June 8, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The league-leading Port Coquitlam Saints came into the Q Centre unbeaten but ran into a hot Intermediate Shamrocks who came out on the winning end of an 8-7 score.
Liam Reid and Andrew Gallant were the starting goaltenders for the Rocks and Saints respectively and it was PoCo getting on the board early, Connor Frost intercepting a pass and scoring unassisted at 1:14. Victoria got that one back at 2:24, Nick Preston taking a pass from Rees Cullen and finding twine at 2w:24. Braylon Lumb gave the Shamrocks their first lead of the game at 8:45, after a great penalty kill as he went to the net.
That was all the scoring in the opening frame, giving the home team a 2-1 lead and there was never more than a 2-goal gap throughout the game. Port Coquitlam had a slight 11-9 edge in shots on goal through 20 minutes.
The Shamrocks opened up a 2-goal lead on a power play marker at 2:47 of period 2, Preston picking up his second f the contest. The Saints got one back at 4:22 an unassisted goal by Dylan Foulds, getting in close to beat Reid. Once more the teams traded goals as Taylor Martin re-gained the 2-goal lead for the Rocks at 5:51 on a run as he collected an outlet pass from goaltender Reid.
That lead held up for almost 4 minutes before Foulds collected his second of the game at 9:21 for PoCo off a rebound right in front and at 11:24, Tanner Riley drew the Saints even running around the defense after a loose ball pickup. Before the period ended, Victoria did manage to re-gain the lead, Martin picking up his second of the game with a bullet, fired on the run at 19:10. That made it 5-4 for the guys in green heading into the final 20 minutes.
Martin made it a hat trick, scoring for the Shamrocks at 4:28 as he gathered up a loose ball and went on a gallop down the floor. The Saints kept hanging around and they managed a pair, both from Frost at 5:13 and 8:29. With some strong goaltending by Reid, the Shamrocks powered back into the lead as Marshal King who had been unusually quiet offensively, scored at 11:58 converting a pass from Trevor Owens with a quick stick in close. He then added an unassisted tally at 15:44 when he let go a shot late in the 30-second clock, picked up the rebound and put it behind Gallant, giving the Rocks a 2-goal lead.
Frost managed one more for the visitors at 18:01 but that was as close as they would get on this night.
Unofficially it was Taylor Martin leading the Shamrocks with the hat trick while Marshal King and Nick Preston each picked up a pair. Braylon Lumb had a goal and 1 assist. Liam Reid was solid in goal, spectacular at times as he kicked out 33 of the 42 shots he faced to pick up the victory.
The result moves the Shamrocks into a second place tie with the New Westminster Salmonbellies, four points behind the Saints but with the Rocks holding games in hand over both. The Shamrocks are on the road Sunday to face the Langley Thunder. Their next home action is not for 3 weeks as they play host to the Maple Ridge Burrards on Saturday, June 28 at the Q Centre.