Adanacs end Roadrunners' playoff run

Regular season champions sweep Richmond in semi-finals

Having the best player on the floor Saturday night wasn’t enough to extend the Richmond Roadrunners’ season.

Despite another superb performance in net from Riku Jokela, the Coquitlam Adanacs completed a two-game sweep of the B.C. Junior B Tier One Lacrosse League semi-final series with a 6-4 victory at a steamy Minoru Arenas.

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The Finnish import, who will play for his country at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley in September, was terrific with 44 saves after making 48 one night earlier in a 12-8 game one loss.

Game two got off to an encouraging start with the hosts opening up a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes on a pair of goals from captain Josh Bourne and another from Jordan Roberts.

However, the Adanacs struck twice to open the second before the game’s turning point when Richmond leading playoff scorer Ryan Jensen received a five minute major and a game misconduct for a high stick. Another penalty followed to Jacob Lorenz and the visitors cashed in with a power play goal to take the lead for good.

Richmond was held off the scoresheet for nearly 30 minutes before Liam O’Connor scored in the late going.

Thomas Dickinson led the way in game one for the Roadrunners with four goals. Roberts added a pair.

Coquitlam will face the winner of Victoria/Delta in the league finals. That series will have a third and deciding game on Tuesday. The Adanacs are already guaranteed to by representing B.C. at the Founder’s Cup in Winnipeg thanks to their first place finish in regular season play.

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