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
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.
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.