By Janice Huckin
July 14, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was a home game away from home for the Jr. Shamrocks Saturday as they took on the Delta Islanders in game 1 of their quarter final series at Panorama Recreation Center. With Bear Mountain unavailable due to the Rocks the Shores event, the small Panorama rink was packed and fans went home happy as the Shamrocks came away with a 10-6 win.
Starting goaltenders were Cody Hagedorn for the Shamrocks and Ryley Brown for the Islanders. Victoria’s leading scorer got things started with a solo effort at 3:47 getting in close to beat Brown. Delta replied at 6:58 with a delayed penalty about to be called against Victoria and the extra attacker on the floor, team captain Mike Henry firing a bullet from the dotted line. The Rocks’ offense got rolling in the second half of the period as they rattled off 5 unanswered goals in the last 7 minutes of the period. Dane Schoor tallied on the power play at 12:10 from just beside the crease. King poicked up his second of the game at 1ainst Victoria and the extra attacker on the floor, team captain Mike Henry firing a bullet from the dotted line. The Rocks’ offense got rolling in the second half of the period as they rattled off 5 unanswered goals in the last 7 minutes of the period. Dane Schoor tallied on the power play at 12:10 from just beside the crease. King poicked up his second of the game at 14:31 with a bullet. At 16:57 it was Devon Casey getting a bouncer to the back of the net. Nate Wade, the talented intermediate call-up made it 5-1 at 18:27, getting open to take a pass from Dominik Pesek and at 19:20, Justin Appels picked up a rebound and put the ball over the shoulder of Brown. Shots on goal favoured the home team by a wide margin, 20-8 and they held the 6-1 lead on the board..
The second period belonged more to the visitors as they outscored the Shamrocks 3-1. Ryan Vogrig got the visitors on the scoreboard just 45 seconds in, going to the net. King replied for Victoria at 8:14, just after he put his team 2-men short and following a great penalty kill by his teammates. At 9:41 Shawn Richardson put Delta back on the board with a bullet from the dotted line and at 12:11 Delta’s Evan Messenger finished out the scoring after an extended possession, getting in close to make the score 7-4 after 40 minutes.
Delta wasn’t going to make it easy on the Shamrocks and they came out with the first two goals of period 3 to get within a single goal. At 3:11 Richardson picked up his second of the contest, getting in close and at 5:16 Henry picked up his second and suddenly it was 7-6 for the Rocks. Jesse King picked up his fourth of the game after missing an empty netter just seconds earlier. Chris Wardle tallied on the power play at 9:37 to restore a 3-goal lead for the home team and Jordan Cunningham went coast to coast to score into the empty net at 13:12 as Delta had pulled the goalie for the extra attacker, looking to make a comeback.
The game was very physical at both ends of the floor and near the end, tempers threatened to flare. Jesse King led the Shamrocks attack with 4 goals and 3 helpers. Devon Casey, Dane Schoor, Nate Wade, Chris Wardle, Justin Appels and Jordan Cunningham had singles and team captain Brody Eastwood had 3 assists. Cody Hagedorn went the distance, kicking out 37 of the 43 shots he faced.
At the other end of the floor Delta got a pair of goals from Mike Henry and Shawn Richardson with singles coming from Evan Messenger and Ryan Vogrig. Goaltender Ryley Brown faced 50 shots, making 41 saves with one going into the empty net.
Game 2 goes Sunday in Ladner. A Shamrocks win will advance them to the next round. Should Victoria lose Sunday, game 3 will be back here but returning to Bear Mountain Arena on Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Incidentally, Langley took the other quarter-final series in 2 straight games against Port Coquitlam.