Lakers Rock Victoria for a second time

The Burnaby Lakers are making a series out of it.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400"]unspecified Justin Salt scored three goals, including two shorthanded counters, to pace Burnaby to an 11-6 win over Victoria. Garrett James photo[/caption]

Down three games to one in its best-of-seven Western Lacrosse Association playoff semi-final, Burnaby won its second consecutive game, downing the Victoria Shamrocks 11-6 at the Q Centre on Wednesday.

For the second straight time in the series, the senior A Lakers got on the score sheet first and then closed out the final period with a flurry of five goals to narrow the series deficit to 3-2 with Game 6 set for the Bill Copeland centre on Friday. 

Zac Boychuk got his second playoff win in goal, stopping 48 shots on goal while earning the game's first star with a scintillating 0.889 save percentage.

Justin Salt made a huge contribution towards Burnaby's victory, scoring three times, including a pair of shorthanded counters both from Matt Beers to earn the second star nod.

Burnaby led 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes, but the Lakers and Shamrocks traded markers until Dane Stevens scored what proved to be his second straight game-winning tally at 4:27 of the third period.

The Lakers finished the game with four more unanswered goals. Josh Byrne, who was the star of Burnaby's earlier win on Monday, contributed three points, including a goal and one assist in the third period rally.

Scott Jones led all Lakers with two goals in a five-point outing. Robert Church also had a three-point night.

Burnaby hosts Victoria on Friday at the Copeland centre. Game time is 6 p.m.

In the other semi-final, the Maple Ridge Burrards eliminated the New Westminster Salmonbellies in five games following a come-from-behind 11-10 victory at Queen's Park Arena.

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