Casey Wilson found the back of the net midway through the third period for the game-winner as the Victoria Shamrocks defeated the Burnaby Lakers 10-9 on Friday night.
The win snaps a five-game losing skid for Victoria. The Shamrocks are creeping back up to .500 with a 5-6-1 record. Burnaby has now lost three in a row as they sit in sixth place at 2-9.
Cam Dunkerley picked up the win in goal for Victoria, stopping 31 of 40 shots. The Lakers’ Keegan Melenychuk saw a ton of rubber. He faced 54 shots and stopped 44.
Shamrocks Hold The Early Edge
Victoria got on the board first with Cory Conway beating Melenychuk 1:18 into the game. Burnaby rebounded 1:15 later with a goal from Erik Maas.
Thirty seconds after that, Victoria retook the lead off a goal from Liam Phillips unassisted. Bennett Smith took a pass from Dunkerley on transition shorthanded 5:52 into the first to make it 3-1 for the Shamrocks.
Toron Eccleston got the Lakers within 31 seconds later. However, Patrick Dodds and Marshal King would score midway through the frame to make it 5-2.
Jacob Dunbar added to Burnaby’s tally with 8:28 left on the clock to narrow Victoria’s lead to two goals. The Shamrocks came right back with King scoring with 2:53 on the clock.
Eccleston rounded out the first-period scoring with 2:28 left to make it 6-4 for Victoria at the first break.
Lakers Tie It Up
Cole Pickup opened the second period scoring 1:15 into the frame, but it would be Victoria’s lone goal in the period.
Gordie Phillips would win the ensuing faceoff and scored in eight seconds to draw Burnaby within two.
On the power play 6:48 into the second, Dunbar found the back of the net as the Lakers continued to narrow the gap.
Finally, with 2:01 on the clock, Eccleston scored unassisted to tie up the game 7-7 heading into the final period.
Casey Wilson The Hero In The Third Period
Wilson opened the third period scoring 58 seconds into the frame on the power play to put Victoria up 8-7.
Victoria found themselves in penalty troubles early in the third. King took a five-minute cross-checking call at 2:03.
Although Sam Bennett was able to score shorthanded at 4:32, the Lakers were able to score a pair of power-play goals in a span of 46 seconds. Finding paydirt were Ty Ewen and Connor Watson for the Lakers.
However, a Ben Stewart holding penalty at 9:02 proved to be costly for Burnaby. Wilson scored on the ensuing power play at 10:43 that held up as the game-winner to make the final 10-9.
- Marshal King, Victoria Shamrocks
- Toron Eccleston, Burnaby Lakers
- Casey Wilson, Victoria Shamrocks
Marshal King, 2g 2a
Casey Wilson, 2g 1a
Bennett Smith, 2g
Liam Phillips, 1g 1a
Cory Conway, 1g 1a
Chris Wardle, 2a
Marcus Klarich, 2a
Toron Eccleston, 3g 3a
Jacob Dunbar, 2g 1a
Connor Watson, 1g 2a