Thriller at Queens Park, Bellies win 14-13 in OT
The visiting Maple Ridge Burrards were back at historic Queens Park Arena Thursday night to face the Bellies for the second time this season. New West took the season opener in convincing fashion with a 13-6 win, so this one was setting up for big game.
This has become a trend all season with Jordan McBride finding the back of the net at the start of the game all season. 33 seconds later Jerhoff got a beauty inside and the Fish up 2-0. After Ranford on transition got his first of the night to take a 3-1 lead, Burrards then went on a three goal run to finish the period up 4-3. Bellies goals: Jordan McBride, Jerhoff and Ranford
The second was a run and gun game with a total of 12 goals, 6 each a side. Just 2 minutes in Maple Ridge had extended their lead to 8-4. Coach Roy McDade calls a opportune time-out to slow things down and get the boys to regroup. That call paid off when New West scored back to back goals by two defenders, Team Captain Curtis Hodgson and Brandon Goodwin. After 40, Burrards with slight lead 10-9. Bellies goals: Ranford, Hodgson, Brandon Goodwin, Jerhoff Doucet and Schuss.
Again McBride opens up the third period with a quick goal 28 second in to tie this at 10-10. Ridge answers back with two goals 30 seconds apart and now stretches the lead by two with 17+ minutes remaining. Bunio on a breakaway scores short-handed and is pushed into the Ridge goalie. Bit of a scuffle then Bunio and Barker decide to go at it as the rookie from Alberta takes the win in a long battle and gets his first WLA tilt. Ridge scores late on a 6 on 5 to tie this at 13-13 and send this game into a 10 minute non-sudden death OT. Bellies goals: Jordan McBride, Bunio, Tyrell and Goodwin
With 16 minutes of penalties called in OT, Anthony Malcom scores early at 2:56 to take the lead 14-13. New West held on and grabbed the huge win in front of a 1000+ Royal City fans.
Alexis Buque down the stretch was outstanding facing 53 shots for the game. The New West short man was tested and they delivered with only allowing the Burrards 1 goal on 7 attempts. The defense held Curtis Dickon to 2 goals on the team leading 16 shots.
Shots: New West 56 – Maple Ridge 53
Power Play: New West 2 for 4 – Maple Ridge 1 for 7
Face-offs: New West 46% – Maple Ridge 54%
1st Star - Brandon Goodwin (NEW WEST)
2nd Star - Austin Jerhoff (NEW WEST)
3rd Star - Riley Lowen (RIDGE)
Browns Social House Salmonbellie Player of the Game: Lyndon Bunio
Up next we head down HWY 1 to the LEC and face the Langley Thunder Wednesday June 27th 7:30PM