By Janice Huckin
Nanaimo (ISN) – The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks continued their winning ways on the road last Tuesday as they beat the Nanaimo Timbermen, 15-8. It was billed as a lacrosse game but at times, it resembled the game only in the fact the players had sticks in their hands.
I’d liken it more to a day at the zoo. One might have thought in light of the notoriety recently received for their part in a bench-clearing brawl, the Timbermen would stick to lacrosse. Apparently NOT.
The home team actually jumped out to the lead, scoring their first goal at 2:41 of the opening period off the stick of Scott Reynolds. Victoria replied at 3:02, Chris Kasper finding twine behind starting Nanaimo goaltender Nate Clark. Jake Cullen put the visitors up at 3:15, before the T’Men went on a 3-goal run. Kevin Glanfield scored at 3:45, followed by a power play marker at 9:30 from Terrin Davies and just 29 seconds later another from big Jeremy Roe. That made the score 4-2 for Nanaimo and marked the end of the evening for Victoria goaltender Keifer Hagedorn who was replaced by Tanner Hodgson. The Rocks drew within a goal at 10:14, Brock Thompson-Marshall doing the honours. After 20 minutes, Nanaimo had a 4-3 lead.
The second period gave fans a pretty good idea how the aforementioned melee could have happened, especially after the Shamrocks got the lead. The Timbermen lived up to their name, wielding the stick like an axe, seemingly more intent on injuring the opposition than actually playing the game. The officiating definitely had something to do with the deterioration in play. It certainly appeared the officials had their heads more in the stands than on the floor. Two fans and a member of the Victoria bench staff were ejected at any rate. Meanwhile in actual lacrosse, Victoria outscored the opposition by a 4-1 margin, including 3 power play goals (crime doesn’t pay) and held a 7-5 lead after the second period. It was still a game, certainly win-able by either team.
Nanaimo actually scored first in period 3, drawing them within a goal but the wheels fell off after that as Victoria rattled off 7 in a row, jumping out to a 14-6 lead by the 15:10 mark. Nanaimo put together a late 2-goal run but the Rocks put the exclamation point on the outcome when Devan Smith scored unassisted at 19:45.
It was a shame the game played out as it did. There is some talent on the Nanaimo roster but unfortunately it was overshadowed by something other than lacrosse. It is believed that one of the on-floor officials involved on the ‘night of the brawl’ was on the floor tonight as well. There was never a feeling that they had control of the game. The Shamrocks were not blameless in some of the shenanigans going on, for sure. The boys in green got the 2 points, but the jury is still out at what price that result came.
Leading the Shamrocks offensively it was once again Jake Cullen with 4 goals and 1 assist. Devan Smith had the hat trick while Nate Wade picked up 2 goals and 3 helpers and Matt Hamilton contributed 3 assists. Other goals came from Jamie Jensen, Curtis Gailey, Brock Marshall and Chris Kasper with a pair. Almost half of the goals came on special teams – 6 on the power play and 1 shorthanded.
Jeremy Roe led the Timbermen with 2 goals and 3 assists. Jaedon Gilles and Scott Reynolds each had a pair of goals as well.
Next action for the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks is Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena when they will try to extend their winning streak against the visiting Maple Ridge Burrards. Game time is 1:30 pm. Admission is by donation.