Written by Janice Huckin
June 26, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Intermediate Shamrocks took a slim 3-1 lead into the second period and used an 8-goal outburst to propel them to a final 17-5 victory over the visiting Nanaimo Timbermen Tuesday at Bear Mountain Arena.
The T’Men have struggled this season but looked pretty good in the opening period, scoring first at 70 when Ben Cawthorne fired a hard low shot to the back of the net behind starting Victoria goalie Liam Reid. Just a couple of minutes later, however a power play goal from the Rocks’ Jordan Green had things tied as he converted from the edge of the crease. Victoria took the lead at 11:13, Nate Wade scoring on a hard shot from the slot. Cole Pickup followed up with a bit of a dipsy-doodle in front at 16:12, putting the ball behind Nanaimo starting goaltender Mitch Gurney. It was a pretty tame period in other respects, each team being called for just one minor penalty. The Shamrocks held an 18-8 edge in shots on goal but only the 3-1 lead on the scoreboard to show for it.
Someone must have lit a fire under the home team during the intermission as they came out flying in the middle frame, scoring twice in the first 45 seconds. First it was Connor Leies getting in close just 23 seconds in. Green followed up with his second of the game at the 45-second mark. They just kept coming and Wade picked up his second at 2:58, coming out of the corner and getting to the front unmolested with his team shorthanded. Next came 3 straight power play goals for the Rocks as Nanaimo ran into some penalty trouble. At 4:04 Matt Hamilton scored from just off the crease. The next goal didn’t come until 10:09 and it was Kevin Glanfield going on a run. That was followed by Nick Preston at 16:44, an unassisted goal that Gurney got a piece of. Nanaimo finally got on the board with their second goal, an unassisted tally from Keony Magnan at 17:19 on a hard bouncer from the dotted line. They were unable to get any traction, however, and Victoria rounded out the second period scoring with two goals in the last minute of play. Ryan Taylor went coast-to-coast to score at 19:07 and Wade picked up his hat trick with just 6 ticks left on the clock, firing a hard shot to the back of the net. Shots on goal again heavily favoured the Rocks at 21-10 and they had opened up an 11-2 lead.
The Shamrocks changed goaltenders, heading into period 3 and fans got a look at Apollo Claxton, a Midget ‘A’ tender out of Cowichan. Nanaimo opened the scoring with a shorthanded unassisted tally off the stick of Nathan Harmsworth at 4:01. Taylor replied for Victoria at 8:11, twisting and turning to the front of the net to get his second of the contest. Nanaimo got that one back with a delayed penalty about to be called when Tyler Clint connected at 9:51 on a hard underhand shot in close. The teams traded goals once again, Hamilton picking up his second for the Shamrocks at 11:35 and Nanaimo’s Terrin Davies getting a power play marker with a hard overhand shot from the dotted line exactly 2 minutes later. Again, the home team got on a run, scoring the final 4 goals of the game. Wade picked up his 4th at 13:57, powering to the front of the net. Leies collected his 2nd at 14:21 from the corner of the crease, a shot that trickled in. A power play goal from the stick of Dallas Wade made it 16-7 at the 18:25 mark and McLean Chicquen wrapped up the scoring at 19:38, picking up a rebound and tucking it in.
Leading the way offensively for the Shamrocks was Nate Wade with 4 goals. Cole Pickup chipped in a goal and 5 helpers for a 6-point night. Ryan Taylor, Matt Hamilton, Connor Leies and Jordan Green each had a pair in the victory with other goals coming from Nick Preston, Kevin Glanfield, Dallas Wade and McLean Chicquen who added 3 helpers.
The result puts Victoria atop the league standings, 2 points ahead of Richmond who will be the opposition in the Shamrocks’ next game. The Roadrunners will be in town Saturday for a 1:30 pm start. An earlier game had Richmond beating the shorthanded Rocks 13-7 so a Victoria win would be a positive step towards claiming first place overall with just a few games left in the season.