Shooting Eagles continue winning ways, advance to ALL West Finals

by Gary Ahuja

Spencer Bromley (centre) celebrates one of his four goals during the Shooting Eagles 15-12 win over the Grizzlies in Arena Lacrosse League West semi-final action at Langley Events Centre on March 26. Ryan Molag LEC photo

The regular season may have come to an end, but the Shooting Eagles continued their winning ways with a 15-12 playoff win over the Grizzlies.

The teams were playing an Arena Lacrosse League West semi-final contest on Sunday afternoon at Langley Events Centre with the top-seed Shooting Eagles winning an eighth-straight game.

And has been the case for much of the team’s winning streak, the Shooting Eagles used their offensive depth with seven players recording multi-point games and five players scoring two or more goals. Leading the way was Spencer Bromley, who had four goals and eight points and was named the game’s first star.

“It was a bit more of a back-and-forth game than we wanted, but we have the roster to do it. We have the depth; we have anybody who can contribute on any given night,” Bromley said. “That has been the strength of our offence: we have seen it all year, we can take guys out and move things around, and someone else steps up every night.”

Mark Yingling (3+2) and Adam Noakes (2+3) – the game’s third star – each had five-point games, while Dylan McIntosh (3+1) and Dylan Lacroix (1+3) both had four-point efforts, Garrett Winter (2+1) and Declan Fitzpatrick (0+3) also had multi-point efforts. In goal, Brody Harris finished with 43 saves on 55 shots.

The Eagles led 5-1 after a period and never trailed in the game. The Grizzlies would cut the deficit to a pair of goals on three separate occasions over the final 45 minutes but could get no closer.

“(The Grizzlies) got us on the run a couple of times; we got a couple of early ones on them, which gave us a bit of a cushion. As long as we could weather the storm, go one-for-one, we could stay ahead and that’s what we did,” said Shooting Eagles coach Adam Smith.  “We finished on some shots, that’s really what it was. “

Drew Kask led the Grizzlies offence with a five-goal effort and finished with six points to earn the game’s second star. Brian Smith (2+3), Sekawnee Baker (3+1), Pearson Willis (1+2) and Aidan Baker (1+0) rounded out the team’s scoring with captain Mitch McDole finishing with four assists. Goaltender Kyle Mooney stopped 46 or 59 shots.

The victory was a measure of revenge for the Shooting Eagles as last March, the third-seed Grizzlies upset the No. 2 Shooting Eagles 11-7.

“It is always nice to vindicate yourself, but it’s a new season. You need a short memory when it comes to that kind of stuff,” Bromley said.

Up next for the Shooting Eagles will be a best-of-three ALL West Finals against the defending champion Sea Spray. The Sea Spray knocked off the Black Fish 14-9 in the other semi-final game

Grizzlies Aidan Baker #14) delivers a hard hit to Shooting Eagles' Tyson Johnson during ALL West action. Ryan Molag LEC photo

ALL West Finals

The Shooting Eagles (10-4) and Sea Spray (8-6) finished one-two during the regular season with the Eagles also winning the season series three games to two.

Game one is set for Saturday, April 1 while game two goes Sunday, April 2, both of which start at 4:00pm at Langley Events Centre.

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