In Tuesday’s loss, the Adanac offence completely dried up in third period. Leading 7-6 heading into the final frame, Coquitlam conceded five unanswered goals to close the game out.
Reid Reinholdt and Cole Shafer both scored twice for Coquitlam, while Steven Neufeld, Tyler Pace and Vincent Ricci netted singles.
Davide DiRuscio made nine saves on 12 shots in about 14 minutes worth of playing time, while Pete Dubenski turned aside 27 of 33 shots in 46 minutes worth of work.
More to come.
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