Win Over Adanacs Keeps Shamrocks in Final WLA Playoff Spot

With a 10-7 over the Coquitlam Adanacs on Saturday night, the Victoria Shamrocks took another step toward solidifying the final playoff spot in the WLA.

Victoria sits in fourth place with a record of 7-6-1 with four games left to play in the regular season. The Burnaby Lakers are chasing them at 4-9 with a game in hand.

For Coquitlam, they were handed their fifth straight loss as their record drops to 1-13.

Cam Dunkerley got the nod in goal over Pete Dubenski for Victoria. He stopped 39 of 46 shots in the victory.

Victoria Dominates The First Period

Coquitlam was playing catch-up right from the start of the game as Victoria jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

Chris Wardle opened the scoring 28 seconds into the first period. Tom Vaesen would make it 2-0 with an unassisted goal 2:40 later.

Casey Wilson and Cory Conway scored to round out the four-goal run.

Luke Jaber put Coquitlam on the board with 2:12 left in the first. However, Bennett Smith rounded out the scoring to make it 5-1 for the Shamrocks after one.

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Shamrocks Extend Their Lead

One of the bright spots for Coquitlam this season, Clark Walter found the back of the net on the power play 7:12 into the second period to get the Adanacs back within three goals.

Casey Wilson replied 1:16 later shorthanded and added another marker with eight minutes left in the period to give Victoria a 7-2 advantage.

John Hofseth scored Coquitlam’s third goal at 12:32. Following a Brett Draper cross-checking call, Cole Pickup scored with 4:48 left to make it 8-3 for the Shamrocks heading into the third period.

Adanacs’ Comeback Falls Short

Adam Noakes got Coquitlam on the board first in the third period as the Adanacs looked to make a comeback.

Bennett Smith replied right back on the power play 3:53 into the period.

Walter continued his hot streak scoring a pair of goals within 1:37 of each other to get Coquitlam within three, 9-6.

Pickup would put the game out of reach with 3:32 left to play. Matthew Delmonico rounded out the scoring for the Adanacs to make the final 10-7 and gets Victoria another step closer to securing a WLA playoff spot.

Three Stars

  1. Casey Wilson, Victoria Shamrocks
  2. Clark Walter, Coquitlam Adanacs
  3. Andrew Gallant, Coquitlam Adanacs

Top Scorers

Victoria Shamrocks

Marshal King, 4a

Cole Pickup, 2g 1a

Casey Wilson, 3g

Tom Vaesen, 1g 2a

Coquitlam Adanacs

Clark Walter, 3g 1a

Vinny Ricci, 3a

Adam Noakes, 1g 1a

Matthew Delmonico, 1g 1a

Jalen Chaster, 2a

John Hofseth, 1g 1a

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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.