Shamrocks even series with OT win

by Gary Ahuja

After a quiet game three, Dane Dobbie led all scorers in game four with four goals and seven points, but the Langley Thunder fell 12-10 in overtime to the Victoria Shamrocks in game four on August 11 at Victoria's Q Centre. Ryan Molag LEC file photo

It is down to a best-of-three between the Langley Thunder and Victoria Shamrocks.

The Shamrocks scored a 12-10 overtime victory on Thursday at Victoria's Q Centre, evening the Western Lacrosse Association best-of-seven semi-final series at two games apiece.

The Thunder led for all but 8:40 of the 60 minutes during regulation but it was the Shamrocks who scored the only two goals of the 10-minute overtime period as Jacob Ruest potted the eventual winner at the 2:59 mark while Chris Wardle added an insurance marker with 2:21 to play.

Langley was up 4-1 after a period and seemingly in control, ahead 7-3 in the middle frame before Victoria struck for three goals in the final minute to make it a one-goal contest. The Shamrocks would tie the score at seven early in the third before The Thunder responded with a pair of goals to go back up 9-7 with just under nine minutes to play.

But Brad McCulley pulled the home side within a goal with an extra-attacker goal before Marshal King knotted the score at nine with a power-play goal and 71 seconds later, Larson Sundown gave Victoria its first lead of the game at 10-9  with 93 seconds to play. 

Needing a goal to force overtime and the goaltender on the bench for an extra attacker, Curtis Dickson came through with the tying goal.

Final shots on goal were 59-51 in favour of Victoria as Frank Scigliano made 47 saves for the Thunder and Pete Dubenski stopped 41 for the Shamrocks.

Dane Dobbie led the Thunder with four goals and seven points while Dickson scored twice and finished with five points. Erik Maas potted a pair of goals and added an assist with Langley's other two goals coming from Chase Scanlan and Connor Robinson had the other goals.

Sundown scored four times for Victoria, Jesse King had a goal and four assists and Marshal King had two goals and two assists.

The teams now head back to Langley Events Centre for game five, which is set for Saturday (August 13) at 4:30pm. Game six will be back at Victoria's Q Centre with a 5:00pm start time.