The Victoria Shamrocks closed out their regular season against the Coquitlam Adanacs at the Poirier Sports Complex Saturday night. The game had little implications for the postseason, as Victoria locked up the final playoff spot late last week. For Coquitlam, a win would set up a showdown with Maple Ridge on Monday to leapfrog them and get out of last place. Unfortunately, a big second period by the Shamrocks was just enough to beat the Adanacs 12-11. Victoria finishes the season at 10-7-1, while Coquitlam drops to 2-15. The Adanacs will finish in last place regardless of the outcome of their final regular season game against Maple Ridge on Monday.
Shamrocks down three after first period
Jordan Roberts (8:03), Jalen Chaster (10:22), and Keegan Bell (11:03) gave the Adanacs a 3-0 lead. Roberts and Bell continue to make the most of their playing time after coming over to Coquitlam in the Christian Del Bianco trade. Patrick Dodds (13:53) got Victoria on the board, but Adam Noakes (15:48) pushed the lead back to three at the first intermission. Coquitlam was outshot 19-16 in the first frame.
Big second period puts Shamrocks in front
Casey Wilson (2:12) cut the lead to two, but Bell’s second (4:50 power play) put Coquitlam up three again. Victoria then put together a five-goal run to take the lead. Liam Phillips (6:40), Arthur Miller (6:53), and Marshal King (9:15 power play) tied the game at 5-5. Phillips struck again (18:10), and Steve Priolo (19:13) extended the Shamrocks lead to 7-5 after 40 minutes of play. Victoria held the Adanacs to just eight shots in the period.
Bell’s hat-trick goal (2:36 power play) pulled Coquitlam to within one. Brad McCulley pushed the lead back to two less than a minute later (3:23). However, goals from Matt Delmonico (4:38) and Charles McFadden (4:49) in a span of 11 seconds tied the game at 8-8. Miller’s second (5:34) put Victoria back in front, but a power play marker from Clark Walter (6:42) leveled the game again. Miller’s hat trick (11:09) and Wilson’s second (12:53) put the Shamrocks up by two. Walter’s second goal (14:29) cut the lead to one, but McCulley’s second (19:08) increased the lead to two. Delmonico scored again (19:31 extra attacker) to make it a one-goal game, but the Shamrocks held on as time ran out on the Adanacs.
Miller (3g) was named 1st Star of the Game. Walter (2g, 4a) took home 2nd Star honors for Coquitlam, and Phillips (2g) earned 3rd Star. Cam Dunkerley made 26 saves for the Shamrocks in the win. Victoria begins their first round playoff series against top-seeded New Westminster this Wednesday. They host the Salmonbellies for Game 2 of the best-of-five on Friday night.
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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.