Exciting junior lacrosse on display at Fuller Lake ends in an 11-11 draw

McLean Chicquen figures in the scoring Wednesday for the Victoria Junior Shamrocks. - submitted
McLean Chicquen figures in the scoring Wednesday for the Victoria Junior Shamrocks.
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There’s little to choose between the Nanaimo Timbermen and Victoria Shamrocks junior lacrosse teams this season.

“It should be a good year for Island rivalry,’’ noted Rod Wood, general manager and governor for Shamrocks' junior and intermediate lacrosse. “I think our teams will be pretty even in junior this year.’’

Evidence of that came at Fuller Lake Arena last Wednesday when the teams fought to an 11-11 exhibition draw. The lead switched hands several times during the game.

Valley product McLean Chicquen, pictured, was one of the goal-scorers for the Shamrocks. Ryan Lewis led the way with five points on three goals and two assists.

Karver Everson fired a hat trick and Cole Pickup collected two goals and an assist for the Shamrocks. Aiden Paike and Matt Hamilton also scored goals, with Max Fredrickson contributing four assists.

Cody Shires picked up five points for Nanaimo with two goals and three assists.

Brett Hawrys added two goals and one assist, Travis Mickelson scored twice and singles came from Andrew Miller, Cole Kryworuchka, Jaeden Giles, Nick Sanderson and Brett Fleming.

Both teams open the regular season on the road this weekend. Home-openers are May 3, with Nanaimo hosting New Westminster and Victoria entertaining Coquitlam.

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