Even Messenger on the offence. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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The Victoria Shamrocks and Burnaby Lakers met for game six of their first-round Western Lacrosse Association playoff series Sunday at The Q Centre. It was a must win game for the Lakers and that is exactly what they did, 8-5.

With the Shamrocks up three games to two and coming off a loss in Burnaby against a desperate team, one could feel the momentum shift, it was palpable.

Twice, the Lakers pulled themselves off the mat at home to extend the series.

“It’s now a best of one game,” shared Coach Bob Heyes. “We have to find a way to get into the dirty areas and take better advantage of our opportunities in Burnaby.”

When it was suggested that they lost twice in Burnaby, Heyes was very quick to point out that they have also won in Burnaby, “We also won in Burnaby and we can do it again, it’s a best of one and that is what we are faced with.”

The Lakers opened the scoring early with a goal at 1:20 from Eli McLaughlin. They added to their lead at 7:27 with a marker that was screened by a Shamrocks defender, to go five-hole on Aaron Bold.

At 9:17 Cole Pickup, who was inserted into the Shamrocks depleted lineup, scored close-in for his first of the playoffs. At 11:04 Casey Jackson tied the score.

Mike Triolo wanted to score on his shift in the worst way. First he broke through two defenders on a give-and-go play with Corey Small, but missed, and then seconds later he ran to the front of the net in possession and dove through the air, dropping the Shamrocks third consecutive goal. Resetarits and Evan Messenger assisted. It was spectacular and a dirty-area goal that Heyes was referring to.

Shots were 18-13 after the first for the Shamrocks.

The second period took a while to get going as both teams missed on several good opportunities, while they also battened down the hatches defensively. Danny Smith, the pint-size speedster who scored the game-winning goal at the end of game four had a couple of crowd-pleasing efforts in front of the Lakers’ net.

At 10:18, the Lakers got themselves a shorthanded goal by Cam Milligan.

Mac MacGrotty was serving a checking-from-behind penalty when the goal was scored.

During the third period, the teams tightened up the defence further and little was happening offensively, however, Burnaby basically ended the game between 4:58 and 6:51, scoring three times.

Small got one back at 8:05 to get within two (7-5).

With John Harnett and Cole Pickup both in the penalty box at 14:05 for two minutes each, the Lakers added to their lead with Robert Church scoring his second of the game. There was no coming back from that one.

Full game stats: http://westernlacrosse.wttstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=3170686

Playoff stats: http://westernlacrosse.wttstats.pointstreak.com/scoringleaders.html?leagueid=258

Shamrock stats: http://westernlacrosse.wttstats.pointstreak.com/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=673543&seasonid=17341

Next game (Game 7): Tuesday August 15th, 6pm, Victoria at Burnaby, Bill Copeland arena



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