Written by Janice Huckin
April 30, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was a good opening weekend for the Jr. Shamrocks as they travelled to the mainland Sunday to face last year’s champs, the Coquitlam Adanacs, and came away with an 8-6 win.
Both teams were playing their second game in 2 days but Coquitlam had the advantage of playing both at home. Cody Hagedorn got his second start in goal for the Rocks while big Davide DiRuscio was between the pipes for the home Adanacs. As they did against New Westminster Saturday, the Shamrocks got on the board early. Devon Casey came in off the opening faceoff and fired one to the back of the net just 14 seconds in. The Shamrocks made it 2-0 at the 42-second mark when Chris Wardle intercepted a pass and went in alone. It was 2 shots, 2 goals for the visitors. The Adanacs finally replied at 8:02 when Spencer Stevens scored on a power play. Stevens got things even at 2 apiece picking off an errant Victoria pass and scoring unassisted at 10:51. A shorthanded goal by Victoria’s Conrad Chapman restored the lead. This goal also came off an intercepted pass. That was how the period ended, with the Shamrocks holding a slim 3-2 lead despite being outshot 19-14 in the period.
Period 2 started with the Adanacs in the midst of a 4-minute power play but the Victoria penalty kill team did a great job to hold them off the board. The home team did manage to tie things up at 4:19, Taylor Raiche scoring off a rebound. It was all Shamrocks after that as the boys in green ran off 3 unanswered goals. Dane Schoor picked up a power play marker finishing off a slick passing play at 6:36. They then struck for 2 quick goals as Wardle picked up his second of the game at 15:50 off a quick pass from Kurtis Green at 15:50. At 16:58 it was Nick Kapusty capitalizing after Wardle made a diving play to push the ball into the offensive zone. The Shamrocks were full value for the 6-3 lead after 40 minutes and they also held the edge in shots on goal 17-12 in the period.
Czech import Dominik Pesek, made it a 4-goal lead for Victoria when he scored 1:37 into the final frame, diving across the front of the crease to bury the ball. Steven Neufeld got one back for the A’s at 7:12 after Hagedorn made the save but the ball trickled by him. Wardle picked up his hat trick marker for the visitors at 9:17 to make it an 8-4 lead. Coquitlam threatened to come back, scoring the next two goals, off the sticks of Joe Olson at 12:46 and Robyn Lowenberger at 13:48 but that was as close as they would come, despite pulling the goaltender for the extra attacker.
It was a pretty strong performance at both ends of the floor for the Shamrocks. Acting team captain Chris Wardle led the team in scoring with the hat-trick and 2 assists. Dominik Pesek chipped in a goal and 2 helpers while Conrad Chapman, Devon Casey, Dane Schoor and Nick Kapusty added the other goals. Jake Cullen contributed 3 assists and Cody Hagedorn kicked out 42 of the 48 shots he faced to pick up his second victory.
The Jr. Shamrocks’ next action comes in two weeks when they will enjoy a rare home doubleheader. The Langley Thunder come to Bear Mountain on Saturday, May 11 and the Delta Islanders visit on Sunday, May 12. Both games are at 5:00 p.m.