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May 22, 2014, Nanaimo (ISN) – The Jr. Shamrocks travelled over the Malahat Wednesday to take on their island rivals, the Nanaimo Timbermen and it was the home team coming away with a 16-12 victory, dropping the Rocks to a record of 3-2-1 on the season.

It was a very inauspicious start for the Shamrocks as the Timbermen scored two goals on their first two shots of the game, Mitch Parker tallying on a quick stick just 26 seconds in and Cole Kryworuchka giving his team a 2-0 lead, going end to end to beat Victoria starting netminder Charles Claxton and the 1:54 mark.

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Shamrocks Brock Thompson-Marshall keeps the ball away from Timbermen’s Travis Mickelson. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Victoria started to get things going when Darren Bourret got the ball behind Nanaimo goalie Pete Dubenski at 6:19 and Cole Pickup got things even with a shot from the edge of the crease at 9:38 as the Shamrocks applied some pressure.  Just 17 seconds later, however, it was Nanaimo’s Brett Fleming restoring the lead with an over the shoulder shot.

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Shamrocks Quinton Hamilton loses the ball during his sprint across the floor. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Dallas Wade replied for Victoria at 11:22, with a shot as he dove across the front of the crease and things were knotted at 3.  The home team scored twice late in the period, Taylor Raiche tallying at 17:53 on a run and former Jr. Shamrock Dane Sorensen adding another at 18:35 from outside the dotted line.  After 20 minutes the Timbermen had a 5-3 lead on the board and shots were pretty even, Victoria having a slight lead, 18-17.

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Timbermen’s  Cole Kryworuchka does his best to intercept Dallas Wade’s trek towards his team’s net. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

The T’Men went on a scoring rampage in the middle frame, scoring 5 of the first 6 goals to put some distance between the two teams.  Corey Shires got the first at 1:46 with a bullet to the back of the net.  Victoria replied at 2:05, McLean Chicquen getting in alone on a run at 2:05.  At 6:41 Cody Short got Nanaimo started on a 3-goal run, coming off the bench to get in close.  Sorensen added an unassisted tally at 7:50, his second of the game and Short added his second of the period at 9:05 faking low and shooting high.  That was the end of Claxton’s night in the Victoria goal as he was replaced by Ryley Brown.

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Timbermen’s Brett Hawrys manages to shake the ball loose from Shamrocks Adam Jay’s stick. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

His Shamrocks teammates stopped the bleeding when McLean scored his second at 10:18 off a rebound right in front but it was only a temporary fix as Nanaimo got a couple of power play markers starting with Brett Hawrys at the 13-minute mark.  Sorensen notched yet another at 14:27, a goal that looked suspiciously like the shooter was in the crease.  Victoria’s Nate Wade replied with a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart, the first coming at 14:34 as he won the faceoff and raced in alone and the second, at 14:59, a shorthanded goal that Dubenski got a piece of but couldn’t quite hold on.

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Eventually, the Timbermen will end the game with a four goal lead. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

That made it 11-7 T’Men but the home squad managed to get 2 more before the period ended, the first off the stick of Sorensen at 16:28 on the power play and the final goal of the period at 17:27 from Travis Mickelson, going over top of Brown to make it 13-7 after two periods.

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Shamrocks Nate Wade gets the best of Andrew Miller during this faceoff. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

The Rocks looked like they were on a comeback trail, scoring two goals early in the final period, Matt Hamilton firing the ball to the back of the net at 2:26 while falling and Pickup getting his second of the game just 25 seconds later on a run all alone.  Nanaimo took that momentum away when Hawrys scored at 5:46 and Sorensen added his 5th of the game at 9:42.

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Timbermen’s Dane Sorensen isn’t swayed by Shamrocks Dallas Wade’s persistence. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Hamilton replied for Victoria with a shot from the side of the crease at 10:02 but the game got away from them when Darrin Wilson scored at 13:23.  The Rocks managed to get the final two goals of the period, Ryan Lewis and Jake Cullen scoring at 14:31 and 19:52 respectively but it was too little too late as they fell by the 16-12 score.  Final shots on goal favoured the Timbermen 60-50.  Yes, 110 shots in 60 minutes – where’s the “D”???!!!

The Shamrocks had 4 players with 2 goals each, Matt Hamilton continuing his hot pace, Nate Wade, McLean Chicquen and Cole Pickup.  Singles came from Jake Cullen, Ryan Lewis, Darren Bourret and Dallas Wade.  Derek Lecky had a pair of assists.

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Shamrocks Max Cullen doesn’t give up trying to get Andrew Miller to give up possession. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

For Nanaimo it was Dane Sorensen, traded by the Shamrocks in the off-season who led the Timbermen, scoring 5 goals and adding 1 assist.  They got a pair of goals from Cody Short and Brett Hawrys while Corey Shires had a 7 point night with a goal and 6 helpers. 

The result leaves Victoria in fourth spot, just one point ahead of Nanaimo and 1 point behind Delta, who will face the Shamrocks twice this weekend as the Rocks travel to the Sungod Arena Saturday and return to the Q Center for a 5:00 encounter Sunday.