Shamrocks rebound Sunday at Bear Mountain

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Janice Huckin

May 12, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks rebounded from a tough overtime loss Saturday to hand the Delta Islanders their first loss of the season Sunday at Bear Mountain Arena.

Cody Hagedorn got his fourth straight start in goal for the Rocks and it was Matt Keith guarding the crease at the Delta end of the floor. As he did last night, it was big Kurtis Green getting the Shamrocks on the board first, going to the front of the net and beating Keith at 1:51. Delta replied at 4:12 with a shorthanded goal by Eli McLaughlin, going 1-on-2 right to the front of the net. How’s that again? Yes, it was 1-on-2. The Islanders took the lead at 6:18, Jon Phillips finding twine. At 10:27 the Shamrocks got even on a diving shot by Chris Wardle and Max Fredrickson gave the home team the lead at 14:49 with a quick stick. That was how the opening period ended, with the Shamrocks holding a slim 3-2 lead; shots on goal were even at 16 apiece in a well-played, quick period.

Delta picked up the first two goals of the middle frame, the first coming at 3:02, another shorthanded tally, this one off the stick of Mike Henry. At 10:55 they took the lead, McLaughlin picking up his second of the game. The lead continued to see-saw back and forth as that Delta goal began a run of 7 collective goals in less than 6 minutes. The Shamrocks replied with a pair of their own, the first off the stick of Jake Cullen with a hard shot at 11:17. Just 17 seconds later it was Dane Sorensen restoring a 1-goal Victoria lead. Next it was Delta’s turn to score a pair, Tyler Nett connecting at 12:41 and Phillips picking up his second of the game at 13:28, off a loose ball. Momentum swung back to the Shamrocks with a pair of power play goals. Cullen rattled off his second, just inside the post at 15:41 and Dominik Pesek added another at 16:11. After 40 minutes, it was the home team still holding a 1-goal lead.

It looked like the Shamrocks would put a bit of distance between them as they opened period 3 with two goals to make it a 3-goal gap. Wardle picked up his second of the game, a shorthanded goal when he walked in alone at 4:21. Green then notched his second of the contest with an unassisted goal at 6:33, getting a breakaway and shooting from a ways beyond the dotted line. The Islanders would not be denied and they replied with a 3-goal run to get things even. Evan Messenger tallied at 8:06, firing back over his shoulder to the back of the net. The next goal didn’t come until 16:25 when Taylor Northway scored 5-hole unassisted and then added a second unassisted goal at 17:25. Fans would be forgiven for wondering if they would be seeing a second consecutive overtime game but Devon Casey beat Keith with a hard low shot at 17:49 and Wardle added his hat trick marker at 19:39 on the power play to provide the margin of victory.

Jake Cullen and Devon Casey each had 5-point nights in the victory scoring 2 goals and 3 assists and 1 goal and 4 assists respectively. Veteran Chris Wardle, with another strong two-way performance had a hat trick and 1 assist while Max Fredrickson also picked up 4 points on a goal and 3 helpers. Kurtis Green picked up a pair of goals with other goals coming from Dominik Pesek and Dane Sorensen. Jamie Sorensen chipped in 3 assists. A few players were playing different roles than those in which we usually see them. Dane Schoor saw a lot of time at the defensive end of the floor and, although he didn’t get onto the scoresheet, his speed was instrumental in kick-starting the transition game and providing opportunities to score. Cody Hagedorn picked up his third win of the season in goal, kicking out 38 of the 47 shots he faced.

For Delta it was Taylor Northway, Jon Phillips and Eli McLaughlin each picking up a pair of goals.

As mentioned, it was Delta’s first loss of the season but they remain atop the league standings with a 4-1 record. The win puts the Shamrocks in a second-place tie with the Langley Thunder at 3 wins and a loss.

Next action for the Shamrocks is a home game next Saturday, May 18 when the Coquitlam Adanacs will be in town for a 5:00 pm encounter. Come out early and watch the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks take on Delta at 1:30 pm. It’s good entertainment and the Intermediate Shamrocks are currently undefeated and playing an exciting brand of lacrosse.