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Victoria Jr. Shamrocks with rough start to 2017 playoffs, down 2-0

Marshall King. File photo. Credit: Christopher Kelsall

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The Jr. Victoria Shamrocks made the 2017 BC Junior A Lacrosse League playoffs by the hair on their chinny-chin –chin. They defeated the Langley Thunder in a wildcard game by the score was 8-7 last Sunday.

They didn’t make the playoffs in 2016.

They are now in the midst of taking on the first place Coquitlam Adanacs; a tall task.

The Shamrocks dropped the first two games of the best of five semi-final series this weekend.

Saturday, they played well but lost the opening game by the score of 14-10.

Marshal King, who saw time with the injury-riddled senior men’s team during the 2016 playoffs had a six-point night scoring twice and adding four helpers. He is the younger brother of Jesse King, who is one of the top talents in Canada, but forced out of the game for a year due to MCL and ACL injuries.

Brad McCulley scored a hat trick, David Byrne scored two and Daniel Smith, Braylon Lumb and Nick Preston scored once each, while Preston added three helpers.

The Adanacs won again Sunday in Colwood at The Q Centre, defeating the Shamrocks 14-5.

Braylon Lumb scored twice, while King had four assists. Skyler Wilson, Nick Preston and Cameron Garlin scored once each.

Goaltender Will Kinnaird faced 52 shots Sunday – he was in net for both games. Game three is scheduled for next Saturday in Coquitlam, with a 2:00 pm start.

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