The Bellies and the BCJALL have announced the rescheduling of two games postponed in June. They will now be on following dates and locations:
1. Bellies vs Nanaimo Jr. Timbermen, Sunday July 2nd, 2:00 pm at Queens Park Arena
2. Bellies vs. Langley, Monday July 3rd, 8:00 pm at Queens Park Arena.
Thanks to the league, teams and all individuals who helped out the whole Jr. Bellie organization for the difficult time they have undergone these past few weeks.
( Please click 'Read More' at bottom to view Olivia Malcom Memorial details)
The NW Junior Salmonbellies have postponed the next two home games - tonight's, Tuesday June 5th vs. Langley, and this Sunday June 10th vs. Nanaimo - due to a tragic accident which took the life of one of the Bellie family's own.
Olivia Malcom, cousin of Will Malcom's and daughter of former Junior Bellie and WLA player Tony Malcom, was taken from us this past Saturday night after attending the Jr. Bellies away game in Ladner. Olivia was also the cousin of Bellies Anthony Malcom as well as the Goodwin brothers Justin and Brandon. All the Salmonbellies family send their heartfelt condolences to father Tony, mother Bridget and sister Erika. Details for the memorial are here below. If you are having trouble reading this, download the image and open in different window.
The Junior Bellies struck again this past week with back to back wins over the Delta Islanders with both games in Delta's home rink. Wednesday night the Bellies rocked the Islanders 18 - 8 in an awesome 57 shots on goal performance. Saturday, the boys were back at it again in Ladner, scoring a 14 - 7 win in which the final score actually flattered the hosts. Delta netminder Brody Harris was again superb against the Bellies, stopping 44 shots but that did not tell the whole story. Time and again he made highlight reel saves against the high powered Bellie offense, especially against Keegan Bell who, although he scored 3 goals on the night, also took 12 shots on goal and hit a whopping 6 goalposts! The defense and man short again were solid, giving up but one power play goal and only 6 regular strength goals. Another highlight for the Bellies was the first action seen this year in goal by Johnny Edin who looked sharp giving up only the one Delta goal. Next games up for the Jr. Fishmen are home this coming Tuesday June 5th hosting the Langley Thunder at 8:00. But without a doubt, the game all lacrosse fans will be watiching is sure to be the 2nd matchup of the year against the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs this Friday night, June 8th at 7:30 pm in Coquitlam. The Adanacs and the Bellies should have all their out of town players now available, so this game will surely be worth the drive to Coquitlam. Go Bellies go!
(photos courtesy Lawrence Birdsall)
The Bellies defense and man short have been excellent all season. Here, 2 Bellie defenders,
l - r, Gavin Bruce 111 and Dalton Lupul ready the fort.
The Junior Fishmen are off to a blazing 6 -1 start after the 1st 7 games of season. Big wins over Victoria, Burnaby and Coquitlam in the last week have shown the league that this is the team to beat this year. With a pair of games versus Delta Islanders Wednesday and Saturday, the Bellies could conceivably finish this week with a solid 8 win start. The defense and man short have been rock solid all season, continually shutting down opponents' power plays and becoming a scoring threat on the short man to boot. One of the big stories this season, and a critical factor in the great start, is the stellar play of goaltender Erik Kratz. Kratz continually holds the fort night after night before the Bellies' highly potent offense gets in gear. Kratz was absolutely stellar in a 33 save performance gainst Burnaby, giving up only 3 goals on the night. He stymied the vaunted Victoria offense and power play all night in a superb 46 save performance this past Sunday afternoon. And big Erik outduelled perennial all-star goaltender Christian Del Bianco of the Adanacs, in a critical defensive showdown against the Coquitlam Junior Adanacs. An awesome offense, solid defense and consistently winning goaltending, earns the Bellies number one status in the league thus far. Next home game:Tuesday, June 5th against The Langley Junior Thunder, 8:00 pm at QPA.
Erik Kratz makes anothe remarkable stop against the Junior Shamrocks