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Game of the Week
Victoria @ Coquitlam
Sunday June 29th
After playing each other Saturday, the Adanacs will host the Shamrocks for their third and final meeting this season. With the first game between the two clubs ending in a 9-9 tie, a crucial two points is up for grabs as both teams fight for a better position in the standings and a more favorable draw heading into the post season. With Coquitlam sitting in second with 29 points, and Victoria currently in third with 23, it is probable these two teams will face each other in the first round of the 2014 BCJALL playoffs.
In the last back-to-back weekend the Shamrocks had, the captured two important wins against the Lakers to knock them out of the playoff race, separating themselves from their Island rivals and passed Delta to move to third. The second meeting the ‘Rocks had with the Lakers also led to some rough stuff and as a result Victoria ended the game with 62 PIMS while Burnaby collected a season high of 141 PIMS.
With Coquitlam known to be a physical team, you can’t help but wonder if the second meeting between the two teams in two days could lead to another rough one, if so, special teams could make all the difference.
Look for Victoria’s offense to keep up their high scoring ways as they try to upset the second place Adanacs.
This will cap off a fairly busy week for Coquitlam as this will make or their third game in five days. Coquitlam will look to get things rolling again after losing to New West in last week’s “Game of the Week” and a narrow 8-6 victory over the seventh place Lakers.
Two wins would clinch second for the Adanacs and give them the mental edge over a young Victoria team they are likely to meet in their first playoff series. The Adanacs will look to their balanced offense and skilled transition players to make the difference on the score board while their aggressive defense will do their best to silence the young guns on Victoria who are currently leading the team on their 5 game win streak. This weekend could also solidify which goalie Coquitlam decides to lean on heading into the postseason as Christian DelBianco and Riley Camazzola have each had a bit of action in recent games.
In what will likely be a high scoring affair, get out to the Palace for the clash between the experienced and physical Adanacs, as they host the young and speedy Victoria Shamrocks this Sunday.
Week 10 Preview
Langley @ New West – After losing their most recent game to Victoria, despite a valiant 11 point effort by captain James Rahe, Langley now has joined Burnaby and POCO and out of playoff contention. To add to their already dominating offense, last week New West added Langley’s third highest scorer, Brett Dobray to their roster. It will be interesting to see how the Thunder will do in their attempt to tame the red hot ‘Bellies.
POCO @ Coquitlam – Coquitlam will look for two more points at home against the Saints while the Saints are trying to claw themselves out of last place as the season is quickly coming to an end. POCO will be looking for any way to crack the Adanac’s defense as they have yet to score more than two goals against Coquitlam after playing twice already this season.
Burnaby @ POCO – With both teams out of the playoff race, they will each be looking to improve their regular season records in the last meeting of the clubs this season. After losing to the Saints twice this season, the Lakers will be looking to avoid being swept in the season series between the two last place teams. As the season approaches it end, watch for the leaders on both of these teams to have standout performances as they look to be picked up by the teams in the playoffs before the trade deadline.
Langley @ Nanaimo – With Langley being out of the post season, count on them doing everything they can to spoil the season for the Timbermen as Nanaimo is trying desperately to beat out Delta for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Coquitlam @ Victoria – In the first game of their double header this weekend, both teams will be hungry for a win after the teams tied 9-9 in their meeting early on this season. With all players now back in each team’s lineup, the rosters are slightly different than they were when the Shamrocks first played the Adanacs on the Island. The roster additions look to favor Coquitlam more than their opponents as since the first meeting they have regained offensive threats Wesley Berg, Cole Shafer, and Tyler Pace.
POCO @ Delta – With a win against the Saints Delta can clinch a playoff spot and continue to nip at the heels of the Shamrocks who sit just one point ahead of them in third place. After dropping two straight contests and squeaking out a crucial 11-9 win in their last game against Nanaimo, the Islanders will be looking to regain some confidence with a win over a POCO team playing their third game in three nights.
Victoria @ Coquitlam – After playing each other in Victoria just 24 hours before this third and final game, Coquitlam will get the home floor advantage to cap off this season series and weekend battle. In what looks to be a possible first round matchup, expect emotions to run high as players will be feeding off of Saturday’s game and looking to provide the necessary spark to get their team rolling, whether it be a big hit, great save or timely goal.
Delta @ Nanaimo – A win on the rock for the Islanders will put an end to Nanaimo’s 2014 season and secure them a playoff spot if they are not able to clinch with a win against the Saints. Nanaimo will be counting on its offense to turn it on like they have shown they are capable of this season and will rely on goaltender Peter Dubenski to stand his ground between the pipes.
New West @ Burnaby – Expect New West to come out hard after Burnaby gave them a bit of a scare the last time these two teams met, being up by only two goals heading into the third before the ‘Bellies were able to pull away and win the game 15-8. Burnaby kept it close against Coquitlam last week as well losing 8-6. It would have been a different season for the Lakers if they were able to put forth efforts like they have in their last few games earlier this season.
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