Daily Planet: Superman’s sidekick Elastic Lad steps up to save the day scoring five goals as the Maple Ridge Burrards take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
The Victoria Shamrocks visited Cam Neely Arena in Maple Ridge Thursday night for Game 4 of the Western Lacrosse Association best-of-seven final playoff series. It was a thrilling, double-overtime game that saw the Shamrocks come from a 5-0 deficit. In the end, they would lose a thriller.
Like Game 3 in Victoria, the Burrards took the first period 3-0 during Game 4. Although the Shamrocks were arguably the better team during the first 20-minutes, they were not able to solve goaltender Frank Scigliano until 6:08 into the second period when the big goalie handed Steve Priolo the ball. Priolo ran in on a partial breakaway and scored, glove-side.
At 7:26 Jean-Luc Chetner scored on a breakaway. He was sprung by Ben McIntosh, who fired a long ball from beside his own net to the front of goaltender Adam Shute at the other end.
Just 26 second later, Jesse King scored glove-side on Scigliano. Keeping the Shamrocks in the game, Shute made a tremendous save on Ben McIntosh, who had half of the net to score on. McIntosh already earned a hat-trick by 3:07 of the second period.
With mounting pressure from the Shamrocks, the Burrards took two penalties at 9:21 and their third and fourth of the period, one to Curtis Dickson for Delay of Game. Dickson was suspected of diving throughout the series and was called out after Game 3 – diving would prove to be his kryptonite.
With the two-man advantage, Chris Wardle scored. Again it was from the glove-side, down-low on Scigliano.
Rhys Duch, who may be hobbled with a lower-body injury, has not lost any of the power or the timing off of his shot. Once the offensive zone is gained, he is as dangerous as any player on either team. He was firing rockets at the Burrards. At 19:26, King spotted Duch lingering on the stick-side of Scigliano, left all alone he shot into the open net for an easy one.
After two periods, the Shamrocks erased 5-0 deficit to get to within one, 5-4 after two.
At 1:45 of the third, Priolo scored his second goal of the game – a transition goal – after scooping an errant ball and running it in to tie the score at 5-5. He almost had a hat-trick goal late in the game, again on the transition. King scored at 5:51, from Hellyer to take their first lead of the game.
The Burrards were playing without Riley Loewen, who slipped on the wet concrete floor late in the second period and was clearly distressed. He was carried off the floor by two teammates.
The teams went into 10-minute overtime, which was forced by Curtis Dickson, for his first point of the game at 6:38 of the third period.
Gibson scored at 56 seconds of OT, while McIntosh scored his fourth of the game at 8:39 of the extra 10-minute period. He would score his fifth goal of the game in sudden death. While being covered, he fired a shot past Shute to take the win.
McIntosh led the way for the Burrards with 5 goals and an assist, while Jessie King scored twice and set up two others.
Victoria outshot Maple Ridge 57-43.
Maple Ridge went 0/4 on the man-advantage, while Victoria went 2/6.
The series returns to Victoria Saturday night with the game start scheduled for 6:30 pm at The Q Centre.
EXTRAS: The Shamrocks played without the services of Casey Jackson. McIntosh scored just one goal during the first two games, scored eight in the next two.