victoria shamrocks

By Janice Huckin

Victoria (ISN) – It took a few weeks until the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks won their first game on home floor but now they are trying to make a habit of it as they held on for a 10-9 victory over the visiting Port Coquitlam Saints Saturday.

Keifer Hagedorn got his first start for the Shamrocks while Michael Maiwka started for the visitors.  It was the home team getting the quick start scoring the first three goals of the game.  At 2:20 Jake Cullen got in close and made good.  Not quite 5 minutes later Ryan Taylor put the Rocks up by a pair, taking a hit but making the play from the edge of the crease.  At 8:22 Nate Wade opened up the 3-goal lead, putting the ball over top of the goalie.  PoCo made an appearance on the scoresheet at 11:12, Curtis Bellamy scoring right after a good penalty kill by the visitors.  That was it for the Saints as Victoria rounded out the scoring with another 3-goal run.  Just 31 seconds after PoCo’s goal, Jamie Jensen again went over top.  Wade picked up his second of the contest at 14:34, firing through traffic and Ryan Fedrigo got on a run and gathered in a lead pass from Matt Baxter to give the Shamrocks a 6-1 lead after 20 minutes.

One thing you can usually give credit to the Saints for is never giving up.  They didn’t this time either.  A couple of early goals, the first on the power play at 1:00 and the second at even strength at 4:03 closed the gap to 3 goals.  A total of 10 goals were scored in the period and 6 of those came from the Saints.  Picking up goals for the Shamrocks in the period were Curtis Gailey unassisted at 5:33 and Cullen with his second at 6:48.  Dane Sorensen scored a nice tally at 10:50, twisting and turning to get away from a check and putting the ball in the back of the net.  Derek McLeod scored the other Shamrocks goal in period 2.  When the dust settled the Rocks were still holding on to a 10-7 lead.

Port Coquitlam chipped away and it was past the halfway point of the third period before anyone found twine.  When they did it was Tyler Klamer beating Hagedorn at 11:06.  At 12:42 the visitors pulled within a single goal, Tanner Rennich doing the honours.  Victoria made a goaltender switch, replacing Hagedorn with Tanner Hodgson who went the distance without allowing another goal.  At the other end of the floor the Rocks had no success as Maiwka was shutting the door on the home team  That was as close as things would get.

It wasn’t a great win but it was a win and the Intermediate Shamrocks got it despite being without their top 2 scorers as team captain Max Fredrickson was out with a ‘lower body injury’ and Jordan Cunningham was held out to play with the Jr. Shamrocks later in the day.

Unofficially Jake Cullen and Nate Wade each scored twice for the Rocks and added 2 and 1 assist respectively.  Singles came from Ryan Taylor, Curtis Gailey, Ryan Fedrigo, Derek McLeod and Jamie Jensen.

Tyler Klarner had the hat trick and 2 helpers for the Saints while Tanner Rennich added a goal and 4 assists and Kyran Clarke a goal and 3 assists.

Next game for the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks is back at Bear Mountain Arena Sunday at 5:00 when they will take on the Delta Islanders.  The Intermediates then hit the road Tuesday to take on the Timbermen in Nanaimo.  That game is at 7:00 and will be played at the Frank Crane Arena.