The Victoria Shamrocks have no chance of catching the New Westminster Salmonbellies in the Western Lacrosse Association standings, but they can end the season on a high note. Their two remaining regular season games take place Friday and Sunday at The Q Centre.
The Shamrocks will play the Coquitlam Adanacs, who they most recently defeated in Coquitlam by the score of 13-10 on July 21.
On Sunday, they play the Salmonbellies, who sport a record of 14-3-0 for first place overall in the WLA. The Shamrocks sit in second with one game in-hand. They have an 11-5-0 record.
Nanaimo and Maple Ridge both have 19 points and are 9-7-1 and 9-8-1, respectively. The Salmonbellies are coming off of a 12-6 defeating of the Burrards.
Friday, the Shamrocks, who are 6-1-0 at home, will need to think about the Coquitlam game for 60 minutes and not fall flat against a weaker opponent as they have done this season. With the Salmonbellies, the Shamrocks will need to contain and stay goal-side of Mitch Jones who scored a hat-trick in less than three minutes to open the scoring last game out. He earned seven points. Logan Schuss picked up six. Schuss will also need to be contained.
Schuss leads the league points race with 103, 68 of which are assists, to lead in that category as well. Jones sits third in the league with 88 points, Casey Jackson of the Shamrocks also has 88 points. Shamrocks’ Jesse King’s production has dropped a little over the past three games and now sits fourth in league points with 84.
It may be a high-flying game, where both teams try to step up their games in advance of the playoffs. The Shamrocks will apparently bring up some junior Shamrocks this weekend. Last season, Marshal King, Jesse King’s younger brother saw some action. Braylon Lumb, Brad McCulley and Dylan Rehman may see action as well, as apparently Rhys Duch and Chris Wardle are nursing injuries.
For the post-season, it has yet to be determined if the Shamrocks will play the Nanaimo Timbermen or Maple Ridge Burrards starting next week.
First, though, the Shamrocks need to dispatch the Adanacs Friday night at The Q Centre, starting at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s game goes at 6:00 pm.