Lakers Rebound to Make Long Series
The Victoria Shamrocks canâ€™t seem to get over the hurdle that is Game 4 of the Mann Cup championship.
For the third year in a row, the Western Lacrosse Association champions failed to take a 3-1 lead at the critical stage of the best-of-seven national lacrosse championship, this time losing the pivotal game 8-6 to the Peterborough Lakers on Tuesday night at The Q Centre.
The last two years the Shamrocks dropped 2-1 advantages, only to lose both times in six outings to the Six Nations Chiefs.
â€œEvery championship team has a hump to get over and for us thatâ€™s the one,â€ said Shamrocks head coach Bob Heyes. â€œI think weâ€™ve got such a different club from the last two years though. Weâ€™re good; weâ€™re still in a good position. This isnâ€™t where it was two years ago, for sure.â€
Game 5 goes tonight at 7 with plenty riding on the line in what is now a best-of-three, all knotted at two games apiece. Game 6 is Friday.
Curtis Dicksonâ€™s fourth goal of the game gave the Lakers the first two-goal lead of the outing for either team at 7:08 of the third period. Late in the second, Mark Steenhuis had provided Peterborough with its first lead of the night, trailing by one five times through the first 37:32.
â€œThatâ€™s a character win for us, for our team,â€ said Steenhuis. â€œWe got a goal, they got a goal â€” they seem to have always answered, breaking through getting the lead and keeping the lead â€¦ what a fantastic third period by us, our defence. Tip our hats off to them.â€
They pulled it out in a defensive tussle everyone expected after a couple of lopsided wins by both sides in Games 2 and 3.â€œWe had those chances,â€ Heyes said of the five one-goal leads the Shamrocks couldnâ€™t extend to two. â€œEvery time you donâ€™t capitalize on those chances, it gives another breath of life to the opposition and thatâ€™s what we did. We had a chance to step on the throat or take your foot off. Not that we wanted to, but we didnâ€™t execute and our offence has to get better.â€
Dan Dawson, who had a goal and an assist, agreed fully.
â€œThatâ€™s a missed opportunity, but listen, we have to regroup,â€ he stressed. â€œWe have to have a short memory because weâ€™re back [tonight]. Our defence and our goalie gave us a chance to win and our offence let us down, especially our power play, so that one is on the offence tonight.â€
Brad Self added two goals for the Lakers, the last one into an empty net after he swallowed up Jesse Kingâ€™s errant pass with goalie Aaron Bold pulled. Steenhuis and Scott Evans also scored for Peterborough, which trailed 3-2 after one period, but led 6-5 after two.
King had two goals for Victoria, while Rhys Duch, Greg Harnett and Scott Ranger had the others.
The Shamrocks outshot the Lakers 40-30 with Matt Vinc making 34 saves.
Game 4 is now gone and the team that claims Game 4 has won 27 of the last 35 Mann Cups.
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As published - Times Colonist - Sept 9th, 2015
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