Showdown for top spot in B.C. Jr. lacrosse

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The stage has been set for a first-place showdown between New Westminster Jr. Salmonbellies and the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs Wednesday.

The Salmonbellies (13-1-0) will be in Coquitlam tonight to play the Adanacs (13-1-1) starting at 7:30 p.m. with top spot in the B.C. Junior Lacrosse League on the line.

New West did its part by disposing of the Delta Islanders 16-10 at Sungod Arena on Saturday while Coquitlam took out the Nanaimo Timbermen 20-5. Josh Byrne continued to wield a hot stick for the ’Bellies collecting nine points on three goals and six assists. That gives him 20 goals and 41 points in just five games since returning from playing collegiate field lacrosse.

Anthony Malcom matched Byrne’s nine-point performance with five goals and four assists. He has 12 goals and 40 points in seven games.

Connor Robinson of the Salmonbellies continues to lead the league in scoring with 74 points in 14 games after picking up three goals and three assists Saturday.

Jakob Doucet and Johnny Pearson scored two goals each with Luke Gillespie getting one. Ross Bowman got the win in net making 41 saves.

After taking on the A’s, the ’Bellies will be in Burnaby to play the Lakers (3-11-1) at Bill Copeland Arena on Thursday (8 p.m.). Their next home game at Queen’s Park Arena is Sunday, 5 p.m., when the Timbermen (5-9-1) visit. They’ll also play host to the Langley Thunder (4-11-1) on Tuesday (8 p.m.).

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