Islanders rally to win bronze medal in Langley

Delta's Intermediate B team upsets Ridge Meadows Burrards for third place

The Delta Islanders won the bronze medal at the provincial Intermediate B championships in Langley.

The Delta Islanders won the bronze medal at the provincial Intermediate B championships in Langley.

Coming from behind over the final 40 minutes, the Delta Islanders won a bronze medal at the four-team B.C. Intermediate B Lacrosse Championships in Langley.

With eight of 25 players from North Delta, the Islanders rallied from a 4-1 deficit after one period to upset the Ridge Meadows Burrards 7-5 in the bronze medal game.

Delta was third in league play with a 12-6 win-loss record, but struggled at the provincial tournament. The Islanders were winless in the round robin, finishing fourth.  They lost to the Burrards in the round robin, their fourth setback in four games against Ridge Meadows.

But after 20 minutes of their medal game, Delta found their form, scoring twice in the first minute of the second period to cut the difference to 4-3. They then added four more goals before the Burrards could respond.

Victor Robichaud of North Delta tallied four times in the bronze medal game, with Cody Hoegg adding two and Kyle McKim scoring once.

Robichaud and Bentley Barrados of the Islanders were tournament all-stars.

Hoegg and netminder Matthew Hills were named to the league all-star team, while Phillip Hladky – a native of the Czech Republic who joined the Islanders in May – posted the season’s best save percentage at .851.

North Delta resident Scott Liebich was the Coach of the Year.

Other members of the Islanders from North Delta were Derrick Usipiuk, Jacob Howatt, Alex Butschler, Nikolas Addison, Jamie Torcov, Jake Liebich, Paul Bains, assistance coach Tyler Bains and manager Jagrup Bains.

Surrey North Delta Leader