Lakers Rock Victoria for a second time
The Burnaby Lakers are making a series out of it.[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400"] 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 straightÂ 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.Â
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 scoredÂ 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.