July 31, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – Set to finish in first place for the first time since 2009, the Victoria Shamrocks will close out the regular season on Friday night at 100.3 The Q Centre against the Nanaimo Timbermen.
In a year many considered a ‘retooling’ season, the Shamrocks have exceeded expectations. Victoria came out of the gate strong, stringing together a 10-game undefeated run while young guns became key role players. First round draft pick Jesse King emerged as a star in the making and sits third in team scoring with only nine games played. Names like Bradley Kri, Brandon Bull, Chris Wardle, Ethan Garland and Cody Hagedorn have also solidified themselves as part of the everyday line-up in their first pro season. Veteran scorers Corey Small and Rhys Duch have done their job and sit first and second in league scoring.
Victoria will finish the year the same way they started it – against Nanaimo. The Shamrocks are 1-0-1 versus the Timbermen in 2014. At 100.3 The Q Centre on May 30, Victoria defeated Nanaimo 15-7.
Next week, the Shamrocks will begin defence of their Western Lacrosse Association crown. Victoria is matched up against the New Westminster Salmonbellies in the first round with Game 1 taking place in Victoria on Wednesday, August 6. It will be the first ‘Rocks-‘Bellies playoff series since 2006.
Fri., August 1 | Shamrocks vs. Nanaimo Timbermen | 100.3 The Q Centre | 7:45 p.m.
Nanaimo Timbermen Breakdown:
Leading Scorer: Mac Johnson (14 goals, 27 assists)
Top Goaltender: Zak Boychuk (4 wins, 10.01 G.A.A., 0.778 SV%)
What you need to know: It is interesting to consider what could have been for the Timbermen this season. Nanaimo has struggled through most of the year but have proven to be a team that can contest anyone. In their second game of the season, the Timbermen held the Shamrocks to a tie, 13-13. Without the services of their top weapon Cody Bremner for all but four games this year and only half a season of Brody Eastwood, the north island team has been shorthanded. Nanaimo will miss the post season for the seventh-straight year.
The 2014 regular season wraps up on August 1 when the ‘Rocks will take on Nanaimo for the 100.3 The Q! Home Closer Tailgate BBQ. Join the Shamrocks starting at 6pm for a free Triple O’s burger with donation and player appearances between 6:15pm and 6:30pm. Tickets are available online at victoriashamrocks.com or by phone at 250-478-ROCK (7625).
Playoff tickets are on sale now at the Shamrocks office at 120-967 Langford Parkway, or online at victoriashamrocks.com. Season ticket holders can also claim their seats by calling 250-478-ROCK (7625) – seats not purchased by August 6th will be released to the public. The first round schedule and more ticket details are available online at victoriashamrocks.com.