RECAP: Islanders Go Up 2-0 on Adanacs

by Owen Munro

First, they took down last season's defending Provincial champions in the Victoria Shamrocks, and now the Delta Islanders have their sights set on the other half of last season's final. They're well on their way, too.

Delta has taken a 2-0 series lead over the Coquitlam Adanacs with a pair of home wins over the weekend. Coming into the game, the A's were sporting a 15-3 regular-season record and had gone 4-0 in the playoffs with sweeps over New Westminster and Richmond. Then they ran into what appears to be a juggernaut in the Islanders, who finished in third in the regular season but had beaten some quality opposition in Victoria and Nanaimo to get there.

Led by an explosive offence, Delta was able to stay ahead of the Adanacs by matching them goal-for-goal on Sunday night. Ashton Leclair has also made some quality saves down the stretch and stopped eight of 51 shots for last night's win. It was much of the same in Game 1, where the game was tied 4-4 until Delta potted four in a row to finish that one with a 10-7 win. 

While Ben McDonald lead the BCJT1LL in regular-season points with 84 (55 of those goals), it's been more of a team effort for the Islanders' O. Players like Keegan Kozack, Rhys Porteous and Dylan Nishiyama are among those who have chipped in with big contributions. The A's have mostly been led by Beau Chetner, who's scored six goals in the two games this series.

It now shifts to Coquitlam for a big one on Tuesday night at 8 PM. If necessary, Game 4 and Game 5 will also be played in Coquitlam. The first two games were in Ladner due to scheduling conflicts.