Written by Janice Huckin

June 1, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – For sure it was not a goaltender’s night at the Q Centre as the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks and the Delta Islanders combined for 27 goals with the Rocks coming out ahead on the scoreboard, 16-11.

Starting goaltenders Liam Reid for Victoria and Jesse Young for the Islanders both saw their goals-against-averages go up as 12 goals were scored in the opening period alone, 9 of those before the game was 9 minutes old.

Delta actually came out on fire and scored the first 3 goals of the game, beginning with Brendan Ancrum’s tally at 3:03.  At 4:12 Riley Phillips got a shot to squeeze by inside the post and at 5:15 Jayven Gill made it 3-0 for the visitors.  Unfortunately for them the momentum swung to the Shamrocks when Wyatt Peters took 6 minutes in penalties at 5:40 and the home team took advantage with 3 quick power play markers to pull even.  Trevor Owens connected first at 5:51, just 11 seconds into the power play with a quick stick.

Just 18 seconds later it was Danny Smith adding another power play goal unassisted and on a run.  Making it 3-3, Colten Merilainen got another quick shot away at 7:04.  Despite the early release of the Delta player from the sin bin, the Shamrocks kept things going when Nick Preston fired a hard, low shot to the back of the net at 7:31 and followed up with his second of the night at 7:52, coming around from the back of the net to score from the edge of the crease.

That made it 5-3 Victoria with all 5 goals coming in a span of 2:01.  Delta got one back with a power play goal of their own at 8:30 and Shawn Richardson got the visitors even at 11:47 with a hard, low shot.  Once more the Rocks replied very quicky, Merilainen collecting his second at 11:58 with a hard shot from the dotted line and Braylon Lumb restoring a 2-goal lead for the home team, faking high and beating Young low at 17:43.  Shots on goal were 19-17 in favour of Delta after 20 minutes.

Things were a little tamer in period 2 as Victoria outscored Delta 4-3, holding a 22-12 edge in shots on goal and increasing their lead to 3 goals by an 11-8 score.  The teams traded goals early with Marshal King scoring at 2:26 and Shawn Richardson replying at 4:38.  They did the same around the midway mark of the period with Zac Christianson picking the top corner at 9:20 off a loose ball and Delta’s Robinson adding his third of the contest just 12 seconds later. 

The Rocks got a 2-goal run beginning with Lumb’s second of the game at 12:58, after several great saves by Delta’s Jesse Young.  Devon Wicks then picked up a goal on a run at 13:19 and that was enough for Young as he was replaced between the pipes by Matt Paterson.  The Islanders picked up the final goal of the period, a power play goal again by Richardson at 15:17.

The third period continued with lots of offense, not much defense and a general deterioration in the play and officiating.  Again it was Victoria holding the edge 5-3 in goals.  Adding to the Shamrocks’ total were Alex Garson, Lumb with his third, Owens with his second, Merilainen with his third and Ian Grundy with an unassisted goal at 11:33.  Richardson, Connor Leies and Wyatt Peters replied for Delta.

Overall, it was a game that was a bit sloppy at times and, with no further action this weekend, no doubt gives the team and coaching staff some things to work on in practice this week.  Unofficially it was Colten Merilinen and Braylon Lumb each with a hat trick to lead the Shamrocks offensively.  Trevor Owens and Nick Preston each contributed a goals with Preston also chipping in 6 helpers.  Singles came from Ian Grundy, Alex Garson, Zac Christianson, Danny Smith, Devon Wicks and Marshal King who also had 5 assist.  Guy Cullen and Rees Cullen also had strong games with 3 and 4 assists respectively.  Liam Reid went the distance in goal to record the win.

Next up for the Intermediate Shamrocks is a home game next Saturday, June 7 when the Port Coquitlam Saints come to the Q Centre for the only time this season.  Game time is 1:30 pm.