Shamrocks defeat the Adanacs with a buzzer-beater

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

Dallas Wade throw a buzzer-beater into the empty net as the Victoria Shamrocks defeated the Adanacs in Coquitlam on Saturday night 10-9 in a first place match up.

Victoria held control of most of the game until Coquitlam went on a three-goal run late in the third period. The Shamrocks pulled their goalie and scored with 29 seconds left in the game. The Adanacs would pull their goaltender in the dying seconds to get the final shot in regulation. Wade would pick up the rebound and beat the buzzer for the winner.

The win puts the Shamrocks back in first place in the WLA with a record of 8-2. Coquitlam drops to 8-4 and into second place in the standings.

Shamrocks take early lead

It as a quiet first period until the 12:18 mark when Larson Sundown would score the first of a three-goal run for Victoria. Brad McCulley and Rhys Duch also added markers.

McCulley would take a interference penalty with 44 seconds left in the period. Clark Walter would capitalize for the Adanacs with four seconds left on the clock.

The Shamrocks held a 3-1 advantage in a low-scoring first period.

Adanacs narrow the gap in the second

Jacob Ruest opened the second in the second period for the Shamrocks at 2:21 and Duch added his second at 6:42 to extend the lead to 5-1.

The Adanacs would reply on the power play with Dylan Watson scoring on the power play at 8:54. Watson struck again at 15:41 and Coquitlam was right back into the game 5-3.

McCulley would put the Shamrock back up by three at 16:31. However, goals from Erik Turner and Luke Jaber for the Adanacs would make it 6-5 for the Shamrocks heading into the third.

Wade’s buzzer-beater wins it for the Shamrocks

Tyler Burton put the Shamrocks up by two 2:28 into the third period. Brett McIntyre narrowed the gap for Coquitlam at 10:30.

McCulley scored his hat trick goal at 13:15 and the Shamrocks were up 8-6 and it looked like they were cruising to a victory.

But no lead is safe. Dylan Watson struck for Coquitlam at 15:58 and he scored again 26 seconds later to tie up the game. John Hofseth scored with 1:40 to go in the game and suddenly momentum had swung. The Adanacs took the lead for the first time in the game 9-8.

Victoria pulled goaltender Colin Jeffrey for the extra attacker to find the tying goal. It was successful as Sundown scored with 29 seconds left to play. Were we in for overtime?

Not quite. Coquitlam pulled off a bold move and pulled their goaltender to get the extra attacker to end the game. The Adanacs would be unsuccessful, but Dallas Wade picked up the ball and hit a buzzer beater into the empty net for the Shamrock’s game winner.

Three Stars

  1. Dylan Watson, Coquitlam Adanacs
  2. Rhys Duch, Victoria Shamrocks
  3. Clark Walter, Coquitlam Adanacs

Top Scorers

Coquitlam Adanacs

Dylan Watson, 4g 2a

Brett McIntyre, 1g 2a

Clark Walter, 1g 2a

Matt Demonico, 3a

John Hofseth, 1g 2a

Victoria Shamrocks

Rhys Duch, 2g 4a

Nick Preston, 4a

Brad McCulley, 3g 1a

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.