There will be plenty of local flavor on the floor this weekend when the Arena Lacrosse League West wraps up its season with the playoff championship series at the Langley Events Centre.
The defending champion Sea Spray will take on the Shooting Eagles after both posted semi-final victories last weekend.
The regular season champion Shooting Eagles (10-4) are soaring into the finals after producing their eighth straight win, a 15-12 result over the Grizzlies.
Delta Islanders’ alumni and current Ladner Pioneers’ standout Spencer Bromley led the way with four goals and eight points to earn first star honours. He was one of seven players to record multi-point games, while five players scored two goals or more.
“It was a bit more of a back-and-forth game than we wanted, but we have the roster to do it. We have the depth; we have anybody who can contribute on any given night,” Bromley said. “That has been the strength of our offence: we have seen it all year, we can take guys out and move things around, and someone else steps up every night.”
Another Islander alumni, Mark Yingling, had a big outing with three goals and a pair of assists. The Delta native captured the regular season scoring title with 70 points in 14 games. He was among the top picks of the 2022 WLA Draft and plays for the Burnaby Lakers in the summer.
Ladner’s Brody Harris got the win in net, making 43 saves.
The Sea Spray advanced with a 14-9 win over the Black Fish thanks to four goals and eight points from Islander grad Tyler Ewen while Ladner Pioneers’ Tyler Kirkby added a goal and six assists.
“We have a pretty loaded offence so anyone can score at any time. Anybody can have a four-goal, five goal night,” Ewen said. “It is nice when you get your shots in, but anybody can score, and it is a pretty unselfish team we are playing with.”
If the teams split the weekend games, a 15-minute mini-game will be played following game two on Sunday to determine the champion.