Sr Shamrocks suffer second loss

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July 26, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Burnaby Lakers came into the Q Centre Friday night and did something only one other team has done this season – they beat the Shamrocks and they did it on the Rocks’ home floor by a 9-6 score.

Shamrocks’ Chris Wardle leads the pack chasing a loose ball. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

The other loss came at the hands of the Coquitlam Adanacs on the mainland. 

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Shamrocks’ Ben McCullough dashes off with the ball. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Cody Hagedorn got his third straight start in goal for the Shamrocks while Tyler Richards got the nod for the other team in green. Victoria got on the board very early, Corey Small scoring just 29 seconds into the contest on a shot that made have gone through traffic and snuck just inside the post. 

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Shamrocks’ Brandon Bull readies his next shot. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Burnaby didn’t get their offense going until 6:45 when former Jr. Shamrock Casey Jackson scored on a hard shot from outside the dotted line. The visitors went ahead at 10:11 when Peter McFetridge picked the top corner off an interception. Victoria captain Scott Ranger evened things up at 14:16, finding the back of the net with a hard, low shot but the visitors would re-take the lead before the period ended, Dane Stevens scoring with a quick stick right in front. After 20 minutes the Lakers had the 3-2 lead and a 14-12 edge in shots on goal. The period was very quick, only one penalty called, that to the Shamrocks’ Ben McCullough.

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Bradley Kri isn’t given the chance to hang on to the ball. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Burnaby opened up a 2-goal lead 7:11 into period 2, Stevens getting his second of the game off a loose ball, as he got on a run and was in all alone. It took only 21 seconds for Derek Lowe to get that one back for the home team, getting in close at 7:32. 

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Ben McCullough takes off down the floor with the ball, towards the Lakers’ net. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Burnaby’s Tyler Digby dived across in front and restored the Burnaby 2-goal lead at 9:56 with a shorthanded goal as Victoria’s power play continues to struggle. Victoria’s offense seemed to get on a mini-roll with a pair of goals. First, Brandon Bull got his stick on the ball as he crashed the net at 13:48. 

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Lakers’ Peter McFetridge keeps Shamrocks’ Jesse King away from the ball. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Ranger then picked up his second of the night with an extra attacker on the floor and a delayed penalty about to be called. He fired a hard shot from just outside the dotted line at 16:36.  That made it 5-5 after two periods after the Rocks outshot the visitors 14-8 in the period.

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The ball gets displaced after the face-off. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Period 3 belonged to the Lakers. They opened with a 3-goal lrun beginning with Robert Church finding the back of the net at 1:39 with a rising shot from well out. Jackson then added his second goal at 7:58, in close and picking a top corner. Stevens made it a hat trick on the night at 10:29, a shot that trickled in. 

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Shamrocks’ Tyler Burton grabs the ball before firing it on net. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

The Rocks got one back, team scoring leader Small picking up his second of the game at 12:55, that goal actually coming on a 5-on-3 man advantage. Church put the game out of reach for the Lakers, collecting his second at 14:49. Victoria had some chances late in the period but rang at least 3 off the goalposts but that doesn’t quite cut it.

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Shamrocks’ Adam Brown tries to intercept Lakers’ Dane Stevens. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

All in all, it was not a very sharp performance by the Shamrocks. They were without a few regulars including Matt Flindell as well as Tyler Hass, Karsen Leung and Mike Pires. While there is nothing to be gained by the Rocks in terms of standings I’m quite certain the coaching staff would like to see them play smartly. 

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Shamrocks’ Jesse King, and Lakers’ Justin Salt chase after a loose ball. (Photo: Kasey Eriksen ISN)

Leading Victoria offensively were Corey Small and Scott Ranger, each with a pair of goals, Ranger taking second star honours. Singles came from Derek Lowe and Brandon Bull while Rhys Duch added 3 assists and Chris Wardle 2 helpers. Cody Hagedorn took the loss with 23 saves on the night.

Dane Stevens led the Lakers with 3 goals and 4 assists while Casey Jackson chipped in 2 goals and 2 helpers to earn first and third star selections respectively. Robert Church also had a pair of goals and 1 assist with singles coming from Tyler Digby and Peter McFetridge. 

The Lakers victory moves them over the Maple Ridge Burrards into second place. Maple Ridge has just one game left while Burnaby moves up the island to take on the Nanaimo Timbermen tomorrow and will finish the season against New Westminster next Thursday. They of course would love to wrap up second spot for home advantage in the first round of playoffs. 

The Shamrocks have one game left on their schedule – that will be a home game next Friday against the Nanaimo Timbermen. Victoria-Nanaimo is always a great rivalry with which to wrap up the season. The game will be preceded by a tailgate party and game time is 7:45 pm at the Q Centre.