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The Coquitlam Adanacs have advanced to the Minto Cup finals for the fifth time in a row as they defeated the Okotoks Raiders 11-5 in the play-in game.
Coquitlam really did dominate in this game and they never let Okotoks even sniff a comeback like the game these two played against each other. In the first period it would be the tightest it would be all game, but you could clearly see where the energy was leaning towards.
Coquitlam would get two goals early in the game to up 2-0. Okotoks would answer with a goal not even a minute later to make it 2-1 Coquitlam. We would then see some great defense for the majority of the period from both sides. Okotkos would break the score drought late in the period to tie things up at 2-2. Each team would score two more goals to make it 4-4 at the end of the first.
The second period is where Coquitlam would really start to take over both offense and defense. Coquitlam would get two early goals to start the period and make it a 6-4 lead. Okotoks would counter with an early goal of their own to make it a one goal game. After some transition and the ball bouncing both ways Coquitlam would get another goal to end the period and make it a 7-5 lead heading into the second intermission.
With Coquitlam leading 7-5 at the end of the second they would take over the third and eventually win the game. It would be nothing but Coquitlam goals in the final period as they scored four throughout the third. That would help them secure the 11-5 victory and yet another trip to the Minto Cup Finals.
Okotokos would be lead by Carter Brand who had three points (3G) and Levi Anderson with four points (4A). For Coquitlam we would see Dylan Foulds put up six points (2G,4A) while Dennon Armstrong had three points (2G,1A). Christian Del Bianco would again impress as he had 39 saves off of 44 shots for Coquitlam in the win.
With this win Coquitlam will face Brampton in the 2018 Minto Cup Finals. The best of five series is set to start on Tuesday night and will be broadcast on Alberta Lacrosse TV as the rest of the games have been.