Written by Janice Huckin
June 29, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Langley swept their season series against the Jr. Shamrocks Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena, coming away with a hotly-contested 14-13 victory.
It was a game of momentum swings, each team at times holding up to a 3-goal advantage, only to have the other come roaring back. Starting goaltenders were Cody Hagedorn for Victoria and Tyler Glebe for Langley, although the visitors switched goaltenders several times throughout the game. The home team jumped out to the first 3-goal lead, starting at 1:09 when Jesse King scored on a hard shot. At 4:31, Dane Sorensen scored unassisted from the side of the crease and King collected the second of what would eventually be 8 on the night at 6:49. Make it 3-0 Victoria; enter Spencer English between the pipes for the Thunder. At 7:59, Ryan Watson scored the first of two consecutive goals with a bullet. His second came at 10:09 from in close and at 11:45 Langley tied things up off the stick of Brandon Bull, a shot that Hagedorn got a piece of. Momentum was swinging Langley’s way and they took the lead at 18:20 when Johnny Pearson ran between two Victoria defenders and buried a shot, that goal coming with his team playing a man short. That’s how the first period ended, Langley ahead 4-3 despite being outshot 16-12.
Langley continued the onslaught with a pair of power play goals early in the middle frame. James Rahe tallied at 2:05 on a high shot and Pearson picked up his second of the game at 2:53 with a bouncer from right in front. That gave the Thunder a 3-goal lead but not for long. Victoria came back with the next 3 goals, the first two coming within 10 seconds. Sorensen picked up his second of the game at 6:11 with a quick stick in close and Chris Kasper followed that up at 6:21, using his speed off the faceoff. King added another to his collection at 7:53, an unassisted goal on the power play. We were tied up again. Each team scored twice before the period ended. Langley got a third goal from Pearson at 11:21 with a hard shot from well out. King tied things once again at 12:38 getting in close and Jordan Cunningham gave Victoria the lead once again at 12:36 off the faceoff. Exit England as Glebe returns to the Langley crease. Brett Dobray got Langley even again at 12:54 in what was the 4th goal in 1:33. That was how the second period ended, with the score tied at 8 and the Shamrocks increasing their lead in shots on goal considerably.
The Rocks got things going in period 3, king tallying at 2:56. Langley then went on a 4-goal run to open up yet another 3-goal lead, starting with Nick Stone’s goal at 323. Two more power play goals, off the sticks of Pearson at 6:433. That was how the second period ended, with the score tied at 8 and the Shamrocks increasing their lead in shots on goal considerably.
The Rocks got things going in period 3, king tallying at 2:56. Langley then went on a 4-goal run to open up yet another 3-goal lead, starting with Nick Stone’s goal at 323. Two more power play goals, off the sticks of Pearson at 6:41 and Dobray at 7:06 wee followed by Dobray’s 3rd of the game at even strength at 7:24, making it 3 goals in less than a minute. Not to worry – King wasn’t finished yet as he pulled the Shamrocks within a pair at 8:00. Devon Casey added another for the home team at 8:29. Exit Glebe and back in goes England for Langley. A power play goal from King at 13:36 got things tied yet again and there was lots of time left. Watson picked up his hat trick marker giving Langley the lead at 15:46. Still lots of time and King scored his 8th goal of the game at 17:58, making us think overtime. Still too much time as Dobray scored at 18:37, his fourth goal. Victoria pulled the goaltender and pressed for yet another equalizer but it was not to be as England held the fort, making 3 or 4 game-saving stops in the dying seconds.
As mentioned, Jesse King scored 8 times. Dane Sorensen had a pair of goals with singles coming from Chris Kasper, Jordan Cunningham and Devon Casey who also added 2 helpers.
Langley got 4 goals from Johnny Pearson and Brent Dobray who also added 3 assists; they also got a 5-point effort from Ryan Watson with a hat trick and 2 assists. Brandon Bull and James Rahe added the other Thunder goals and added 2 and 3 assists respectively.
The result moves Langley 4 points ahead of Victoria who have 2 games in hand over both Langley and Delta (two points ahead). The Rocks have 4 games remaining, starting Sunday in Burnaby against the Lakers. They return home to Bear Mountain this Tuesday, July 2 to take on the Nanaimo Timbermen before rounding out the regular season with a home-and-away series against Port Coquitlam July 6-7.