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Shamrocks look to get on track in New Westminster

The Victoria Shamrocks (3-1) are on the historic wooden floor of Queen’s Park Arena tonight for a Western Lacrosse ­Association game against the New ­Westminster Salmonbellies (2-3).
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Jesse King leads the Shamrocks into New West to face the Salmonbellies on Thursday. (DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST)

The Victoria Shamrocks (3-1) are on the historic wooden floor of Queen’s Park Arena tonight for a Western Lacrosse ­Association game against the New ­Westminster Salmonbellies (2-3).

The Shamrocks will be looking to right the ship after their first loss of the season last week against the Coquitlam Adanacs.

“We got off to flying start to the season but it was back to reality after running into a hot Coquitlam goaltender [Chris Del Bianco],” said Shamrocks GM Chris Welch.

“We have to get the pace of our offence up again. We were crossing well and getting to the dirty areas but got away from that a little bit against ­Coquitlam. The strength of our team is our offence.”

It is led by veteran forward Jesse King, who leads the WLA in points with 32 and assists with 20 and is third in league goals with 12.

“It is early days yet and all teams getting their feet under them,” said Welch.

Welch said there is no better place to get the running started again than tonight’s setting.

“Queen’s Park is an amazing place with all its history and that famous wooden floor,” noted Welch.

The Salmonbellies are led by veteran forward Mitch Jones and younger players Jordan McBride with 21 points and Haiden Dickson with 20.

“There is tons of parity in this league,” said Victoria head coach Mike Simpson.

“You have to be at your best each game. We weren’t at our best last game and we hope to turn that around and have our best game of the season [tonight].”

The Shamrocks return to host the Langley Thunder (2-1) on Sunday at 5 p.m. at The Q Centre.