Potent powerplay a big part of 'Bellies win

A sharp powerplay and some sharpshooters all proved a potent mix for New Westminster, as the senior A Salmonbellies blitzed the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-7 on Thursday.

Connecting on six of eight extra-man chances was an advantage that the visiting Adanacs couldn't overcome, as New West vaulted to a 6-2 lead in the first period, cashing in for four powerplay goals.

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It began the same way in the second period, as New West tallied two more extra-man markers for a six-for-six run and an impressive 8-2 lead. They'd add another goal -- this time, at even strength -- before the Adanacs pushed back.

While Coquitlam would be able to match the 'Bellies on offence the rest of the way, they were unable to get any closer than 10-5.

In his second game back in 'Bellies colours, Kevin Crowley tallied four goals, three with the extra man, while Austin Shanks cashed in for three powerplay markers and a pair of assists.

Jordan McBride, with two goals and two assists, and Brandon Goodwin, with a pair, provided ample support on offence. Jeff Henrick and Justin Salt also tallied.

Alexis Buque made 27 saves in the win, while Coquitlam's Christian Del Bianco faced 63 shots.

New West, which improved to 3-2 with the win, heads to Victoria on Friday, before returning for a June 20 game against Nanaimo at Queen's Park Arena.

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