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WLA Power Rankings: All seven teams set to dance in the final week of the regular season

Corey Small is a man on a mission trying to get his Victoria Shamrocks back to the Mann Cup. (Photo: Bruce Sototesbury)
Corey Small is a man on a mission trying to get his Victoria Shamrocks back to the Mann Cup. (Photo: Bruce Sototesbury)

So here we are, a week away from the second season starting out west and we have our combatants set. The league leading Victoria Shamrocks are looking to defend their WLA title as they’ll take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies in the opening round best of seven. In the other series, the Burnaby Lakers will host the Maple Ridge Burrards is what should be an incredible series between two young and hungry teams.

Even with the Shamrocks running away with the regular season title, it’s been one of the best season out west as all the teams had some sort of hope heading into the final few weeks of the season. However, only four make it and if the BC Junior A final is any indication, we could be in for some dandy lacrosse. Victoria won the season series with New West with three straight victories while Maple Ridge took two from Burnaby in three very tightly contested games. From here on out, it’s going to take 12 wins to capture the Mann Cup and for the four play-off bound teams they just have to get through one more game each before things get underway in a week. Let the fun begin as the Road to the Mann Cup hits another gear. READ MORE »


WLA playoff set to start Aug. 6

The New Westminster Salmonbellies are part of the 2014 playoff party in the WLA. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
The New Westminster Salmonbellies are part of the 2014 playoff party in the WLA. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

The rest of the Western Lacrosse Association regular season for 2014 is but a formality, and the top 4 teams are getting ready for the playoffs. The Victoria Shamrocks locked up the No. 1 seed a while back, but the field wasn’t set until this past weekend with New Westminster’s win over Coquitlam on Saturday pretty much determining what we’ll see in the postseason. As such, the rest of the field shapes up with Burnaby at No. 2, Maple Ridge at No. 3 and New West at No. 4. The schedule for the semifinal rounds have been established so to help you make your travel plans for the games you know you can’t resist attending, make the jump and check out the finalized playoff schedule for 2014. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings- Let the fun begin as the WLA regular season winds down.

Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0
Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0

With just a couple weeks remaining in the Western Lacrosse Association’s regular season, things are really starting to heat up in the standings. Victoria has clinched a play-off berth and with a win over Langley will clinch the top spot over-all and home-floor throughout the western play-offs. But after that it’s anyone’s guess. Five points separates second from fourth while three points separate fourth from seventh.

With every game a team can jump or drop in the standings so from here on out, wins are crucial but so is staying healthy. Burnaby has been without Matt Beers since the early stages of the year and you have to think they could be a few more wins better than the seven they currently have if they had the young rugged defender in the lineup every game. It’s time to strap on the foil and get ready to go to war cause this is the time when the real season begins. The push for the post season is underway and it all starts Wednesday night in Langley. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: No changes as things get a little tighter through the middle of the pack

Things are heating up out west as everyone is fighting for a play-off spot. (Photo: Garrett James)
Things are heating up out west as everyone is fighting for a play-off spot. (Photo: Garrett James)

While the Victoria Shamrocks extend their lead in the Western Lacrosse Association standings, the Maple Ridge Burrards and the rest of the clubs try to keep pace. Just five points separates 3rd from 7th so there is still plenty to play for with only three weeks remaining in the regular season. For now though we are seeing some fantastic performances and even better lacrosse played out west.

It’s becoming very evident that no game is guaranteed in the league as we’ve seen games that should be locks go completely side-ways and others that turn into instant classics. Only two players from BC teams will represent Canada at the Wold Field Championships in Denver so it will full steam ahead for all seven clubs as we get close and closer to the post-season. Victoria has a a seven point spread over second place Maple Ridge and they don’t look like they want to give that lead up anytime soon. The question is, who’s going to be there when the dust settles on August 1st.

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Redmen acquire Mike Poulin, Chiefs get Patrick Merrill at MSL trade deadline

Goalie Mike Poulin is the centrepiece of a deadline deal between KW and Brooklin. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Goalie Mike Poulin is the centrepiece of a deadline deal between KW and Brooklin. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Brooklin Redmen and Six Nations Chiefs have both taken steps to bolster their lineups for the Major Series Lacrosse playoff stretch and a run at the Mann Cup with trades at the MSL trade deadline. Brooklin acquired goalie Mike Poulin from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks in an unusual trade that gives Poulin the option to return to the Kodiaks at next summer’s deadline. Brooklin also gets lefty forward Mike Teeter. In return, KW receives righty transition/forward Joel Matthews, lefty forward Mike Melnychenko and goalie Steve Fryer. If Poulin opts to return to KW next summer, Brooklin will get Fryer back as well as KW’s best pick in the 2016 MSL draft. Six Nations, meanwhile, has added defender Patrick Merrill from the Brampton Excelsiors in exchange for second and third round picks in the 2017 draft and future considerations. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: No deadline deals and very little movement as July kicks off

