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The Victoria Shamrocks hosted the Burnaby Lakers for game three of the first round Western Lacrosse Association playoff series and won by the score of 10-7 in a wild and chippy affair. Approximately 1500 fans watched the defending Mann Cup champions and 2016 Western Lacrosse Association regular season champions hold off a desperate Lakers team.
The Shamrocks are now up with a stranglehold lead of 3-0.
At 5:04 Jesse King scored the game’s first goal, after the two teams had gone back and forth in equal fashion. King received a break-a-way pass from Tyler Burton and scored over the left shoulder of Lakers’ goaltender Tyler Richards, he was later replaced by Zach Boychuck, after the Shamrocks scored four straight to go up 5-2. After King scored, he immediately went down with what appeared to be an ACL or MCL injury and was helped to the dressing room. He did not return.
The period ended 4-1 for the Shamrocks.
During the second period the Lakers began to exhibit their frustration, taking liberties on the Shamrocks; interfering and hitting high. The dirty play seemed to work as they scored three straight to get within one at 6-5 at the end of two periods.
Robert Church scored his third goal of the game at 1:43 of the third period to tie the game up at 6-6; the Lakers weren’t going to roll over in this series.
During the first intermission Rhys Duch was recognized by the league commissioner for leading the league in scoring with 101 points. He continued that leadership tonight scoring four goals and earning an assist.
Three Shamrocks got five points on the night. Jeff Shattler scored once and added four assists. Asked if he was stepping in for King he replied, “We were stepping up for all of the Shamrocks who are down right now. We have a few injuries, but we also have a deep team.”
Cory Conway earned five assists, while Corey Small got four points with one goal and three assists. Other Shamrock scorers were Chris Wardle, Taylor Northway, Braylon Lumb, who was called up from the Junior Shamrocks and King.
Adam Shute faced 40 shots and made 33 saves while the two ‘tenders at the Lakers end faced 42.