Shamrocks Suffer First Loss

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By Janice Huckin – Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

May 11, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It took 70 minutes but in the end, it was Langley scoring three goals in overtime to hand the Jr. Shamrocks their first loss of the season by an 11-8 margin Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena.

Cody Hagedorn made his third straight start in nets for the home team while Spencer England got the nod between the pipes for Langley. The Rocks got out to a quick start, scoring twice before the 2-minute mark. Kurtis Green made his way right to the front of the net at 1:08 to get things started and just 45 seconds later it was Devon Casey doing the same thing and the Shamrocks were up 2-0.

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Thunder Sean Lundstrom keeps the ball away from Shamrocks Max CullenPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Langley answered around the midway mark of the period, James Rahe notching a power play goal at 10:38 and Sean Lundstrom tying things up with yet another power play marker at 14:52, by which time the visitors held a 17-7 edge in shots on goal. Victoria took the lead at 15:48, Max Fredrickson scoring from the corner of the crease with a delayed penalty about to be called on Langley. At 18:20 Jake Cullen made it 4-2 Shamrocks finishing off some great ball control and another power play goal at 19:05, Fredrickson’s second of the contest, made it 5-2 as the period came to an end. Shots on goal favoured Langley 21-12.

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After a bit of a battle for the ball, Shamrocks Jake Cullen has it safely tucked into his stick – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

It took almost half a period before the first goal of the middle frame was scored, as Chris Wardle put the ball over top of England to open up a 3-goal lead for the home team. Langley replied with a 3-goal run, two on the power play and 1 shorthanded to close the gap to 1. Jake Cullen picked up his second at the 16:47 mark, giving the Shamrocks a 7-5 lead after 40 minutes.

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A collision in front of Shamrocks Cody Hagedorn’s net doesn’t stop him from tracking the ball – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Things went from bad to worse in period 3 as Langley outscored Victoria 3-1, again two of those markers coming with the man advantage. The Shamrocks’ only goal came courtesy of Jake Cullen, giving him the hat-trick. It was a penalty filled period but the Shamrocks were being out-worked, out-run by the speedy transition game being played by Langley.

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Thunder head coach Jake Elliott has a few things to say about that – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

In league play, a tie in regulation time means 10 minutes of overtime and Langley scored three goals, one on a power play and one into an empty net as that was the end of that.

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Shamrocks Max Cullen and Thunder Zack Porter collide after a face-off – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The Shamrocks seemed to struggle with ball control after a somewhat dominant first period and they were also plagued with some lackluster defensive play. Offensively the Shamrocks were led by a couple of rookies as Jake Cullen had the hat trick and 2 assists while Max Fredrickson had a pair of goals and 2 helpers. Single goals came from Kurtis Green, Devon Casey and Chris Wardle. Mason Pynn in his first game of the season chipped in 2 helpers. You couldn’t have asked more of Cody Hagedorn as he stopped 59 of the 69 shots he faced.

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Shamrocks Kurtis Green keeps the ball away from Thunder #6 – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

For Langley two players had 7-point nights with Adam Will picking up 3 goals and 4 assists while Brett Dobray had 2 goals and 5 helpers. Sean Lundstrom kicked in 4 goals and an assist.

There is no rest for the weary as the Shamrocks play a rare doubleheader at home, facing the Delta Islanders Sunday at Bear Mountain Arena. Game time is 5:00 p.m.

 

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