It took almost 14 minutes to find the first goal of the game as both goaltenders stood tall in the opening period. Corey Small finished off a pick and roll with Casey Jackson to open the scoring on his sixth of the playoffs. The Shamrocks added insurance as Aaron Bold stretched out Steve Priolo on a shorthanded breakaway, and Priolo beat Eric Penney for his second of the series. Burnaby would cut the lead in half near the end of the frame on a Dane Stevens unassisted goal. Both teams had their chances up a man, going 0/2 on the power play but Victoria led 2-1 after the first.
Eli McLaughin squared the game up just under three minutes into the second on a power play goal, making it 2-2. Shortly after Victoria responded, on a delayed penalty call Evan Messenger used a wrap around before switching hands to score his third of the playoffs. The Rocks restored the two goal lead on a Casey Jackson quick-stick at the side of the net, then Small netted his second of the game on another delayed penalty call. Those three goals came in just 3 minutes giving the Shamrocks the 5-2 advantage. The Shamrocks would add another four minutes later as Resetarits beat Penney to make it 6-2. Burnaby, who started the second period scoring, also finished it on Robert Church’s goal with 1:56 left in the stanza, as Victoria was doubling up Burnaby 6-3 after forty minutes.
The Lakers outscored Victoria in the third period to force a game six back in Victoria on Sunday night. Aaron Bold was named the game’s third star stopping thirty-five shots. Burnaby’s Jason Jones and Robert Church were second and first stars of the game.
Season ticket holders have their seat(s) guaranteed until 5:00 pm on Saturday for Sundays game and they can be purchased during our extended playoff hours by calling 250-478-7625 from 9am-5pm every day, at the team store (#120-967 Langford Parkway) from 10am–1pm on Saturday or at The Q Centre arena (1767 Island Highway) after noon on Sunday. Tickets other than held season tickets can be purchased anytime at victoriashamrocks.com.
Next game (HOME) (Game 6 in the best of 7 series): Sunday August 13th, 6pm, The Q Centre, Tickets atvictoriashamrocks.com, by calling 250-478-7625, team store at 967 Langford Parkway or the arena at noon on game day.