Victoria Stays Perfect With Win Over Burnaby

The Victoria Shamrocks remained perfect in 2024, moving to 7-0 with a 9-5 win over the Burnaby Lakers Friday night at Bill Copeland Arena. Burnaby suffers their third straight loss, dropping them below the .500 mark (3-4). The win also gives the Shamrocks their second season series triumph (2-0 vs. Burnaby; 2-0 vs. Maple Ridge). Victoria will try to make it a clean sweep of Maple Ridge when they take on the Burrards Sunday night. The Lakers host the surging Langley Thunder next Friday at the Swamp, looking to climb back to equilibrium.

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A tale of two periods

Laszlo Henning got the home team on the board first at the 1:21 mark, but it was all Victoria the rest of the period. Casey Wilson (2:34) leveled the game, then Tom Vaesen scored with an extra attacker on the floor (5:09) to make it 2-1. Liam Phillips followed with back-to-back goals (6:28 shorthanded; 11:37). With a minute left in the period, Adam Jay buried a feed from Trent DiCicco to extend the Shamrocks’ lead to 5-1.

Burnaby fought back in the second period, scoring four of the next five goals. The Lakers got markers from Ben McDonald (4:02), Jacob Dunbar (6:15), Ben Stewart (7:40 extra attacker), and Thomas Vela (17:16). Wilson scored his second on a power play (11:48) to keep Victoria in front 6-5 going into the third period. Just before the end of the period, the Shamrocks’ Ryan McLean and Lakers’ Butch La Roue dropped the gloves.

Victoria pulls away in the third period to remain undefeated

Shamrocks goaltender Chris Origlieri (38 saves) shut the door on the Lakers in the third period, holding them scoreless. DiCicco (6:23) extended the lead to 7-5. Clarke Petterson, making his debut for Victoria, was awarded a goal on a deflected pass at 13:44 to make it a three-goal game. Nick Preston added an empty-net goal (19:21) to close out the scoring.

Phillips (2g) was named 1st Star of the Game for Victoria. Lakers goaltender Keegen Melenychuk earned 2nd Star honors with a 47-save effort in the loss. Shamrocks forward Patrick Dodds (3a) took home 3rd Star of the Game.

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