Casey Jackson. File photo. Credit: Christopher Kelsall.

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The Victoria Shamrocks kept pace behind the Western Lacrosse Association leading New Westminster Salmonbellies Friday, by defeating the visiting Langley Thunder 13-11 at The Q Centre in Colwood in front of 1,845 fans. Meanwhile, New West took out the Burnaby Lakers in overtime 17-16.

Leading the offense for Victoria were Casey Jackson and Jesse King, with four goals and three assists each. King leap-frogged Curtis Dickson of the Maple Ridge Burrards in the league points race and now leads the WLA with 22 goals and 40 assists for 62 total points, one ahead of Dickson and four points ahead of Jackson. King leads the league in assists, while Jackson has scored the second most goals so far this season with 32. Dickson leads the league with 37.

Former league points winner, Rhys Duch had two goals and two assists for Victoria while Alec Molander also scored twice.

The Shamrocks (7-4) sit in third place, two points behind Maple Ridge and two more behind New West after 11 of 18 regular season games played.

The Shamrocks outscored the Thunder 5-2 during the first period, to get off to a good start. King opened the scoring with an unassisted marker at 2:09, breaking the pattern of slow starts.

Langley would step it up during the second period with four consecutive goals in a span of 9:35.

King again got the home team off to a good start for the final frame with an unassisted marker at 1:10. The Shamrocks would score three of the next four to take a 13-8 lead. During the final five minutes Langley would make a game of it, by scoring three times, but the Shamrocks held on for the win.

Dane Dobbie would pace the Thunder with two goals and five assists.

Cody Hagedorn would see 49 shots, while Thunder goaltender faced 63.

Victoria next plays Sunday in Maple Ridge and return home for a game Friday, July 20 against the Maple Ridge Burrards.