Shamrocks Take Game #1 - lead best of 7!
MAPLE RIDGE 9
(Victoria leads series 1-0)
The Victoria Shamrocks drew first blood in the opening game of the Western Lacrosse Association playoffs and it was Cory Conway who stuck most of the needles in the Maple Ridge Burrards.
Conway recorded two goals and a whopping eight assists for a 10-point night as the Shamrocks dumped the Burrards 13-9 at The Q Centre on Monday. Game 2 goes Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Maple Ridge.
â€œI didnâ€™t realize it was that many,â€ Conway said of his performance. â€œWe were capitalizing on our scoring chances. Weâ€™re so good offensively and so unselfish. Everybody on offence touches the ball and weâ€™re happy with the way we played. It was obviously nice to transition into the playoffs with a win.â€
Conway was spectacular and he benefited early from a wild hop that was initially thwarted. But as they say, they donâ€™t ask how, just how many.
â€œI got a lucky one early,â€ he said of the goal. â€œIt took a funny bounce and went in the net and sometimes thatâ€™s all you need to get the confidence going.â€
Corey Small added four goals and two assists while Rhys Duch tallied three times. Jesse King had a goal and four helpers, while Scott Ranger, Karsen Leung and Chris Wardle rounded out Victoriaâ€™s scoring.
The team jumped to a 5-1 lead just 5:50 in, but failed to score again in the opening period as the Burrards battled back to tie it 5-5.
The Shamrocks settled down from that point on, although it was tied 7-7 6:23 into the second after Victoria went up 7-5. The hosts led 10-7 after two.
â€œWe need to realize these guys are a very good team. We know itâ€™s going to be a battle,â€ said Shamrocks head coach Bob Heyes.
â€œI like how we answered in the second period and I think that was the key for us â€” that and staying away from the extracurricular activity. They are a team that wants to get under your skin and do stuff. Thatâ€™s always been their team style. We just have to be able to suck it up.â€
Jarrett Davis and Riley Loewen each had two goals and two assists for Maple Ridge, while Dan Taylor had a goal and four assists. Mike Mallory, Ben McIntosh, Coady Adamson and Andrew Murphy also scored.
â€œThe boys could have packed it in and we didnâ€™t. They showed some heart and character. We said coming into it that they are a good team and theyâ€™re going to score goals. We just have to accept it and battle back the next shift,â€ said Burrards head coach Chris Gill, who then went off on the officiating.
â€œSometimes itâ€™s hard when youâ€™re playing against more than just players. Thatâ€™s the life of coming across the water to Victoria,â€ stressed Gill, who wasnâ€™t happy with a double-minor call on Steve Priolo that could have resulted in more as he ripped Kevin Reidâ€™s helmet off and popped him a few times.
Reid, who was taking some liberties, chose not to defend himself and was not penalized.
â€œThatâ€™s a two-minute and five-minute penalty and most likely kicked out of the game if itâ€™s one of our players doing it to them, but they didnâ€™t have the guts to make the call in front of the crowd,â€ added Gill.
CLOVER POINTS:Â The Intermediate Shamrocks took home a provincial title on Monday, defeating New Westminster 14-7 in the championship game at George Preston Rec Centre in Langley. The Shamrocks lost their opener 9-7 to Coquitlam before recording 9-4 and 18-7 victories over New West and Langley, respectively.
GAME 2 Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at
GAME 3 Saturday, 5 p.m. at Victoria GAME 4 Aug. 9, 5 p.m. at Maple Ridge GAME 5 Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Victoria * GAME 6 Aug. 15, 5 p.m. at Maple
GAME 7 Aug. 16, 5 p.m. at Victoria *