Adanacs take con­trol of Minto Cup fi­nal

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - TODD SAELHOF

On with the show.

That was the verdict that came down shortly af­ter 5 p.m. Thurs­day night among par­ties at the 2018 Minto Cup in Cal­gary.

The na­tional Ju­nior A box lacrosse cham­pi­onship be­tween the Bramp­ton Ex­cel­siors and the Co­quit­lam Adanacs was put in limbo Wed­nes­day when Game 2 was held up af­ter of­fi­cials sched­uled to work the con­test refused to take the floor to protest an over­turned sus­pen­sion.

Ex­cel­siors cap­tain Jeff Teat had a sup­posed au­to­matic ban over­turned by the Minto Cup dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee de­spite re­ceiv­ing a match penalty late in Tues­day’s Game 1 vic­tory by the Adanacs, and the ref­er­ees re­acted by re­fus­ing to of­fi­ci­ate Wed­nes­day ’s sec­ond game of the best-of-five se­ries at Max Bell Cen­tre.

“It was a tech­ni­cal­ity that (the Ex­cel­siors) were able to find (on ap­peal), and the sus­pen­sion was over­turned,” said Minto Cup cochair Kurt Gib­son. “The res­o­lu­tion is that Jeff Teat will be play­ing.

“It’s against the ref­er­ees wishes, but they wanted to show that they were will­ing to keep the Minto Cup go­ing. I don’t think they were com­pletely happy with the res­o­lu­tion, but they were con­cerned about any dam­ages against them, so they worked hard to help find a res­o­lu­tion.”

The end re­sult saw the tour­na­ment’s lead­ing point-scorer, Teat, dress for the resched­uled Game 2 Thurs­day night.

Bramp­ton Ex­cel­siors star player Jeff Teat and head coach Dan Teat were both given match penal­ties for ver­bally abus­ing an of­fi­cial at the end of Tues­day ’s 11-9 loss to the Co­quit­lam Adanacs. Coach Teat’s sus­pen­sion was up­held by the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

Cap­tain Teat came into Game 2 with 17 goals and 33 points in just four Minto Cup con­tests, in­clud­ing scor­ing a hat-trick in the Game 1 de­feat.

Be­cause of the all-day de­lib­er­a­tions to re­solve the con­tro­versy, Game 2 didn’t start un­til 8 p.m. Thurs­day night.

When the dust had set­tled , it was the Adanacs maintaining focus en route to an 8-6 win.

The vic­tory gives the Co­quit­lam squad a 2-0 lead in the cham­pi­onship se­ries with the po­ten­tially de­cid­ing Game 3 go­ing Fri­day night at the Max Bell Arena. Un­der the orig­i­nal sched­ule, Fri­day was sup­posed to have been an off-day in the se­ries.

Games 4 and 5, both if nec­es­sary, are sched­uled for Satur­day and Sun­day, both at 7 p.m. at Max Bell.

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