Written by Janice Huckin – Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
June 22, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) The Shamrocks played host for the second time this season to the Coquitlam Adanacs Friday. The Adanacs came in as one of the hottest teams in the league, winning 3 of their last 4 after starting the year with 4 straight losses but the Shamrocks cooled them off, handing them a 13-6 defeat.
Spectators were honored to have Michelle Szulc sing the national anthem – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The Rocks started newcomer Matt Vinc in goal for the first time this season while Coquitlam went with Adam Shute. The home team got out to a quick start, getting 4 goals in the first 6:25 but then gave up the next 4. At 1:40 Scott Ranger came around from the back of the net and buried the ball behind Shute to get things started. Mitch Jones made it 2-0 on a break at 3:26 and Jeff Shattler tallied on the power play at 4:54, firing a hard shot from the dotted line. At 6:35 Corey Small squeezed a shot just inside the post and it was 4-0. Shute didn’t look sharp to that point but Coquitlam’s offense got things going at 8:59 when Brett Hickey scored on a 5-on-3 power play from the corner of the crease. Dane Dobbie followed that up with another power play marker, unassisted, at 9:32 to close the gap to 2. Damon Edwards put a shot over Vinc at 10:09 and Travis Cornwall got things knotted at 4 at 13:12 going to the front of the net, a shot that Vinc got a piece of but couldn’t keep out of the net. Shots on goal favoured Victoria 21-14 but the teams were tied on the scoreboard after 20 minutes.
The game gets a little heated at times – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Shamrocks Jeff Shattler manages to keep Adanacs Kevin Neufeld away from the ball – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The Shamrocks’ offense got a kick-start in the middle frame as they rattled off 5 straight goals before the visitors hit the scoresheet again. Cory Conway scored at 1:30, diving across the front of the net. Small picked up his second and third of the contest, the first coming at 2:58 from the center slot and the second at 7:50 on a bit of a stutter shot that seemed to fool Shute. Karsen Leung got in on a breakaway and made no mistake, taking a pass from Vinc to make it 8-4 at 9:48. Tyler Hass increased the lead at 10:52, picking up a rebound off a Cory Small shot t 10:52. The Adanacs finally hit the board again at 14:19, Hickey picking up his second of the game but Ranger collected his second of the game at 16:00 putting the shot over the goalie. Again the home team had a big lead in shots on goal, 24-10.
It was a good effort but the ball remains out of Shamrocks Matt Vinc’s net – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Tempers got a little frayed in the third period but the Shamrocks continued their offensive onslaught. Shattler picked up his second of the game at 4:09 with a very nifty little fake before finding twine. Conway got his second, on the power play, at 5:16 scoring from a ridiculous angle, behind the goal line. A power play goal from Coquitlam’s Matthew Dinsdale broke things up at 15:05 but Ranger picked up his hat trick goal at 18:30, on the power play to round out the scoring.
Shamrocks Jeff Shattler and Adanacs Dane Dobbie exchange pleasantries – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
It was a very strong two-way performance for the Shamrocks and a good start for their new goaltender in front of the home crowd. The defense did a great job of stifling Coquitlam’s snipers, particularly Dane Dobbie but when the purple shooters got in, Matt Vinc did his job and came up with some excellent saves and great positional play. He also contributed 2 assists. Leading the way offensively for the Shamrocks was Corey Small with 3 goals and 4 helpers. Scott Ranger also had the hat trick and 1 assists while Jeff Shattler and Cory Conway each had a pair of goals and 4 assists. Other goals came from Tyler Hass, Karsen Leung and Mitch Jones.
Adanacs Matt Wilson gives the face-off all he’s got – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
For the Adanacs, only Brett Hickey had multiple goals, finishing with a pair.
The result increases Victoria’s lead atop the league standings as they have 14 points to Langley’s 11 in second place. Maple Ridge and the improving Burnaby Lakers follow with 10, New Westminster with 9 and Nanaimo and Coquitlam tied in the basement with 6 points.
The Shamrocks travel to Maple Ridge Sunday for their final game against the Burrards. That season series is tied at 1-1 and Vinc is expected to get that start before returning to his teaching job in Ontario. They also face Nanaimo on the road next Saturday, June 29 before making a return to Bear Mountain Arena for a rare mid-week encounter. The Burnaby Lakers will come to town on Wednesday, July 3 for a 7:45 pm start.