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The Victoria Shamrocks (7-3) visited the Nanaimo Timbermen (6-5) in Thursday night WLA action.
The Shamrocks have been the class of the league this year. Marshal and Jesse King, Rhys Duch, Larson Sundown, etc. all have had good years. The Nanaimo Timbermen have been playing very well, with Colton Lidstone, Jon Phillips, and Taggart Clark leading this group to a very entertaining summer.
The Shamrocks looked to put another ‘W” in the books with a strong finish to the second period. A strong showing from Nanaimo’s defense, and some timely scoring had the Timbermen walk away with the victory.
The goalie match-up had Pete Dubenski of the Shamrocks face Devlin Shanahan of the Timbermen.
To The Game:
Marshal King opened the scoring for the Shamrocks off a Chris Wardle pass at 5:14, but were answered back by two Timbermen tallies. The first goal was on a great individual effort by Will Johansen at 6:11, followed by Colton Lidstone off a Jordan Cunningham pass at 6:58.
Dallas Wade tied the game up for the Shamrocks at 7:59, followed by Brad McCulley converting a Rhys Duch pass at 8:31. Teioshantateh McComber tied the game again for Nanaimo off a David Byrne pass at 11:37.
Marshal King scored his second of the night off a Jesse King pass at 13:00, but two from Taggart Clark would give the Timbermen the lead after one period.
After one period, Nanaimo 5 Victoria 4.
Nanaimo built onto their lead when Colton Lidstone scored off a Will Johansen pass at 1:48, but Brad Kri answered back in transition, scoring unassisted at 2:02.
Jesse King and Taggart Clark exchanged goals, but three quick goals from the Timbermen set the stage for the second half of the game. Taggart Clark scored his second of the game on the power play. Colton Lidstone converted a Jon Phillips pass, followed immediately by a Kris Veltman with an unassisted goal to make the score 10-6 for the Timbermen.
Jacob Ruest scored for Victoria off a Nick Preston pass at 8:43, but was answered back by Colton Lidstone firing home a Jon Phillips pass at 9:43.
Larson Sundown scored unassisted at 9:56, followed by Marshal King converting a Rhys Duch pass at 15:45. Larson Sundown scored again just before the end of the period, and it was only a one goal lead heading to the third period.
After two periods, Nanaimo 11 Victoria 10.
The third period had the Shamrocks tie the game off a Marshal King blast at 2:40.
The action went end to end with no resolution, until Zach Manns fired a laser off a Will Johansen pass at 8:41 to give Nanaimo the lead once again. Teioshantateh McComber gave the Timbermen some insurance, converting a Colton Lidstone pass at 9:55.
Victoria mounted a number of attacks, but Devlin Shanahan was stellar in net to preserve the victory.
Final score, Nanaimo 13 Victoria 11.
The Three Stars:
- First Star……….Colton Lidstone
- Second Star…..Taggart Clark
- Third Star………Marshal King
- Shots on goal were 50-45 in favor of Victoria.
- Nanaimo went 2 for 4 on the power play, while Victoria went 1 for 3.
- Marshal King 4g, 1a
- Jesse King 1g, 4a
- Rhys Duch 0g, 3a
- Colton Lidstone 4g, 2a
- Taggat Clark 4g, 2a
- Jon Phillips 0g, 4a
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Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Mr. Groob also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.