McIn­tosh proves Devils’ dif­fer­ence-maker

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Jake McIn­tosh ar­rived at just the right time for the Westwood Pub Devils.

Miss­ing some of their big guns Sun­day af­ter­noon when they took on the North­land Nis­san As­sault Sun­day in a Prince Ge­orge Se­nior Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion game, McIn­tosh brought his cannon to Kin 1 to make up for it.

In his first PGSLA game in two sea­sons since he left to play ju­nior A lacrosse in Delta, the 19-yearold McIn­tosh blasted out seven goals in a 16-4 spank­ing of the As­sault.

A for­mer midget callup for the Devils, McIn­tosh rein­tro­duced him­self to his team­mates when he scored their first three goals to erase a 2-1 deficit by the mid­way mark of the first pe­riod.

When the shoot­ing fi­nally stopped, the Devils had their 12th win in 12 tries this sea­son, hav­ing launched 60 shots on As­sault goalie Rus­sill Mills. McIn­tosh left the floor with seven goals and an as­sist.

He returned to Prince Ge­orge last week af­ter choos­ing to leave the B.C. Ju­nior Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion, where he was in his sec­ond sea­son playing for the Delta Is­lan­ders. In 16 games dat­ing back to last sea­son, he scored seven goals and had 14 as­sists for 21 points. He had three as­sists in two games this sea­son.

“I just de­cided I wanted to come home and I want to play lacrosse be­cause I love it,” said McIn­tosh.

“Hope­fully I can keep per­form­ing like I did to­day.

“It was a good group of guys (in Delta) but I just didn’t feel I wanted to play at the next level this year. I want to work and make some money be­cause I’m go­ing to school next year (to study fire­fight­ing at the Jus­tice In­sti­tute of B.C. in New West­min­ster).”

McIn­tosh hopes to return to ju­nior A next year.

“It’s a lot faster in that league and there’s no room for mis­takes, he said. “It’s the next level, and if you want to go pro­fes­sional that’s the league you want to play in.”

As­sault cap­tain Doug Porter grew up playing mi­nor lacrosse with Jake and he’d much rather see him playing for North­land.

“I’ve played with Jake since we were six and he’s al­ways been a great player, it’s nice to see him back here playing,” said Porter.

“He’s al­ways been a great out­side shooter and he can move and create space and he’s a good passer. He’s al­ways dan­ger­ous out there. They just took it to us.”

Af­ter months of playing or prac­tic­ing with his ju­nior team six days a week, McIn­tosh has his six-foot, 180-pound body in great shape and that be­came all too ob­vi­ous to the As­sault play­ers who could only watch as he used his speed to roll free of his check and lead rushes. His relentless hus­tle forced turnovers or loose-ball scoops he turned into scor­ing plays with his hard, quick and ac­cu­rate shot.

“He’s grown up a lot,” said team­mate James McIn­tosh, Jake’s cousin. “He’s got a dif­fer­ent pres­ence and a dif­fer­ent speed to him, just the way he sees the game makes ev­ery­body bet­ter. It’s go­ing to be great to have him back.”

It was nat­u­ral choice for McIn­tosh to play for the Devils. His dad Blake was a long­time cap­tain of the team and his un­cle Kyle, Blake’s brother, also suited up as a Devil. His grand­fa­ther Neil coached and played for the Devils and Jake’s great-un­cle Ken is also a for­mer Devil player.

“My whole fam­ily played for this team so I want to play for the Devils,” said Jake.

“I’ve known most of these guys since I was three years old, watch­ing them over the years, so I’ve grown pretty close with them.

“We want to win (se­nior C) provin­cials this year be­cause it’s here. Hope­fully we’ll get more guys out (to play). We’re miss­ing four key guys.”

The Devils were with­out PGSLA scor­ing leader An­drew Sch­wab, who was in Van­cou­ver af­ter getting en­gaged, and they did not have the ser­vices of de­fence­men Scott An­der­son and Jeff Moleski and for­ward Dan­ton Ni­chol­son.

The As­sault was also short­staffed with­out lead­ing scorer Dave Jenk­ins, Clarke An­der­son and none of their other righthande­d shoot­ers were avail­able.

They lost sniper Matt Ro­chon mid­way through the game when he suf­fered a rib in­jury.

James McIn­stosh fin­ished with two goals and an as­sist, as did Nolan Bayliss. Luis Enes had a six-point game with a goal and five as­sists. Porter led his team of­fen­sively with two goals and two as­sists.

Jamie Bellamy and Steven Brizan, who played the third pe­riod, com­bined to make 24 saves in goal for the Devils.

In other PGSLA re­sults Satur­day, the Devils beat the RPR Me­chan­i­cal/JR Con­struc­tion Ban­dits 7-5 and the Macken­zie Conifex Power Lum­ber­jacks topped the As­sault 14-9. A sched­uled Sun­day morn­ing game be­tween Macken­zie and the Quesnel Sum­mit Electric Cross­fire was for­feited when the Cross­fire had only three shoot­ers and a goalie. It was the sec­ond game this sea­son Quesnel has been forced to for­feit due to in­suf­fi­cient num­bers.

In a game on Wed­nes­day, the Devils won 7-2 af­ter the As­sault for­feited af­ter the first pe­riod.


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