By Janice Huckin
(ISN) – The Intermediate Shamrocks were looking for their first win at home in the young 2012 season. They had a 6-2 lead early in the second period but were unable to hold on, losing to the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies 11-10 in overtime Saturday afternoon.
Tanner Hodgson got the nod in goal for the home team while Michael Flintoff took up his position between the pipes at the other end of the floor. It was the visitors getting on the scoreboard first, Jason Delgrasso getting in close to score at 4:57. The Rocks replied with a pair, Jordan Cunningham scoring unassisted at 7:38 and Jake Cullen following up about a minute later to give the home team a 2-1 lead. Victoria got into some penalty trouble with two concurrent minor penalties but they managed to do a masterful job of killing the penalties. That came at the hands of team captain Max Fredrickson and Wyatt Oickle who, despite being physically lifted off the floor managed to retain control of the ball. The ‘Bellies got things tied up at 14:15, courtesy of a low shot by Hunter Onstine. The Shamrocks owned the rest of the period, scoring 3 unanswered goals. Fredrickson picked up a shorthanded marker at 16:14 picking up a lead pass from Devan Smith. Cullen then picked up his second goal of the contest on the power play at 17:40, finding the back of the net from right in front. Dane Sorensen wrapped up the scoring at 19:26, showing some patience to get the goaltender down and putting the ball in over top. That sent the Rocks to the dressing room with a 5-2 lead after 20 minutes.
Victoria increased the lead just 31 seconds into the middle frame, Max Cullen finding the back of the net just as the 30-second buzzer sounded. The visitors got into a bit of a run, scoring 3 straight goals in a span of 2 minutes, before the Shamrocks would be heard from again. Jaylor Tudela scored at 12:24, a shot that Hodgson got a piece of but couldn’t quite corral. A power play goal off the stick of Jeremy Wilson followed at 13:23 and at 14:25 Adam Dickson brought the visitors within a goal. After a Victoria time-out, the Shamrocks came back with a pair of goals to finish the period. Nate Wade went end-to-end to beat Flintoff at 15:39 and a shorthanded marker, the third of the game for Jake Cullen, restored the 3-goal lead for the home team after 40 minutes of play.
The Salmonbellies kept chipping away, scoring the first two goals of the final period. The first came just 18 seconds in off the stick of Dickson, a bullet from just outside the dotted line. Jake Latin followed that up at 2:32 on the power play. Jake Cullen picked up his fourth at 10:34 to once again put the Rocks up by a pair. Tyrell Hamer-Jackson, however, picked up the next 2 goals for the visitors to tie the game up at 9-9. Fredrickson got his second for the Shamrocks at 12:42 but the lead was short-lived as Hamer-Jackson picked up his hat-trick marker at 14:18. Despite chances at both ends, the third period ended with the teams deadlocked at 10 and we were into overtime.
The Shamrocks applied all kinds of pressure early in the extra period but were unable to get the ball behind Flintoff which eventually led to a break down the floor and a goal by New West’s Marco Ballarin at the 2:51 mark to give the visitors the victory.
Jake Cullen led the Shamrocks with 4 goals and 1 assist, Max Fredrickson picked up a pair of goals and 1 helper with singles coming from Dane Sorensen, Jordan Cunningham, Nate Wade and Max Cullen.
The Intermediates do not return to Bear Mountain Arena for 2 weeks when they will host the expansion Richmond Roadrunners. Game time May 19 will be 5:00 pm – please note that time change.