By Janice Huckin – Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
May 18, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Jr. Rocks were hoping to take a 2-0 lead in their head-to-head match-up against the Coquitlam Adanacs Saturday but came out a little flat as they were dominated physically in going down to a 12-6 defeat.
Cody Hagedorn got his fifth consecutive start for the home team while Coquitlam went with big Davide DiRuscio between the pipes. The Rocks jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 7:36 when Dane Schoor broke in alone off transition to beat DiRuscio. Coquitlam replied at 8:17, again coming off transition as Jordan Gilles scored. Schoor got his second of the night, again using his outstanding speed out of the defensive zone to make it 2-1 Victoria. That was the last time the Shamrocks would hold the lead as the Adanacs scored three straight power play goals before period 1 ended. Spencer Stevens tied things at 13:21, a shot that Hagedorn seemed to get a piece of. At 19:30 Steven Neufeld scored with Coquitlam holding a 5-on-3 manpower advantage after a particularly questionable double minor call made the Rocks 2 men short. Evan Wortley added another power play marker with less than a second remaining on the clock to give the visitors a 4-2 lead, despite Victoria holding a slight 17-13 edge in shots on goal.
Shamrocks Conrad Chapman steps on Sam Goodman’s stick after the faceoff – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Shamrocks Chris Wardle tries to knock the ball from Adanacs Robyn Lowenberger’s stick – Photo by Kasey Eriksen
Coquitlam added to their lead with two early goals in period 2, the first coming off the stick of Erik Klein at the 3:54 mark and the second, another power play goal from Stevens at 6:02. Max Fredrickson got one back for the Shamrocks at 6:49 and drew back within a pair when Chris Wardle tallied at 10:37 after an extended period of Victoria ball possession. The teams traded goals as Chase McIntyre scored at 11:20 for the Adanacs on a hard shot from the dotted lane and Jamie Sorensen replied for the Shamrocks just 11 seconds later on a 2-man break. At 15:15 another – yes yet another – power play goal for the Adanacs as McIntyre found the top corner restored the 3-goal lead. Fredrickson picked up his second of the contest at 17:26 on a tricky little shot right in front to cut the lead to 2 but two goals within the last minute by the Adanacs pretty much put the game away. Stevens scored his hat-trick goal at 19:19 and it was on the power play while Neufeld added his second of the game at 19:48.
Adanacs Sam Goodman wraps himself around Shamrocks Kurtis Green in his efforts to get him to drop the ball – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Players taking each other to the floor, calls for a whistle – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The visitors added two unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to salt away the victory. With Coquitlam scoring 6 goals on the power play, it’s another sign that the Shamrocks MUST stay out of the penalty box. Sometimes easier said than done. There seemed to be times when passes were not connecting for the Victoria squad, they were certainly physically dominated by the bigger Coquitlam players.
Dane Schoor and Max Fredrickson each picked up 2 goals in a losing effort, with singles coming from Chris Wardle and Jamie Sorensen. Cody Hagedorn was not his usual stellar self and it was bound to happen sooner or later as he gave way to Derek Anderson for the last half of the final period.
An Adanacs player stays down as Shamrocks Mason Pynn leaps over him – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Steven Neufeld and Spencer Stevens each had the hat trick for the Adanacs while Chase McIntyre had a 5-point night on 2 goals and 3 assists. Davide DiRuscio kicked out 40 of the 46 shots he faced for the victory.
The Jr. Shamrocks go on the road Tuesday to face the Nanaimo Timbermen in a 7:00 pm start at the Frank Crane Arena before returning home next Saturday for a 5:00 encounter against the Burnaby Lakers.
By Janice Huckin