Jr. ’Bellies reach BCJALL final

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The New Westminster Salmonbellies are off to the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League final.

They got there by sweeping the Delta Islanders in a best-of-five semifinal series. The ’Bellies finished off the Isles with a 17-12 victory in Game 3 at Queen's Park Arena on Tuesday.

The Salmonbellies will take on the winner of the other semifinal between the Coquitlam Adanacs and Victoria Shamrocks. The A's led 2-0 heading into Game 3 in Coquitlam on Saturday.

Three players did a lot of the goal-scoring damage for the Salmonbellies. Johnny Pearson and Brett Dobray both racked up eight points with Pearson scoring five goals and Dobray getting four. Luke Gillespie also scored four goals and had an assist.

Connor Robinson and Anthony Malcom also recorded eight-point performances with both getting a goal and seven assists. Adam Dickson had a goal and four assists. Jakob Doucet also scored for New West.

The league final will be a best-of-seven with the winner taking on the Alberta champion for the right to represent the West in the Minto Cup. That playoff will be a best-of-five with all games being played in B.C. Aug. 7-11.

It will be a best-of-seven against the Ontario champion to be played at the Langley Events Centre starting Aug. 16.

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