Story By Janice Huckin
June 15, 2013, (ISN) – The Port Coquitlam Saints came into Bear Mountain Arena Saturday under-manned and were overpowered by the Victoria Shamrocks 20-7.
It was a second explosive offensive output by the Rocks, totaling 39 goals in the last 2 games. They held period leads of 7-2 and 14-5 on their way to the victory and outshot the Saints 64-36.
Cody Hagedorn got the start in goal for Victoria with Garrett Spann his counterpart at the PoCo end of the floor. The Saints came in with just 15 runners, one of whom was an intermediate call-up and following a tough battle the night before so things really didn’t look too promising for them from the start.
The party started just 30 seconds in when Devon Casey put the home team ahead 1-0 with a hard shot. Chris Wardle made it 2-0 with a good second shot in close at 4:13. Dominik Pesek followed that up with a bullet from the dotted line at 6:05 and the goals just kept coming. Dane Schoor notched a goal at 6:55 followed by a Jesse King marker at 8:05. Dane Sorensen picked up the final two goals of the period at 9:11 and 17:42, both with a quick stick in close. Shots on goal were 26-13 in favour of Victoria and Port Coquitlam seemed to be having a lot of trouble handling the ball.
The middle frame saw the Rocks again with an advantage in shots on goal but the Saints started to find the net as they picked up 5 goals, two on the power play. The Shamrocks scored 7 and made a goaltending change 8:16 into the period, replacing Hagedorn with Derek Anderson.
The visitors could not make a game of it, simply running out of steam as they were outscored 6-2 in the final 20 minutes. Give credit to Port Coquitlam for not quitting – they gutted it out right to the end.
Lots of scoring obviously – Jesse King finished the game with 6 goals and 6 assists. Dominik Pesek had a very strong game with the hat trick and 4 helpers while Devon Casey picked up a pair of goals and 4 helpers. Conrad Chapman, Dane Sorensen, Dane Schoor and Chris Wardle each had a pair of goals, Wardle also adding 2 assists. Intermediate Shamrocks call-up Adam Jay had the other Shamrock goal while Jamie Sorensen and Jordan Cunningham, in his first game after returning from school contributed 3 assists. Russell Kirk and Max Fredrickson each had 2 helpers. Goaltenders Cody Hagedorn and Derek Anderson combined for 29 saves.
For Port Coquitlam, Connor Goodwin had a goal and 4 assists. Tanner Fisher (2 goals and 2 assists) and Garrett Chan (1 goal and 3 helpers) had 4 point nights with Cory Copp adding a goal and 2 assists.
While 20 goals is indeed an impressive total, Jr. Shamrocks fans are hoping the team saved a few for their next few games. They go into Queen’s Park Arena Sunday to face the New Westminster Salmonbellies who, I’m sure, won’t give up 20 goals. This match-up is the ‘rubber’ in the season series which is tied 1-1. The Rocks continue on the road next weekend with a doubleheader in Delta and Langley before returning home in two weeks, Saturday, June 29 to face Langley. These will be big tests for the team as we had into the home stretch.
If you’re looking for some action here next weekend, the Intermediate Shamrocks will host the Coquitlam Adanacs Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena in a 2:00 p.m. start.