Junior final series between ’Bellis-A's heats up

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The New Westminster Jr. Salmonbellies got even in the series Monday but the war is far from over.

The Salmonbellies defeated the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-8 in a nasty affair at the Coquitlam Sports Centre to even their best-of-seven B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League final at 2-2.

With New West ahead 13-6 and less than five minutes left a brawl broke out. Another came three minutes later. From there play was halted three more times in 11 seconds for fisticuffs.

When the dust had cleared, the sticks picked up and blood cleaned up, officials ended up giving game misconducts to eight Salmonbellies and nine Adanacs along with numerous fighting majors. Robin Lowenberger of the A's received three game misconducts while goaltender Riley Camazzola, who went down to the other end of the floor to take on New West netminder Ross Bowman, received four game misconducts. According to reports, Camazzola was upset with New West forward Josh Byrne either nudging him or his celebration of a Salmonbellies goal by Jakob Doucet, his second of the game. Teammates from both sides jumped in and mayhem ensued.

The BCJALL came down with a bunch of suspensions and fines for the fracas Tuesday.

The league suspended Coquitlam head coach Neil Dodderidge for three games because for losing control of the bench. Camazzola was suspended for two games. Coquitlam's James Rahe got a one-game suspension for leaving the bench. Lowenberger and teammate Ray Banister were also suspended for a game. Coquitlam was fined $1,500.

New Westminster goaltender Eric Penny was suspended for a game for contact directly to the head. Teammates Johnny Pearson and Alex Bohl got one-game suspensions for their third misconduct of the year.

The suspensions were to take effect for Game 5 Wednesday at Queen's Park Arena.

Byrne led New West with four goals and four assists. Connor Robinson had three goals and one assist while Anthony Malcom scored twice and added three helpers. Adam Dickson also had two goals.

Penney was the starting goaltender and made 36 saves for the win.

The series resumes at Queen's Park Arena Wednesday (8 p.m.) with Game 6 in Coquitlam on Friday.

If a seventh and deciding game is needed it will be played at Queen's Park Arena on Sunday (8 p.m.).

The Salmonbellies went into the series as the heavy favourite having only lost one game during the regular season and defeating the Adanacs all three times in their meetings. But in just over 24 hours, the A's chalked up more wins against the Salmonbellies than all season to take a 2-1 series lead. They beat the ’Bellies 11-6 in Coquitlam on Friday and then again, 11-7, at Queen's Park Arena on Saturday.

The series winner will take on the Alberta champion in a best-of-five series for the right to represent the West in the best-of-seven Minto Cup final against the Ontario champs in Langley starting Aug. 16.

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