Lakers leapfrog into second

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The Burnaby Lakers moved into second place in the Western Lacrosse Association and clinched a playoff spot with a pair of one-goal wins on the weekend.

The Lakers began at home by edging the Coquitlam Adanacs 7-6 in overtime at Bill Copeland Arena on Friday. They then went to Maple Ridge on Sunday to nip the Burrards 8-7 and leapfrog over them into second place. Burnaby is 9-6-0 with three games left, one more than Maple Ridge which is 8-7-1. The Victoria Shamrocks (13-1-2) have already locked up first place.

Casey Jackson scored the only goal of the 10-minute overtime Friday on the power play 2:33 in. Jason Jones had two goals and an assist with Robert Church getting a goal and three assists. Other Burnaby scorers were Tyler Digby, Dane Stevens and Scott Jones. Tyler Richards stopped 39 of 45 Coquitlam shots to get the win.

He stopped 33 of 40 in Maple Ridge on Sunday while Jackson had a goal and five assists. Scott Jones notched two goals and three assists with other goals going to Digby, Justin Salt, Stevens, Shaun Dhaliwal and Jason Jones.

The Lakers will travel to Vancouver Island to take on the Shamrocks on Friday and the Nanaimo Timbermen (4-10-1) Saturday. They finish the WLA regular season by taking on Coquitlam at home Aug. 1.

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