Shamrocks Shut Down Burrards To Remain Undefeated

The Victoria Shamrocks put on a dominant performance to defeat the Maple Ridge Burrards 10-5 on Friday night and remain undefeated in the WLA standings.

Victoria has now won six straight to open the WLA season and has a pretty good grasp on first place. The New Westminster Salmonbellies sit in second place with a record of 4-1. Meanwhile, the loss drops the Maple Ridge Burrards to 2-4, good for fifth place.

Cam Dunkerley got the start in goal for the Shamrocks and was solid all night. He stopped 43 of 48 shots in the win. That included shutting out the Burrards in the first and third periods.

Credit to Brandon Humphrey in the Burrards’ goal. He only allowed 10 goals despite facing 62 shots.

Jesse King continues to lead the way for Victoria. He had an eight-point night with two goals and six assists. Marshal King also had a pair of goals and the King brothers combined for four of the 10 Shamrock goals.

All Shamrocks In The First

It was a goaltender’s duel to open the game, but it was only the Shamrocks that were able to get on the board.

Dunkerley stopped all 15 shots he faced in the period, while Humphrey stopped 20 of 22.

Victoria opened the scoring 3:11 into the first off of a marker from Chris Wardle. Patrick Dodds rounded out the scoring with 4:13 on the clock as the Shamrocks led 2-0 after the first period.

Burrards Narrow The Gap

The Shamrocks extended their lead 1:50 into the second period with a goal from Matthew Gautier. Jesse King buried a feed from Nick Preston 37 seconds later to give Victoria a 4-0 advantage.

After going scoreless for 23:05, Dylan McIntosh got the Burrards on the board. However, Kyle Pepper replied, scoring off a feed from Liam Phillips at 6:01 to make it 5-1.

Maple Ridge would go on a two-goal run to narrow the gap. Kaden Doughty scored on transition at 7:43 as Humphrey was able to connect with him on a pass. Ryan Jones then scored on the power play at 11:33 to bring the Burrards within two.

Tom Vaesen scored for Victoria with 1:16 on the clock to put Victoria up 6-3. However, the Burrards made a late push. Brett Kujala scored with 48 seconds on the clock and McIntosh scored with the extra attacker with two seconds left as the Shamrocks led 6-5 heading into the third period.

Dunkerley Locks It Down In The Third Period

Dunkerley was a brick wall in the third period to help the Shamrocks remain undefeated. He stopped all 16 shots he faced to take the Burrards out of the game.

Marshal King stopped any momentum Maple Ridge had 26 seconds into the third period as the Shamrocks led 7-5.

Casey Wilson would strike at the 3:05 mark to put the Shamrocks up by two before Marshal King added another at 12:26.

Jesse King rounded out the scoring with 5:06 left on the clock as the Shamrocks would remain undefeated with a 10-5 win.

Top Scorers

Victoria Shamrocks

Jesse King, 2g 6a

Tom Vaesen, 1g 3a

Marshal King, 2g

Patrick Dodds, 1g 1a

Chris Wardle, 1g 1a

Mathieu Gautier, 1g 1a

Maple Ridge Burrards

Dylan McIntosh, 2g 1a

Kaden Doughty, 1g 1a

Marcus Klarich, 2a

Three Stars

  1. Jesse King, Victoria Shamrocks
  2. Cam Dunkerley, Victoria Shamrocks
  3. Tom Vaesen, Victoria Shamrocks

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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.

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