Sports

A’s gear up for Minto Cup showdown

The Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs’ defeat of the Calgary Mountaineers in the Western Canadian Finals last week has set the stage for a Minto Cup series against the Six Nations Arrows. - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO
The Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs’ defeat of the Calgary Mountaineers in the Western Canadian Finals last week has set the stage for a Minto Cup series against the Six Nations Arrows.
— image credit: TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO

When Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs head coach Neil Doddridge visited his dad in Ontario last month, he made sure to catch a Six Nations Arrows game to see one of the top eastern teams for himself.

As it turns out, the scouting report will will be valuable for the A’s bench boss, who has been busy preparing his team for a Minto Cup showdown against the Arrows, which begins this weekend.

“They are the best team coming out of the east,” he told The Tri-City News on Wednesday. “They are big in the back end and they are strong offensively. It will be a good series.”

Doddridge has some history with the Six Nations club. He is from the area and played for the Chiefs — the organization’s senior team — winning several Mann Cups with the squad in the 1990s.

Coquitlam will have their hands full with the Arrows when they begin the best-of-seven series in Langley on Saturday.

Six Nations has dominated in the post-season, winning 11 of 13 games including a four-game sweep of the Whitby Warriors — last year’s Minto Cup champions — in the eastern final.

Arrows captain Johnny Powless has been a big reason for the club’s success this season. He scored six goals in the eastern finals and dished out 15 helpers for a 21-point series.

But Doddridge believes he has the horses to pull his squad to victory and notes that his captain, Wesley Berg, is also playing some of his best lacrosse of his young career.

“We will ride our captains as long as we can,” he said. “Our Wesley Berg is just as good as their Johnny Powless.”

Doddridge also likes the fact that this year’s Minto Cup is a best-of-seven series, not the round-robin format that has occurred in past years. He believes the Adanacs are built for endurance and can withstand the pounding that players take in a lengthy playoff round.

Having the series take place across the Port Mann Bridge at the Langley Events Centre doesn’t hurt his club’s chances either, he added.

“It is a lot easier playing close to home,” he said. “You sleep in your own bed. Athletes at this level are into routines. We have played well at that arena over the last couple of years.”

• For more information about the upcoming Minto Cup go to www.bcjall.com. Championship results will be available at www.langleyeventscentre.com/2014MintoCup.

sports@tricitynews.com

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

New colour scheme for development is fine with church
 
Record-breaking night for KPU
 
Langley Secondary School closure considered
Two injured in four-vehicle crash in Langley
 
UPDATE: 11th farm hit with Avian flu, outbreak that started in Chilliwack enters U.S.
 
Growing pains for police investigation unit
Spruce Kings stop Rivermen streak
 
B.C. Lions name Jeff Tedford head coach
 
Conviction in fatal B.C. ferry sinking upheld

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event




Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.