Maple Ridge Burrards sharpshooter Curtis Dickson played just two games this Western Lacrosse Association regular season, yet he might get some most-valuable-player nominations from the rival Burnaby Lakers.
Dickson, who missed the first 16 contests of the Senior A box lacrosse campaign with a shoulder injury, had six goals and one assist Sunday in the league-play final to help his last-place squad to a 12-6 triumph over the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies.
The decision knocked the Salmonbellies (9-9-0) out of playoff contention, clinching the fourth and final post-season post in the seven-team loop instead for the Lakers (9-7-2). It’s the first time watching the playoffs for the Salmonbellies since 2004.
Burnaby hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008, and one of the Lakers’ integral contributors then was current Thunder workhorse Kerry Susheski, who had 40 points, including 14 goals, in 14 regular season games, which was good enough for fifth in Laker scoring.
He finished seventh in Langley scoring this season with 28 points, including 16 goals, in 15 games. He was second on the team in WLA playoffs last year, with 23 points, including nine goals, in 10 games.
The Thunder finished 4-13-1. Dickson, who had 46 goals and 78 points a year ago, had eight goals and 13 points in two games this time around Burrards star scores six.
-Steve Ewen is a reporter with The Province
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