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Lakers snag second seed in WLA playoffs

Burnaby Lakers players Neil Arbogast, left, and Nathan Klein check Nanaimo Timbermen’s Paul Brebber during Saturday’s WLA game in Nanaimo. The Lakers won 12-5.  - Greg Sakaki/Black Press
Burnaby Lakers players Neil Arbogast, left, and Nathan Klein check Nanaimo Timbermen’s Paul Brebber during Saturday’s WLA game in Nanaimo. The Lakers won 12-5.
— image credit: Greg Sakaki/Black Press

The Burnaby Lakers secured second place in the Western Lacrosse Association with a surprising win and an expected one.

The Lakers went to Victoria on Friday and defeated the first-place Shamrocks (13-2-2) 9-6. The next night in Nanaimo they beat the last-place Timbermen 12-5. That gave the Lakers an 11-6-0 record. That clinched second place over the Maple Ridge Burrards (9-7-1) with each team having just one game remaining.

Burnaby and Maple Ridge will meet in one semifinal while Victoria will face New West in the other

The Lakers close out the 2014 regular season by playing host to the Coquitlam Adanacs at Bill Copeland Arena on Friday (7:45 p.m.).

Dane Stevens scored three goals and four assists against Victoria and a goal and four assists in Nanaimo.

Casey Jackson had an 11-point weekend, including five goals while Robert Church had four goals and nine points. Tyler Richards got both wins making 61 saves.

Semifinal series schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 6 – Maple Ridge at Burnaby, 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 9 – Burnaby at Maple Ridge, 7:45 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 11 – Maple Ridge at Burnaby, 7:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12 – Burnaby a Maple Ridge, 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14 – Maple Ridge at Burnaby, 7:45 p.m.*

Saturday, Aug. 16 – Burnaby at Maple Ridge, 7:45 p.m.*

Monday, Aug. 18 – Maple Ridge at Burnaby, 7:45 p.m.*

*If necessary

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