Last Night: Small and Benesch combine for 11 points in Shamrocks win over Lakers

Michael Teeter's three assists helped Victoria beat Burnaby 11-9 in WLA play Friday night. (Photo: Bruce Stotesbury)
Michael Teeter's three assists helped Victoria beat Burnaby 11-9 in WLA play Friday night. (Photo: Bruce Stotesbury)

The Victoria Shamrocks entered last night’s game against Burnaby with a shiny new offensive toy, but it was the old faithfuls that led them to an 11-9 comeback win over the Lakers in Western Lacrosse Association play. Derek Lowe didn’t register a point in his first game with the ‘Rocks since being acquired from Maple Ridge Friday. Burnaby led 9-6 when Peter McFetridge scored at 13:03 of the second period. From that point on it was all Victoria, though. Ryan Benesch and Corey Small started to turn the tide with goals in the last two minutes of the period and five Shamrocks scored in the third to complete the reversal of fortunes.

Benesch finished with a hat trick and two assists while Small was the leading scorer with two goals and four assists. Jeff Shattler chipped in two goals and a helper. Matt Flindell and Josh Phillips shared the goaltending duties for Victoria. Carlton Schuss was the top marksman for Burnaby, notching a hat trick.

Shots on goals can be deceiving but provided an accurate reflection of who was controlling last night’s contest. Burnaby outshot Victoria 23-12 in the first period and led 5-2 three-quarters of the way through. The Shamrocks managed to pull closer with goals from Karsen Leung and Benesch. The second frame was pretty even with Burnaby enjoying a 16-13 edge in shots and outscoring the Shamrocks 4-2. Victoria dominated in both areas in the third, outshooting the Lakers 22-8 while blanking them 5-0 on the scoreboard.

WLA

Victoria 11, Burnaby 9 (box score) (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Ontario Junior A
Whitby 16, Brampton 10 (box score)
Orangeville 13, St. Catharines 2 (box score)
KW 14, Toronto 7 (box score)
Peterborough 20, Mississauga 6 (box score) (Peterborough Examiner)
Burlington 10, Barrie 6 (box score)

Ontario Junior B First Round (best of five)
Akwesasne 16, Markham 5 (box score) Akwesasne wins series 3-0
Six Nations 13, Niagara 7 (box score) (Brantford Expositor) Six Nations wins series 3-0
Elora 9, London 6 (box score) (CW@67) London leads series 2-1
Oakville 9, Newmarket 5 (box score) Oakville wins series 3-0

Ontario Junior C
Hamilton 4, Wilmot 3 (box score)
Caledon 9, Shelburne 4 (box score)

Ontario Senior B
Oakville 8, Owen Sound 6 (box score)
St. Catharines 14, Sarnia 8 (St. Catharines Standard)

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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