The Victoria Shamrocks were hoping to sweep their semi-final series against the Burnaby Lakers but it was the Lakers taking another breath as they won game 4 on their home floor, 10-8.
Starting goaltenders were Adam Shute for the Rocks and Zak Boychuk for the Lakers and the Lakers got things going early, Josh Byrne scoring at 1:47 off a rebound. They took a 2-0 lead on a power play goal from Tyler Digby at 3:28 from inside the dotted line. The Shamrocks replied with a power play goal of their own, Jr. ‘A’ call-up Marshal King scoring on a hard, low shot at 4:14. It stayed 2-1 for the home time for the rest of the period until Jason Jones took advantage of having an extra attacker to tally at 19:59 to send the Lakers to the dressing room with a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Corey Small brought the visitors within a goal at 1:09 of period 2, getting in close but Burnaby came back with a pair to open up a 3-goal lead. Byrne collected his second on the power play at 8:20 from outside the dotted line and Eli McLaughlin made it 5-2 at 10:04. The Rocks sandwiched one goal between that and another 2-goal run as Braylon Lumb, another Jr. ‘A’ call-up scored, cutting to the net and slipping one inside the post. Burnaby got goals from Robert Church and Jones, his second of the night to go up 7-3. Before the period ended, Lumb picked up his second of the night at 14:47. The Lakers were up by 3 after 40 minutes and had outshot the Shamrocks 29-27 in the process.
The Shamrocks held the edge in period 3, outscoring the Lakers 4-3 to make a game of it. It was Rhys Duch getting things started at 6:02 from right in front off a loose ball, that goal coming shorthanded. Burnaby scored twice, Peter McFetridge and Dane Stevens scoring 2 minutes apart to go up 9-5 but the Rocks went on a 3-goal run. Once again it was Duch carrying the team on his back as he tallied at 14:43 and on the power play at 15:27, both shots from outside the dotted line. Chris Wardle got the Shamrocks within a goal at 17:29, diving across, that goal coming with Shute on the bench for the extra attacker. That got them within a goal and they continued to press but Burnaby was able to hold them off and added a late tally off the stick of Byrne, his hat trick marker at 19:28.
Rhys Duch once again led the offense with 3 goals and 2 helpers. Corey Small had a goal and 5 assists. Both Jr. ‘A’ Shamrocks call-ups were impressive as Marshal King had 2 goals and 2 assists while Braylon Lumb had 1 of each. Jeff Shattler had 3 assists and Chris Wardle had the other Victoria goal.
So the Lakers are still alive as the teams return to the Q Centre for game 5 Wednesday, August 17. Game time is 7:45 pm and the Shamrocks still hold a commanding 3-1 series lead, happy to be heading home.