Third straight win for Shooting Eagles
Shooting Eagles' Adam Noakes attempts a shot on Sea Spray goaltender Lee Jackman during ALL West Division action at Langley Events Centre on January 31. Ryan Molag LEC photo
Cole Paciejewski’s overtime winner has helped the Shooting Eagles soar to a share of first place.
Paciejewski buried a breakaway in transition at 1:54 of sudden-death overtime for the 13-12 win over the Sea Spray in Arena Lacrosse League West Division action on Tuesday (January 31) at Langley Events Centre.
The victory was a third straight for the Shooting Eagles while the Sea Spray saw their own three-game win streak come to an end. Both teams have identical 6-4 records are 2-2 in their head-to-head series.
The Shooting Eagles were coming off a record-setting game where they had scored 23 goals in their previous contest and early on, it looked like that trend would continue as raced out to a 5-0 lead. The Sea Spray did battle back to cut the lead to 7-5 at the half before falling behind 10-5 late in the third quarter.
The Sea Spray were persistent, however, battling back from a three-goal deficit with under three minutes to play thanks to a trio of goals in a span of 16 seconds to force overtime. But after both teams had their chances, it was Paciejewski burying the winner.
Adam Noakes (1+4) and Coady Adamson (2+3) each had five-point games to lead the Shooting Eagles while Dylan McIntosh (4+0) and Mark Yingling (0+4) had matching four-point games. Paciejewski (1+2), Declan Fitzpatrick (1+2), Garrett Winter (2+0) and Dylan Lacroix and Isaac Richmond (each with one goal) rounded out the scoring. Brody Harris finished with 41 saves on 53 shots.
Keegan Bell led the Sea Spray with five goals while Tyler Kirkby led all scorers with eight points, all of which were assists. Lukas Nielsen (3+0), Vinny Ricci (1+2), Gordie Phillips (1+1), Tommy Robertson (1+0) and Eli Batt (1+0) had the other goals. Lee Jackman stopped 41 of the 54 shots.
About the Arena Lacrosse League: Formed in 2017, the ALL is regarded as the National Lacrosse League’s minor league, and with seven Ontario-based teams in the ALL prior to the launch of the ALL West, 15 per cent of the current NLL players have played at least one game in the ALL.
The ALL plays under the same game rules as the NLL, providing high-level competition and exposure that provides NLL management and executives the opportunity to monitor individual progress through game webcasting and statistics. Game evaluations from ALL West coaches will assist in development of players who are currently on NLL practice rosters or are ready for in-season call-ups.
To learn about the league, visit www.arenalacrosseleague.ca.