Close not enough as Burrards remain winless

Two games, two different efforts, and unfortunately for the Maple Ridge Burrards, the same result.

The Burrards came up empty over the weekend, dropping a hard-fought 11-10 overtime decision to the New Westminster Salmonbellies on the road  Thursday, then were promptly blown out at home Sunday, falling 17-7 to the Victoria Shamrocks.

The pair of losses drops the Burrards to 0-5 on the season and last in the standings.

The team’s best chance to break its losing streak came in New Westminster, where the Burrards showed great resilience, bouncing back from a three-goal deficit mid-way through the second. The see-saw affair continued in extra time as the two teams traded four goals in the first seven-plus minutes before the Salmonbellies finished the scoring with a minute left in the game.

Jarrett Davis lead the Burrard attack with a goal and three helpers. Derek Lowe and Aaron Pascas each had two goals and one assist.

However, time simply ran out on what coach Darren Fridge called the team’s most complete effort of the season.

Fridge said the team did everything it could to win in New Westminster and deserved a better fate.

“It’s unfortunately we had to compete harder than the home team.”

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the Burrard’s home effort against the Shamrocks.

Victoria scored early and often on route to the 10-goal win, notching the first marker just 44 seconds after the opening faceoff. The Shamrocks built a 6-1 lead after the first period, then rolled to a 12-3 lead after two.

“On Thursday we played with grit, like it was a playoff game. On Sunday, we didn’t show up with any of that attitude,” said Fridge.

He said his team couldn’t pass, catch or play defense in the first two periods of Sunday’s tilt. He said a lack of mental preparation after Thursday’s tough loss may have played a role in the “horrible loss.”

• The Burrards look to get in the win column on the road against the Burnaby Lakers on Friday, then host the defending WLA champion Langley Thunder Sunday at Planet Ice. Game time is 6:45 p.m.

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