Golden Opportunity Missed By Burrards Against Lakers

The Maple Ridge Burrards had a golden opportunity to take a stranglehold of second place in the WLA standings, but the Burnaby Lakers would spoil the party.

Playing their fourth game in six days, tried legs were evident for the Burrards as they dropped a 15-7 decision to the Lakers on Tuesday night.

Maple Ridge remains one game up in second place with a record of 6-8, but all other teams have games in hand on the Burrards. A win on Tuesday could have given them a two-game cushion that would have been helpful in these tight standings. The good news: The Burrards still have three of their last four games against the bottom two teams in the league.

For the Lakers, they improve to 4-6-1 to keep them in the playoff hunt. They are one game back of New Westminster, Coquitlam and Langley for places three through five.

Burnaby was led by Jacob Dunbar on Tuesday night with a hat trick and eight assists for 11 points. Meanwhile, Ben McDonald had five goals for the Lakers. Alex Buque picked up the win in goals, stopping 44 of 51 shots.

Burnaby’s Offence Comes Alive

The Laker’s offence didn’t miss a beat to begin the game with seven goals in the first 20 minutes. Kai George opened the scoring 31 seconds into the game. Trevayne Hunter followed that up at 9:53. McDonald would then make it 3-0 for the Lakers at 12:48.

Rhys Blake finally got Maple Ridge on the board with an unassisted power play goal at 13:32. McDonald replied back with 5:00 left on the clock to make it a three-goal game. It was also the start of a four-goal run for the Lakers.

Dunbar scored on the power play at 16:52 and added another marker 40 seconds later. Pearson Willis made it 7-1 for the Lakers on the power play at 17:44.

Marcus Klarich scored for the Burrards to round at the first-period scoring with 27 seconds left to make it 7-2 in favour of the Lakers. Things got a bit out of hand with 2:28 on the clock. Kaden Doughty took a roughing call for the Burrards and it spiralled out of control. Thomas Vela, Butch La Roue, Hunter and Laszlo Henning took 10-minute unsportsmanlike misconducts for the Lakers. Blake, Mitchell Nolet and Jackson Suboch took 10-minute misconducts for Maple Ridge

Burrards Go Silent

The opening of the second period looked promising for Maple Ridge. Drew Andre scored at 3:08 and Dylan McIntosh scored on the power play at 10:53 to make it a 7-4 game. Then the Burrards’ offence would go silent for the next 24:35.

McDonald scored on a penalty shot at 14:15 to start an eight-goal run for Burnaby. Jayden Reschny scored at 16:41 to make it a 9-4 game.

McDonald continued his outstanding play. He buried a feed from Dunbar at 17:02. Henning would round out the second-period scoring with 1:55 on the clock to make it 11-4 for the Lakers heading into the third

Tempers Boil As Golden Opportunity Slips Away

Reschny opened the scoring at 4:48 of the third period as tempers began to boil. At the 5:14 mark, Andre took a roughing penalty for Maple Ridge and was assessed a 10-minute misconduct.

Burnaby was able to capitalize on the penalty. Dunbar scored with the man-advantage to put the Lakers up 14-4. McDonald scored at 9:10 as the rough stuff continued. At 11:33, Blake was assessed a roughing major, a fighting major and a game misconduct for fighting.

Reschny scored on the power play at 14:57 to round out the Lakers’ eight-goal run.

Maple Ridge got back on the board with Kaden Doughty scoring at 16:28. Suboch followed that up 57 seconds later for the Burrards.

Klarich rounded out the scoring with 1:25 left to make the final 15-7. Tempers continued to boil as the golden opportunity for Maple Ridge slipped away. Right after Klarich’s goal, La Roue and Suboch got into a tussle. La Roue was given a roughing minor, with Suboch receiving five minutes for roughing and a game misconduct.

Top Scorers

Burnaby Lakers

Jacob Dunbar, 3g 8a

Ben McDonald, 5g 2a

Thomas Vela, 5a

Maple Ridge Burrards

Drew Andre, 1g 1a

Jackson Suboch, 1g 1a

Marcus Klarich, 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.