By Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
The Victoria Shamrocks were able to erase an 11-6 deficit on Sunday night to pick up a big 13-12 come back road victory over the Maple Ridge Burrards.
The Shamrocks remain undefeated with a six-goal run that began in the second period and continued on to the third. With the game all tied up 12-12, defenceman Derek Lloyd scored the game-winner with 4:42 remaining in the game.
Again, the Sharmrocks’ Jesse King was all over the floor. He led all goal scorers with two goals and seven points. Cole Pickup had six points for Victoria, including the 25,000th goal in the franchise’s history.
Bret Kujala was the game’s second star, picking up four goals and an assist for the Burrards.
Back and forth first period
Cole Catton got the scoring started 1:15 into the first quarter and James Baker added another 1:04 later to give the Burrards an early 2-0 lead. Despite being shorthanded, Marshal King would get the Shamrocks on the board at the 4:49 mark of the period.
Larson Sundown would finish off a two-goal run for the Shamrocks at 5:06 to tie up the game 2-2. Kujala would get Maple Ridge back in the lead at 7:14.
Rhy Blake would take an untimely illegal cross-check penalty at 13:28 for the Burrards to put Victoria on the man advantage. They would capitalize with Jake Foster finding the back of the net at 15:17.
This game was tied 3-3 after the first period.
Burrards put Shamrocks’ undefeated record in jeopardy
Maple Ridge would outscore the Shamrocks 8-4 in the second period. The big second period would put Victoria’s unbeaten record in question.
The Burrards would open the second with a two-goal run with markers from Will Clayton and Connor Goodwin. Jesse King would reply at 2:28 to make the sore 5-4 for Maple Ridge.
Jesse King’s goal would not stop the Burrards’ momentum. Gordie Phillips, Kujala and Clayton would cap off a three-goal run in a two-minute span to put the Burrards up 8-4.
Marshal King would score his second at 9:08 to get the Shamrocks within three but Gabe Procyk would reply to make it 9-5. Marshal King’s power play goal at 11:22 would keep Victoria make in striking range.
A goal by Kujala and a power play goal from Dennon Armstrong would see Maple Ridge pull away 11-5. With Lloyd in the penalty box, Pickup with score shorthanded with 1:45 left in the second quarter.
The Burrards held a 11-6 lead heading into the third period, but Pickup’s goal would prove to be important.
Shamrocks come back in the third
Pickup’s second-period goal would prove to be the start of a six-goal run for the Shamrocks to get them back in the game.
Scoring to open the third period were Jacob Ruest with a pair, Jesse King, Jackson Nishimura and Pickup. The huge run would put the Shamrocks in the lead for the first time in the game 12-11.
Kujala would score at the 14:54 mark of the third to tie it 12-12.
The game-winner would come from Lloyd at 15:18 to complete the come back and improve the Shamrocks’ record to 3-0.
Pete Dubenski split the time in goal for the Shamrocks in the win. Meanwhile, Brandon Humphrey stopped 42 of 55 shots in the loss. Phillips won 14 of 24 faceoffs and Nick Scott went 3-for-3 for the Burrards. For the Shamrocks, Tyler Burton won nine of 16 faceoffs. Brad Kri, Ben McCullough and Patrick Corbett also took draws for Victoria.
Jesse King, 2g 5a
Jacob Ruest, 2g 4a
Cole Pickup, 2g 4a
Maple Ridge Burrards
Brett Kujala, 4g 1a
Dennon Armstrong, 1g 3a
Mitch McDole, 3a
Will Clayton, 2g 1a
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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.