Arrows dig themselves a hole at Minto Cup

LANGLEY, BC – Game #2 was supposed to be the game to erase the memory of a third period collapse, which cost the Arrows Game #1 at the Minto Cup Championships at the Langley Events Centre in Langley. It wasn’t. Instead, Game #2 was a disaster and the Arrows were crushed 11-6 to fall two games behind in the best-of-seven series. The third game of the series was played Tuesday night in B.C. and missed our deadline for results.

In Game #2, the Arrows found themselves down 3-1 after the first period. Even that was a victory of sorts, since they were outshot 22-8 by the Adanacs, who knew they dodged a bullet in game #1. Haodais Maracle scored the lone Six Nations goal assisted by Johnny Powless and Brandon Montour.

The Arrows faired a little better in the second, but still came out second best as Coquitlam kept the pressure on and built a 5-1 lead in the second, before Quinn Powless connected from Stewart Martin at 3:41 to make it 5-2. Coquitlam added another, which Josh Johnson answered before the end of the second period, which ended with the Adanacs out front, 6-3.

Powless and Maracle opened the second period to close the gap to 6-5, but they could not keep the momentum going. A rash of eight third period penalties made a Six Nations comeback impossible, as the Adanacs scored the next four goals.

Suddenly, they were down 10-5 before Shane Simpson scored with 3:51 remaining from Brendan Bomberry and Johnny Powless. But it was far too little and much too late to build on, as the Adanacs scored the death stroke with 37 seconds remaining for the 11-6, Game #2 win.

The Arrow Express suffered a loss in Game #1, Saturday night against the Western Champion, Coquitlam Adanacs by a 7-6 score.

Six Nations let a 6-4 third period lead slip away as the Adanacs pulled Game #1 out of the fire to take a 1-0 series lead.

After Coquitlam tied the game up at 6-6 in the third period, a Six Nations penalty cost them the game as Wes Berg scored the winner on a powerplay at 9:09. The Arrows had their chances late in the game, but Peter Dubenski held the line for the Adanacs for win.

Six Nations outshot the Adanacs 49-46. Penalties killed the Arrows’ momentum time after time while the Adanacs capitalized with two powerplay goals, including the game winner.

The Arrows took a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals scored by Brandon Montour, assisted by Quinn Powless, and Josh Johnson, assisted by Quinn Powless and Johnny Powless. Coquitlam stormed back with two to even the score at 2-0 at the end of the first period.

Six Nations opened the second period with two goals from Shane Simpson and Quinn Powless, but the Adanacs answered with two of their own to keep the score even. But Haodais Maracle and Johnny Powless pulled the Arrows out front 6-4 heading into the third. Coquitlam scored all three third period goals for the win.

Remaining games are scheduled for Tuesday Aug. 19th, with Game #4, if necessary on Wednesday Aug. 20, Game #5 set for Thursday Aug. 21, Game #6 Saturday Aug. 23 and Game #7 Sunday Aug. 24th.

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