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BCJALL Game of the Week: New Westminster Salmonbellies vs Victoria Shamrocks

Editor’s Note: The BCJALL, or British Columbia Jr. A Lacrosse League, and LaxAllStars.com have teamed up to bring you the hottest content from one of the most competitive box lacrosse leagues in the world. Jr. A box lacrosse in BC is a big deal, with many rising stars playing in the league.

Once again we will be working with a team of insiders to provide you the LaxAllStars Game of the Week. Each week we will give you a comprehensive analysis of the hottest matchup along with other need to know other information about the BCJALL.

In Canada, the summer is box season, so let’s talk Jr. A Box Lacrosse in British Columbia!

BCJALL Game of the Week

New Westminster Salmonbellies (4th 4-3-0) @ Victoria Shamrocks ( 3rd 6-3-0)

The New Westminster Salmonbellies (4-3) look to move up in the standings Saturday night at the Q Centre in Victoria against the Victoria Shamrocks (6-3).

New West has put together a three game winning streak, making them a game over .500. The return of Connor Robinson, from High Point University, four games ago is a sure indicator of the high value that last year’s BCJALL scoring champion has. In those four games he has 8 goals and 18 assists for a whopping 26 points. Robinson and the rest of his offensive unit will have a tough opponent in Victoria this week.

The Shamrocks solid defense starts in net with their outstanding goaltender, Charles Claxton. He currently holds the best GAA in the league with a stingy 6.79 GAA and the second best save percentage at 0.847%, which is just shy of the league best.

The Shamrocks are coming off a close 10-6 loss to the top dog Coquitlam Adanacs and will look to come out quick on May 30th. The Salmonbellies and the Shamrocks are close to each other in play style. Both teams are physical and like to punish you on defense and maintain a physical play while on offense.

Small things like unneeded penalties will tip the scale in the favour of a team. Another will be faceoffs. Between Tyrell Hamer-Jackson and Cole Bevan, the Salmonbellies don’t have a faceoff percentage below 50.00%, with 71.30% and 56.41% each respectively.

With the return of Robinson, who will also rotate in on the face-off, New West has a near unbeatable face-off group that will help them maintain the pace and control of the game. Especially going up against a dismal face-off group from the Shamrocks, who’s best face-off man is Nate Wade with 47.50%.

Possessing the ball will be key in this game and Victoria will have a tough time dictating that if they can’t win a majority of the face-offs. New West took the first game of the 3 game regular season series 9-6 and will look to take the second game on the road at the Q Centre on the 30th.

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Week 6 Schedule

Week 6 has potential to play a key factor in playoff births because teams close to each other in the standings as well as teams at the bottom getting a chance to upset some a couple of the top teams.

All games are available to pay-per-view, get familiar with the webcast schedule to watch your favorite teams all summer long!

Friday, May 29th

  • Burnaby Lakers vs Port Coquitlam Saints – 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 30th

  • New Westminster Salmonbellies vs Victoria Shamrocks – 5:00 PM
  • Langley Thunder vs Delta Islanders – 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 31st

  • Delta Islanders vs Nanaimo Timbermen – 4:00 PM
  • Victoria Shamrocks vs Burnaby Lakers – 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 2nd

  • Burnaby Lakers vs New Westminster Salmonbellies – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 3rd

  • Langley Thunder vs Coquitlam Adanacs – 7:30 PM

Catch the full reports on all of this week’s action on the BCJALL website and get ready for another great season of Junior A lacrosse!

Photo Credit: Paul Evans Photography/BCJALL