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The Victoria Shamrocks were looking to extend their win streak to four games tonight at home in The Q Centre versus the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

A nearly packed house of approximately 3,000 lacrosse fans came to watch the pre-game ceremonies as the team honoured Fred “Whitey” Severson by retiring his number 8 to the rafters.

The Salmonbellies got out to a quick start scoring at the 40-second mark, two minutes later the Shamrocks tied it up and by 15:53 of the first, the score was tied 2-2, however, the Salmonbellies lit up Cody Hagedorn over a 1:41 span with three goals to end the first period with a 5-2 lead.

Ian McShane and Corey Small scored a couple goals each in their efforts to take the game back; they nearly did, by evening the score at 7-7 mid-way through the second period.

Chris Wardle, Paul Brebber, Jeff Shattler, Cory Conway and Tyler Burton also scored a goal each for the Shamrocks. Small and Conway each earned three assists, but to no avail.

The Salmonbellies had peppered Hagedorn with 45 shots by 4:02 of the third period. The Shamrocks with the most potent offense in the league managed just 43 shots over the entire game. With the score 11-7 for the Salmonbellies, Hagedorn was pulled in favour of newly acquired Adam Shute, who allowed just one goal in 14:42 of play as the Shamrocks tightened up the defense.

The Shamrocks next play July 6 in Langley, then play at home against the Coquitlam Adanacs Friday, July 8th.

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