Nathan Stewart scored a hat trick to lead the New Westminster Salmonbellies to a 9-6 win over the slumping Port Coquitlam Saints on Tuesday.
Stewart tallied two of New West’s seven goals through the opening half and the first six minutes of the middle frame to give the junior A ’Bellies an insurmountable 7-0 lead at Queen’s Park Arena.
PoCo got the deficit to within three goals, but that was as close as it got for the 3-10-1 Saints.
New West improved its record to 6-5-0 with the win.
Preston Lupul chipped in with a pair of goals for the home club, Tyler Landry made 42 saves in goal for his fourth win this season.
New West takes on the junior Thunder tonight at the Langley Events Centre at 8 p.m. The juniors are back at home this Sunday to take on the Victoria Shamrocks in a 5 p.m. start.
The ’Bellies will also host the Coquitlam Adanacs at Queen’s Park Arena on Tuesday, beginning at 8 p.m.