victoria shamrocks

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

May 25, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was a clash of the league leaders Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena as the 5-1 Maple Ridge Burrards faced the 5-0 Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks. Unfortunately, it was the visiting team that held on for a 13-11 win to take over sole possession of first place.

Trace Birley got the start in goal for the Shamrocks while Connor David got the nod for the Burrards. Maple Ridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead before people had sat down from the playing of the national anthem. Joe Olson tallied just 11 seconds in and Gregg Batt followed up with an unassisted goal at the 27-second mark. OK. The Shamrocks were awake now and replied at 5:06 when Jamie Jensen buried a hard shot in the back of the net.

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Burrards Jesse Gillespie can’t keep the ball in his stick as Shamrocks Cole Pickup persues him – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The visitors scored the next 3, one on the power play and another with a delayed penalty about to be called on Victoria, and at the 10:10 mark, they were up 5-1. They seemed to be penetrating at will and looked like they would run away with the game. Cole Pickup finally picked up a second goal for the home squad at 11:16 on the power play, and goals came pretty quickly after that. Brett Kujala restored the 4-goal lead for the Burrards at 13:10, Ryan Taylor replied for Victoria at 13:29 and at 13:38, Jacob Tiefisher scored for the visitors giving them the 7-3 lead after 20 minutes. Overall, it looked like the Shamrocks were outshooting the Burrards but the Burrards were outrunning the Rocks.

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Shamrocks Graeme Bates stays close behind Burrards Mitch McdolePhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Burrards Tyson Walker watches the ball while Shamrocks Jacob Malloch decides where it’s going to go Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Liam Reid took over between the pipes for the home team and the second period looked more like the Shamrock team we know and love as they ran off 5 straight goals to take the lead for the first time. Jordan Green got things started just 48 seconds in, finding the top corner. At 4:28 it was Matt Hamilton scoring unassisted, diving across. A power play goal off the stick of Darrin Wilson at 5:45 found the back of the net to pull the Rocks within 1 and Green’s second of the night, on a breakaway, had things knotted at 7 at 8:42. Pickup notched his second of the contest at 9:25, that goal coming on a 5-on-3 man advantage and it was 8-7 for the green and white. They were unable to hold that lead, however, as Kujala struck for a pair of goals at 12:20 and 15:19, followed by a Riley Glemnitz power play goal at 18:21 to make it 10-8 Maple Ridge.

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Burrards Tony Corbin manages to scramble away with the ballPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Two Shamrock players keep their eye on Burrards Mitch Kinna – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The teams traded goals in period 3, each scoring three times allowing the Burrards to hang onto the 2-goal lead. These two teams were tied going into today’s action so the result drops Victoria into second place and they will face each other on the mainland Sunday for the final time in league play.

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Shamrocks Dallas Wade nearly loses the ball as Burrards Greg Batt takes chase – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Unofficially, Cole Pickup, Jamie Jensen and Jordan Green each scored twice for Victoria with singles coming from Ryan Taylor, Matt Hamilton, Nate Wade, Darrin Wilson and Brock Thompson-Marshall, who also contributed 3 assists. McLean Chiquen had another strong game with 4 helpers and Nick Preston chipped in 2 assists.

Next home game for the Intermediate Shamrocks is next Saturday, June 1 when they will take on the Port Coquitlam Saints in a 1:30 p.m. start at Bear Mountain Arena.