This past week had to be one of the tougher weeks we can remember in which picking 3 Stars for the Western Lacrosse Association was so difficult. Sometimes, you run into a problem of having to pick between so many great performances. That was not the case this past week. With a lot of big name players away for the FIL games in Denver, which also meant fewer games overall on the schedule, it was time to see who might step into roles of production. And that’s where we found Jason Jones of Burnaby, Colton Clark of New Westminster and Paul Brebber of Nanaimo, the 3 Stars this week for the WLA.
Jason Jones, Burnaby Lakers
There was a lot of talk before the season that the Lakers would contend. And while their 7-6 record isn’t all that bad, a bit more was expected. Inconsistency seems to be their biggest foe (the Lakers haven’t been able to win more than 2 straight) and while they were trudging through yet another 1-1 week with a win over Langley and a loss to Victoria, the Lakers got some nifty work from Jason Jones. The team’s fifth-leading scorer didn’t break any scoreboards with his 7-point week, but putting up 1 goal and 3 assists in the win over Langley and 1-2 against Victoria saw his steady stick on display and while the Lakers may want more production from everyone, they at least got some consistency last week from Jones.
Colton Clark, New Westminster Salmonbellies
There are signs that the ‘Bellies are starting to turn their season around (3 wins in 4 games) and at this point, they need all the wins they can get. They got that on Thursday against Nanaimo and Colton Clark helped set the tone for that. He scored 2 of his 3 goals in the first period and his hat trick was completed just 2:17 into the second. But he wasn’t done as his lone assist came on New West’s only goal of the third period to help hold off a charging Timbermen squad. Four points isn’t a lot, but they were timely.
Paul Brebber, Nanaimo Timbermen
Nanaimo sits in the WLA basement but isn’t out of the playoff picture yet. At least not officially. And while some teams continue to struggle in finding their identity, Nanaimo can be included in that bunch as it went 1-1 with a loss to New West and a win over Coquitlam. Paul Brebber had just 1 goal in the win over Coquitlam, but he carded 3 goals and 2 assists in the loss to New West, showing that while the Timbermen may not be winning many games, they’re at least competitive and won’t go down without a fight.
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