Story By Janice Huckin
June 16, 2013, (ISN) – After a couple of games in which the Jr. Shamrocks outscored their opponents by a margin of 39-18, they found themselves on the losing end of a 17-8 score at the hands of the New Westminster Salmonbellies in Queen’s Park Arena Sunday evening.
Yes, there’s a big difference when you come up against the Bellies and it showed early as New West jumped out to a 6-0 lead by the 9:25 point of the first period, driving Victoria starting goalie Cody Hagedorn from the net in favour of Derek Anderson. Anthony Malcolm got things started just 1:29 in getting in close and burying the ball. Kyle Dobbie followed up at 2:08 with a hard low shot from outside the dotted line and at 3:23 Josh Byrne scored from far out as well. Malcolm’s 2nd of the game came off a pass from the back of the net at 7:32 and at 8:15 it was Byrne getting his 2nd on the power play, going right to the front of the net. Alex Bohl made it 6-0 from the dotted line at 9:15 and Hagedorn was relieved. Dane Sorensen finally got the Shamrocks on the board at 10:34 working through traffic to the front of the net. Byrne came right back for the Bellies at 12:13 with a hard overhand shot from well out. A Victoria power goal off the stick of Brody Eastwood closed the gap to 5 goals but New West added a pair before the period ended. Malcolm picked up his hat trick marker on the power play goal at 16:57 and Jeremy Bosher made it 9-2 at 17:23, getting to the front of the net unmolested. The Salmonbellies were 2-for-2 on the power play and held a big edge in shots on goal 23-11 after 20 minutes.
The Shamrocks had a better second period but were outscored 5-4 overall but were unable to really get anything going. Period 3 was much the same with New West tallying 3 times to Victoria’s twice. While the Rocks outshot the home team 21-18 in the middle frame the Bellies took the lead in that category 24-13 in period 3. It was certainly a turn-around for the Shamrocks to be on the receiving end of a 65-shot performance. Play deteriorated late in the game with a player from each team taking 5-minute fighting major penalties and game misconducts.
Jesse King had a 5-point night for the Shamrocks, all assists while Brody Eastwood had 4 goals. Dane Sorensen had a pair of goals while Devon Casey and Dane Schoor each had 1 goal and added 1 and 2 assists respectively. Chris Wardle chipped in 2 helpers.
The Salmonbellies dominated, getting 4 goals and 6 assists from Josh Byrne and 5 goals and 3 assists from Anthony Malcolm. Chris Nasato, Jeremy Bosher and Jakob Doucet each had 2 goals and Kyle Dobbie had a goal and 3 assists. Alex Bohl had the other New West tally.
The result moves New Westminster into a second place tie with Delta at 20 points, 2 behind league-leading Coquitlam who picked up a pair of wins against Nanaimo this weekend. Victoria sits in third place with 18 points, followed by Langley with 16 and Port Coquitlam with 14. The Salmonbellies win also gives them the edge in head-tohead play between the two teams should a tie-breaker be required come playoff time. The Shamrocks play their next 2 games on the road back-to-back next weekend as they face Delta Saturday and Langley Sunday. Next home game is Saturday, June 29 against Langley.