Both Teams Looking to Take 3-2 Series Lead
Aug 21, 2014
With the Minto Cup tied at two games apiece, the focus now shifts to the all-important fifth game, tonight at 8:00PM at the Langley Events Centre.
The Coquitlam Adanacs couldn’t have started the series any better, winning the first two games with stellar goaltending and timely scoring. But the roles reversed in games three and four which were dominated by Six Nations.
“At the beginning of the summer, if you would’ve told me and the guys we’d be two wins away from the Minto Cup, we’d take it in a heartbeat,” said Adanacs head coach Neil Doddridge.
“We’re going to come out hard tonight,” said Doddridge. “We get a day off on Friday and hopefully we can finish it on Saturday.”
The Arrows have ramped up their intensity by throwing more cross-checks and keeping Coquitlam to the outside.
“Our defense is answering the bell,” said Arrows coach Marshall Abrams. “There’s some big boys on Coquitlam and we’ve had to play our best to keep them in check.”
The momentum turned in game three, when the Adanacs were unable to match the physicality thrown at them by the Arrows. In turn, Coquitlam’s frustration forced them to take some unnecessary penalties leading to power-play opportunities for the Arrows. Six Nations were held to two power-play goals the first two games, but managed to score five times in games three and four.
“We know it’ll be an even tougher Coquitlam team in Game 5,” said Abrams. “They’ll be pushing hard tonight and we just have to push back.”
One thing that’s gotten bigger every game this series is the support for the Six Nations squad.
“The crowd’s been awesome,” said Abrams. “Our cousins from the Squamish Nations have come down and been giving us a lot of support and energy. We’re really happy they’re doing that for us.”
“I hope we pack this place,” said Doddridge. “The product on the floor is the best in the country, if not North America. You might not be cheering for us or the Arrows, but you get to see great lacrosse in a world class facility.”
The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2. Game 5 of the Minto Cup is Thursday at 8:00PM at the Langley Events Centre.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ca or at the LEC Box Office which opens at 5:00PM.
For details visit http://www.LangleyEventsCentre.com/2014MintoCup
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