Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
Victoria Shamrocks’ goaltender Pete Dubenski was outstanding as the Shamrocks downed the Thunder 10-3 in Langley on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their WLA semifinal series.
Dubenski stopped 38 of 41 shots, including all nine shots he faced in the first period, as the Shamrocks narrowed the series to 2-1 in favour of Langley. Brad McCulley stepped up to the plate with three goals for the Shamrocks, while it remained another relatively quiet night for the King brothers. Marshal and Jesse finished with only one goal each.
Meanwhile, the usually deep offence of the Thunder was completely stifled. Curtis Dickson, Chase Scanlan, Dane Dobbie and Robert Church all failed to find the back of the net. In fact, Dobbie was held to one point and Church was completely left off the board.
Dubenski with the goose egg in the first
Langley’s potent offence was silenced in the first period. With only nine shots on net, Dubenski stopped them all as he had a shutout through the first period.
Jesse King opened the scoring for Victoria at the 7:02 mark, followed by Jacob Ruest at 12:14.
Brad McCulley rounded out the first period scoring at 14:57 as Victoria jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
The gap widens in the second
Cole Pickup opened the scoring in the second at 4:27 to give Victoria a four-goal lead. Twenty seconds later Chris Wardle would make the score 5-0 for the Shamrocks.
After going scoreless for the first 26:54, Langley finally got on the board when Connor Robinson scored 50 seconds into the power play to break the goose egg.
The Shamrocks’ offence continued to get to Langley goaltender Frank Scigliano. Marshal King would extend the lead to 6-1, while Liam Phillips scored also immediately after that at 10:53 to make it a six-goal game.
The Shamrocks led 7-1 heading into the final frame of Game 3.
Victoria gets back into the series
Erik Maas scored 1:57 into the third period for the Thunder, but Langley couldn’t hold on to the momentum.
In the latter half of the third period, Cole Pickup scored unassisted at 10:31 and McCulley scored his hat trick goal at 13:58 to put Victoria up 10-2.
Dylan Kinnear rounded out the scoring in Game 3 with a power player marker with 2:45 left in the game, but at that point, the game was too far out of hand. Make the final score 10-3 for Victoria.
The Shamrocks will look to even up the series in Game 4 on Thursday night in Victoria
- Pete Dubenski, Victoria Shamrocks
- Brad McCulley, Victoria Shamrocks
- Cole Pickup, Victoria Shamrocks
Brad McCulley, 3g 1a
Marshal King, 1g 3a
Chris Wardle, 1g 2a
Jesse King, 1g 2a
Curtis Dickson, 2a
Connor Robinson, 1g
Erik Maas, 1g
Dylan Kinnear, 1g
Keegan Bell, 1a
Dane Dobbie, 1a
Chase Scanlan, 1a
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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.