Burrards Pull Off Major Upset Over Shamrocks 

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network 

In a major upset, the Maple Ridge Burrards downed the Victoria Shamrocks 7-4 on Sunday night in WLA action.

After going 1-17 last season, the Burrards are now 2-0 and leading the WLA standings.

Brandon Humphrey had a huge game for the Burrards, stopping 47 shots as Victoria outshot Maple Ridge 51-34. On the other end of the floor, Cam Dunkerley stopped 32 shots in the loss.

Victoria struggled five-on-five in this game. Two goals came on the power play and one with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker. The Shamrocks’ lone even-strength goal came with 1:03 left in the game.

Quiet First Period

The first period saw little offense as the game was tied 1-1 at the first buzzer.

The hero for Victoria in their season opener Cole Pickup opened the scoring at 6:04 on the power play.

At 9:08, Rhys Blake scored on a solo effort for the Burrards to tie up the game.

Burrards Take The Lead

Maple Ridge took the lead in the second period, opening with a two-goal run.

Dylan McIntosh put the Burrards up 2-1 at 4:46 into the second frame. The very next possession, 15 seconds later, Mitch Mcdole found the back of the net to make it 3-1.

The Shamrocks would get back within one off a goal from Nick Preston with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker at 5:49.

On the power play, Pickup scored at 11:12 to knot the game up 3-3.

Blake scored his second of the game, unassisted, shorthanded as Maple Ridge held a 4-3 lead heading into the third.

Maple Ridge Completes Major Upset

Drew Andre, unassisted, opened the third period scoring at 4:23 as the Burrards extended their lead 5-3.

Just under four minutes later, Isaac Ngyou would give Maple Ridge a 6-3 advantage. The Burrards kept the pressure on as McIntosh scored at 9:02 to round out a four-goal run for the Burrards.

Thomas Vaesen found the back of the net for Victoria with 1:03 left in the game, but the Burrards pulled off the major upset 7-4.

Three Stars

  1. Brandon Humphrey, Maple Ridge Burrards
  2. Rhys Blake, Maple Ridge Burrards
  3. Cam Dunkerley, Victoria Shamrocks 

Top Scorers

Maple Ridge Burrards

Rhys Blake, 2g 1a

Dylan McIntosh, 2g

Victoria Shamrocks 

Jacob Ruest, 4a

Nick Preston, 1g 2a

Cole Pickup, 2g

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.