The Jr. Bellies have just completed a significant trade with the Burnaby Lakers in BCJLLA news. Coming over to New West is defender/transition man Patrick Shoemay. Going to Burnaby are 2018 draft pick Liam Birch and 2017 draft choice Connor Dimmick. Birch is currently suiting up for the BCJT 1's Richmond Roadrunners. Dimmick's playing rights are now assigned to Burnably. Shoemay is a solid defender and a lightning quick transition player who, despite only playing 6 games thus far with the Lakers, has already chipped in with a goal and 5 assists. Shoemay is also slated to see some man short time and the Bellies look forward to seeing his excellent ball-ragging skills at work. He is expected to make his Bellies debut against his old Lakers team on the Tuesday, June 19th home game at Queens Park Arena.
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.
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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.