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And just like that, the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association went from tied for third to first overall in the standings.

During the first game of the second half of their Mann Cup-defending season, the Shamrocks trounced the Langley Thunder in Langley, by the score of 15-6 on the strength of superb goaltending by one of the Shamrocks’ latest acquisitions in Adam Shute.

Jesse King in his third game back in the line-up lit up the Thunder with a total of nine points on four goals and five assists

Rhys Duch also had a strong night with one goal and seven assists while Corey Small earned two goals and three assists.

By 12:04 of the first, the Shamrocks, fresh from a 12-day break – and surprisingly not rusty scored six unanswered goals, before the Thunder netted two within a minute and eight seconds. The first period ended 7-2.

Within a 12:23 span to end the game, the Shamrocks buried another five unanswered to put an exclamation mark on the game.

The win gives the Shamrocks a total of 14 points, tied with the Salmonbellies, but the Shamrocks occupy first place on the strength of an extra win.

The Coquitlam Adanacs will be in town to attempt close the gap, as they have 12 points on the season so far, which sets up the two for an exciting game Friday, July, 8 at the Q Centre in Colwood, but first they play the New Westminster Salmonbellies Thursday night, to start their back-to-back two-game road trip.

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