July 5, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – It was a good win for the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks Saturday as they took a hard-fought 7-5 victory against the Coquitlam Adanacs at the Q Centre. It put the skid to a 3-game losing streak and, with playoff positions tight, every win counts. The Rocks will be in playoffs but would rather finish in the top 4 than the bottom 4 for the advantage home floor brings.
Apollo Claxton got the call in goal for the home team with Christian DelBianco getting the nod at the other end of the floor. Goals were hard to come by for both teams but it was Victoria getting on the board first when Brad McCulley scored at 8:23 on a quick-stick in close. A 5-on-3 power play goal from the Rocks’ Braylon Lumb at 15:59 gave the home team the lead they would take to the dressing room, just 2-0 despite holding a big edge in shots on goal by 20-7.
Coquitlam finally solved Claxton at 3:09, Jim Barnes scoring a power play goal getting in close. Victoria replied at 5:00, team captain Zac Christianson going on a run and scoring unassisted. The ink was hardly dry on the scoresheet before Coquitlam started on a 3-goal run. First it was Julian Infanti on a hard shot from the dotted line with his team holding a 5-on-3 man advantage at 6:31.
Barnes got his second of the game just 21 seconds later, also on the power play on a shot from well out. At 11:30 the visitors took the lead for the first time (and the last time) with the extra attacker on for a delayed penalty call as Dailly MacKenzie scored from outside the dotted line. That was the wake-up call the Rocks needed and Christianson picked up his second unassisted goal of the night to get the home team even at 13:47, that goal going over top the goalie and with his team holding a 5-on-3 advantage. Lumb collected his second of the contest at 17:10, also on he power play, to re-gain the lead as he scored from the side of the crease.
The Rocks kept the momentum going in period 3 with a goal at 5:35 from Taylor Martin, in close. The teams then traded goals, Coquitlam getting a goal from Tyson Abbott at 8:38 and call-up Jake Campbell tallying for the Shamrocks at 11:01, that goal coming with his team down 2 men but giving the home team the margin of victory. They had a chance to add another on a penalty shot at the 19:15 mark but Christianson was unable to add the hat-trick marker.
Unofficially the Shamrocks got a pair of goals from Braylon Lumb and Zac Christianson. Brad McCulley had a strong offensive effort with a goal and 2 helpers with other goals coming from Jake Campbell and Taylor Martin. Apollo Claxton had an outstanding outing between the pipes with 32 saves. The Rocks are on the road Sunday and come back to the Q Centre for the first of 3 straight home games on Tuesday night. They will play host to the Nanaimo Timbermen at 7:00. The playoff race is tight and every point counts as the Rocks try to get and stay in the top 4 to get home advantage.