By Janice Huckin
Victoria (ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks had a really bad weekend June 9-10 as they dropped a pair of games. They fell 16-7 to the Delta Islanders Saturday on the mainland and then came out on the short end of an 11-8 score to the visiting Port Coquitlam Saints Sunday in a game played at Juan de Fuca.
Starting goaltenders were Cody Hagedorn for the home side and Garrett Spann for the visitors. The game also marked the return for the first time this season of Jesse King who picked up Victoria’s first goal of the game at 4:13. Spann got a piece of the shot but couldn’t stop it from crossing the goal line. The Saints got on the board with a power play marker off the stick of Garrett Chan at 7:18, picking a top corner. The Rocks returned the favour, Adam Brown firing a hard low shot with a 5-on-3 manpower advantage at 9:48. The see-saw battle continued as Matt Delmonico got things tied up again at 2-2, another power play marker that beat Hagedorn high. Chris Wardle gave the Shamrocks the lead at 19:01, shoveling a low shot to the back of the net. Unfortunately, that lead didn’t hold up as Nash Harrison knotted things at 3 with just 1 tick left on the clock. That came after what appeared to be some confusion with the clock, penalties being called, the clock expiring but then again maybe not. Anyway, when the dust settled it was a 3-3 tie with the Shamrocks holding a slight lead in shots on goal 14-11. There was also a steady parade to the penalty boxes on both sides of the floor.
Period 2 was another close one and again, penalties took the spotlight and the flow out of the game. PoCo took the lead for the first time just 3:26 into the middle frame when Nash notched his second. It held up for only 1:20 as Jamie Sorensen picked up a goal off a rebound and some hard work by Brown at 4:46. The Shamrocks had a huge power play opportunity when the Saints took a major and minor together. What happened? Well, the Saints scored twice while shorthanded, Harrison picking up his hat trick goal at 13:32 and Chan getting his second at 14:20. The Rocks did manage to get one more before the period ended, Brown picking up his second at 15:57 to send the team to the dressing room down 6-5.
There weren’t quite as many penalties in period 3 but yet special teams played a big role with the visitors picking up 3 more power play markers. The Saints extended their lead just 1:20 in when Connor Goodwin fired a hard low shot past Hagedorn. Nash continued to pile up the points at 3:18 with a power play goal making it 8-5 with lots of game left to play. Jordan Cunningham got one back for the Shamrocks at 8:02, on a breakaway but Nash replied with his 5th of the game, yes it was on the power play, at 11:49. Another power play goal from Delmonico at 14:14 and things were not looking good for the Shamrocks. They got a power play goal of their own at 14:55 from Dane Schoor but Richard Lachlan replied at 15:57 for the Saints with a bouncer. Schoor got his second of the contest for the Shamrocks at 18:02 but that was as close as they would get despite outshooting their opponents 52-34 over all. Sometimes it’s more about quality than quantity.
Dane Schoor and Adam Brown each had a pair of goals to lead the Shamrocks while Brown also added an assist to his team leading total. Devon Casey had 3 assists while singles came from Jamie Sorensen, Jesse King, Chris Wardle and Jordan Cunningham. The result has the Shamrocks in 5th place, 2 points ahead of the Saints who hold 3 games in hand, 2 points behind both New Westminster and Langley who hold 2 and 3 games in hand respectively. The Rocks have just 7 games remaining and will need to try and put together a string of wins to get home floor advantage in any round of the playoffs.
Nash Harrison led all scorers with 5 goals and 1 assist for the Saints. Garrett Chan and Matt Delmonico each scored twice with Delmonico also chipping in 3 helpers.
The Shamrocks are next in action next Saturday back in the hopefully friendly confines of Bear Mountain Arena. Game time is 5:00 pm and they will take on the Langley Thunder.
Come out at 1:30 and watch the Intermediate Shamrocks take on the Intermediate version of the Langley Thunder. Admission to all intermediate games is by donation.