The Mission Cedar Kings posted a big 7-4 win over Richmond on Saturday. (Submitted)

Mission’s undefeated streak hits four

Cedar Kings defeat Richmond, now tied for first place

The Mission Cedar Kings’ undefeated run to open the season has now stretched to four games, after the club downed the Richmond Roadrunners 7-4 in Port Coquitlam on Saturday.

From the opening period it was all Cedar Kings, as the team scored five consecutive goals to open the game and lead 5-2 after one.

Defences for both teams tightened in the second, but Mission still led 6-3 after 40 minutes. Just two more goals were exchanged in the final frame, as the Cedar Kings recorded the 7-4 win.

Mission’s Brenton Graham led the way with two goals, with Josh Veres, Cody Thompson, Branden Bloom, Jim Nishiyama and Wylan Malowany also scoring.

Mission product Veres, playing in his rookie season for the Cedar Kings, notched his first-ever goal at the senior level in the win.

Veres, Tony Corbin, Linden Beskay and Steve Aldcroft all picked up helpers.

Cedar Kings goalie Jeff Lissimore had another strong showing, stopping 39 shots for the win.

Mission sits tied for first place in the West Central Senior C Lacrosse League, with a perfect 4-0 record. Mission has outscored its opposition 27-20 in those four games.

Mission is tied with the defending champion Ridge Attack for first overall.

Despite the excellent start, the Cedar Kings only have one player (Gavan Sand – seven points, 12th overall) in the top 20 for scoring, proving the team has balanced scoring early into the season.

Next up for the team is a date with the fourth-place North Shore Indians (2-1) on Saturday.

The two teams battle in Port Coquitlam starting at 8:45 p.m.

For more on the team, visit wcsll.teamopolis.com.

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