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Even with the addition of one the best players in the Western Lacrosse Association inserted into the lineup in Jesse King, the Shamrocks cannot seem to buy a win.

In the short season that the WLA offers, the team that bleeds green is currently bleeding for sure – having dug themselves a hole going 0-3 out of the gate to start the season.

With the Mann Cup scheduled to be played on the west coast this year, the Shamrocks organization stacked the team and were expected to dominate the league for their 70th annual season.

No go. Burnaby took them on Friday night 8-5.

From the Shamrocks:

Last season, the ‘Rocks lost 2 of their first 3 games. Being 0-3 is an unusual sight for the Shamrocks Nation. They hope to find better luck when they hit the road next weekend with a double dose of action, taking on Nanaimo and the 2019 WLA decorated champs, Maple Ridge.

From the Shamrocks perspective, it was a game where they started hot but fell flat as the game progressed. The return of Jesse King appeared to give the Shamrocks a lift early on when he scored 2:37 into the first period. However, that would be his only goal of the night. King wound up with 2 points and 6 shots. Cody Hagedorn was solid in his first start and now has a 5.85 GAA along with a 0.886 save % in 2 appearances this season.

As for the Burnaby Lakers, they continue their undefeated streak, sitting a pretty 3-0. Daryl Veltman and Robert Church each had 2 goals and an assist for the Lakers – who got another sensational performance from their netminder Eric Penny. Penny stopped 45 of the 50 shots he faced tonight. He made critical stops when the Shamrocks attacked in the final minutes of the game. Penny held the Shamrocks scoreless in the 3rd period when Burnaby outscored Victoria 4-0.

Burnaby’s Next Game: 6/2 @ Maple Ridge 6:45 PM

Victoria’s Next Game: 6/6 @ Nanaimo 7:00 PM

With the Shamrocks hitting the road next week, you can catch all of their games live on WLA TV. The Shamrocks next home game is June 14th when the New Westminster Salmonbellies come to The Q Centre and fans should get their tickets will they still last!

Victoria Shamrocks 2019 season memberships starting at $125 and single game tickets starting at $18 are available for the club’s 70th anniversary season and campaign for a national championship from VictoriaShamrocks.com. For tickets, merchandise, and more information, visit VictoriaShamrocks.com, or call 250-478-ROCK (7625).