BCJALL Review: Coquitlam Adanacs
LAST SEASON: 17-4 - 1ST - WON BCJALL CHAMPIONSHIP
229 GF 132 GA +97 GD
What started as a promising run to a Minto Cup repeat quickly petered out for the Coquitlam Adanacs. After holding off the Alberta champion Okotoks Raiders in a closely-fought battle, the team dropped a tough one to the eventual champions in Orangeville, setting up for a rematch of the BC final with the Victoria Shamrocks.
Despite sweeping the Shamrocks to win the Provincial banner, it was all Shamrocks in the game it mattered most. Victoria jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 20 minutes and built upon it with four more in the middle frame, eventually clinching their spot in the Minto final with a 15-7 win. It was a bitter way for Coquitlam to go out, but making it that far can’t be considered a failure; it’s incredibly tough to be as successful Coquitlam has been year over year.
Some may have concerns about the Adanacs going forward, but there shouldn’t be any concerns that the luster is wearing off. The club continues to have a proper plan in place when it comes to identifying import talent, developing their own home-grown players and putting it all together in a manner that makes all their teams competitive. It’s a blueprint that teams are envious of, but one that has taken several years to get ready for primetime.
It doesn’t take long to see why Coquitlam is consistently favoured to be amongst the top in the league. They will still return Goaltender of the Year Nate Faccin, Thomas Semple (27 Goals, 30 Assists) as well as a number of solid role players, including Luca Antongiovanni, who will be expected to take yet another leap in his second full year of Junior A lacrosse. They also have one of the best minor pipelines in the province and maybe the entire country. If I had to bet on something with Coquitlam, it will be that they will be just fine.