Story by By Janice Huckin
June 8, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks had the chance to jump into a first place tie with the Delta Islanders Saturday on the mainland but their efforts fell short as they came out on the losing end of a 14-8 score.
Cody Hagedorn was in goal for Victoria with Ryland Hood between the pipes for the home team. The Rocks got on the board first when Dane Schoor collected a pass right in front and put it in the back of the net at the 1:18 mark. That goal was actually a shorthanded marker with Tom Arsenault serving a double minor for a check from behind. Delta tied things up on that power play at 2:47, Eli McLaughlin firing a bullet from the dotted line. The Islanders got into some penalty trouble of their own but Victoria was unable to capitalize. In fact, the home team scored two shorthanders from Evan Messenger at 4:18 and Mike Henry at 5:06. They added an even strength goal at 8:48, Messenger going over top of Hagedorn. Another power play goal from McLaughlin at 9:34 had the Islanders up 5-1. Victoria stopped the bleeding at 11:19, Max Fredrickson getting in close and putting the ball over the Delta goaltender. The teams traded goals before the period ended, Jonathan Phillips scoring for the Islanders on a hard sub shot through traffic at 13:20 and Brody Eastwood replying for the Shamrocks at 13:37 on what appeared to be a set play following a time-out. The score after 20 minutes was 6-3 in favour of Delta although Victoria held the slight edge in shots at 14-13.
Victoria got on the board first again in the middle frame, Eastwood picking up his second of the contest at 6:25 with a shot to the top corner. It was a little over 5 minutes before the next scoring play and it was McLaughlin picking up his hat trick marker from right in front at 11:39. Schoor picked up his second of the game, taking it upon himself to walk it in and find twine from right in front at 14:12. Once again the Shamrocks were within a pair but Delta came back with two more before the period ended, Phillips getting his second at 17:18 and McLaughlin his fourth on the power play at 18:04 wit a hard overhand from the center slot. Going to the dressing room after two periods, the Islanders had increased their lead to 4, 9-5.
Cody Nass made it a 5-goal lead just 1:57 into the final period, jumping up and depositing the ball behind Hagedorn. The Shamrocks started to get rolling for a while as Schoor picked up his third on the power play from the corner of the crease at 3:55. At 4:31, another Victoria power play goal, almost identical but from the other side of the net off the stick of Chris Wardle closed the gap to 3. Schoor got his fourth at 7:05, from the same spot as his earlier marker and again on the power play. With lots of time left, it looked like the Rocks might make one of their patented comebacks. But no, Delta had other plans that included scoring the final four goals of the game, the final two on the power play as Victoria again had problems with their discipline in the late going.
The Shamrocks were led offensively by Dane Schoor with 4 goals. Brody Easstwood chipped in a pair goals with singles coming from Max Fredrickson and Chris Wardle who also contributed 3 assists. Jesse King failed to score on 10 shots but did pick up 6 helpers. Again penalties were a big part of the story with the Islanders connecting for 5 power play goals and 1 shorthanded.
Eli McLaughlin was the leading scorer for Delta with 4 goals and 3 assists while Jonathan Phillips, Tyler Nett, Cody Nass and Evan Messenger each had a pair with Messenger adding 5 helpers.
The result pulls Delta further into the lead in league standings with 18 points. New Westminster and Coquitlam are right behind with 16, Victoria with 14 followed by Langley with 12 and Port Coquitlam with 10. A very tight race heading into the second half of the season – hang onto your hat, it’s going to be a wild ride.
Victoria next plays this Tuesday, June 11 at Bear Mountain Arena when the Nanaimo Timbermen come to town. Game time is 8:00 p.m.