Marshal King Scores Game Winner For The Shamrocks

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

Marshal King scored with 5:04 left in the third period as the Victoria Shamrocks downed the Nanaimo Timbermen 10-9 on Saturday night in WLA action.

After tying the Maple Ridge Burrards to night before, the Shamrocks looked destined for a second straight overtime game, but King’s goal held up for the game-winner.

Saturday night’s game was a game for runs. Nanaimo had two runs of four goals, while Victoria had a run of four goals and a run of five.

The win also keeps Victoria in the hunt for first place with a record of 4-1-1. Langley and New Westminster are in first place with five wins. Nanaimo also has five wins, but Langley, New Westminster, and Victoria all have three games in hand.

Victoria Shamrocks goaltender Cam Dunkerley was bombarded with shots in the win. He stopped 51 of 60 shots in the win.

First Period Action

Nanaimo opened the scoring 1:09 into the first period off a goal from Taggart Clark.

Victoria answered back with four goals in 7:01. Scoring for the Shamrocks was King, Tom Vaesen, and two from Liam Phillips to make it 4-1.

Down a man, the Timbermen scored shorthanded twice on the game power play. Clark added the first goal with 4:15 left in the period and Zach Manns scored 55 seconds later to make it 4-3 at the first break.

Evenly Match Through Two Periods

Clark struck again 9:02 of the second period on the power play for Nanaimo. Manns finished off the four-goal run with 7:57 to give the Timbermen a 5-4 lead.

With the clock ticking down in the second perid, Cole Pickup found the back of the net for Victoria with 59 seconds left to make it a 5-5 heading into the third period.

Marshal King Leads Victoria to Come-From-Behind Victory

Nanaimo’s shorthanded specials proved deadly on Saturday night as Manns scored a man down 59 seconds into the third period.

Aidan Baker, a seconds from Manns, and Nathan Grenon rounded out a four-goal run by the Timbermen as they took a 9-5 lead.

However, no lead is safe in lacrosse. The comeback started 7:34 into the third period with a goal from Jacob Ruest. Twenty-five seconds later, King struck to get Victoria within two goals.

On the power play, Vaesen scored on an individual effort 39 seconds after the King goal. Penalty troubles continued to haunt the Timbermen as Patrick Dodds found the back of the net with seven minutes left in the game to tie the game.

Again on the power play due to an illegal substitution penalty again Nanaimo, King scored with 5:04 remaining. Nanaimo did get a power play opportunity late in the game, but couldn’t capitalize as King’s goal held up for the winning goal. Make the final 10-9.

Three Stars

  1. Tom Vaesen, Victoria Shamrocks
  2. Zach Manns, Nanaimo Timbermen
  3. Cam Dunkerley, Victoria Shamrocks

Top Scorers

Victoria Shamrocks

Tom Vaesen, 2g 3a

Marshal King, 3g

Cole Pickup, 1g 2a

Jacob Ruest, 1g 2a

Nanaimo Timbermen

Zach Manns, 4g 1a

Nathan Grenon, 1g 3a

Taggart Clark, 3g

Ryan Sheridan, 3a

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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.