Rocks beat Saints on the road

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May 4, 2014, Port Coquitlam (ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks improved their record to 2-0-1 with a hard-fought 8-6 win in Port Coquitlam against the Saints.

The Saints took an early lead in a game that started a little late, Connor Frost scoring just 25 seconds in against Victoria starting goaltender Ryley Brown. It took just over a minute before the Rocks drew even, Max Fredrickson finding the back of the net being guarded by Guilio DelBianco. Matt Hamilton gave the Shamrocks their first lead of the game and continued his goal-scoring streak, finding twine at 4:04.

This time it was PoCo playing catch-up, Nathan Marken scoring at 7:53. with a delayed penalty about to be called on Victoria. Fredrickson notched his second of the night at 9:51, that goal coming on the power play and unassisted.  Before the period ended, PoCo’s Marken got his second and that sent the teams to the dressing room tied at 3-3 despite Victoria having a huge edge in shots on goal, 26-10.

It was Victoria taking the lead early in the middle frame, McLean Chicquen scoring the first of 3 consecutive goal at the 18-second mark. At 3:06, he collected his second on a run, that one with the man advantage and to get the natural hat trick he made good as Fred Bathurst-Hunt made a great pass to transition the ball up the floor. That came at 7:41 and had the Shamrocks up 6-3.

They were unable to hold the lead, however, as the Saints capitalized with a couple of late goals, the first coming off the stick of Dylan Foulds at 16:50 and the second from Bruce Labelle at 18:59. That got the home team within a goal after 40 minutes.

Connor Goodwin got the Saints even almost halfway through the final period, getting in close with the teams playing 4-on-4 at the 9:17 mark. The home team then got into some penalty trouble and the Shamrocks capitalized with a couple of power play goals. Cole Pickup tallied at 14:10 and big Nate Wade drilled a hard shot to the back of the net at 15:57 to provide the margin of victory.

It was a game played without much flow throughout. The Shamrocks outshot the hosts by a 53-39 margin and got the hat trick and 4 assists from McLean Chicquen. Max Fredrickson added a pair of goals with singles coming from Nate Wade, Matt Hamilton and Cole Pickup. Karver Everson chipped in with 3 helpers and Ryley Brown was solid between the pipes with 33 saves.

For the Saints, only Nathan Marken was able to solve Brown more than once, finishing with a pair of goals while 4 players added singles.

Next up for the Shamrocks is a home game next Saturday. They will host the New Westminster Salmonbellies in a 5:00 start at the Q Center.

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