Mann, oh, Mann: Salmonbellies advance to host nationwide Senior A lacrosse ultimate

Storied franchise, which lis loaded with New Westminster natives, faces Ontario powerhouse Six Nations in best-of-seven set starting Sept. 8 at Queen’s Park Area

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If Brett Mydske had his manner, the Mann Cup would begin at this time.

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“It’s going to be arduous to attend,” mentioned Mydske, 35, the veteran New Westminster Salmonbellies defender whose staff opens the best-of-seven nationwide Senior A field lacrosse championship sequence on their Queen’s Park Area house flooring towards the Ontario powerhouse Six Nations Chiefs beginning Sept. 8.

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The Salmonbellies clinched that host spot by defeating the Langley Thunder 12-7 on Tuesday night time in Sport 7 of the Western Lacrosse Affiliation finals earlier than a sellout crowd of three,300 at Queen’s Park.

They wanted a 9-6 win over the Thunder on the Langley Occasions Centre in Sport 6 on Saturday to increase the sequence. The Salmonbellies completed atop the WLA common season at 15-3, simply forward of 14-4 Langley. 

“Proper now, the staff is feeling fairly good bodily. You wish to hold the momentum going,” continued Mydske, who’s additionally captain of the Nationwide Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Warriors within the winter.

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New Westminster is likely one of the extra storied franchises in field lacrosse. They’ve received a file 24 Mann Cups, the final coming in 1991. 

They’ve misplaced seven occasions within the finals in that bid for No. 25, and most painfully in 2009 towards the Brampton Excelsiors at Queen’s Park. New Westminster had a 7-6 lead and possession of the ball with 30.1 seconds to go in Sport 7, solely to show it over and quit a aim that compelled additional time. That they had fallen 9-7 by the shut of the 10-minute further session.

The Salmonbellies’ final look in a Mann Cup got here in 2017, after they misplaced in six video games at house to the Peterborough Lakers.

They’re tales that this Salmonbellies crew ought to know nicely. They’re loaded with New Westminster natives, includng Mydske, brothers Will and Tony Malcom, and Kevin Crowley. Crew captain Mitch Jones is initially from Delta, however he spent a great chunk of time rising up at Queen’s Park, since his dad Randy performed with the Salmonbellies from 1992-99. 

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“That is the place the sport began for a number of of us and to have the ability to give again to the town that received you into lacrosse and all of the coaches you had right here over time could be actually particular,” mentioned Mydske, who lives strolling distance from Queen’s Park. “Having the ability to win a Mann Cup in New Westminster could be the most effective factor to occur in my lacrosse profession.”

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WLA commissioner Paul Dal Monte mentioned that tickets for the Mann Cup would go on sale on-line over the following couple of days.

Six Nations has been sitting idle since Aug. 23, after they beat the Peterborough Lakers 10-5 to comb the best-of-seven Ontario ultimate. They’re loaded offensively, with the likes of Lyle Thompson, brothers Randy and Austin Staats, and former Maple Ridge Burrard Ben McIntosh.

Ontario groups have dominated the championship of late, profitable 14 of the previous 15 Mann Cup sequence. The 2015 Victoria Shamrock staff was the lone B.C. staff to interrupt that string. The final Decrease Mainland staff to win a Mann Cup was the 2001 Coquitlam Adanac aspect.

Langley misplaced in seven video games final yr to host Peterborough.

Zach Higgins made 40 saves Tuesday for New Westminster and was named the playoffs’ most useful participant afterwards. His greatest night time was probably Sport 6, when he made a number of key saves early, permitting the New Westminster offence time to seek out its footing.

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Will Malcom had 4 targets and three assists for the winners. Dane Dobbie had 4 targets for Langley. He minimize the rating to 6-5 in favour of New Westminster with a marker at 13:56 of the second interval, however New Westminster scored the sport’s subsequent 4 targets to take management.

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