WLA Playoff Recap: Coquitlam takes 2-0 lead over Victoria

On Wednesday night the Coquitlam Adanacs and Victoria Shamrocks played game 2 of their playoff series. Coquitlam looked to gain another win and take a 2-0 lead in the series while Victoria hoped to even up the series.

Coquitlam got this game going early in the first period as Dane Dobbie scored just 45 seconds into the game to give Coquitlam a 1-0 lead. Just a minute later Coquitlam would strike again as Mark Negrin scored to extend Coquitlam’s lead to 2-0. Victoria would get on the board though as Brock Armour scored to make it 2-1. Coquitlam would answer right back  as Mark Negrin scored his second goal of the game to give Coquitlam a 3-1 lead. Victoria would get their offense going  as Mitch McLaren and Corey Small scored consecutively to tie the game 3-3. Coquitlam was not done in the period as Dane Dobbie scored two consecutive goals a minute apart in order to give Coquitlam a 5-3 lead heading into the second period. Coquitlam carried over their offensive momentum into the second period as Ryan Johnson scored just 2 minutes into the period in order to extend Coquitlam’s lead to 6-3. Jeff Shattler would answer back for Victoria and make the score 6-4. Dane Dobbie  would score on the power play to make it 7-4 for Coquitlam. Daniel McQuade would score a minute after Dobbie in order to extend Coquitlam’s lead to 8-4. Victoria was down but not out as Karsen Leung scored in order to make the score 8-5. Coquitlam  would score once again on the power play as Kevin Olson found the back of the net in order to give Coquitlam a 9-5 lead heading into the third period.  In the third period Victoria go back into this game as  Jeff Shattler scored just a minute into the period which made the score 9-6. Coquitlam’s offense exploded in the third period as they scored 4 consecutive goals as Mark Negrin and Travis Cornwall each scored two goals which gave Coquitlam a 13-6 lead. Jeff Shattler would score for Victoria with 6 minutes left in the game in order to keep Victoria’s hopes alive as the score was now 13-7. Victoria though would not get any closer as Coquitlam’s defense would shut them down for the rest of the game.

Victoria lost this game due to their offenses in ability to solve Coquitlam’s defense. Victoria will need to find a way to break through Victoria’s defense because they can’t allow themselves to be out shot and they need to avoid allowing Coquitlam to gain an early lead. Coquitlam was able to dominate this game offensively from the beginning as they broke apart Victoria’s defense and built and early lead and never looked back. Nick Rose once again was great in net for Coquitlam as he stopped 31 of 38. Coquitlam’s defense I proving to be the difference in this series as they have been able to hold Victoria’s high powered offense in check. The trio of Mark Negrin, Dane Dobbie and Jason Jones was great tonight. Negrin earned first star honors for his 4 goal 1 assist performance while Dobbie earned second star for his 4 goal and 1 assist performance. Jones would earn third star for his 3 assist performance. Coquitlam will look to take a 3-0 lead in the series on Friday August 10 as the series goes back to Victoria.