Rhys Duch fire – Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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The Victoria Shamrocks and Maple Ridge Burrards met for game three of the Western Lacrosse Association final playoff series at The Q Centre tonight; it went down to the wire.

Game three came down to overtime with the teams tied at 11 apiece, but the Burrards prevailed 14-11 – overtime starts with 10-minutes of non-sudden death play, followed by 20 of sudden death if necessary.

The visitors came back from deficits of 5-0 and 8-4, while scoring three short-handed goals, so while they were the more physical team, they kept themselves in the game.

“We have to be more disciplined than we were tonight. We cannot let them get under our skin,” shared Coach Bob Heyes.

Currently Jeff Shattler has the hot hand for the Shamrocks. Tonight he added four goals and an assist to lead the team in goals scored, while Corey Small and Cory Conway picked up a goal and six assists each.

Duch Scores – photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

After back and forth play it was Shattler who opened the scoring at 4:34 with a spectacular play where Corey Small gave a no-look, behind-the-back pass to Shattler, who was positioned in front of the net. He dove and reached over the right shoulder of Burrards goaltender Frank Scigliano to bury the ball. Cory Conway earned the second assist.

Shattler scored the second goal of the game at 14:29 of the first, again from Small and Conway.

At 15:50 rookie Cole Pickup scored from Conway and fellow rookie Braylon Lumb, it was a play where Pickup squeezed between two defenders, received the ball and deposited it in-tight over the shoulder of Scigliano.

It appeared that the Shamrocks had finally solved Scigliano.

Play was getting edgy late in the first as Kevin Reid of the Burrards instigated a fight with Shattler, who took a check to the head before the tussle got underway. Reid received seven minutes of penalty time, which included five minutes for unnecessary roughness.

Chris Wardle and Conway scored back-to-back power play goals 1:29 apart. The score was 5-0.

Wardle fires and dives – Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

At 18:32 the Burrards got one back short-handed. The teams went to the dressing room with the Shamrocks up 5-1.

The Burrards scored three consecutive goals. With the score 5-3, Jeff Shattler again scored this time Rhys Duch and Braylon Lumb assisted on the goal that came at the 4:48 mark of the second period.

Shattler and Duch scored to make 8-4, and then the Burrards turned up the edge in their game.

The Shamrocks were coming off a squeaker of a win in Maple Ridge on Friday where they won by the score of 11-9, while the Lakers took game one at the Q Centre last Wednesday 11-6. So far, neither team has won at home.

“Well one of the teams will have to win at home of course; it better be us,” said Corey Small.

During the first two games, the Shamrocks outshot the Burrards 53-43 and 49-36. Tonight it was the Burrards outshooting the Shamrocks 57-51.

During the late stages of the game, the Burrards pushed hard; they had the edge in play, but Cody Hagedorn, who was in goal for the Shamrocks, made two spectacular saves late. Two more shots rattled off the post during overtime.

Scigliano, not to be outdone also stood on his head during overtime.

The Burrards scored five consecutive goals, two to force overtime and three during overtime including an empty netter.

Dan Taylor had an eight point night for the Burrards with four goals and four assists.

The two teams go at it again Wednesday night in Maple Ridge and then return to Colwood Thursday for a 7:45 PM start at The Q Centre.

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