August 22, 2014, Maple Ridge (ISN) – The Maple Ridge Burrards might think they can literally beat the Shamrocks into submission but it didn’t happen in game 2 Friday as the Rocks took a 6-3 first period lead and never looked back to take a 12-8 victory in another penalty-filled contest. That puts Victoria up 2-0 coming home for game 3 on Sunday.
The same two goaltenders started, that being Cody Hagedorn the rookie for the Shamrocks and rookie Frankie Scigliano for the home team Burrards. The Rocks took the lead 2:41 into the opening frame when Scott Ranger scored on a screened shot. A Maple Ridge power play marker tied things up as Riley Loewen put a shot to the top corner at 4:45.
The first period saw several power play goals and the Rocks used theirs to re-gain the lead at 7:55, Dhane Smith finishing off some great ball movement in close. It looked like it was going to be one of those back and forth games when the Burrards tallied at 10:39, Jarrett Davis once again going high on Hagedorn to tie the score at 2. Corey Small put the visitors back into the lead at 11:15 off a quick stick from the side of the crease, that goal coming once again with the man advantage and Smith connected for his second at 12:45 with a hard low shot after faking Scigliano out.
Maple Ridge’s power play got the score back within a goal at 15:40, Ben McIntosh scoring from the side of the crease with a 5-on-3 advantage. The Shamrocks got on a roll after that with 2 goals before the period ended, which continued into a 7-goal run at the start of the second. Small notched his second, this one shorthanded as he went to the net at 17:13 and Ranger then picking up his second with 7 seconds left in the period to give them the 6-3 lead going to the dressing room. Shots on goal were 14-10 in favour of the Shamrocks who took 4 of the 7 minor penalties in the period with each team scoring twice on the power play and the Rocks adding one shorthanded.
The visitors continued their momentum with 5 straight goals to open the middle period. Small got things started with his hat trick marker at 1:15, faking and then shooting over top from the side of the crease. The transition speed of the Rocks opened up a 5-goal lead when Ryan Dilks scored at 2:47.
Ranger netted his hat trick, cutting across to find twine at 5:15. Cody Hagedorn came up with a huge save, the play-by-play team calling it the ‘save of the playoffs’ before his teammates capitalized with another pair of power play goals, Smith picking up his third on a 2-on-1 break off a loose ball pickup at 11:29 and Rhys Duch making it 11-3 with a hard shot from well out just 13 seconds later. The Burrards finally stemmed the bleeding when Garrett McIntosh scored a shorthanded marker at 11:50 and his brother Ben picked up his second on the power play at 17:07. The nonsense got started in the middle frame with a few major incidents, one in which Maple Ridge’s Dayne Michaud found himself banished from the contest. Shots on goal were even at 13 each but the Shamrocks held a big 11-5 lead on the board.
The Shamrocks found themselves starting the final period down two men but they came up with a big penalty kill, Hagedorn continuing his strong play between the pipes. The Burrards pulled within 6 goals at 4:16, Loewen collecting his second with a no-look spin around shot.
The game was like a powder keg and it just felt like it was going to blow. It did but not until Smith got his fourth goal of the night for the Shamrocks with a hard shot from outside the dotted line at 9:01. The fireworks started at 14:44 of the period when, first of all Scigliano made a threatening motion at Dhane Smith as he left the floor, followed by Patrick Omeara jumping Smith on his way to the bench.
This dominoed into Bubba Westwood leaving the Shamrocks bench to join in the fun. Needless to say, that was the end of Westwood’s night and it gave the Burrards a 5-minute power play when the dust settled. Ben McIntosh scored twice with that advantage and then things really took off with several fights breaking out all over the floor at the 18:39 mark.
With less than a minute to go, there was more extracurricular activity with several players from both teams given fighting and game misconduct penalties. I’m not sure what a Burrard is and I’m really not sure if they can play lacrosse – so far we haven’t seen much of it. In any event, I think it fair to say the Shamrocks won’t be intimidated and they CAN play lacrosse. The officials eventually just let the clock run down as there wasn’t much lacrosse being played at this stage of the game. At the end of the game the scoresheet had 20 goals but 351 minutes in penalties.
Leading the way for the Shamrocks was Dhane Smith with 4 goals and 4 assists, enjoying probably his best game so far in the green and white as he earned first star honours. Corey Small had 3 goals and 3 helpers to be named second star while Scott Ranger also chipped in a hat trick. Ryan Dilks with a single and Rhys Duch with a goal and 4 helpers rounded out the offense with Jesse King adding 4 assists. Cody Hagedorn turned aside 34 of the 42 shots he faced in a second stellar outing between the pipes, looking like a veteran.
For the Burrards Ben McIntosh had 4 goals and 2 assists to be named the game’s third star while Riley Loewen had 2 goals and 2 helpers. Frankie Scigliano looked extremely ordinary for the goalie of the year and rookie of the year, making 26 saves on 38 shots.
There will no doubt be some suspensions out of this game and its antics so we’ll have to see who gets to dress for game 3 which takes place at the Q Centre Sunday, starting at 6:00 pm. No doubt there will be more fireworks and hopefully a full house to support the Shamrocks after seeing an astounding crowd of about 200 people at (not a typo – two hundred) at Cam Neely Arena in Maple Ridge.