The Salmonbellies and Maple Ridge Burrards opened round one of playoffs August 9th at Queens Park Arena.
The Burrards started and finished with the lead in last nights intense playoff game. Bellies, unfortunately, couldn't get a handle on the lead, causing them to fall behind for the first game. Three early goals by the Burrards would bring them up to a 3-0 lead. Bellies would always come close to taking over, but Frank Scigliano was on his A game, blocking 49 Bellies attempts. As the game progressed, the Bellies defense stepped up, making amazing plays and keeping the ball away from harms reach and from Alex Buque. Many notable plays came out of Tyler Crompton last night as well.
There's lots of fire in both teams, and it certainly came out when Ben Davies and Owen Barker had at it in the Burrard's zone during the 2nd period. This opened the gates for more fights and fists as both teams wanted a piece of each other. The Bellies finished the game with nine penalties totaling 24 penalty minutes and the Burrards finished with nine penalties as well, but only totaling 21 penalty minutes.
Stay tuned Bellies fans - it's going to be a wild series.
Bellies - 9
Burrards - 13
Bellies - 58
Burrards - 53
Bellies: 9 penalties - 24 total minutes
Burrards: 9 penalties - 21 total minutes
Jordan McBride (x3), Mitch Jones, Anthony Malcom, Logan Schuss (x2), and Mike Messenger (x2).
1st Star - Mike Mallroy (Maple Ridge Burrards. 4 G. 4 A. 8 PTS)
?2nd Star - Riley Loewen (Maple Ridge Burrards. 4 G. 2 A. 8 PTS)
?3rd Star - Jordan McBride (New Westminster Salmonbellies. 3 G. 1 A. 4 PTS)
The next playoff game will take place at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge Friday August 12th at 7:45pm. We will host game three at QPA Saturday August 13th at 7:45pm. See you there and together lets PAINT IT RED!