Last Night: Orangeville, Delta clinch titles in wild night of Junior A lacrosse

Go ahead and rub those eyes. It’s not easy to believe what we’re seeing in the world of Junior A lacrosse.

The Orangeville Northmen not only polished off the Six Nations Arrows with last night’s 9-7 win, the Hornheads did it with a sweep of the Arrows to win the Ontario championship. And out West, the Delta Islanders stunned the Coquitlam Adanacs, 11-10 in double overtime, to win that best-of-3 series, 2-1, to capture the BJCALL title.

Not only is it the first B.C. title in Delta history, it comes against a Coquitlam squad that had won 7 straight B.C. titles. What’s more, the Adanacs have now lost 2 of their last 3 after winning 24 straight in the regular season and first round of the playoffs.  

So yes, it was a bit of a whirlwind for Junior A ball last night.

In Ontario, the Northmen and Arrows traded goals through the opening period for a 2-2 tie and Brendan Bomberry’s strike at 3 seconds gave the Nation a 3-2 lead. Orangeville responded with 4 straight goals, 3 from Joel Tinney for a 6-3 lead.

In the third, consecutive goals by Bomberry cut Orangeville’s lead to 7-6, but the Hornheads scored 2 of the final 3 goals to clinch the series and eliminate the 2-time defending Minto Cup champion.

In B.C., it was a bit of a track meet as Delta opened a 5-2 lead after Riley Phillips cashed in an Evan Messenger assist at 12:20 of the second. Coquitlam rallied to tie the score and take a 6-5 lead with a pair of Tyler Pace goals leading the charge.

Pace’s fourth goal of the game gave Coquitlam a 7-5 lead at 15:48 of the third and Delta managed to keep the deficit to one goal as it traded punches down the stretch. With 1:03 left and goalie Kevin Orleman off for an extra stick, Jon Phillips scored the goal that forced OT.

John Hofseth of Coquitlam and Chase Fraser of Delta traded goals in the first OT, setting up sudden death. And at 9:21 of the second OT, it was Nick Jensen who scored the winner and started the party for Delta.

The Minto Cup gets started on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Langley Events Centre. Orangeville (OJALL), Delta (BCJALL), Coquitlam (BCJALL) and Jr. A Mounties (RMLL) are this year's participants. 

Ontario Junior A
Finals (best-of-7)

Orangeville 9, Six Nations 7 (box score), Orangeville wins series, 4-0

Finals (best-of-3)

Delta 11, Coquitlam 10 2OT (box score), Delta wins series, 2-1

Bob Chavez Aug 10, 2016