COQUITLAM, B.C. -- Jeremy Noble had two goals and an assist as the defending champion Orangeville Northmen beat the Okotoks Raiders 7-3 Sunday at the Minto Cup junior A lacrosse championship.
Orangeville improved to 2-0 with the win, good for a tie for first place with the host Coquitlam Adanacs. Coquitlam beat the New Westminster Salmonbellies 11-7 in the late game.
The Ontario-champion Northmen are trying for their third straight Minto Cup title, a feat not accomplished since the Peterborough James Gang won three from 1981 to 1983.
Adam Jones had a goal and three assists for the Northmen, while Brad Gillies, Pat Saunders, Rob Hellyer and Andrew Suitor also scored.
Carlton Schuss, Aaron Tackaberry and Travis Comeau replied for the Alberta-based Raiders.
Dillon Ward made 29 saves for Oakville while Greg Hallet stopped 40 shots for Okotoks.
Okotoks fell to 0-2 at the Minto Cup after winning the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League with a 26-0-1 record, including the playoffs.
In the late game, Matthew Dinsdale had three goals and an assist and Mark Matthews added a goal and five assists to lead the Adanacs to a 2-0 record. Dan Lewis was stellar in the Adanacs' goal, making 48 saves.
Robert Church had two goals and two assists while David Joyce,Tor Reinhold, Wesley Berg, Simon Giourmetakis and Riley Loewen also scored for the hosts. Ben McIntosh chipped in with five assists.
Cody Bremner scored twice and Colton Clark had a goal and two assists for the Salmonbellies (0-2). Daniel McQuade, Scott Rouse, Jordan Catton and Keegan Bal had the other New Westminster goals.
Brandon Mulligan made 28 saves on 38 shots in goal for New Westminster before being replaced by Frankie Scigliano, who stopped one of two shots in relief.
The game was a rematch of the B.C. Junior Lacrosse League final, which the Adanacs won in five games.