Excelsiors Score Eight Man Up Goals in 12-9 Win over Coquitlam
CALGARY, Alberta – Both the Brampton Excelsiors and the Coquitlam Adanacs came into the Saturday night match-up undefeated looking to secure a bye directly into the final series. The loser of the game would face-off against the winner of the 8:00 pm game between the Calgary Mountaineers and the Okotoks Raiders. Both the Excelsiors and the Adanacs were coming off consecutive games where they dominated their opponents. For these reasons, this match-up featured to be the highlight of the round-robin, and perhaps a brief preview into the final series. In addition to the macro level match-up and its implications, this game featured the best scorer in Junior A Lacrosse against the top goalie at the Junior A level, a battle that had fans on the edge of their seat in anticipation.
The theme of the first period and of the entire game was penalties. Questionable penalties plagued both teams throughout the entire period and game. The first period saw both teams match penalties as they traveled to the penalty box on five different occasions each. Although matched in penalties, the Excelsior’s offense was able to produce five goals, three of which occurred on the man-up. Alternatively, the Adanacs managed to score three, only one of which occurred on the man-up. The special teams laden period had the Excelsiors up 5-3 at the expiration of the first period.
As previously stated, penalties were the theme of the match-up and both teams, and maybe even the officials, sought to eclipse the ten combined penalties in the first period. The fans that occupied the mostly full Max Bell Arena were privy to eleven penalties this period, including four five minute majors and two game misconducts. Beyond the penalties, the Excelsiors Jeff Teat continued his impeccable tournament performance, adding four goals in the period, three of which came on the man-up. In addition to Teat’s goals, Jake Boudreau and Justin Sykes would add man-up goals in the period as well. The Adanacs added four goals themselves in the period however, their special teams were clearly out-played by the Excelsiors in the period, despite a man-up goal from Chase Scanlan, who also scored a short-handed breakaway goal, receiving a beautifully delivered full floor pass from Christian Del Bianco, as he streaked out of the bench. Despite Scanlan’s efforts on special teams, the Excelsiors exited the second with an 11-7 lead.
The penalties subsided slightly in the third period, as did the pace of the game. The final period saw the Adanacs add two goals while limiting the Excelsiors offense to a single goal. However, the two-goal output was insufficient to close the scoring gap, resulting in a 12-9 victory for the Excelsiors.
The Excelsiors (3-0) will advance to the final series, which will take place on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018, whereas the Adanacs will play tomorrow in the Semi-Final match-up. The Adanacs opponent will be determined in the final game of Saturday night between the Calgary Mountaineers take on the Okotoks Raiders.
Jeff Teat (5 Goals, 3 Assists)
Steven Orleman (31 Saves)
Chase Scanlan (3 Goals, 2 Assists)
Christian Del Bianco (30 Saves)
BY DALLAS SMITH
Alberta Lacrosse Association