Lakers live to play another day
The Burnaby Lakers solved the Shamrock riddleÂ to extend the Western Lacrosse Association semi-final following a 10-8 victory in Victoria.[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400"] Burnaby stopped a late Victoria Shamrock rally to force a Game 5 in its WLA semi-final playoff following a 10-8 win at home. Garrett James photo[/caption]
Rookie Josh Byrne had his best playoff outing, finishing off an attempted Shamrock comeback, potting his hat-trick goal in the final minute of play at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre on Sunday. Byrne led all Laker scorers with a five-point night to earn the game's first star.
Robert Church, who had a goal midway through the second period to put Burnaby up 6-2, also garnered five points. Dane Stevens potted the game-winning marker at 13:23 of the third period.
Zac Boychuk, who made his second start of the playoffs, was the game's third star with 39 stops and a 0.830 save percentage.
The difference in the outcome was Burnaby's success in addressing the team's weaknesses in the first three games of the series.
For the first time in the playoffs, Burnaby outplayed the Shamrocks in the opening 20 minutes, finishing off the stanza with a 3-1 lead.
The Lakers also had their best third period, weathering the 'Rocks' final-period rally despite a late three-goal fright from Victoria in the dying three minutes of the game.