By Janice Huckin
May 22, 2013, Nanaimo, BC (ISN) – After a somewhat sub-par performance at home Saturday, the Jr. Shamrocks hit the road to take on the Nanaimo Timbermen Tuesday at the Frank Crane Arena.
With team captain Brody Eastwood back from school and leading the way, the Rocks hammered the T’Men 15-10.
Starting goaltenders were Cody Hagedorn for the Rocks and Pete Dubenski at the other end of the floor. Nanaimo got on the board first, Travis Mickelson getting in close to score at the 2-minute mark. Victoria tied things up at 6:55 on a tally by Conrad Chapman and at 16:02 Max Fredrickson finished off some great ball movement on the power play to give the Shamrocks they would not relinquish. The first period ended with the visitors holding a 2-1 lead although they were outshot 15-12 by the Timbermen. It was also a relatively penalty-free 20 minutes, which turned out not to be a predictor of what was to come.
The Shamrocks opened the middle frame with a couple of quick goals off the stick of Dane Sorensen. They were almost from the exact same spot on the floor, the first coming at 1:53 and the second at 2:40, hard shots from the dotted line across the crease. Nanaimo got one back at 6:56 on the power play, Mitch Parker finishing off a play with just 2 seconds left on a 2-man advantage. The boys in green picked up the pace, running off 4 straight goals between 11:42 and 13:38. First it was Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks call-up Cole Pickup getting in close to find twine. At 12:28 Brody Eastwood got his first counter of the season finishing off some great passing. That was followed by a bouncer from the center slot off the stick of Dominik Pesek at 13:03. Chris Wardle rounded things off at 13:38 with Nick Kapusty doing some great work along the boards to retain position and getting a pass to him with virtually nothing left on the 30-second clock. Nanaimo got one back at 14:03, Nick Sanderson doing the damage. It took only 41 seconds for Victoria’s Kurtis Green to power to the front of the net and score an unassisted goal. A power play goal at 19:51 from Nanaimo’s Brett Hawrys finished the scoring for the period as the Shamrocks took a 9-4 lead to the dressing room. The period also saw a lot of penalties, including a 5-minute major and game misconduct to Kurtis Green, along with coincidental minors to Parker and Max Cullen, all of that coming at the 20-minute mark.
That power play opportunity resulted in a couple of early Nanaimo goals, Paul Nicholson scoring from the corner of the crease at the 28-second mark and Parker following up with his second of the contest at 2:44, a bullet from the dotted line. That got the home team within 3 but Victoria started another run of 5 goals with a shorthanded marker at 3:37 from Eastwood when he found himself inexplicably all alone in front. Eastwood followed up with his hat-trick marker at 5:50 putting the ball over top of Dubenski. Victoria took advantage of the break in play to replace and rest Cody Hagedorn and give Charles Claxton some game time. At 8:26 Max Cullen scored unassisted when he intercepted a pass and went coast to coast. Jamie Sorensen added a shorthanded tally at 10:02 and at 11:10 Eastwood added another to give the Shamrocks an 8-goal lead. Nanaimo rebounded with three quick goals, Hawrys picking up his second of the game at 11:37, followed by Sanderson with his second, on the power play at 13:39 and Mickelson getting his second at 14:23. The teams traded goals to finish the game, Eastwood scoring for Victoria at 15:42 and Hawrys getting the hat trick at 18:03. Again, period 3 was a penalty-filled affair, culminating in a heavyweight battle between Nanaimo’s Owen Barker and Victoria’s Brandan Smith at 18:14. Pretty silly stuff actually which also saw Jordan Kuziek of the T’Men receive an extra 5 minutes.
Victoria was led offensively by their captain Brody Eastwood who arrived home from New York just in time to catch the bus up island as he scored 5 times and added 1 assist. Dane Sorensen picked up a pair of goal while brother Jamie had a goal and 2 helpers as did call-up Cole Pickup. Dominik Pesek and Max Fredrickson each had a goal and 3 assists with other goals coming from Conrad Chapman, Kurtis Green and Max Cullen. Goaltender Cody Hagedorn stopped 37 shots before giving way to Charles Claxton who stopped 11 shots and had an assist in relief.
Nanaimo got the hat trick from Brett Hawrys while Nick Sanderson and Mitch Parker each had a pair of goals, chipping in 5 and 3 assists respectively. Travis Mickelson also had 2 goals with the other coming from Paul Nicholson.
Next up for the Jr. Shamrocks is a home game Saturday, May 25 when the Burnaby Lakers will be in town.