Pioneers New WCSLA, Provincial Champions. Next Up, Presidents' Cup
The Ladner Pioneers are the 2017 WCSLA and Provincial Champions after winning Game 5 in the best-of-5 final series with the Royal City Capitals 10-4 Wednesday August 16th at Sungod Arena. The Pioneers now move on to represent BC at the 2017 CLA Presidents' Cup August 27th to September 3rd at Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. The last time Ladner was at the Presidents' Cup was in 2007, the year after they hosted the tournament and won the bronze medal. The Pioneers won the cup in 1998 and 2004.
In Game 5, Colton Dow opened the scoring 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Royal City tied it at 8:14, only to have Wyatt Pinder restore the lead 30 seconds later. Again the visitors tied things up with 4:34 left in the first period only to have Spencer Bromley score eight seconds later to give the Pioneers a 3-2 lead heading into the first intermission. Shots favoured the hosts 18-14. In the second period, things opened up offensively and shut down defensively for the Pioneers as they scored five goals and only surrendered one. Eric Ransom, Dave Yee and Nathan Clare made the score 6-2 by the seven minute mark, and after a Capitals goal at 9:31 Pinder and Yee found the twine to close out the period that saw Royal City outshoot Ladner 19-17. The Capitals cut the lead to three 3:01 into the final frame, but goals by Clare and Connor Davidson sealed the deal for the Pioneers. The Capitals outshot the Pioneers 19-11 in the third period and 52-46 in the contest. Kevin Hill had another big game between the pipes, stopping 48 of 52 shots. Pinder (2G, 2A) and Dow (1G, 3A) led the Ladner scoring on the night.
The Pioneers won Game 1 on home floor by the score of 9-8, lost Game 2 on the road by a 14-7 count, dropped Game 3 at home 8-6, and won Game 4 in New Westminster 13-4.
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