victoria shamrocks

Written by Janice Huckin – Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

July 6, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Today the Intermediate and Jr. Shamrocks both wrapped up the home portion of their regular season schedules and both came away with wins.

In the early contest the Intermediates jumped out to period leads of 5-1 and 12-3 against the Langley Thunder before relaxing a bit and being outscored 7-3 in the third period. 

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Shamrocks Darrin Wilson fends off two Thunder players – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Shamrocks Nick Preston is forced to give up the ball – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

That makes it a 15-10 win for the boys in green.  Unofficially it was Cole Pickup and McLean Chicquen leading the way offensively, each with 4 goals and 2 assists.  Nick Preston had the hat trick with singles coming from Jamie Jensen, Darrin Wilson and Matt Hamilton. 

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Shamrocks Cole Pickup finds himself colliding with Thunder’s Brodie Porter in a race for the ball – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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A Thunder player loses his shoe during a battle for the loose ball – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Liam Reid got the win in goal, kicking out 35 of the 45 shots he faced.  The Intermediates are on the road Sunday against New Westminster and again next Sunday, June 14 against Coquitlam to finish the season.  Playoffs are expected to start the weekend of July 20-21.

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Thunder’s Clay Corbett chases Shamrocks Cole Pickup for the ball –Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

In the second game, it was the Jr. Shamrocks jumping out to a 9-2 first period lead and really never looking back as they romped to a 23-5 win over the visiting Port Coquitlam Saints. 

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Two Shamrock players give their best efforts to try and get the ball from Saints Connor Goodwin – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Shamrocks goaltender Cody Hagedorn stops Saints Lyndon Knuttila’s shot – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Scoring has not been a problem for the Shamrocks and obviously it wasn’t today either but the notable stat is allowing just 5 goals.  Again it was Jesse King leading the way with 12 points on 4 goals and 8 assists.  Chris Wardle added 3 goals and 2 helpers with 5 other players each chipping a pair and Devon Casey adding 6 assists to give him an 8-point night. 

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Saints Corey Wong knocks the ball from Shamrocks Brandan Smith’s stick – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Shamrocks Jake Cullen is pursued by Saints Mack Flesher – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Cody Hagedorn played 13:40 as the starter in goal before giving way to Charles Claxton.  The Shamrocks face these same Saints in PoCo Sunday to finish their regular season.  Playoffs for the Rocks will begin next weekend – tentatively Saturday, June 13. 

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Saints Josh Fiorvento keeps the ball from Shamrocks Chris Kasper – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Saints goaltender Bryce Phenix makes a great save – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

That game will take place at Panorama due to the unavailability of Bear Mountain and Juan de Fuca as Rock the Shores outdoor concert takes.