Your Junior Salmonbellies home opener takes place this Tuesday May 15th at 8:00 in old Queens Park Arena at 8:00 pm. The 3 - 0 Bellies take on the Delta Islanders. Our Bellies have gotten off to a fast start with 3 straight road wins including the latest, a victory in Nanaimo this past weekend against the Jr. Timbermen. Several Bellies forwards, Keegan Bell, Tre Leclair, Carter Dixon and Will Malcom are off to great starts the season. The defense has been solid and the goalkeeping of Eric Kratz has been solid as well. Come on out and cheer the Jr. Fishmen as they go for 4 in a row to start the season!
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!