May 3, 2014, Victoria BC (ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks played their home opener Saturday and battled the defending league champion Coquitlam Adanacs to an overtime 9-9 tie.
It was Charles Claxton getting the start in goal for the Shamrocks while Riley Camazolla got the nod between the pipes for the visitors. The home team got on the board first, McLean Chicquen getting a power play marker at the 2:30 mark on a hard shot from the dotted line.
Shamrocks’ Adam Jay chases down the ball. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
The Adanacs replied with a shorthanded marker in close off the stick of Jordan Giles, that goal coming with his team shorthanded. Victoria got a couple of quick goals, Matt Hamilton firing a bullet from just outside the dotted line at 7:12 and Karver Everson following up just a minute later with a nifty backhander. Coquitlam got one back on a 5-on-3 power play at 12:23, Evan Wortley doing the damage. That was how the period ended, with the home team holding a 3-2 advantage despite being outshot 11-7.
Darren Bourre keeps Greg Batt at bay. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
The game got away from the Shamrocks in the middle frame as the Adanacs rattled off 5 straight goals. The Rocks didn’t seem to be able to pass, catch, pick up loose balls, prompting one fan to wonder if the ball was heavier. By the 16:48 mark the visitors had taken a 7-3 lead but the Shamrocks thought they would gain some momentum when Nate Wade connected on a hard overhand shot as he powered to the net at 19:28 to make it 7-4 at the end of 40 minutes. The visitors again held a big advantage in shots on goal 18-9.
It looks like Shamrocks’ Charles Claxton is saved by a crease violation. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
The Adanacs re-gained the 4-goal lead on a power play marker from Kyle Heiling 3:28 into the final period on a hard, low shot. The Shamrocks seemed to get a second wind and they got on a 4-goal run of their own beginning with Hamilton’s second of the contest at 5:16 on a quick stick from the edge of the crease. At 7:36, team captain Max Fredrickson dived across and found the back of the net. Nate Wade collected his second of the game at 8:05 to bring the home team within a goal and get the fans back into the game. Both teams battled hard and it was Ryan Lewis getting the tying goal for the Shamrocks at 15:06. Coquitlam took a penalty in the final minute of the period but the Rocks were unable to capitalize as the period ended with the teams deadlocked at 8.
Things get a little chippy. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
In the B.C. Jr. ‘A’ Lacrosse league there is a 10 minute overtime when the score is tied after 3 periods, no sudden victory. The Shamrocks thought they had it in the bag when Wade got his hat trick at the 9:33 mark with a shot from well out. It was not to be, however, as Coquitlam won the ensuing faceoff, called a time out, pulled the goaltender for the extra attacker and managed the tying goal with just 1 tick left on the clock.
Nate Wade gets the 9th goal, temporarily breaking the tie in OT. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)
Despite a sloppy second period, a number of Shamrocks played strong games with Nate Wade leading the way offensively with 3 goals. Matt Hamilton continued his strong play with a pair of goals and 2 helpers. Singles came from Max Fredrickson, McLean Chicquen, Karver Everson and Ryan Lewis, the latter 2 also adding 3 helpers. Jake Carder and Darren Bourret each had a pair of helpers and Charles Claxton stopped 41 shots in his first start of the year.
The Shamrocks travel to Port Coquitlam to take on the Saints Sunday and return to the Q Center next Saturday, May 10 to host the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Game time is 5:00 pm.