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WLA 3 Stars: McIntosh, Duch and Jackson shine as final week of season kicks in

It was a long week for Maple Ridge, but Ben McIntosh came through in all 3 games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
It was a long week for Maple Ridge, but Ben McIntosh came through in all 3 games. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

It’s funny how seasons end up in the end. The squads of the Western Lacrosse Association season have been battling since the middle of May and now, it pretty much comes down to just 1 more week. With Victoria already locking up the top spot, that leaves 6 more teams in contention for the remaining 3 berths and how does this relate to 3 Stars? It means everyone’s going to be playing their hearts out in this final week, even moreso than last week’s play. And that action was pretty good in itself, producing Ben McIntosh of Maple Ridge, Rhys Duch of Victoria and Casey Jackson of Burnaby as our 3 Stars for the week. READ MORE »


Last Night: Burnaby making a push in WLA, K-W climbing table in Major Series

Tyler Richards made 72 combined saves in a pair of weekend wins for Burnaby. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Tyler Richards made 72 combined saves in a pair of weekend wins for Burnaby. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

We kind of figured this weekend would be a wild one, and it did not disappoint. The Burnaby Lakers won both of their Western Lacrosse Association games to jump into second place, thanks to Maple Ridge losing both of its games (one of them to Burnaby last night). Back east in Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo won its second straight game to vault into a tie for third place in the standings with Six Nations, and in Junior A and Junior B, Peterborough and Akwesasne won the clinching games of their respective playoff series. Collect your breath, make the jump and check out the scoresheets from the games of your choice to find out just who did what last night. READ MORE »


Last night: Salmonbellies and Adanacs tighten WLA playoff race with wins


The New Westminster Salmonbellies and Coquitlam Adanacs tightened up the Western Lacrosse Association playoff race with wins Saturday night. New West downed the Nanaimo Timbermen 9-6 and Coquitlam beat Maple Ridge 7-5, creating a three-way tie between themselves and the Langley Thunder for the fourth and final playoff spot in the seven-team league. All three teams have six wins for 12 points, putting them four back of third-place Burnaby and three ahead of last-place Nanaimo. The Adanacs have two games left in their regular-season schedule; Langley and New Westminster have three each. Brendan Ranford and Jeff Cornwall each scored twice to pace the Salmonbellies, who won for the third time in their last four games to boost their post-season chances. New West scored 24 seconds into the game and added three goals in the final two minutes of the first period to make it 6-1 after 20 minutes, then coasted home from there. Coquitlam followed a similar path to their win; the Adanacs outscored the Burrards 5-2 in the first period then rode their defence to break a five-game losing streak. Matthew Dinsdale had 2 goals and 2 assists and Darryl Veltman 4 assists to lead the Adanacs. READ MORE »


Last night: KW Braves force fifth game with 10-9 OT win over Peterborough Lakers


The Kitchener-Waterloo Braves made it obvious that they didn’t want their season to end. Facing a 2-1 deficit in games in their best-of-five OLA quarterfinals and trailing the Peterborough Lakers 9-5 with 14 minutes to play, the Braves scored the final four goals of regulation time and the only goal of overtime to earn a 10-9 win and the chance to head back home Sunday for the deciding game of the series. Matthew Lee bounced home and outside shot at 3:43 of overtime for what would prove to be the winning goal. At the other end of the floor, goalie Kevin Orlemans was outstanding for KW, turning aside everything the Lakers threw at him over the final 14 minutes. Joel Tinney led the way offensively for the Braves with 2 goals and 4 assists. Kyle Jackson, Drake Smith and Lee each scored twice. Josh Currier had a hat trick and an assist and Holden Cattoni 2 goals and 3 helpers for Peterborough. READ MORE »


Weekend Watch: Tight pack in the middle of WLA has plenty to sort out

Frankie Scigliano and Maple Ridge have plenty behind them to keep an eye on. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Frankie Scigliano and Maple Ridge have plenty behind them to keep an eye on. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Victoria cannot be caught. So let the race for second place begin. The Shamrocks are 9 points clear of second-place Maple Ridge, which has 4 games left in the regular season. So while Victoria is sitting pretty, the Burrards are anything but in the Ridge. Four teams remain within striking distance of the Burrards, who have 17 points, so while winning both games this weekend won’t clinch anything, it can give them some breathing room. And that’ll have to be the focus for Maple Ridge, which is at Coquitlam on Saturday before hosting Burnaby on Sunday. READ MORE »


WLA Notebook: Clinching WLA title is just an appetizer for the Victoria Shamrocks

The Victoria Shamrocks remain a team on a mission even after locking up the WLA regular-season title. (Photo: Kevin Light)
The Victoria Shamrocks remain a team on a mission even after locking up the WLA regular-season title. (Photo: Kevin Light)

First place in the Western Lacrosse Association belongs to Victoria. And with that, the Shamrocks lock up home floor advantage throughout the playoffs. Still, coach Bob Heyes is not unlike any other coach we’ve all played for in that he’s of the opinion that his team can be better. “All in all, I thought it was a sloppy game and I thought we could use a bit of a wake-up call,” Heyes told the Times Colonist after Wednesday’s 6-3 win over Langley that gave the Shamrocks 26 points and an insurmountable lead over second-place Maple Ridge (17 points). Don’t get Heyes wrong. He’s thrilled to have home floor for the postseason, but he’s guarding against complacency and that’s obviously the right thing to do. But he’s also, perhaps secretly, got to be thrilled with the depth of this squad in pursuit of a Mann Cup. READ MORE »


Last night: Lakers bounce back from slow start to down Redmen 12-9

Davide DiRuscio allowed only four goals after coming into the game for Peterborough Wednesday night. (Photo: Kendall Taylor)
Davide DiRuscio allowed only four goals after coming into the game for Peterborough Wednesday night. (Photo: Kendall Taylor)

The Brooklin Redmen and Peterborough Lakers met Wednesday night in Whitby not with first place on the line but with both teams wanting to show they are the top dogs in Major Series Lacrosse. Because they forfeited their first three wins of the year, it will be tough for Peterborough to catch Brooklin in the standings, but their 12-9 win can certainly make them feel better about a potential matchup in the league finals. Brooklin got off to a fast start, outworking the Lakers and winning virtually every loose ball battle. It showed on the scoreboard: after Peterborough got a goal when Scott Evans‘ shot trickled in behind Mike Poulin just after Evans had exited the back of the crease, the Redmen scored five straight goals to take a 5-1 lead just under 12 minutes into the game. 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 »


Last night: Burrards hammer Adanacs 13-4


Last year the Maple Ridge Burrards started strong but faded as the season progressed to miss the playoffs. This summer, they’re working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Maple Ridge dumped the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-4 to improve their second-place record to 8-5-1. That gives them one more point than they earned all of last year with four games left to play. The Burrards have a good chance to qualify for the playoffs even if they don’t win another game, but they’ll be wanting to emulate what they did in last night’s game: start strong and finish strong. Maple Ridge outscored Coquitlam 5-1 in both the first and third periods. Frankie Scigliano starred in net, stopping 36 of the 40 shots he faced. Ben McIntosh (4 goals, 2 assists), Riley Loewen (3g, 3a) and Jarrett Davis (1g, 5a) all had 6-point nights for the Burrards to lead their attack. Tyler Garrison scored twice for Coquitlam. READ MORE »


WLA 3 Stars: Jones, Clark and Brebber step in as leaders during quiet week

Jason Jones had a steady week for Burnaby as the Lakers continue their search for consistency. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Jason Jones had a steady week for Burnaby as the Lakers continue their search for consistency. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

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. READ MORE »