Jr. ‘A’ Shamrocks dropped by the Delta Islanders

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Matinee contest it was the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks suffering their first loss of the season, an 11-10 overtime heartbreaker against the visiting Maple Ridge Burrards

By Janice Huckins

It was a split for the Jr. ‘A’ Shamrocks as they dropped an 18-16 decision to the Delta Islanders at the Q Centre Saturday after opening the season with a 13-11 win in Nanaimo over the Timbermen to open the season Friday evening.

At various times the game looked out of hand as the Delta squad opened up period leads of 8-2 and 14-7 on the way to the victory.  The Rocks made a game of it in the late going as they rattled off 6 goals in the final 2:53 of the game to make a game of it.  Brad McCulley led Victoria’s offense with 4 goals and 6 assists, Cole Pickup and Colten Merilainen each had the hat trick while Matt Hamilton and Guy Cullen scored twice each.  Ryan Lewis chipped in with a goal and 4 helpers while Intermediate ‘A’ call-up Ben Preston added a single.  Next up for the Jr. Shamrocks is a home game next Saturday, May 7 when the Coquitlam Adanacs will come calling.  Game time is 5:00 pm.

In the matinee contest it was the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks suffering their first loss of the season, an 11-10 overtime heartbreaker against the visiting Maple Ridge Burrards.    The teams combined for 14 goals in the opening 20 minutes with the visitors holding a 9-5 lead after scoring the first 4 goals by the 3:35 mark.  With no scoring in the second period, Victoria dominated the third, outscoring their opponents 5-1 which left the teams tied at 10 after 60 minutes.  Maple Ridge managed to come away with a goal 5:38 into the 10-minute sudden death overtime to emerge with the win.  Leading the way for the Shamrocks were Ben Preston and Caleb Kueber each with the hat trick, Preston chipping in 3 helpers.  Nick Murray added a pair with singles coming from Garrett Wicks and Brayden Brown.  Jackson Boyd added 5 assists.  The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks next play at home in two weeks when they will face Coquitlam at 1:30 on May 14 at the Q Centre.  Delta Islanders will be the visitors.

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