By Janice Huckin
Victoria (ISN) – There’s no way to beat around the bush, the expansion Maple Ridge Burrards found themselves the victims of a goal-blitz Saturday as the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks pounded them by a score of 26-10.
Even at that, it was almost a tale of 3 separate games.
The Rocks got off to a quick start, scoring the first 5 goals on starting Maple Ridge goaltender Connor David. Ryan Taylor got things started with what looked like a roller that fooled David at 1:29. Jake Cullen followed up at 4:14 with a high shot to the corner and at 7:34 Matt Hamilton made it 3-0, scoring despite having a defender draped all over him. Team captain, Max Fredrickson, back in the line-up after missing a couple of weeks due to injury, got back into scoring mode at 8:22 with a quick-stick from the corner of the crease. Dane Sorensen had the Rocks up 5-0 at 9:46 with a shot from in close that just made it across the line. Maple Ridge finally hit the scoresheet at 10:16, Riley Glemnitz firing a low shot through traffic. The teams traded pairs of goals, Victoria getting goals from Curtis Gailey at 10:39 and from Cullen, on the power play at 13:19. The visitors replied with a pair of their own, Glenmitz at 13:34 and Johnathan Kraakman on the power play at 15:59. The Shamrocks closed the period with 4 unanswered goals, including a shorthander from Max Cullen at 19:52 to make the score 11-3 after 20 minutes. Nick Arthur had relieved David between the pipes for Maple Ridge at the 18:05 mark, after Victoria’s 9th marker.
I was beginning to think the floor might have been slanted in one direction when Maple Ridge took charge in the middle frame, scoring 6 goals, including 4 in a span of less than 4 minutes midway through the period. The Shamrocks still held a lead but it was only by 6 goals, 15-9 as the teams went to the dressing room. The Burrards were better but then again, the Shamrocks played much worse in the middle period, getting a little showy and not paying attention to defense.
Maple Ridge opened the scoring just 1:26 into the final period but that slanted floor took over once again as the Shamrocks peppered shots at the beleaguered Burrards netminder, scoring 6 goals between the 2:11 mark and 6:58 of the period. At that point David returned to the net but could not stem the tide as Victoria added 5 more before the period would end. It’s a lot of fun for players to score lots of goals but it doesn’t really make for good watching.
In any event, several Shamrocks players certainly padded their personal statistics. Unofficially, Dane Sorensen with 5 goals and 4 assists and Jake Cullen with 6 goals and 3 helpers led the team. Curtis Gailey, Max Fredrickson and Ryan Taylor, each contributed a hat-trick with Fredrickson and Taylor adding 3 and 2 assists respectively. Singles came from Collin Bashford, Jordan Green (who also had 3 helpers), Chris Kasper, Matt Hamilton and Max Cullen. Graham Winship chipped in 3 assists and goaltender Tanner Hodgson also helped the cause with 3 helpers.
For the Burrards Johnathan Kraakman, Joe Olson, and Riley Glemnitz each collected a hat trick with the other goal coming from Stevie Aldcroft.
The Intermediate Shamrocks are on the road Sunday to take on the always-tough Coquitlam Adanacs and do not appear again at Bear Mountain Arena until Saturday, June 16.