Number 10 heads into the rafters while the Bellies take with lead in the WLA
In the clubs 130 year history this is only the 7th retired jersey. Durante now sits among the Salmonbellies great’s; #5 Geordie Dean, #6 Eric Cowieson, #7 Paul Parnell, #12 Jack Bionda, #13 Wayne Goss and #19 Cliff Sepka. In a pregame, ceremony that saw jerseys presented from both New West and Coquitlam. Dave was drafted by the Adanacs and was traded to New West in 1980. Dave thanked many key people who influenced his career and tallked about some of the great lacrosse players he played with. The #10 jersey was then unveiled in the rafters of historic Queens Park Arena.
Interview ith Dave Durante on his #10 jersey being retired, click HERE
With a late start from the ceremony then the national anthem we were back to business as New West was facing Coquitlam for the second time this season. Alexis Buque gets the start as Coach Rory McDade continues the rotation with both his goalies.
Once again Jordan McBride opened up the scoring which seems to be a trend this season. Logan and Mitch Jones followed to take an early 3-0 lead before the Adanacs answered. After exchanging a few goals by both sides New West takes the lead after 20, 5-3. Bellies Goals: Schuss with the hat trick, McBride and Mitch Jones.
Two quick New West goals to start the second and now the lead was extended to 7-3 at the 18min mark of the period. Austin Jerhoff with an Alberta toe dance on the crease to make it 8-4 half way through the game seemed to be a key goal for the fish. As Schuss grabbed the hat trick in the first, McBride scored 3 in the second and New West took the 11-6 lead in the second intermission. Bellies goals: McBride with the hat trick, Brandon Goodwin, Jerhoff and McQuade.
Coquitlam got two fast goals to start the third, but Jason Jones answered right back and that was enough to seal the two points and the 1st place position in the league. Only three minors called all game on New West with Coquitlam having none.
Shots: New West 54 - Coquitlam 48
Power Play: New West 0 for 0 – Coquitlam 0 for 3
Face Offs: New West 18 for 24 - Coquitlam 6 for 24
1st Star - Schuss
2nd Star - McBride
3rd Star - M. Jones
No rest for the Fish, back at it tonight in the Swamp as they face the Burnaby Lakers at Bill Copeland Arena at 7:30PM.