April 27, 2014, Langley (ISN) – The 2014 regular season is under way and, after a slow start, the Jr. Shamrocks scored the last 5 goals of the game to take a 10-6 victory over the Langley Thunder.
The Thunder got the first 2 goals of the contest, both on the power play, at 6:39 and 7:04, beating Victoria starting goaltender Ryley Brown. Matt Hamilton replied for the visitors at 13:48, the first of 5 on the night as he beat Langley goalie Steven Mayervich from the center crease. Before the period ended, Brett Dobray added his second of the night for the Thunder giving his team a 3-1 lead going into the dressing room after the first 20 minutes.
Karver Everson got the Shamrocks within a goal just 35 seconds into the middle frame on the power play, but just 30 seconds later, Langley got that one back, again off the stick of Dobray. A shorthanded marker from Victoria’s Ryan Lewis got the Rocks back within 1 at the 7:02 mark and Hamilton notched his 2nd at 11:30 to draw things even, scoring from just outside the dotted line. Things got a little chippy and a small fracas put the Thunder a bit behind the 8-ball as Derek Rouse took two 5-minute penalties and a game misconduct against Max Cullen’s 2 minute roughing call. As it turned out, the bad behaviour didn’t really cost Langley too much as the Shamrocks racked up a couple more minor penalties and the teams traded goals before the period ended. Dobray notched his 4th of the contest, picking up a rebound off the end boards with the teams playing 3-on-3 at 14:03 and Hamilton added his hat trick marker for Victoria with just 3 ticks on the clock. That made it all even at 5-5 after 2 periods despite the Shamrocks having a 39-26 edge in shots on goal.
Langley got a rare penalty shot early in period 3 after a Victoria player apparently played the ball in the crease with his hands and Dobray made no mistake, scoring his 5th of the game. That would be all the Thunder could muster as the Shamrocks scored 5 unanswered, inclulding 2 more from Hamilton and singles from Karver Everson, his second, team captain Max Fredrickson and Darren Bourret to take the game by the 10-6 score.
Leading the way for the Shamrocks was Matt Hamilton with 5 goals and an assist. Karver Everson had a pair of goals and 1 helper while singles came from Ryan Lewis and Darren Bourret who each added 3 assists. Max Fredrickson added a goal and 4 assists while Ryley Brown stopped 30 of the 36 shots fired his way to get the win between the pipes.
Brett Dobray matched Hamilton’s output in a losing cause with 5 goals and an assist. Andrew Gresham and Tyler Rutherford each chipped in 3 helpers while Steve Mayervich was much the busier goaltender as he faced 55 shots.
Next up for the Jr. Shamrocks is their home opener next Saturday, May 3 as they will host the Coquitlam Adanacs at the Q Center. That will be a 5:00 pm start.