A terrific third period rally salvaged a weekend series for the Delta Junior Islanders Lacrosse program in a pair of games with the Nanaimo Timbermen.
The Islanders scored six of the game’s final seven goals in a 14-12 overtime win at the Ladner Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon in B.C. Junior B Tier One play.
Nanaimo looked to be well on its way to a fourth straight win out of the gate when early third period tallies made it 11-8. However, the Islanders replied with three of their own, including Ben McDonald’s power play equalizer with 7:40 remaining.
The Timbermen opened the scoring in the 10-minute non-sudden death overtime period, but Delta responded with two more goals from McDonald and another from Jake McIntosh to cap the rally.
McDonald finished with six goals and two assists. The first-year standout has been a fixture in both the Junior “A” and Tier One’s line-ups so far this season.
McIntosh added five assists while Rhys Porteous had a hat trick and five points. Cody Hoegg scored twice with singles by Joey DeBaughn and Ryan Flack. Ashton LeClair was terrific in net with 51 saves.
Delta will look to build on its 2-0 record when New West visits Ladner on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday in Nanaimo, the Junior “A” Islanders dropped an 11-10 heartbreaker — surrendering a shorthanded game winner with just 10 seconds remaining.
Delta had stormed back to tie the game with three goals in less than two minutes — capped by Ryan Jones' power play tally with 38 seconds left.
Haiden Dickson had seven points in a losing cause, including a hat trick. Ryan Jones, Liam McDonald and McDonald each scored twice.
Delta (1-1) travels to New West tonight and hosts Port Coquitlam on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the LLC.