Adam Shute has been fantastic in net for the Adanacs this year. (Photo: The Now file)
Adam Shute has been fantastic in net for the Adanacs this year. (Photo: The Now file)

The WLA trade deadline came and went and there wasn’t even a blip on the radar. One GM went so far as to say that no deals being made was “brutal” and that it “gets worse every year” with fewer and fewer trades. Teams out east constantly load up the front runners while teams out west sit back and beat each other up for three months and hope one team has a lucky four game win streak come Mann Cup time.
So with no real movement to speak of, the teams will now have to make due with what they have and find the right mix to make that run to the big dance. The Shamrocks had a tough week and finally tasted defeat on Saturday but as much as everyone wants an undefeated season, the sentiment on the team bus after was the lose was exactly what they needed. It’s still tight in the middle of the pack which will give us a very exciting July leading to the post-season. READ MORE »


Ontario Juniors Notebook: Cloutier adding his name, game to long list of K-W greats

The scoring prowess of Chris Cloutier is no secret. But it’s not so much what he’s doing as where he’s doing it. A stud sniper the past 3 summers with the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves, Cloutier is slowly but surely adding his name to a list of legacies to come out of K-W. His name is coming up in conversations about Colin Doyle, Ryan Benesch, Dhane Smith and Aaron Wilson. “Actually, it’s an honour,” Cloutier, 18, told The Record. “Those guys are amazing players right now in the NLL — let alone when they all played for the (Kitchener-Waterloo) Braves.” But if his scoring totals aren’t impressive enough, the history he’s managed to squeeze out of his young career surely is, and that includes being a playoff call-up for the Senior Kodiaks when he was just 16. READ MORE »


MSL Power Rankings: Lakers remain on top, Redmen nipping at their heels

Mark Steenhuis has been leading the way for the top-ranked Lakers. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Mark Steenhuis has been leading the way for the top-ranked Lakers. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

As we draw closer to the midway point of the Major Series Lacrosse season, it becomes clear that while much has changed in the league, much remains the same. The top three teams from last year are clearly still the class of the league. Brooklin and Peterborough have been playing well from the get-go and the Six Nations Chiefs are starting to find their form, although they’re not yet playing like the team that won last year’s Mann Cup. Meanwhile, Kitchener-Waterloo and Oakville are getting closer but are still just lacking a little something to get over the hump. In Oakville’s case, that little something is infuriatingly close yet still just out of reach. Last night’s 9-5 loss in Brooklin was the first time the Rock have lost by more than two goals, including a pair of one-goal overtime losses. Make the jump to see what it all means to the Power Rankings. READ MORE »


WLA Power Rankings: Shamrocks maintain lead and add depth while the rest of the league tries to keep pace

Brodie MacDonald was the WLA's first star allowing just 8 goals in two games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Brodie MacDonald was the WLA's first star allowing just 8 goals in two games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

The rich are getting richer out west as the Eastern transfer window gets set to close Thursday June 26th. The Victoria Shamrocks added Buffalo and Kitchener-Waterloo two way dynamo Dhane Smith Tuesday afternoon, giving them another young weapon on a roster that’s top of the table half-way through the year. There could be some more moves by western teams as the deadline looms as does the WLA trade deadline. There are some rumours floating around of a couple players that could be changing jerseys in the coming days.

However as we move through the season, the other six clubs are fixated with catching the Shamrocks while not losing ground to the others in the battle for the top four continues. We’ve some incredible defensive efforts this week including a few goalies putting on some spectacular performances as they do all they can to limit the damage in hopes of spurring on their club. Three teams are tied for second place while Nanaimo, New Westminster and Coquitlam try and get back into the hunt. Just six games out west this week so check out the rankings and be sure to keep up to date on all the action right here on IL Indoor. READ MORE »


Victoria Shamrocks acquire Dhane Smith via transfer for the remainder of the WLA season


Victoria, BC – The Victoria Shamrocks are pleased to announce today that they have acquired the rights to Dhane Smith from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks of Major Series Lacrosse in a transfer for the remainder of 2014 with an option to extend through 2015.

A six-foot-three, 200-pound forward/transition, Smith comes to the green and white as one of the most highly sought-after players in the game. In his first full-season at the senior ‘A’ level, Smith has showcased himself as one of lacrosse’s top young, dynamic players with a dangerous combination of speed and skill. In 2012, he was selected fifth-overall by the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League Draft.

“I would consider him to be one of the best, if not the best up-and-coming player in the game today,” explained Victoria attacker Corey Small. “He is one of the most athletic players in the NLL with an unbelievable combination of size, speed and skill which allows him to be an impact player on offence, defence or in transition.” READ MORE »