Steamroller Shamrocks look to make it 12 straight wins Friday

Latest win pads Victoria’s lead in Western Lacrosse Association standings

It was the Corey and Cory show Tuesday night at the Bill Copeland Arena in Burnaby.

Corey Small and Cory Conway each tallied six points to lead the Victoria Shamrocks to an 11th straight Western Lacrosse Association game, 14-7 over the Lakers.

The win pushed the Shamrocks’ record to 11-2 entering tomorrow’s (July 10) home game at The Q Centre against the sixth-place Coquitlam Adanacs. Game time is 7:45 p.m.

With teams in the middle of the standings taking turns beating each other, the Shamrocks’ win gave them an eight-point lead over second-place New Westminister. The Salmonbellies play Maple Ridge tonight.

Tuesday’s contest saw the visitors jump out to a 6-2 lead after one period and never looked back. They outscored the Lakers 7-2 in the second for a 13-4 lead and cruised to victory.

Daryl Veltman added two goals and two assists for Victoria, while Jesse King, Rhys Duch and Karsen Leung had three points each. Cody Hagedorn went the distance in goal, stopping 29 of 36 shots.

Robert Church led the Lakers with two goals and two assists.

After this Friday’s game, the Shamrocks hit the road for a pair of mid-week encounters, next Tuesday in Nanaimo and Thursday in New Westminster.

Small’s output gave him 55 points for the season and kept him two ahead of teammates Conway and Duch in the WLA scoring race as of Wednesday.

While King’s points in Burnaby were all assists, he led the league in goals as of Wednesday with 23, one better than Small, Duch and Patrick Saunders of Langley.

Conway has a healthy lead in the assists department with 41, eight more than Small.

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