By Janice Huckin
July 15, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks made it a sweep in their best-of-3 quarter final series against the Delta Islanders, taking game 2 on the mainland by a 12-8 score.
Cody Hagedorn got the start in goal for Victoria with Delta opting to go with Ryland Hood between the pipes. The first half of period 1 was pretty tentative by both teams and it was Delta getting on the scoreboard first when Ryan Vogrig came out from behind the net to put the ball behind Hagedorn at 10:23. The Rocks replied with 4 unanswered, starting with Dane Schoor’s tally at 11:16, getting in alone. Brody Eastwood made it 2-1 Victoria at 12:56 and followed up with his second of the contest at 15:59, a hard shot from the dotted line on the power play. Conrad Chapman got to the front on a break and made it 4-1 for the boys in green after 20 minutes. Delta held a slight edge in shots on goal at 15-11.
It was the Rocks getting the quick start in the middle frame as Chris Wardle scored on a give-and-go just 1 minute in. Eastwood got his hat trick marker at 2:53 and that prompted Delta to make a goaltender change, inserting Ryley Brown. Victoria kept on coming, adding two more before the Islanders would see the scoresheet again. At 6:41 Wardle picked up his second on the power play, getting in close. Dane Sorensen picked up a rebound and notched another for the Rocks at 7:28. Evan Messenger finally replied for Delta at 8:15 on the power play, scoring on a huge shot from outside the dotted line. Tom Arsenault got a rare goal off transition at 10:37 to make it 9-2 Shamrocks and the teams traded goals before the buzzer sounded. Jon Phillips tallied for Delta at 14:02 and Schoor picked up his second of the game at 15:05, another goal with the man advantage as Victoria showed outstanding ball control.
Delta put Hood back in goal and, as they did in game 1, the Islanders came out with a vengeance in period 3, scoring the first three goals of the period. It was Messenger collecting his second of the contest at 1:46, getting behind the defense despite being shorthanded. At 8:59 Tyler Nett made good with the goaltender off for an extra attacker. Randy Jones got in close to close the gap to 4 at 11:39. This is clearly a team with no quit but Victoria responded to the challenge and rattled off a couple of insurance markers. Jesse King scored at 12:14 off a rebound and Wardle picked up his hat trick marker with a quick stick in close at 15:13. The Islanders managed a couple more before the period ended, Shawn Richardson scoring another shorthanded marker at 17:16 and Vogrig picking up his second at 17:51 on the power play. The Shamrocks were content to run out the clock and, despite being outshot 52-41 in the game, and 19-13 in the period, held on for the victory.
It was team captain Brody Eastwood stepping up to lead his team offensively with 3 goals and 3 assists. Jesse King had a 6-point night on a goal and 5 helpers. Dane Schoor picked up 2 goals and 3 assists, Chris Wardle added the hat trick and 1 assist. Singles came from Dane Sorensen, Conrad Chapman, Tom Arsenault and Devon Casey chipped in 4 helpers. Cody Hagedorn came up strong for the second straight night, kicking out 43 of the 51 shots he faced.
Evan Messenger led the Islanders with 2 goals and 5 assists. Ryan Vogrig also had a pair of goals with singles coming from Jon Phillips, Shawn Richardson, Randy Jones and Tyler Nett while Mike Henry contributed 4 assists.
The next round of playoffs, best-of-5 series, will begin this week. The Shamrocks will have the unenviable task of taking on the league-leading Coquitlam Adanacs in one series. The Rocks held a 2-1 edge in the season series but the Adanacs have made a number of personnel changes late in the season. Game 1 is scheduled for Coquitlam on Saturday, July 20 at 3:00 pm with game 2 back at Bear Mountain Sunday, likely a 5:00 pm start. Langley, who dispatched Port Coquitlam in 2 games will go on to face the New Westminster Salmonbellies in the other series.