The Best of 7 Minto Cup finals are two games in and the Six Nations Arrows are starting to really look flustered. Although the Arrows lost the first game to Coquitlam 7-6, the Adanacs got the better read on Six Nations in game, two taking a secure 11-6 win.
It’s been since 2010 that a team from British Columbia (which just so happened to be the Adanacs) has won the Minto Cup and things continue to look bright for the youngsters from Coquitlam.
The Adanacs defeated the Mountaineers from Calgary to secure the Western spot while the Arrows knocked off defending champions, the Whitby Warriors, to represent the East.
The Arrows have dominated the East in this year’s playoffs, they won 11 of their 13 games which includes a four game sweep of the Whitby Warriors, outscoring them 44-22. Coquitlam went 7 games in the West final with rivals, the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
Last time these teams met in the Minto Cup was 1992, the Arrows’ 7th win. For those of you that don’t know, the Minto Cup is one of lacrosse’s most coveted trophies as players only have a limited age window to win it. Current and former NCAA and NLL stars can be seen in this year’s final, such as: Wesley Berg, Johnny Powless, Eli McLaughlin and more!
Saturday night, the game was heated in the first period of Minto Cup play and round #1 ended tied at 2-2 on a shorthanded Tyler Pace cherry pick in transition goal for Coquitlam. What really set the tempo for the game was the goal on the opening whistle which you can’t miss in the replay above.
The Arrows were able to gain a little momentum in the second and went up by 2 goals before Wes Berg answered on a powerplay to be followed by a shorthanded goal from Jean Luc Chetner to tie the game once more.
Joseph Maracle and Johnny Powless both found a goal a piece to end the 2nd period up on the Adanacs, 6-4.
Berg once and Eli McLaughlin twice were the only goals scored in the third period due to Peter Dubinski having a fantastic 3rd period for the ‘Nacs holding the Arrows to zero goals and eventually earning himself the game’s First Star.
Quinn and Johnny Powless, like the other scorers, only had one goal each, but their hot sticks led to 4 and 3 assist respectively. Wes Berg had the standout night for Coquitlam finding the net three times for a hat trick and finishing with one assist.
The Arrows led the way on penalties, 12 to 9 including a double minor on Robert Green for Checking from Behind, part of his 10 total minutes for the game.
Sunday afternoon both teams were back in the LEC and ready to rock. Unfortunatly the game wasn’t as back and forth as the previous battle and the Adanacs had no trouble leading the way after shaking off those first game jitters.
James Rahe hit the back of the net 3 times out of 11 for the Adanacs and although he never found the goal, Wes Berg was dominant on offense for the ‘Nacs tallying 5 assists in the match.
The Arrow’s Doug Jamieson had the better night making 43 saves, near 84%, but it was Peter Dubenski making a solid 32 stops and posting an 81% average for Coquitlam which is all the team needed to take care of game two.
Tyler Pace was the man of the night for Coquitlam scoring 2 goals and earning 3 assists in the big win. Joseph Maracle earned the game’s Second Star with 2 goals and 1 assist out of the team’s 6 goals in the game.
Penalties were another plague for the Arrows, Bomberry earned a game misconduct of 10min for an altercation after the whistle and the team served 15 total penalties in the game to the Adanacs’ 10. Quinn Powless went to the bin early in the 2nd for slashing but returned with 2 goals and 2 assists to help the Arrows deal with the heavy blows from Coquitlam.
The arrows were also held to only 8 shots in the first period, a number that must be improved on if any success is to be found in the next game.
Tomorrow night, the third game of the series is scheduled and the Arrows need to show up big so they don’t head into a potential championship game 0-3.
Knighthawks’ star Johnny Powless is being looked to to help carry the team and pick up the pieces for the Arrows to grab hold of a much needed victory.
The game is set for 8:00 pm pacific in the Langley Events Centre in Langley, BC.
You gotta love Junior A lacrosse!