BCJALL Review: Burnaby Lakers

by Owen Munro



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There was a lot to like about the Burnaby Lakers season. While it may not appear like it was an overly successful season when it comes to simple wins and losses, the team doubled their win total over the previous season and did it while shipping off some of its top-tier talents before the trade deadline to garner some more experience.

Head Coach Russ Heard did a commendable job with what he had down the stretch and his team was a tough out every night they hit the floor. You can see the boys starting to form some chemistry and that will only help going forward. Gone are the days of just playing out the string of regular season games and repeating the process all over again a few months later. They’re building a young, dependable core in Burnaby.

Guys like Marcus Klarich (27 Goals, 27 Assists) and Sam La Roue (No. 1 overall pick that was loaned to New Westminster) are strong players to build around. Netminder Matteo Tack was another who left the Lakers in the hunt for a Minto Cup ring. He was outstanding during his time in the Lakers crease, finishing off the season with a .777 SV% and 11 goals allowed per game. He’ll return a more confident and battle-tested goaltender.

Knowing they will continue to add to one of the deeper prospect pools in the BCJALL in the January Midget Draft, it may be time for people to start preparing for a world where the Lakers are a dominant force in Junior lacrosse once again.