They won some individual hardware Monday, but if the Victoria Shamrocks want to win the coveted team award — the Western Lacrosse Association championship — they are going to have a find a way to cool off the Langley Thunder.
The Shamrocks head into tonight’s Game 3 of their best-of-seven first round series at the Langley Events Centre trailing the regular-season champion Thunder 2-0. The Thunder won their last two regular season games to get into a four-way tie for first and were then awarded the regular-season title thanks to tiebreaker rules.
And the Thunder haven’t looked back. They jumped out to an early lead in Game 2 on Sunday at The Q Centre and cruised to a 15-10 victory, putting the Shamrocks in a near-must-win situation tonight back in Langley.
While Shamrocks players Jesse King (first team), Dallas Wade (second team) and Marshal King (second team) were named league all-stars on Monday, the Thunder were shut out of the regular season hardware. But that hasn’t slowed the likes of Thunder snipers Dane Dobbie, Robert Church and Curtis Dickson. Dickson and Dobbie combined for 14 points on Sunday with Dickson scoring four goals.
Following tonight’s game, the teams get a day off Wednesday and then return to The Q Centre for Game 4 on Thursday night.
In the other semifinal series, the Nanaimo Timbermen went into Monday night’s game at Frank Crane Arena with a 1-0 series lead over the Coquitlam Adanacs.
• In the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League championship series, the Victoria Junior Shamrocks and Langley Junior Thunder are tied 2-2 after the Junior Thunder won Game 4 in Langley on Sunday by an 11-9 score.
The series moves to The Q Centre for Game 5 on Wednesday night. The series winner will represent B.C. at the 2022 Minto Cup from Aug. 22 to 28 in Brantford, Ont.