With seven games remaining in the Western Lacrosse Association regular season, the Victoria Shamrocks continue to be in the hunt for first place overall. With a win Sunday in Maple Ridge 7-6 and Saturday in Victoria 13-11 over Langley, they are now just two points behind the league-leading New Westminster Salmonbellies and the Burrards.
The Salmonbellies lost to the Nanaimo Timbermen 13-11 on the weekend. The Timbermen are not out of it yet, as they are just two points back of Victoria. Meanwhile, Victoria has a game in-hand over Nanaimo and Maple Ridge.
This weekend, the Shamrocks proved that they can win with offense as well as a defensively.
Sunday, Mike Mallory opened the scoring at 9:58 with an unassisted marker. Twenty-four seconds later Jesse King got one from Rob Hellyer. At 18:38 Hellyer got one of his own from King and Casey Jackson.
The difference was that first period as the teams exchanged three goals each during the second period and two each during the third.
Twenty-two-year-old Scarborough, Ontario native Tyson Gibson picked up four goals including the game-winner at 17:13 of the third. The 22-year-old is beginning to find his place on the team.
Mike Mallory and Ryan Martel led the way for Maple Ridge picking up three points each.
Adam Shute tended goal for the Shamrocks stopping 34 of 40 shots fired his way, while Frank Scigliano faced 51, stopping 44.
Victoria went 3-6 on the man advantage, while Maple Ridge went 3-9.
Victoria next plays Burnaby on Friday the 13th in Burnaby and next plays at home at The Q Centre on Friday, July 20th at 7:30 pm when they host the Burrards. Three of their final four games will be at home.
WLA Senior A