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Day three of the Minto Cup may have been the best day yet as both games were great and highly competitive. Also, with round robin play wrapped up we now enter the bracket stage of the Minto Cup where the top ranked team gets a buy to the finals while two and three have to play a play-in game. The Minto Cup finals is a best of three series
Coquitlam Adanacs vs Brampton Excelsiors – 9-12
This was big one, the one that everyone has been waiting for all week. Brampton vs Coquitlam certainly lived to they hype as we would some outstanding lacrosse being being played on the floor by both squads on Saturday. It was a good little preview of how good the finals should be this year as these two teams are the obvious favorites.
In the first period Coquitlam and Brampton would literally keep trading goals after goal for the whole period. It was an exciting brand of lacrosse as the offense’s were looking stellar on both ends. Brampton would get a slight upper hand as they scored two straight at the end of the first to help them to a 5-3 lead heading into the second. the second period would be just as tight as we would see both squads battle it out again. Brampton would seem to have a little more energy as they were able to go on a pretty decent run midway through the period. Jeff Teat would be a big part of Brampton’s offense in the second as he scored almost every goal for them in the period. With Brampton leading 11-7 heading into the third it looked like Brampton might have this one all wrapped up. However they would get just one goal in the third as Coquitlam mounted a little bit of a comeback with two goals. That just wouldn’t be enough as Brampton would get the 12-9 win and claim the number one spot. With this win Brampton advances to the Minto Cup Finals.
The top point scorers for Coquitlam were Chase Scanlan and Dylan Foulds, and Christian Del Bianco. Scanlan would put up five points (3G,2A) while Foulds had three points (2G,1A). In goal Christian Del Bianco had 30 saves off of 42 shots on goal. Brampton would be lead by Jeff teat, Jake Boudreau, Brendan Welsh, Steve Orelman among others. Teat would lead the game with eight points (5G,3A) while Boudreau was second with five points (3G,2A). Welsh would finish the day with four points (1G,3A). Steven Orelman played well in goal today as he had 31 saves off of 39 shots on goal in Brampton’s win.
Okotoks Raiders vs Calgary Mountaineers – 10-6
This was a big game as the Okotoks Raiders capture their first ever win at the Minto Cup, and against fellow Albert rival too. Now this would be the most highly contested game that these two teams had played in all week as they both got practically blown out both games.
It would be a slow start as we didn’t see a goal until almost ten minutes into the game. Calgary would score the first two goals midway through the first to give them a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. Calgary would continue their run into the second as they lead 4-0 early on. Okotoks would turn on the jets and attack the offensive end of the floor as they went on a 4-0 run to tie things up at 4-4 midway through second. Calgary wold get one and Okotoks would get two to end the second period with Okotoks leading 6-5. We would see Okotoks take over yet again in the third with a four goal run that spanned almost the whole period. Calgary would get the last goal of the game but the game had already been decided as Okotoks won 10-6 to claim their first ever win at the Minto Cup. It was even more special that it was over their rival in Calgary. Also, Okotoks now has a chance to go to the finals as they will play Coquitlam in the play-in game.
Calgary would be lead by Jake Foster as he had three points (2G,1A) on the day. In goal for Calgary was Laine Hruska who had 39 saves off of 49 shots on goal. In Okotoks case their top performers were Levi Anderson who had four points (3G,1A) and Brett McIntyre who also had four points (2G,2A). Elijah Uema-Martin would have 36 saves off of 42 shots of goal for Okotoks in the win.
Coquitlam Adanacs vs Okotoks Raiders