By Janice Huckin
Nanaimo (ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks went into
Starting goaltenders were Cory Mayzes for the T’Men and Cody Hagedorn for the Rocks and it was the Shamrocks getting the early lead, Devon Casey getting in close to score at 2:53.
Keenan Lambright, recently acquired from the Langley Thunder got his first action between the pipes for the Shamrocks to begin period 2. There may have been a few nerves as the T’Men rattled off 3 quick goals to get things started. Nick Sanderson scored on the power play at 2:19 from the slot and at 3:28 picked up his second of the game. Just 24 seconds later it was Bryson Weberg finding twine and closing the gap to a single goal.
Lambright seemed to settle down and his teammates rallied in front of him to score 6 unanswered before the period ended. Intermediate call-up Nate Wade scored at 9:01 to get the Rocks rolling again. At 12:35 Conrad Chapman scored unassisted, picking up a rebound and putting it behind Mayzes. After taking a double minor penalty at 9:54, Eastwood broke from the penalty box to atone for his sins at 14:10 going 2-on-1 with Paul Brebber and opening up a 5-goal lead. Just 51 seconds later Brandan Smith scored a beauty, jumping up in front of the crease and putting the ball over Mayzes.
Brett Fleming got that one back for
Leading the way for the Shamrocks was Brody Eastwood with the hat-trick and 1 assist. Jesse King added a pair of goals and 1 helper. Conrad Chapman, Brandan Smith and Shea Wakefield each had a goal and 1 assist with Devon Casey chipping in a goal and 2 helpers. Other goals came from Adam Brown, Kurtis Green, Jamie Sorensen, Jordan Cunningham, and Nate Wade. Paul Brebber and Dane Schoor added to the offense with 2 and 4 assists respectively. Cody Hagedorn and Keenan Lambright combined for 44 saves in goal, Lambright being especially sharp in a third period that saw his team outshot 17-11.
For the Timbermen it was Nick Sanderson tearing up the scoresheet with 3 goals and 3 assists against his former team. Bryson Weberg had a pair of goals.
The Shamrocks wrap up their home regular season Saturday when they face the Burnaby Lakers at Bear Mountain Arena. Game time is 5:00 pm. It will be Fan Appreciation Night so there will be extra give-aways and a chance to get a team picture autographed after the game.
They finish the season with a pair of road games as they travel to Port Coquitlam this Sunday and to Coquitlam next Sunday, July 8. Playoff dates and match-ups will be announced after the regular season is over.