Shamrocks Full Speed Ahead

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Written by Janice Huckin – Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

May 25, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – From the pre-season hype everyone knew the Shamrocks would be good on paper. Hey, they’re turning out to be pretty good on the floor, too.

Certainly they do not lack firepower as they peppered 57 shots towards the Burnaby net Friday and came away with a 14-8 victory to remain undefeated at 3-0.

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Shamrocks Matt Yager leaps over a fallen Burnaby player as Matt Flindell snags the ball – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Shamrocks Tyler Hass tries his best to knock Lakers Andrew Bromley, who has the ball off his game – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The first period was a bit of a see-saw battle with the teams trading goals early. The Rocks scored first at 2:40, Jeff Shattler picking up a rebound right in front. Burnaby replied with a power play goal at 3:35 before Cory Conway scored a power play goal for Victoria and Tyler Hass followed up at 7:24 to make it 3-1. The Lakers’ power play clicked for 2 more to tie things up before the Shamrocks pulled away for good, defender Scott Carnegie charging to the front of the net at 14:44 and Cory Small connecting at 19:44 to make it 5-3 Shamrocks after 20 minutes.

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Lakers Dane Stevens and Shamrocks Scott Carnegie get tangled up when Scott knocks the ball out of Dane’s stickPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

In the second period there were more penalties than goals but still lots of offense as Victoria went on a 4-goal run to open up a 9-3 lead as it looked like the Rocks were going to run away with the game. Burnaby rebounded to score the final 2 goals of the period to get within 4. Victoria held a big edge in shots on goal, 21-10 as Lakers’ starting goaltender Dan Lewis gave way to Joe Bell just past the halfway point.

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Lakers T.J. Cowx tries to get Shamrocks Mitch Jones to drop the ballPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Both Captains eye the ball as it bounces away from them – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Burnaby kept their run going, scoring the first two goals of period 3 to close the deficit to 2 goals, before the Shamrocks got rolling again. They scored 5 of the next 6, including the final 3 goals of the game to win going away. It was an exciting game in front of a full house, primarily young Shamrock hopefuls on Minor Lacrosse Night.

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Shamrocks celebrate their win – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Again, the big 4 snipers accounted for most of the shots and most of the goals for the Shamrocks. Jeff Shattler and Scott Ranger each had 3 goals and 5 assists, while Cory Conway also had an 8-point night with a goal and 7 helpers. Corey Small had the hat trick and 1 assist. Other goals came from Tyler Hass, Mike Pires and Scott Carnegie while Nolan Heavenor was sharp in the faceoff circle and picked up 2 assists. Matt Flindell went the distance in goal for the Shamrocks but was not as busy as his counterpart, kicking out 25 of the 33 shots he faced.

Next home game for the Shamrocks is next Friday, May 31 when the defending league champs, the Langley Thunder come to town.

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