Burnaby – As been the case for every game in the WLA this season, Friday night in Burnaby will be another big game for the Shamrocks. They visit a Burnaby Lakers squad that is just four points back with a game in hand. The Lakers are the only team that Victoria has yet to play twice, meaning a win on the mainland locks up the season series for Victoria, and more importantly, the tiebreaker.
It’s been almost two months since Victoria has seen the Lakers, and since then, both teams have improved. Victoria has added pieces such as Aaron Bold, Evan Messenger, Tyler Burton and Joe Resetarits to name a few, while the Lakers were without their top two scorers on May 26th in Victoria. Eli McLaughlin and Robert Church have combined for ninety-six points in twenty-two games, and McLaughlin’s fifty is third in the league.
Victoria has now locked up a playoff berth, the next task is clinching home floor in the playoffs, the Shamrocks have a four point cushion over Burnaby and New Westminster. Meanwhile, after a Maple Ridge loss to New Westminster earlier this week the Shamrocks sit one point behind the Burrards but have a game in hand.
The Shamrocks final three games all have major playoff implications, after Friday Victoria has just under a week off before they finish the season on a back-to-back in New Westminster on Thursday, then host Burnaby on Friday July 28th for the annual Fan Appreciation game and tailgate at the cozy confines of The Q Centre.
Corey Small is eight points away from matching his career high of eighty-six points (2013) and has already surpassed last seasons total of seventy-five points. His thirty-five goals are the third most of his career, he scored forty-two twice, 2012 and 2013. Casey Jackson is just two points off of his career high of fifty-four points set back in his last full season. His twenty-six goals have crushed his previous best of seventeen, with still three games to go.