The Jr. Bellies rode a balanced attack, great defense and steady goaltendiing against the Langley Thunder Thursday night to take their 2nd win of the early season.Leading the way offensively was Keegan Bell with an awesome 9 point performance on 4 goals and 5 assists. Will Malcom had an impressive 6 point night on 3 goals and 3 assists. Rounding out the offensive performance were Tre Leclaire - in his 1st game as a Jr. Bellie - and team captain Carter Dickson with 5 points each.The defensive unit of Dalton Lupul, Ryan Wilkinson, Jake Stott and Cole Catton constantly extenguished and nullified the Thunder offense all night. Lupul also showed the league what an offensive threat he can be with his speed on both defense and the short man. Goaltender Eric Kratz was solid all night stopping 34 Thunder shots, allowing only 3 even strengh goals all game. It may be early season but the Bellies are looking good, not just offensivel, but all around in defense, short man and goaltending. All of this is without 4 of their out of town starters who are coming back from college within the next few games. The Bellies next game is this Saturday the 12th in Nanaimo agains the Jr. Timbermen. The much anticipated Home Opener goes next Tuesday May 15th at QPA against the Delta Islanders at 8:00 pm. Be there!
The Jr. Bellies opened the season in Burnaby Monday night at Copeland arena against the Lakers, delivering a 10-7 victory in a largely penalty dominated game. Head Coach Rich Catton was pleased with this early effort - especially from his young special teams. Catton commented," We made a lot of mistakes but it is early and overall, the coaching staff is very optimistic about we saw. Great to get that first win under your belt." Leading the way offensively for the Fishmen were Erik Maas and Will Malcom both with 6 points each, followed by team captain Carter Dixon with 5. The Lakers' tenacious defense in the 3rd period helped them to tie the game at 6-6, but Bellies rookie Drew Andre broke the tie with his 1st ever junior goal and Maas, Dickson and Malcom, combining for 7 points on the last 3 goals in the final 12 minutes, sealed the deal for the win. Next game is this Thursday night in Langley's LEC (May 10th) at 7:30. The Jr. Bellies will see the season debuts of highly regarded Tre Leclaire and Keegan Bell.
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- Thanks to Rich Catton Head Coach and Ryan Keller, Asst. GM
The Jr. Bellies will open the 2018 season on the road with three straight games before their own official Home Opener on May 15th. Opening in Burnaby against the Lakers on May 7th at Bill Copeland, the Jr. Fishmen will then take on the Langley Thunder at Langley's LEC on May 10th before finishing out the 3 game run in Nanaimo against the Timbermen on May 12. Watch this 'News' link to find out all the scores, scorers and highlights this season!
New Westminster, BC, March 26, 2018– The New Westminster Junior A Salmonbellies are very excited to announce the acquisition of 2015 BCJALL Rookie of the Year and 2017 NCAA Big10 Freshman of the Year Tre Leclaire.
"We're very excited to have a player of Tre's caliber joining the Salmonbellie family. Tre is a generational type player that immediately adds another dimension to our club that will help prepare us to make a run for the Minto Cup. We're very excited to have him,” says Salmonbellie GM Warren Goss.
A 6’2” 212 lbs. South Surrey, BC native, Leclaire was acquired March 23rd from the Delta Islanders where he led all rookies in scoring with 94 points during the 2015 season. Although playing only 15 games during the 2016 season due to his commitment to the Canadian National Team, he still scored an impressive 62 points. Leclaire was Team Canada’s star standout at the 2016 U19 World Lacrosse Championships in Coquitlam, BC, where they lost the heartbreaking gold medal game in overtime to Team USA. Leclaire has 2 years of junior lacrosse eligibility remaining and will be a welcome addition to the Salmonbellies offence heading into the 2018 season under new head coach Rich Catton.
Currently, Leclaire is playing his sophomore season with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA where he leads the program in scoring for the second straight year and is rapidly rewriting their record books. He set the Buckeye freshman goals record with 49 and notched 65 total points last season; the most ever for a Buckeye freshman. As a sophomore, Leclaire is picked up right where he left off last year leading the team in points and being added to the watch list for the 2018 Tewaarton Award for the nation’s top college lacrosse player honors.
Because of his NCAA commitments, Leclaire is expected to miss a portion of the beginning of the BCJALL season. Look for big things from our newest aquisition.