Shamrocks’ pursuit of first place continues

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

The Victoria Shamrocks’ push to get back into first place continued Friday night with a 16-11 win over the Maple Ridge Burrards.

The Shamrocks jumped out to an early 7-3 lead and held on for the victory. 

Victoria improved their record to 7-2 and trail the first place 8-3 Coquitlam Adanacs. However, the Shamrocks hold three games in hand.

First-period dominance

Victoria jumped out to a quick 3-0 to start this one off. Jacob Ruest would score a pair, followed by a shorthanded marker by Jake Foster at 7:29.

The Burrards finally got on the board at 8:56 with Ryan Jones finding the back of the net on the power play.

Brad McCulley replied 22 seconds later for the Shamrocks. Foster would add another at 11:24 to make the score 5-1 for Victoria.

Dennon Armstrong got Maple Ridge back within two with a pair of goals. Marshal King and McCulley would add Victoria’s total to round out the first-period scoring. Victoria held a 7-3 advantage after one.

Shamrocks pull away in the second

Gabe Procyk got the Burrards on the board first in the second period, scoring at 4:33.

Dylan Rehman took a high sticking call at 5:20 that would put Maple Ridge on the man advantage. Thirty-four seconds into the power play, Jesse King would score shorthanded to make the score 8-4 for the Shamrocks.

Dylan Mcintosh would take advantage of the power play at 6:49 for the Burrards. However, Maple Ridge’s offence would go silent.

Victoria would end the period on a four-goal run. Marshal King had a pair, while Jesse King and Rhys Duch each found the back of the net.

The Shamrocks held a 12-5 lead heading into the final frame.

Burrards’ comeback falls short 

Victoria opened the third with two more goals to cap off six straight goals. Scoring for the Shamrocks were Chris Wardle and Larson Sundown.

Maple Ridge tried to get themselves back into the game by taking momentum with a four-goal run. Brett Kujala had a pair of goals, while Procyk and Garrett Winter added to the tally. However, the Burrards still trailed 14-9 with 9:28 left in the game.

Duch scored at 14:46 and a marker from Marshal King at 15:39 would help Victoria put the game out of reach and put the Shamrocks that much closer to first place.

Procyk and Armstrong rounded out the scoring for Maple Ridge, but the buzzer went to make the final score 16-11.

Three Stars

  1. Jacob Ruest, Victoria Shamrocks 
  2. Marshal King, Victoria Shamrocks
  3. Brett Kujala, Maple Ridge Burrards 

Top Scorers

Victoria Shamrocks 

Jacob Ruest, 2g 7a

Jesse King, 2g 5a

Marshal King, 4g 2a

Maple Ridge Burrards

Dennon Armstrong, 3g 3a

Will Clayton, 6a

Brett Kujala, 2g 2a

Gabe Procyk, 3g 1a

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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.