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The Victoria Shamrocks and Burnaby Lakers will square off for their third 2016 Western Lacrosse Association playoff game tonight at The Q Centre. The Shamrocks are off to a hot start leading 2-0.
Tuesday night they defeated the Lakers by the score of 9-6. According to the Shamrocks statement, the stars came out as advertised.
“The Shamrocks’ superstars have come as advertised as Rhys Duch continues his remarkable 2016 season into the playoffs with eight goals and seven assists in two games. Cory Conway and Jesse King have been impressive as well, putting up nine and six points respectively.”
Fans may get the opportunity to see Junior Shamrock Marshal King play for the first time.
“I will warm up and we will see if I am playing,” said King, “….I am probably playing.”
King finished third in team scoring with the juniors, but played only half a season – he had the second most points per game on the team during this year. He has two seasons left with the juniors.
“It’s an honour to play for the senior team, because I grew up watching them,” shared the 18-year-old, Drexel University sophomore. “All of the Shamrocks are great role models for me as it is the highest level of non-professional lacrosse you can watch – a lot of the players in the WLA play in the indoor pro league”.
King, who is also a standout in field lacrosse competed this summer in the world championships in Coquitlam, earning a silver medal. The U.S. won. To date, they are the only team to have won that tournament, and the Canadians had a big lead going into the second half, but fell short.
“It was heartbreaking,“ shared King. “We had a chance to make history, but I think we got too comfortable with the lead.”
As for the Lakers-Shamrocks series, game one featured a heated contest, which saw Corey Small, Jon Harnett suspended for the Shamrocks, and Scott Rouse suspended for the Lakers. Game two did not have that same aggressive element, so it should be interesting to see if game three picks up in intensity with both teams returning to a full lineup.
Tonight, the Shamrock will look to take a 3-0 series lead. Knowing the implications of 3-0 lead, the Lakers will come into The Q Centre desperate for a win. The Shamrocks are in the driver’s seat, and a win for them would be a huge step in returning to the Mann Cup.
Burnaby Lakers scouting report
The Lakers’ highly touted defense and goaltending have had modest success holding Shamrocks high-octane offense to a minimum; however, in both games the Shamrocks have broke through in the third. Zak Boychuk started in goal in the first game; but after allowing three goals in the first five minutes, he was replaced by Tyler Richards, who has remained in net ever since. Up front, the Lakers have spread out their production, led by Jason Jones, Robert Church, Josh Byrne, and Eli McLaughlin.
Get tickets at www.victoriashamrocks.com, calling 250-478-ROCK(7625), the arena after 11am or at the team store at #120-967 Langford Parkway.