Written by Janice Huckin
June 29, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Richmond Roadrunners and Intermediate Shamrocks hooked up Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena in a battle for top spot in the balance. It was the home team coming away with a 10-9 OT win on the strength of Cole Pickup’s hat trick marker 1:36 into the extra period.
It was a close game right from the start. Liam Reid and Rich Hood were the starting goaltenders for the home and visiting teams respectively. It was Richmond getting things started, Spencer Bromley scoring on a break at 4:42. He added another at 5:22 from the side of the crease to open up a 2-goal lead. A Victoria power play resulted in a goal from Nick Preston at 7:22 as he scored on a hard, low shot from the dotted line. They tied things up at 14:12 with a shorthanded goal from Jamie Jensen who got in close after a good minute and a half of ragging on the penalty kill. The home team took the lead at 15:51, Preston getting his second from well out. That was how the first period ended, Victoria ahead 3-2 and shots pretty even at just 17-16 in favour of the Rocks.
Again in period 2 it was the visitors opening the scoring, Jayden Campbell tallying just 31 seconds in, a goal that Reid got a piece of. That goal came on the power play and was followed up by another of the same at 6:57, this one from Nick Jensen as he got in alone, propelling the visitors into a 1-goal lead. No worries – Victoria came back with a pair of power play markers of their own. Preston collected his hat trick marker at 10:10, getting right in front with his team holding a 5-3 manpower advantage. McLean Chicquen added another at 11:29 and at 12:20 Cole Pickup found twine with the teams playing five aside. That put the Shamrocks ahead 6-4 but only very briefly as Richmond replied at 12:45 with a delayed penalty about to be called. The Shamrocks rounded out the scoring in the middle frame, when Preston fired a hard low shot from the dotted line at 14:46 for his 4th goal of the game. Adam Jay followed that up with a rare unassisted goal at 16:03 to give his team an 8-5 lead after 40 minutes.
Richmond struck first again in period 3, Campbell picking up his second at 1:59, going over top of Reid. At 6:14when Preston fired a hard low shot from the dotted line at 14:46 for his 4th goal of the game. Adam Jay followed that up with a rare unassisted goal at 16:03 to give his team an 8-5 lead after 40 minutes.
Richmond struck first again in period 3, Campbell picking up his second at 1:59, going over top of Reid. At 6:14 Pickup collected his second of the contest on a power play, firing a bullet from the dotted line. Richmond came back with a pair of power play goals from the stick of Bromley, the first at 9:47 as he finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play from the side of the crease. He added his 4th of the game at 19:25 with an extra attacker on the floor and the goaltender on the bench to tie the game at 9-9.
Tell you what, this Intermediate is nothing if not exciting to watch and we were in overtime where they have a pretty good record. It took just 1:36 for Pickup to get in close and bury the winner, sending the fans home happy and the coaching staff aging just a bit.
Leading the way for the Shamrocks were Nick Preston with 4 goals and 1 assist and Cole Pickup with 3 goals and 2 helpers. Singles came from Adam Jay, Jamie Jensen and McLean Chicquen who added 4 assists. Darrin Wilson failed to score but did contribute 3 assists while Liam Reid had a solid outing between the pipes, kicking out 34 shots to pick up the “W”.
The result puts Victoria in first place as the season winds down. They are on the road Sunday to face Port Coquitlam and round out the home portion of their regular season schedule next Saturday at 1:30 pm when the Langley Thunder will be the visitors.