August 25, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Shamrocks suffered their first playoff loss as the Maple Ridge Burrards came into the Q Centre, played lacrosse (who knew they could?) and came out with an 11-9 overtime victory in game 3 of their best-of-seven WLA final series.
Players prepare for the face-off. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
Neither team had more than a 1-goal lead until there were 20 seconds left in the overtime period when the visitors took the 2-goal lead that gave them the win.
No surprise that it was Cody Hagedorn starting in goal for the Shamrocks and Frankie Scigliano for the Burrards. The visitors got on the scoreboard first, Ben McIntosh scoring unassisted at 3:37 going over top of Hagedorn after intercepting a pass. Exactly 1 minute later the Rocks replied, Karsen Leung turning on the afterburners on transition and scoring unassisted with the teams playing 4-on-4.
Shamrocks’ Rhys Duch manages to stand his ground. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
The visitors took the lead again at 5:27, McIntosh again doing the damage with a quick stick from the side of the crease but again it was short-lived as Corey Small replied with a power play goal at 7:44, that one also coming from the side of the crease after some smart passing. The home team took the lead at 13:41, Small with his second on a hard low shot from well outside the dotted line. Unfortunately that lead was also short-lived, Maple Ridge getting that one back at 16:39 on a goal that nobody was sure actually went into the net.
Shamrocks’ Dhane Smith tosses the ball to a teammate before he loses possession to a Burrard. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
The goal judge didn’t turn on the light, nobody from the Burrards was celebrating, but the officials took the faceoff to centre floor and a 3 went up on the visitors’ side of the scoreboard. It was credited to Jarrett Davis, probably one of the easiest he’s had. Before the period ended, the Shamrocks jumped back into the lead, Chris Wardle picking up a rebound in front and finding the back of the net at 19:04, that goal coming with the man advantage. The home team took the 4-3 lead to the dressing room, holding a 16-11 edge in shots on goal.
Burrards’ Garrett McIntosh, along with Shamrocks’ Matt Yager and Bradley Kri, chase after a loose ball. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
Maple Ridge came out again in the middle frame and rattled off a couple of goals, the first coming at 6:08 on an overhand shot from well out off the stick of Brandon Bertoia. Riley Loewen put the visitors ahead at 8:49 on a shot that seemed to go in off the post. The home team replied with Brandon Bull’s high shot that eluded Scigliano at 13:53 and once again took a one-goal lead at 18:08 on a power play goal from captain Scott Ranger. That was it for second period scoring. So far, so good – no fisticuffs and the Shamrocks were holding onto their 1-goal lead by a 6-5 margin despite holding a huge edge in shots on goal by a margin of 19-10.
Shamrocks’ Tyler Burton battles for the ball, along with Burrards’ Zach and Colton Porter. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
With the Shamrocks’ Wardle serving a double minor penalty that was assessed late in the middle frame, the Burrards capitalized with a pair of power play goals. McIntosh got his hat trick marker at the 28 second mark, just 3 seconds before the expiration of the first minor. Loewen then picked up his second of the contest at 1:23, putting the visitors once again up by a goal.
Burrards’ Mitch Banister forces Shamrocks’ goaltender Cody Hagedorn towards the boards hoping to shake the ball loose. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
At 4:17, Jesse King rattled one off the post to tie the score at 7 and the Rocks went up by a goal at 12:55 when Small picked up his hat trick goal. There was still a lot of time left and the Shamrocks were unable to put their feet on the throats of the Burrards who finally got a goal from Curtis Dickson at 15:31. After 60 minutes nothing had been solved, despite a big advantage for the Shamrocks in the shots-on-goal department, 56-31. We were on to a 10-minute overtime period.
Burrards’ Riley Loewen tries to force his way past Shamrocks’ Matt Yager and Karsen Leung. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
Maple Ridge took a lead 2:12 into the extra frame, Zack Porter capitalizing on some sloppy coverage to break in. A transition goal from big Tyler Hass brought the full house at the Q Centre to its feet at 8:04 when he picked up a loose ball and got to the front of the net to score unassisted. They were unable to keep that momentum and gave up a goal just 20 seconds later, Dickson’s second of the night. The visitors capped off the game with a goal from Patrick OMeara at 8:40 to get the win.
Players get entangled during play. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
Certainly, there seemed to be no urgency on the floor on the part of the Shamrocks who were just not sharp in many aspects of their game. As mentioned earlier, the Burrards stuck to lacrosse for the most part, although there was a lot of diving from both teams.
Leading the way for the Shamrocks offensively was Corey Small with 3 goals and 1 assist. Scott Ranger and Jesse King each had a goal and 3 helpers with other goals coming from Tyler Hass, Karsen Leung, Chris Wardle and Brandon Bull.
For the Burrards it was Ben McIntosh with the hat trick and 2 assists and Riley Loewen and Curtis Dickson each with a pair.
There is not much time to re-load as the Rocks travel to Maple Ridge Monday for game 4 in the series. The result means, of course, there will be a game 5 which is set for Wednesday, August 27 at the Q Centre with a 7:45 pm start time.