The Bellies will be taking on the PoCo Saints in the 1st round of the 2018 playoffs. Finishing 2nd at culmination of the regular season, the Bellies also beefed up thieir lineup with two late additions right at the trade deadline. Coming over to the Bellies are former Langley Thunder players Bobby Kidd 111 and sharpshooting forward Nathaniel Kozevnikov. Kozevnikov was one of Langley’s leading goal scorers with 25 markers on the season. His scoring touch will be quite welcome for the Bellies as they will lose the league's top goal scorer Tre Leclaire, who leaves for The World Field Lacrosse Championships in Israel July 8th. The Bellies are gunning for a win in their first round of playoffs which should guarantee that they have Leclaire back in the lineup by then.Kidd is a back end defensive specialist and will shore up an already excellent Bellies defensive and transition game there.
Bellies General Manager Warren Goss feels the pieces are clearly in place for the Bellies to make a long run in the playoffs and hopefully, a berth in this year’s Minto Cup tournament hosted by Calgary August 16thto 26th. ‘We’re confident that with these late additions we have gained, joining an already solid lineup with excellent goaltending, guarantees that we can compete to win the west this year.’
The league and the Bellies have released their 1st round Playoff Schedule and will start Friday July 13th at home in QPA. Game time 8:00 pm.
The New Westminster Junior Salmonbellies announce the late season acquisition of two players to the team as of June 26th. The Bellies have acquired the playing rights to Ryan Jones, a skilled left-handed offensive player from the Delta Islanders. Jones is currently in 8th place in overall league scoring. The Bellies are excited to welcome Jones to the team and, with the temporary loss of Tre Leclaire to the Canadian National Field Lacrosse team for much of July, can use the offense. In addition to Jones, the Bellies have also acquired speedster Tanner Poole from the Barrie Lakeshores of the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League. Poole is a left-handed transition player who is extremely fast and will add another offensive threat to the Bellies’ transition game.
Bellies General Manager Warren Goss is very pleased to land both players. “ It’s great to get both of these guys. Jones will add another scoring threat and is also a great feeder. Poole will add even more speed to our already strong transition game, allowing us to generate more offensive opportunities. We have four more league games ahead of us and our first round opponent, regardless of who it is, will be very tough.”
The Jr. Bellies start the league wrap up with two home and two away games starting at Queens Park Arena July 2nd against Nanaimo as well as July 3rd against the Langley Thunder. They then finish the regular season with two away games: Friday July 6th in Coquitlam and a July 7th trip to Victoria against the Jr. Shamrocks. With the BCJALL being so competitive and the standings so tight, every game for the Bellies is huge from this moment on.
Ryan Jones ( l) and Tanner Poole (r) join the Bellies for the stretch run in 2018 season.
Big congratulations to the Bellies' Tre Leclaire who was just named to Canada's National Field Lacrosse team, which will be competing in Netanya Israel July 12th - 21st. A 1st team USILA All American field player with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Tre has distingushed himself nationally at both the field and the box game. He was also an integral member of Canada's U19 World Championships in Coquitlam in 2018, leading the squad to a silver medal. Leclaire was also named to the 'All World Team' at that same tourney.The 6'2" Leclaire is currently in all the top offensive categories in this year's BCJALL. He is 2nd in goals scored, and 4th in both total points and power play points per game. Although the Bellies will miss Leclaire at season's end and the beginning of round 1 of the league playoffs, the Bellies coaching staff and management are confident the team will step it up and welcome Tre back to a league playoff final sometime in late July. Good luck Tre and good luck Canada!
Tre Leclaire ( above) and (r) with a typical thundering shot and a goal in a recent game against the Lakers.
Your Jr. Bellies put the brakes to a 3 game winless streak with a convincing 18 - 4 win over the Burnably Lakers,Tuesday night at QPA. Leading the way offensively for the Bellies was Will Malcom with a season best 4 goals and 3 assists. Tre Leclaire had the hat trick and Josh Bosher had a pair for the 10 and 4 Bellies. Keegan Bell had a goal and 3 assists also.The Bellies threw a whopping 68 shots on goal keeping the two Burnaby goaltenders Matteo Tack and 'Bear' Uema-Martin hopping all game long. Bellies' goaltender Eric Kratz stopped 29 of the 33 shots fired his way. Next up for the Baby Fishmen is the Nanaimo Jr. Timbermen, this Sunday June 24th (a makeup from a previously cancelled game) at 4:00 pm at QPA. The Bellies will then entertain the Langley Thunder this coming Tuesday June 26th, 8:00 at QPA. Then, a little much needed revenge may be in store on Friday June 29th at Port Coquitlam against the Saints. PoCo has taken both games from the Bellies thus far, and this one will be sorely needed if NW has any chance of getting back to the number one spot in the league. See you at QPA Sunday and Tuesday!
A few highlights from action Tuesday night at QPA vs. Burnaby. ( courtesy L. Birdsall)