Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Shamrocks will look to put the boots to their island rival, Nanaimo Timbermen at Bear Mountain Area Friday night at 7:45pm. The Shamrocks are 2-0 to start the season and could jump to first place overall with a win. The team will also be hosting a SPEED MEETS SPEED promo night at the game, with every fan in attendance to be given free passes to the Western Speedway.
The Victoria Shamrocks are looking to improve on their strong 2-0 start to the 2012 WLA season when they welcome the Nanaimo Timbermen to Bear Mountain arena on Friday. The Shamrocks are coming off an emotional 8-4 victory over the Maple Ridge Burrards in last week’s home opener and will be building off that energy heading into a huge rivalry game versus the 2-1 Timbermen. The Shamrocks have played one less game then Nanaimo and could vault into the top spot in the WLA with a win Friday night.
Despite finishing near the bottom of the pack in the standings last year with just 16 points, the T-men got off on a good foot for 2012 by spanking last year’s champion, Langley Thunder by a score of 17-7 but failed to capitalize on their own momentum, being drubbed by the New West Salmonbellies by the same score line just four days later. Nanaimo managed to rebound however defeating Coquitlam 7-4, to stay among league leaders New West, Victoria, and Burnaby at the top of the standings with 4 points each. It is worth noting that Victoria and New West have only played two games thus far, one less then Nanaimo and Burnaby.
Matt Flindell will look for his third straight win Friday night (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).
While this will be the first time the clubs have met this season, it won’t be an unfamiliar opponent with Nanaimo featuring as many as ten former Jr. ‘Rocks players including Cayle Ratcliff, Sean Nugent, Tyler Matheson, Kyle Hofer, Myles Kenny, and newly acquired Cory Conway, coming in a trade from Coquitlam. T-Men goaltender Matt King also has spent significant time in the green and white, playing for the Jr Shamrocks from 1997 – 2002, and the big club from ’03 – ’06. While the confines of Bear Mountain Arena may not be totally foreign to many Timbermen, it is likely to be hostile, with more than 1700 fans packing the Bear for the Shamrocks home opener last week and around the same number expected for this tilt, Nanaimo will be leaning heavily on league leading scorers Scott Ranger (9G, 10A) and Cody Bremner (7G, 7A) to carry the load offensively. Ranger is another player with a Victoria connection, suiting up for the Jr ‘Rocks from 2002 to 2004.
The Victoria Shamrocks meanwhile have been getting it done by committee so far this year, spreading the scoring around and getting top tier net minding from Matt Flindell; but with additions Corey Small, and Ryan Benesch poised to break out and team leader in points Jeff Shattler off to a strong start, the ‘Rocks have their own offensive weapons to be contended with. Victoria forward Mike Pires has also been solid for the ‘Rocks picking up 6 points in two games, he is tied for 13th in league scoring.
Jeff Shattler will look to add to his team leading point total against Nanaimo friday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).
The Victoria Shamrocks also want to remind fans that Friday’s game will be a “SPEED MEETS SPEED” promotional night; where free admission to the Western Speedway will be given away to all fans in attendance. There will also be special intermission entertainment.
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