Shamrocks Continue To Dominate WLA In 2022

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Victoria Shamrocks hosted an Indigenous Celebration Night held on the traditional territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən Nations on Friday evening.  This evening was to pay tribute to the “Creators Game” and its founders through sharing the Indigenous origins of the game and how it was used as medicine and to bring healing.

The Nanaimo Timbermen (4-5) were the opposition on this night to face the Shamrocks (6-1) at the Q Centre, in front of 2,388 fans. 

The goalie match-up had Charles Claxton in net for Nanaimo vs. Pete Dubenski in net for Victoria.

Marshal King and Larson Sundown each had 4 points, and goalie Pete Dubenski made 33 saves in the Shamrocks win over the Timbermen.  The Shamrocks are leading the league with a 6-1 record so far this year.

To The Game:

Marshal King opened the scoring when he converted a Larson Sundown pass at 2:21, followed by Brad McCulley scoring off a Marshal King feed at 5:06.

The Timbermen got on the board scoring shorthanded when Evan Messenger converted a Teioshantateh McComber pass at 9:20, followed by Jon Phillips scoring off a McComber pass as well at 10:46 to tie the game up.

Jake Foster gave Victoria the lead once again in transition, converting a Jackson Nishimura pass at 11:26.  Jacob Ruest increases the Shamrocks lead on a delayed penalty, scoring at 12:55 with an extra attacker on the floor.

Teioshantateh McComber got one back for Nanaimo scoring on the power play off a Colton Lidstone pass at 18:41.

After one period, Victoria 4 Nanaimo 3.

Second Period:

Dallas Wade opened the second period scoring for the Shamrocks unassisted in transition at 4:39, followed by Patrick Corbett also scoring unassisted for Victoria just 0:11 seconds later. The goal was scored on a delayed penalty with an extra attacker on the floor.

Evan Messenger scored his second of the night off a Nick Finlay pass at 7:34, but Victoria kept pulling away scoring two more goals.  Larson Sundown converted a Jacob Ruest pass at on the power play at 7:59, followed by Chris Wardle converting a Jesse King feed at 8:49. 

Nanaimo’s Ethan Ticehurst scored off an Ari Stevens pass at 11:08, but was answered by Jackson Nishimura unassisted at 11:51.  Ari Stevens then scored himself unassisted at 15:05, to end the second period action.

After two periods, Victoria 9 Nanaimo 6.

Third Period:

Jesse King increased the Shamrocks lead when he converted a Chris Wardle pass at 8:21, followed by Larson Sundown converting a Tyler Burton pass at 9:02.  The dagger came when Marshal King scored his second of the night shorthanded, to give the Shamrocks a 12-6 lead.

Nanaimo came back with two late goals.  Coady Adamson scored at 16:01, followed by Zach Manns scoring 0:09 seconds after that, but it wasn’t enough on this night.

Final score, Victoria 12 Nanaimo 8.

The Three Stars:

  • First Star………. Pete Dubenski
  • Second Star……Larson Sundown
  • Third Star……….Evan Messenger

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were in favor of Victoria 47-41.
  • The faceoff battle was dominated by the Shamrocks 17-6.
  • Each team had a power play goal, as well as a shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

Nanaimo Timbermen:

  • Teioshantateh McComber 1g, 3a
  • Evan Messenger 2g, 1a
  • Jon Phillips 1g, 1a
  • Ari Stevens 1g, 1a

Victoria Shamrocks:

  • Larson Sundown 2g, 2a
  • Marshal King 2g, 2a
  • Jacob Ruest 1g, 2a
  • Jesse King 1g, 2a
  • Jackson Nishimura 1g, 2a

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

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.