July 3, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Shamrocks are back at home this Friday night, July 4, when they host the Langley Thunder. Opening face-off is at 7:45 p.m.
The game will be the Shamrocks’ Speed Meets Speed Night presented by Western Speedway. The first 500 fans into the game will receive a free speedway $35 Family Pass. Tickets are available by calling the Shamrocks front office at 250-478-ROCK or online 24 hours a day at victoriashamrocks.com.
After seeing their 10-game undefeated run to start the season end, the Victoria Shamrocks will look to get back on track when they welcome the Langley Thunder to 100.3 The Q Centre, followed by a return to Coquitlam on Saturday.
Playing the Maple Ridge Burrards for the third time in 2014 last Friday, the Shamrocks battled to their second tie of the season, 9-9. Making his Victoria debut, Dhane Smith had a goal and two assists in the game, while Tyler Hass picked up the equalizer with just over two minutes left in overtime. On Saturday while visiting the Coquitlam Adanacs, Rhys Duch scored five goals for the Shamrocks. Unfortunately for Duch and company, that wasn’t enough as they were handed their first setback of the year, 11-8.
With a record of 8-1-2, the Shamrocks remain atop the Western Lacrosse Association standings and have a five-point gap between them and the second-place Burrards.
This Friday’s game will be Langley’s first trip back to Victoria since the 2013 WLA Final. The Shamrocks won that series four games to two, advancing to the Mann Cup a year ago.
Fri., July 4 | Shamrocks vs. Langley Thunder | 100.3 The Q Centre | 7:45 p.m.
Langley Thunder Breakdown:
Leading Scorer: Alex Turner (19 goals, 25 assists)
Top Goaltender: Brodie MacDonald (6 wins, 8.00 G.A.A., 0.828 SV%)
What you need to know: In a close battle for second place with Maple Ridge, Langley will be aiming to even up the season series between them and Victoria. The Thunder rely on their two top weapons, Alex Turner and Athan Iannucci, who sit third and fourth in league scoring. In front of them are a pair of Shamrocks through in Corey Small and Duch. Last time they faced off, it was the Victoria attack that won, beating Langley goaltending for nine goals in the second period of their last meeting on June 11.
Sat., July 5 | Shamrocks at Coquitlam Adanacs | Coquitlam Sports Centre | 7:00 p.m.
Coquitlam Adanacs Breakdown:
Leading Scorer: Brett Hickey (14 goals, 21 assists)
Top Goaltender: Adam Shute (3 wins, 7.15 G.A.A., 0.790 SV%)
What you need to know: It is fair to say that last weekend’s Adanacs win over the Shamrocks was a shocker. Despite coming off a game the night before, Victoria came in as heavy favorites, but was stunned by a quick strike Coquitlam offence and some strong goaltending by Adam Shute. The A’s will need similar support again if they are to pull off another upset this weekend. While Coquitlam remains the top defensive team in the league, they have also scored the least amount of goals of any team.