Ben McIntosh had two goals and two assists in his return. (Twitter)

McIntosh leads Burrards in return

Now 4-1, second in WLA after win over Coquitlam

Ben McIntosh, a day after helping the Saskatchewan Rush win its third NLL title, suited up for the Maple Ridge Burrards and recorded two goals and two assists in a 10-7 win Sunday at home over the Coquitlam Adanacs.

Both of his goals came on powerplays in the third period, two of four the Burrards scored with the man advantage in the final frame.

And he may not have slept the night before.

“He wasn’t 100 per cent,” said Burrards general manager Lance Andre.

He added that McIntosh celebrated after Saskatchewan’s win, caught a plane in the morning, then stopped by home before coming to the rink in Maple Ridge and playing for the Burrards.

“He would have been exhausted.”

The fact McIntosh made such an effort, Andre said, speaks to his commitment, and to the type of team Ridge has assembled.

“He knows what we have is something special.”

With McIntosh now, teams have to decide whether to double-team him or WLA scoring leader Curtis Dickson.

McIntosh had 18 points in four playoffs games with the Rush, which claimed NLL championship with 15-10 win at home over Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday.

“He’s an elite player,” Andre said.

Dickson, meanwhile, increased his league scoring lead with four goals and an assist for the Burrards on Sunday. He now has 22 goals and 31 points in five games.

The Burrards, now 4-1 and second in the WLA, held Coquitlam scoreless on six powerplay opportunities.

Both sides had 47 shots on net. Frank Scigliano made 40 saves for the win.

Mike Mallory added two goals and two assists. Colton Porter and Tanner Fisher also scored.

The Burrards will be getting more reinforcements this weekend.

Jeff Cornwall, who also played with the Rush, will be rejoining the Burrards on Vancouver Island, as will Garrett McIntosh, who played with the Calgary Roughnecks of the NLL, and Dan Taylor, of the Toronto Rock.

However, Matthew Dinsdale, who also played for the Rush, recording 11 points in four playoff contests, won’t be rejoining the Burrards. Andre said Dinsdale has decided to take the summer off, but has until July 1 to change his mind.

• The Burrards visit the Victoria Shamrocks (3-2) on Friday, then player the Namaimo Timbermen (2-4) on Saturday.

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