Junior 'Bellies clip Thunder

With less than two weeks left in the regular schedule, the standings for the top-four finishers in the B.C.Junior A Lacrosse League remains a work in progress.

For the New Westminster junior Salmonbellies, now’s as good as time as any to pad that winning streak.

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Powered by a hat trick from Keegan Bell, New West stopped Langley 11-8 on Tuesday at Queen’s Park, needing a late push to cool the visitor’s comeback attempt.

Goals by Dalton Lupul and Cam Garlin, 39 seconds apart just past the midway point of the third period pushed back after Langley had reduced the ’Bellies’ lead to 9-7.

They held the lead the rest of the way.

Tre Leclaire, recently named to Canada’s men’s field lacrosse team for the upcoming World championships in Israel, counted two goals and four assists, while Carter Dickson also tallied twice and set up three others.

Rounding out the offence were Cole Catton and Charlie Kurtenbach.

Erik Kratz turned aside 31 shots, as New West out shot Langley 58-39.

The junior’Bellies visit PoCo, who sit tied with New West in second place, on Friday, while Nanaimo and Langley will come to Queen’s Park on July 2 (2 p.m.) and July 3 (8 p.m.), respectively.

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