Who was Burnaby's top playoff performer
Burnaby through a scare into the Victoria Shamrocks in its first round Western Lacrosse Association semi-final playoff.[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400"] Top Burnaby Lakers draft pick, Josh Byrne, was a game star three times in the WLA playoffs. Garrett James photo[/caption]
The senior A Lakers fell behind 3-0 in the best-of-seven playoff but stormed back in convincing style,Â winning three straight games before begrudgingly giving up the seventh and final game 14-11 to the 'Rocks.Â
One of the main keys to Burnaby's dramatic comeback was the play of This Fans Unofficial Burnaby Lakers Playoff Performer Josh Byrne.
The first-round draft pick of the Lakers nearly matched his total points from the regular season, tallying 10 goals and 24 points in the post season.
In that playoff stretch, Byrne garnered three power-play goals, one shorthanded and one game-winner, while averaging 3.43 points per game.
His 0.370 shot perecentage in the playoffs was also the highest amongst the top-20 performers in the WLA in the post season.
Byrne was hampered by injury in his first senior A season, playing just 11 games and totaling 29 points including 11 goals.
But with their backs against the wall against the Shamrocks in Game 4 of the playoffs, Byrne opened and closed the scoring, and earned the first star with three goals and two assists in a 10-8 victory at home against Victoria.
In the following match up at the Q Center, the talented lefthander potted a pair in a three-point outing on the road to help reduce the series deficit to a single game.[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] Josh Byrne's 0.370 shot percentage was the highest among the top-20 WLA playoff scorers. Garrett James photo[/caption]
In Game 6, Byrne earned a second first star nod following a second playoff hat trick, including the game-winning marker at 13:09 of the third period in the come-from-behind win at home.
Byrne's power-playÂ goal mid-way through the middle periodÂ at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre sparked an 8-3 run to force a seventh and final game following the 14-12 victory.
In Burnaby's three playoff wins, Byrne totaled eight goals and 12 points.
Byrne was also a factor in the 14-11 loss to Victoria in the final game. He was named the game's third star following a seven-point performance, including the game-opening goal while shorthanded.Â