Salmonbellies take big step to securing playoff spot

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It's win and they're in for the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

They can clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Lacrosse Association by defeating the hometown Coquitlam Adanacs Saturday night.

The ’Bellies put themselves into that position by downing the Langley Thunder 10-6 at Queen's Park Arena on Thursday. New West sits alone in fourth with a 7-9-0 record. The Salmonbellies have two more points than Coquitlam (6-10-2). A New West victory Saturday would clinch a playoff spot since both teams will have just one game left after they battle it out at the Coquitlam Sports Centre.

Langley's loss eliminated the Thunder (6-11-0). Nanaimo (4-10-1) still has an outside shot at the playoff spot, but New West could take care of all the possibilities by winning Saturday.

After playing Coquitlam, the ’Bellies will finish the regular season by playing host to the Maple Ridge Burrards (9-7-1), who are battling Burnaby (9-6-0) for second place, at Queen's Park Arena on Thursday. Coquitlam concludes its season against the Lakers at Bill Copeland Arena on Friday.

On Thursday, the Salmonbellies got contributions from several sources. Jeff Cornwall and Tyler Crompton scored two goals each. Logan Schuss had a goal and three assists with other New West goals coming from the sticks of Colton Clark, Cory Takahara, Brendan Ranford, Kyle Ross and Jordan McBride, recently returned from playing for Scotland at the world field championship in Colorado.

Alexis Buque made 35 saves for the ’Bellies to get the win.


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