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The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) opened their 2022 summer season Friday night with the New Westminster Salmonbellies visiting the Victoria Shamrocks at Q Arena in front of 2,381 fans. Jesse King led the Shamrocks with eight points, as Victoria scored early and often enroute to a 14-10 victory.
The goalie match-up had Zach Higgins for the Salmonbellies vs.Pete Dubenski for the Shamrocks.
To the game…
The Salmonbellies opened the scoring when Colton Clark (2g,1a) converted a Jimmy McBride pass beating Pete Dubenski at 2:08. The lead was short-lived as the Shamrocks came back with three quick goals. Cole Pickup (3g,0a) scored the first goal off a Jesse King pass at 3:21. Larson Sundown (3g,2a) scored the next Shamrocks goal off a Jake Foster pass at 4:20, followed by Jesse King (4g,4a) scoring the third goal off a Larson Sundown pass at 5:51.
New Westminster came back with two goals of their own when Haiden Dickson (3g,0a) scored on the power play off a Mitch Jones pass at 7:58, followed by Jones (1g,1a) himself scoring off a Jordan McBride pass just 0:37 seconds later to tie the game at three.
The Shamrocks wouldn’t be outdone and scored three unanswered goals inside a minute to regain control of the game. Jesse King scored his second of the night off a Nick Preston pass, followed by Cole Pickup with his second of the game off a Marshall King pass, and King once more, unassisted at 10:31. Colton Clark got one back for the Salmonbellies at 12:56.
Cole Pickup scored his third of the game converting a Larson Sundown pass at 14:08, followed by Liam Phillips (2g,0a) scoring at 17:55 to increase the Shamrocks lead to 8-4.
Haiden Dickson scored his second of the game for New Westminster, converting a Jordan McBride pass at 18:07.
After one period, Shamrocks 8 Salmonbellies 5.
A more subdued period was the second, with only the Shamrocks scoring. Victoria got one of each type of goal…power play, even strength, and shorty.
The power play goal came just 1:24 into the period when Marshall King (1g,1a) converted a Rhys Duch pass. Larson Sundown scored an even strength goal off a Jesse King pass 0:28 seconds later, and King himself got his fourth of the game shorthanded at 7:06.
After two periods, Victoria 11 New Westminster 5.
The Salmonbellies got back on track in the third period narrowing the lead with a four goal run to start the period. Jason Jones (1g,0a) scored off a Jordan McBride pass at 5:21, followed by Marcus Klarich (1g,1a) also converting a Jordan McBride pass at 6:08. Haiden Dickson scored his third of the night at 7:18 off a Marcus Klarich pass, followed by Justin Salt (1g, 1a) unassisted tally at 7:52, but Larson Sundown scored his third of the night for Victoria just 0:21 seconds after the Salmonbellies ninth goal.
Although the action was fast and furious, there wasn’t any more scoring until 17:53 when Liam Phillips scored his second of the game, followed by Jake Foster (1g, 1a) in transition at 18:50. Jordan McBride (1g,4a) scored for New Westminster at 19:10 on a penalty shot, but it was too little too late.
Final score, Victoria 14 New Westminster 10.
- Shots on goal favored Victoria 58-39.
- Faceoffs were 19-8 in favor of the Shamrocks.
- Each team had one power play goal, but Victoria also had a shorthanded goal as well.
New Westminster Salmonbellies:
- Jordan McBride 1g, 4a
- Colton Clark 2g, 1a
- Haiden Dickson 3g, 0a
- Jesse King 4g, 4a
- Larson Sundown 3g,2a
- Cole Pickup 3g,0a
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Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.