The Victoria Shamrocks played their second game in two nights at The Q Centre. This time, they faced the Burnaby Lakers, although Burnaby was listed as the home team. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Port Alberni. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing wildfires making travel in the area uncertain, the game had to be relocated to Vancouver Island.

The Shamrocks were looking to right the ship after a razor-thin loss to New Westminster Friday night. The Lakers were trying to snap a two-game losing skid. Mission accomplished for the latter, as Burnaby stayed in lockstep with the Victoria offense, and came away with a 10-9 overtime win. The Lakers improve to 2-6 with the win; the Shamrocks fall to 4-3-1 with the loss.

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Shamrocks take lead in first, squander it in second

Brian Robb (2:32), Dylan Rehman (3:57), and Arthur Miller (5:07) gave the Shamrocks an early 3-0 lead. Burnaby answered with a three-goal run of their own. Ty Ewen (9:49), Jacob Dunbar (10:33), and Ben Stewart (14:27) evened the game at 3-3. Cole Pickup would then go back-to-back (15:01; 19:56 extra attacker) to give the Shamrocks a 5-3 lead after one period.

The second period began with Dunbar (2:07) and Stewart (4:24) each netting their second to tie the game at 5-5. Pickup scored his hat-trick goal at 7:36 to briefly restore Victoria’s lead. However, two quick goals in succession from Connor Goodwin (10:56) and Ryan Jensen (11:04) gave Burnaby their first lead of the game, 7-6. Marshal King (18:05) would level the game at 7-7 going into the second intermission.

Late heroics from Eccleston, Moffat topple Shamrocks

Toron Eccleston (1:27) put Burnaby back up one. However, just 11 seconds later, Robb equalized with his second goal of the game. Things would remain quiet in the third period until Patrick Dodds scored at 17:26 to put the Shamrocks up one. Burnaby had one more response for Victoria, with Myles Moffat scoring 53 seconds later to level the game and force overtime. Eccleston found the back of the net again less than a minute into the extra frame (0:57). With that, the Shamrocks were dealt their second straight home loss in as many nights.

Dunbar (2g, 4a) was named 1st Star of the Game. Pickup’s hat trick earned him 2nd Star honors for the home team, while Eccleston (2g, 3a; game winning goal in OT) took 3rd Star honors this evening. Victoria had a 56-51 edge in shots. Goaltender Pete Dubenski made 41 saves in the loss, while Keegen Melenychuk turned aside 47 shots for Burnaby in the win. The Shamrocks play at Langley Wednesday, then host Nanaimo Friday June 30. The Lakers play at Nanaimo tomorrow night, then host New Westminster Friday.

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.