Coquitlam Adanacs goaltender Christian Del Bianco turns aside Orangeville Northmen’s Adam Charalambides during game three of the Minto Cup championships on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre.

Del Bianco delivers, Adanacs win Minto Cup

Coquitlam goaltender Christian Del Bianco sensational, making 59 saves in deciding game of Canadian junior A national lacrosse championships

The Coquitlam Adanacs are Minto Cup champions.

The Adanacs defeated the Orangeville Northmen 6-5 in overtime on Monday night at the Langley Events Centre to capture Canada’s junior A national lacrosse championship.

The teams were playing the fifth and deciding game of the series with the sides alternating victories. Three of the five games were one-goal contests.

In Monday’s finale, the teams were tied at two after 40 minutes.

Coquitlam went ahead 5-4 with 6:44 to play but the Northmen forced OT on Matt Vangalen’s goal with 93 seconds to play.

In the 10-minute overtime period, Dereck Downs scored the lone goal.

Jake Taylor — the lone Langley player on the Adanacs — had an assist on the goal and finished the game with two helpers.

Adanacs goaltender Christian Del Bianco made 59 saves in the victory as his team was out-shot 64-44. He was also named most valuable player of the tournament after finishing with a 5-2 record, a 5.49 goals against average and an .891 save percentage.

“I don’t even know what the feeling is … I just don’t know what to say,” he said afterwards.

“Honestly, it was just pure excitement.”

Coquitlam captain Tyler Pace led the team with a pair of goals, while Dennon Armstrong had a goal and two helpers. Reid Bowering and Nicholas McNabb had a goal apiece.

The Northmen were led by Thomas Haggarth and Vangalen, who each scored twice, while Adam Charalambides had a goal and two assists. Joel Tinney finished with four assists.

The Adanacs had won game one 3-2 and game three 9-7 while Orangeville took game two 9-6 and game four 6-5.

The two teams advanced to the best-of-five series ahead of the Delta Islanders and the Calgary Mountaineers as the championships began with a four-team round-robin format.


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