Written by Janice Huckin
May 25, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – You certainly couldn’t hear the roar of Thunder at the Q Center Saturday as the visiting Langley Intermediate ‘A team found themselves on the losing end of a 14-4 score at the hands of the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks.
Starting in goal for the Shamrocks was Liam Reid while Jordan Monk got the call at the other end of the floor. It was actually the visitors scoring first to open the game, Nick Benacchio getting in close just 43 seconds in. They also scored the final goal of the period but the filling in that sandwich was a 6-goal run by the home team. Victoria’s Taylor Martin tallied at 2:45 to tie things up and the goals came in a barrage after that with Marshal King finding twine on a hard low shot at 3:39 with the teams playing 4-on-4. Team captain Zac Christianson made it 3-1 with a power play goal, running away from the defense at 5:26.
A minute and 7 seconds later Christianson added another, again on a run, this one bouncing in off the goalie’s back as it came off the post. Braylon Lumb then picked up a pair for the Sharmocks, the first coming at 8:08 and the next one, almost 5 minutes later as he finished off a tic-tac-toe play at 13:03. That made it 6-1 for the home team and, as mentioned, Langley managed to solve Reid at 18:53 when Darien Maydiniuk scored an unassisted power play goal. It was a fast paced period, in which the Shamrocks outshot their opponents by a 22-11 margin and were full value on the scoreboard.
By comparison, the second period seemed a little sluggish and S L O W but the Shamrocks continued to build up their lead, outscoring the Thunder 3-1. King picked up his second of the game, a shorthanded marker, for the Rocks at 1:43, getting in close to beat Monk. At 9:13, Zack Homer gathered in a long outlet pass from his goaltender and made no mistake putting his team up, 8-2. Langley got one back, a power play goal at 15:53, on a bullet from the stick of Levi Gallant but before the period ended, Lumb picked up his fourth goal of the game, finding the back of the net at 18:08 with the teams playing 4-on-4.
It was more of the same in period 3 as the Shamrocks outscored the visitors 5-1, scoring the first three goals of the final frame before Langley connected once again. Apollo Claxton took over between the pipes for the Rocks. At the 48-second mark, James Thompson connected on a run. Less than a minute later, Homer picked up his second and the next Victoria goal came at the 10:33 mark.
Once again, it was Lumb, on a quick-stick from the edge of the crease this time. Langley’s Benacchio picked up his second of the game for Langley off the ensuing faceoff at 10:51 but the Rocks rounded out the scoring with Lumb tallying on an almost carbon copy of his previous one from the edge of the crease at 13:57. Taylor Martin got his second for the Shamrocks unassisted at 19:05 to provide the margin of victory.
Unofficially, it was Braylon Lumb leading the way offensively with a 5-goal outing. Taylor Martin, Zack Homer, Zac Christianson and Marshal King each had a pair with Christianson and King adding 2 and 4 assists respectively. James Thompson had the other Victoria goal while Nick Preston and Trevor Owens figured prominently in the scoring with 3 and 4 assists respectively. Liam Reid and Apollo Claxton had solid performances between the pipes.
The Intermediate Shamrocks are on the road Sunday to face the Coquitlam Adanacs and return to the Q Center next Saturday, May 31 when they will host the Delta Islanders in a 1: