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The 4-7 Coquitlam Adanacs entered the fray Friday night at The Q Centre in Colwood, to play the usually mild-mannered but offensive Victoria Shamrocks. Aside from an injured Ben McCullough the team is healthy throughout the lineup. They have their sites firmly set on post-season play and hosting the 2017 Mann Cup Championships. They manhandled the Adanacs from the first faceoff and won 10-2.
Friday’s affair was about bringing up the intensity in preparation for the post-season; it was the Shamrocks second-to-last home game of the regular season.
“We wanted to find our physical play tonight,” said Coach Bob Heyes.
There were two fights and some nasty stick work; it was a side of the Shamrocks not season in some time.
Rhys Duch, who has seen only spot duty this season due to injury, was dressed. He won the 2016 regular season scoring title. This year it is Corey Small who leads the league in points (29g-39a-68pts before Friday’s game).
The two combined for nine points with Small earning a hat-trick, Duch earned four assists for a five-point night on his 31st birthday.
Joe Resetarits flew out of New York at 4:00 am Friday morning, to play his first WLA game for the Shamrocks.
“I was tired when I got here. It took me a while to get my legs under me,” shared the Rochester Knighthawk of the NLL. “The guys told me how good the fans are here and you can’t get a better top-three anywhere,”
Resetarits also plays for the Brampton Exelsiors of Major Series Lacrosse. He scored two goals and earned one assists as well as Player of the Game honours.
It took a while for the offence to get results, but it was the league leader in points, Corey Small who opened the scoring at 13:04 then scored again at 16:17. The first goal was trademark Small, cutting into the middle and firing a low bullet of a shot, five-hole. The second goal was over the right shoulder of goaltender Dan Lewis, who faced 53 shots and many more that narrowly missed.
Mike Triolo played his patented, short-handed ball-ragging style. He hung onto the ball seemingly endlessly on three kills, one of which earned him a loud ovation from the appreciative fans.
Dallas Wade scored two goals, one was particularly spectacular as he dove in front of the net and while in flight, slipped the ball on the far side of Lewis.
Steve Priolo, who was one of several aggressive Shamrock players, broke in on a long break-a-way to score unassisted and short-handed.
Aaron Bold stopped all but two of 44 shots in net for the Shamrocks.
The Shamrocks play two road games, Saturday night in Nanaimo and next Friday in Burnaby, they return for the final game of the season on the 28th when they host Burnaby.
First place Maple Ridge Burrards won tonight to stay in first place.