OTTAWA, ON – The Coquitlam Adanacs are only one win away from capturing the 2016 Minto Cup thanks to a 9-7 victory over the Orangeville Northmen on Saturday night. They now lead the best-of-five series 2-1.
The Adanacs avenged yesterday’s 9-6 loss at the hands of the Northmen with a strong performance at both ends of the floor. A dominant second period was perhaps the deciding factor in what was otherwise a closely contested game.
“Offensively we got the job done tonight,” said Adanacs head coach Kyle Sorensen after the game. “We put our defense in a good position to just go out and do their thing. I think the difference was that we moved, for 60 minutes, and made them chase us rather than letting them dictate what they wanted to do.”
The teams went back-and-forth in the first period, which was book-ended by goals from Adam Charalambides, who scored less than one minute in and with a little over one minute remaining.
Coquitlam’s John Hofseth and Colin Munro replied in quick succession after Charalambides’ opening tally.
A highlight reel goal from Orangeville’s Zac Masson, who put snuck one past the keeper while soaring through the crease, came shortly after, followed by one apiece from Coquitlam’s Dereck Downs and Dennon Armstrong.
The Northmen would score the next two, including their first short-handed marker of the tournament off the stick of Dallas Briddle and Charalambides’ second of the period, which tied things up at 4-4.
The Adanacs play on the power play and penalty kill were the difference in the middle frame, helping them build a three goal lead while also keeping the Northmen off the score sheet.
A pair of rocket shots from captain Tyler Pace found the back of the net, one of which came on the man advantage. Jean-Luc Chetner added the other, fooling goaltender Clayton with a tricky bounce shot.
The Northmen were unable to capitalize on a power play chance of their own in the final minutes and headed into the dressing room down 7-4.
Orangeville began mounting a comeback in the third period, with goals from Charalambides, who found a lane to the net thanks to a great pick from a teammate, and Lucas Ducharme, who finished the game with a goal and two assists.
Pace buried his hat-trick goal at the 13:06 mark of the period, while Chetner capped off a six point night with a goal of his own. His six point performance (2 G, 4 A) helped him secure the Player of the Game award.
Charalambides got one back in the dying seconds with the extra attacker on the floor, but it was too late.
“The dressing room is obviously discouraged because we would have liked to win that one, but we got to win two in a row now,” said Northmen head coach DJ Clevely.
Their opponents were also focused on the process and were not putting too much thought on the fact that they now have a 2-1 series lead.
“If we start thinking like that then all of a sudden things don’t go our way,” added Sorensen. “We’re not thinking about the Minto Cup. It’s just another game. We’re gonna go out and play lacrosse and think about our systems and what made us successful today. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
The best-of-five championship series continues on Sunday, August 28 at 8:00PM PST at the Langley Events Centre.
- Thursday, August 25 at 8:00PM PST (Coquitlam 3, Orangeville 2)
- Friday, August 26 at 8:00PM PST (Coquitlam 6, Orangeville 9)
- Saturday, August 27 at 8:00PM PST (Coquitlam 9, Orangeville 7)
- Sunday, August 28 at 8:00PM PST
- Monday, August 29 at 8:00PM PST (if necessary)