By Janice Huckin
Victoria (ISN) – The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks entered Saturday’s contest at Bear Mountain Arena still seeking their first home win of the season. Some might have felt the deck was stacked against them with the opponent being the undefeated league-leading Richmond Roadrunners. It didn’t faze the Shamrocks as they put in a solid team effort and came out with a well-deserved 13-11 victory.
Starting goaltenders were Tanner Hodgson for the Shamrocks and Ryland Hood for the visitors. The Roadrunners got off to a quick start, scoring on their first shot of the game just 24 seconds in, Adam Wagner firing a hard shot from just outside the dotted line. Victoria replied when Jake Cullen picked up a rebound and made good at 1:47. Three Richmond goals in 1:02 had the home team reeling as they were down 4-1 after only 3:29 of the opening period. Alas, it was just a temporary setback as the Rocks scored the next 4 to take the lead away. Cullen picked up his second at 7:15, a shorthanded bouncer that found the back of the net. At 8:32 another shorthanded goal, this one off the stick of Max Fredrickson as he fired over his shoulder had the home team within a goal. Jordan Cunningham pulled the Shamrocks even at 11:02 making the break and picking up a pass from Ryan Fedrigo. They then picked up their first lead of the contest, Fredrickson getting his second, this one on the power play, beating Hood with a hard shot from the slot. Less than 2 minutes later, Richmond tied things up, Ryan Vogrig scoring on a breakaway at 12:54. The Roadrunners had a chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty shot but Hodgson stood tall and denied the opportunity. The period ended in a 5-5 tie.
The second period saw 7 goals scored and a steady stream of players to the penalty box. Again it was the visitors opening the scoring, Braeden Jensen having his shot bounce off someone into the Victoria net at the 53-second mark. The Rocks replied with 3 of their own. Fredrickson picked up his 3rd and 4th of the contest at 2:17 and 5:34. The first came off a bullet from outside the dotted line and the second went in off Hood. Doesn’t matter, they still count. Ryan Taylor then picked up a goal at 6:20, putting the ball over the goalie and giving Victoria an 8-6 lead. The visitors picked up a goal at 15:12, off the stick of Cody Nass who appeared perilously close to being in the crease. It didn’t bother the Shamrocks as Matt Wilson picked up a goal at 15:47 on a hard low shot. That goal came with an extra attacker on the floor and a delayed penalty being signaled for the ‘Runners. Fredrickson then picked up his fifth goal with just 6 ticks left on the clock giving the Shamrocks a 10-7 lead after 40 minutes.
The home team opened up a 4-goal lead with a power play goal at the 41-second mark, the second of the game for Wilson. Richmond battled back with a couple of power play goals of their own before Curtis Gailey responded at 9:41, reaching around the big goaltender. The teams traded goals, Richmond getting 2 to Victoria’s 1, the last coming at 19:14. The game was not without its shenanigans. When the Shamrocks took a minor penalty at 13:31, the visitors tried to double it up by having goaltender Tanner Hodgson’s equipment measured. Just like the earlier penalty shot, that fell short and resulted in an offsetting delay of game penalty.
It was a great team effort for the Intermediate Shamrocks who were coming off an explosive 20-goal road game. They showed great determination and poise in battling back from the early deficit. Special teams played a huge role as the Rocks scored twice shorthanded and 3 times with the man advantage.
Unofficially the Shamrocks were led offensively by their captain Max Fredrickson with 5 goals and 1 assist. Jake Cullen, Jordan Cunningham and Darrin Wilson each scored twice with singles coming from Ryan Taylor and Curtis Gailey. Dane Sorensen chipped in 4 assists while Ryan Fedrigo and Brock Marshall each had a pair of helpers. Tanner Hodgson came up with some outstanding saves when they were really needed and also contributed 1 assist.
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks have two games at home next weekend. Saturday, May 26, the Port Coquitlam Saints will provide the opposition in a 1:30 contest at Bear Mountain Arena. Sunday, in a 5:00 pm start, it will be the Shamrocks taking on the Delta Islanders.
Admission to all Intermediate Shamrocks games is by donation. This is great entertainment value for your dollar.