Story by Janice Huckin, Photos by Kasey Eriksen – ISN
Victoria, BC (ISN) – Coquitlam’s Dan Dobbie scored 5 goals to help pace the Coquitlam Adanacs to a 10-9 overtime win over the Victoria Shamrocks in Western Lacrosse League playoff action Tuesday at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria.
Still without the services of goaltender Matt Flindell who was run over during game 2 here, Chris Levis got his second straight start for the home team while Nick Rose was between the pipes for the visitors.
Coquitlam took an early lead, Dane Dobbie scoring on the first shot of the game on Levis just 50 seconds in, beating him with a hard low shot. The Rocks answered back about 7 minutes later, Karsen Leung beating Rose high to the corner. At 8:38 the boys in green took the lead on a bullet, fired low by team captain Matt Lyons. That lead held for just 24 seconds, Dobbie collecting his second at 9:02 on what appeared to be an innocuous looking overhand shot. The game continued tied until the 19:20 mark of the period when Leung got his second of the contest for Victoria, this one hard and low. That was how the period ended, the Rocks ahead 3-2 and having outshot their opponents by a 22-9 margin. No penalties were called in the period.
The Shamrocks celebrate one of their 9 goals Tuesday (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
Period 2 saw the Adanacs again scoring first, Dobbie getting his hat-trick at the 1:35 mark, no defensive coverage in evidence. That was followed a couple of minutes later by a fast break off the bench on transition, Ryan Johnson scoring to give the visitors a 4-3 lead. Momentum switched back and forth several times in the middle frame. An unassisted power play goal off the stick of Mitch McLaren got the Shamrocks even at 10:38 and they re-gained the lead at 11:30 when Derek Lowe beat Rose low. Then game a flurry of 3 goals in the final minute of the period. Dobbie notched his fourth for Coquitlam with a hard low shot at 19:17. Lowe replied for the Rocks at 19:38, collecting a pass right on the doorstep and Ryan Benesch rounded out the scoring at 19:58, picking up a rebound as Victoria had 6 attackers on the floor and Levis on the bench. After 40 minutes, the home team had a 7-5 lead and a big edge in shots on goal, 45-26 the advantage. There was just one penalty called, resulting in Victoria’s power play goal.
The Shamrock’s Jeff Shattler looks to snag a loose ball during Tuesday’s action (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
The Shamrocks kept the momentum going early in the third, Lowe picking up his hat trick goal at the 4:14 mark. It was a goal he really had to work for, fighting off a couple of defenders before getting the shot off late in the 30-second clock. While it would have seemed that the Rocks had control of the game, that is always tenuous in this league and the visitors rattled off the next 4 goals to prove it. Johnson picked up his second of the game at 5:42, the Adanacs passing cross-crease to get Levis down. The next marker didn’t come until 11:01 and that was a low shot off the stick of Kevin Olson. Coquitlam was within a single goal and Dobbie tied things up at 17:24. The Shamrocks struggled during the third period – passes were not crisp, resulting in numerous turnovers. At 17:41 Olson picked up his second goal of the game, this one high on Levis and it was 9-8 Coquitlam. The Shamrocks did manage to draw even once more at 18:19, Corey Small scoring on a bouncer. For the second time in the series we were going into overtime.
Victoria’s Dan McRae eludes three Coquitlam defenders Tuesday (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)
After Victoria picked up the overtime win in game 4 on the road, the Adanacs returned the favour, Mark Negrin picking up a rebound and getting it behind Levis at the 8:26 mark. The Shamrocks were unable to reply and watched the visitors run out the clock.
The Shamrocks were led offensively by Derek Lowe with 3 goals and 4 helpers and Corey Small with a goal and 5 assists. Karsen Leung picked up a pair of goals and 2 assists while singles came from Matt Lyons, Ryan Benesch and Mitch McLaren who has been very impressive in the last two games on transition.
For the Adanacs it was Dane Dobbie with 5 goals and 1 assist. Kevin Olson and Ryan Johnson each contributed 2 of each with the winner coming from Mark Negrin. Daryl Veltman kicked in 4 assists and Nick Rose was busy in goal, kicking out 55 of the 64 shots he faced.
There is no rest for the wicked as the teams will play game 6 tomorrow, Wednesday, in Coquitlam making it 3 games in 4 nights, two of which have already gone an extra 10 minutes. Game 7 if required will be back at Bear Mountain Arena Sunday, August 19 at 7:45 pm.
Coquitlam’s Dane Dobbie celebrates one of his 5 goals Tuesday (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)