The Burnaby Lakers continued their recent winning ways, beating the Maple Ridge Burrards 11-8 at Cam Neely Arena Tuesday night. It’s the third straight win for the Lakers, who are now just five points behind Victoria for the fourth and final playoff spot in the WLA. Maple Ridge falls to 3-10-1 on the year, and are all but eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
Lakers shut Burrards out in first period
Burnaby raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. Sam La Roue (2:27), Toron Eccleston (6:19), and a pair from Jacob Dunbar (11:20; 16:58 power play) set the early tone. But the Burrards would turn the tables in the second period. Isaac Ngyou went back-to-back (0:24; 5:30) to cut the Lakers’ lead in half. Connor Watson (6:01) pushed Burnaby’s lead back to three, but Drew Andre (11:34) responded for Maple Ridge. Dunbar’s hat-trick goal (15:59) once again made it a three-goal margin. However, Andre would net two more (16:45 power play; 19:26) to close the gap to 6-5 heading into the second intermission.
Ewen’s third period hat trick makes the difference for Lakers
Unfortunately for Maple Ridge, they were unable to find the equalizing goal in the third period. Dunbar’s fourth (1:41) and Ty Ewen (6:19 power play) gave the Lakers an 8-5 lead. The teams traded goals the rest of the way to an 11-8 final. Kaden Doughty (6:30), Brett Kujala (12:50), and Ryan Jones (16:10 power play) found the net for the Burrards. The Lakers countered with Laszlo Henning (7:29) and two power play markers from Ewen (14:36; 18:07).
Burnaby’s Dunbar (4g, 3a) was named 1st Star of the Game, and Connor Watson (1g, 5a) earned 2nd Star. Drew Andre (3g, 1a) took home 3rd Star honors for the Burrards. Maple Ridge plays at Langley Wednesday night, then are off for a week before playing at New Westminster on July 27. The Lakers (5-9) host New Westminster Friday before traveling to Coquitlam on Saturday. Should they win both games, and Victoria lose to Nanaimo Wednesday and New Westminster on Thursday, Burnaby would be a half game back of fourth place with two games remaining.
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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.