By Janice Huckin
(ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks hit the floor at Bear Mountain Arena Saturday hoping to keep their winning streak alive. They got off to a quick start, banging in 3 goals before the 5-minute mark but let the defending champ Coquitlam Adanacs walk away with a 10-7 victory when it was all over.
Starting goaltenders were Cody Hagedorn for the home team and David DiRuscio for the visitors. The new ‘system’ instituted by this year’s coaching staff got the Rocks off to the quick start as Blair Pinnock made the fast break pay off with a goal at 1:15 of the opening period. A little over 2 minutes later, an almost-identical play netted a goal for intermediate call-up Jordan Cunningham. At 4:50, Victoria jumped into a 3-goal lead when Brody Eastwood got in front unmolested and made no mistake. Well, that was the first 5 minutes. The next 5 minutes belonged to the Adanacs. League-leading scorer Matthew Dinsdale scored twice, the first coming at 6:11 on a shot through traffic. The second came just 29 seconds later, when he was left unchecked in front of Hagedorn. At 8:35, Challen Rogers broke away off a loose ball pick-up and suddenly the game was tied at 3-3. Devon Casey put the Shamrocks ahead at 12:58, connecting on a hard shot with the teams playing 4-on-4. They were unable to hold the lead, however, as Vincent Ricci got in front of the Victoria net and deked to find twine at the 18:06 mark. After 20 minutes nothing had been solved.
The second period, which should have belonged to the Shamrocks based on power play opportunities, unfortunately failed to materialize as the Adanacs scored 4 of the first 5 goals and won the period 5-2. The first almost-half of the period saw no goals produced as the teams went end-to-end but Coquitlam scored twice within a 21-second span to open up a lead that went unchallenged through the rest of the game. At 9:08 it was Tyler Garrison scoring on a shot that seemed to deflect off a defender in front of the net. Dinsdale got his third of the game at 9:29 prompting the Shamrocks to switch goaltenders as Mike Berti came in. The Shamrocks seemed to get a bit of jump and Brody Eastwood picked up his second goal at the 11:28 mark on the power play. Hagedorn returned to the Victoria net and it looked like the Rocks would have a great chance to make a comeback with Reid Reinholdt taking 6 minutes in penalties. Unfortunately what looked like a great power play turned into a power failure. For 2 of those minutes the Rocks sat out as well. During that period, Coquitlam’s Andy Taylor scored, somehow being unchecked in front of the net, that goal coming at 13:13. For the remaining 4 minutes, the Adanacs put on a ragging clinic and also managed to score a shorthanded marker off the stick of Rogers, his second of the contest at 17:17. The teams traded goals, Casey picking up his second of the game at the 17:32 mark, just 8 seconds into a 2-man advantage. Another short-handed marker for the visitors from Cole Shafer at 18:03 gave the Adanacs a 9-6 advantage after 40 minutes.
The third period saw each team score once, Reinholdt doing the honours for Coquitlam just 1:52 in and Casey picking up the hat-trick marker for the Rocks at 11:13.
It was a tough loss for the Shamrocks who were led offensively by Devon Casey with 3 goals and 1 helper. Brody Eastwood picked up a pair of goals and added 1 assist while the team’s leading scorer Adam Brown chipped in 4 assists. Single goals came from Blair Pinnock and Intermediate call-up Jordan Cunningham. Goaltender Cody Hagedorn made 32 saves and contributed 2 assists, on the first 2 goals of the game.
Coquitlam was led by Matthew Dinsdale with 3 goals and 2 assists, Challen Rogers had a pair of goals while 5 other players had singles.
There is no rest for the Shamrocks as they travel to Burnaby to face the Lakers Sunday and make the trip over the Malahat Wednesday to face their island rivals the Nanaimo Timbermen. That game takes place at Frank Crane Arena at the Beban Park complex at 7:00 pm. Next home game for the Jr. Shamrocks is next Saturday, May 12 when the New Westminster Salmonbellies will provide the opposition in a 5:00 pm contest at Bear Mountain Arena.