Shamrocks Take Stranglehold on First Place

The Victoria Shamrocks dominated the New Westminster Salmonbellies 16-7 on Thursday night to take a stranglehold on first place in the WLA standings.

Victoria remains undefeated at 9-0 with New Westminster sitting in second with a record of 5-4. Places second through seventh are all up for grabs. Only two games separate the seventh-place Langley Thunder (3-6) from the Salmonbellies.

Marshal King finished with four goals on Thursday night for Victoria, while Mathieu Gautier had a hat trick. Tom Vaesen was a playmaker with a goal and seven assists. At the other end of the floor, Will Malcom had his hand in all seven of New Westminster’s goals with four goals and three assists.

Chris Origlieri got the start for Victoria in goal and stopped 29 of 36 shots and added a pair of assists. Neil Tyacke played the majority of the game in goal for New Westminster, stopping 38 of 50 shots. Justin Geddie played 9:05. He faced 11 shots and stopped seven.

Victoria Jumps Out To Huge First-Period Lead

At just past the halfway point of the first period, the Shamrocks already had a 5-0 lead. Kyle Pepper opened the scoring at 5:50 unassisted. Trent DiCicco scored 22 seconds later to make it 2-0. Gautier potted one at the 8:38 mark and Casey Wilson scored at 9:05.

Marshal King rounded out the five-goal run at the 10:26 mark.

Will Malcom got New Westminster on the board at 12:40, but Victoria was put together a three-goal run. Wilson scored at 14:28 and DiCicco scored 20 seconds later to make it 7-1. Cole Pickup found the back of the net at 14:48 for the Shamrocks’s eighth goal of the period.

The Salmonbellies found some life at the end of the first period. Logan Schuss scored with 1:41 left on the clock and Will Malcom scored on the power play with 16 seconds left to make the score 8-3 at the first break.

Salmonbellies Nearly Shutout In The Second

This game was more-or-less put away in the second period when the Shamrocks opened with a four-goal run. Gautier opened the scoring at 5:44 on the power play. Marshal King then followed that up with a pair of goal to make it 11-3.

Patrick Dodds rounded out the run at 15:54 as the Shamrocks went up by nine.

New Westminster’s lone goal of the period came with 28 second on the clock when Colton Clark scored to make it 12-4.

Taking a Stranglehold on First Place

New Westminster showed some life in the third period, but an eight-goal gap was too much to overcome.

Clarke Petterson opened the scoring in the third for Victoria on the power play at 2:46. The Salmonbellies replied with a pair of goals. Austin Ducommun scored on the power play at 9:35. Will Malcom then scored shorthanded at 11:05 to make it a 13-6 game.

Tom Vaesen potted a shorty of his own at the 12:33 mark. On the power play and an extra attacker on the floor for a two-man advantage, Will Malcom scored to New Westminster at 13:40.

Victoria ended the game to take a stranglehold on first place with a pair of powerplay goals. Marshal King scored at 14:25 and Gautier finished off the game at 16:57 to make the final 16-7.

Top Scorers

Victoria Shamrocks

Tom Vaesen, 1g 7a

Marshal King, 4g 3a

Mathieu Gautier, 3g 2a

Casey Wilson, 2g 3a

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Will Malcom, 4g 3a

Logan Schuss, 1g 2a

Austin Ducommun, 1g 2a

Cover Photo by @boldphotosbyshelly

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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.