The Victoria Shamrocks will need to make some changes in how they play against the young Nanaimo Timbermen Friday night in Nanaimo at the Frank Crane Centre. In other words, Victoria is like a boxer leaning in the corner and needs to think of a way to punch their way out of it; advantage Nanaimo.
The Timbermen won Game 1 of their preliminary Western Lacrosse Association playoff series by running a breakout game that the veteran Shamrocks were not able to contain or keep up with. Too many veterans peeled off the floor as the young Timbermen sprinted back, leaving the Shamrocks defence outmanned.
The keys will be for all five players to drop back to eliminate the odd-man offence of Nanaimo’s run and gun game.
Nanaimo is beatable, their regular season record was not impeccable and it took double overtime to beat Victoria – one bounce the other way and Victoria would have the series lead.
The Shamrocks will also need to move the ball the way they know how. No player can run as fast as the ball can move. Lionel Messi, one of the all-time greatest soccer players can run if he needs to, but he dishes the ball with surgical precision.
Wayne Gretzky, as odd of a skater that he was, was quick – sure, but his ability to pass has only been imitated, never duplicated.
The Shamrocks’ abundant skills with passing and shooting will need to take over. No team in the WLA can out-power the Shamrocks game when they cut off the ring with the jab and throw that right hook to the chin.
For Sunday’s Game 3 at The Q Centre, Greater Victoria fans will need to show up and cheer for the team in green – the sixth man was vacant Wednesday night.
Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm. They play Sunday at The Q Centre and Tuesday, back in Nanaimo.
ELSEWHERE: Thursday night, the New Westminster Salmonbellies, who won the regular season WLA standings were crushed by the Maple Ridge Burrards 13-5. The Salmonbellies were outshot 58-45 and had given up eight powerplay chances of which Maple Ridge scored four times. The Salmonbellies went 1-5 on the man-advantage.
The Burrards busted onto the floor with 24 first period shots and scored eight unanswered goals to set the tone of the game. The Salmonbellies found themselves in a hole too deep to climb out of after one period of play. They play again Sunday in Maple Ridge at 7:30 pm.
In this post-game interview, Victoria Shamrocks Head Coach tells Victoria fans to get their asses out there and show up to the Shamrocks playoff games, the team in green needs their support.
Game 1 between Victoria and Nanaimo at The Q Centre had a sparse crowd and half of the fans there were from Nanaimo.
“Victoria fans need to get their asses out here.”