Junior ‘Rocks Sweep Season series With Nanaimo

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By Janice Huckin

Nanaimo (ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks went into Nanaimo Wednesday to take on the Timbermen and swept the season series with a 14-8 victory. 

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.  Nanaimo responded quickly, Stu Mills picking a top corner at 3:06. 

Victoria then went on a 4-goal run beginning with an unassisted tally from Jesse King at 6:17, a shot that Mayzes seemed to have, but in trying to find it, had it drop out of his equipment behind the goal line.  Just 20 seconds later it was Jordan Cunningham gathering in a long outlet pass from Hagedorn to make it 3-1 for the boys in green.  Kurtis Green opened up a 3-goal lead at 8:51 with another that seemed to fall out of Mayzes’ equipment or get away from him.  Brody Eastwood rounded out the first-period scoring at 19:23, getting in close and taking a pass from Adam Brown in the corner sending the Shamrocks to the dressing room with a 5-1 lead.  It was a well-played period, only 3 penalties called and the Timbermen holding a 17-16 lead in shots on goal.

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. 

Nanaimo took the 2-minute time-out to warm up the back-up goalie but Mayzes returned immediately and at 17:44 Jamie Sorensen finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play to make it 10-4.  Adam Brown finished the second period scoring with a beautiful over the shoulder shot at 19:24, that goal coming with the Rocks shorthanded.  That made the score after 40 minutes 11-4.  Shots on goal were once again very close, this time with Victoria holding the advantage by a 20-18 margin.

Nanaimo was again the first to score in period 3.  Adam Backular-Evans scored unassisted at 7:13 on a breakaway shooting over top of Lambright.  That was followed at 10:24 by another unassisted tally, this one off the stick of Weberg, his second of the game off a rebound.  King responded for the Rocks at 11:49, a goal that seemed to come off a scrum in front of Mayzes. 

Brett Fleming got that one back for Nanaimo at 13:39, firing a hard shot through traffic.  The Rocks came back with a pair, the first from Eastwood at 14:38, his third of the game and the second at 16:02 from Shea Wakefield who picked up a loose ball and went in alone to score unassisted.  Sanderson finished the scoring, getting the hat-trick for the Timbermen at 17:01 and that’s how it went into the books.

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.

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