Shamrocks Fall To Salmonbellies On Alumni Night

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Story Janice Huckin  Images Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

June 25, 2016  Victoria, BC (ISN) – On a night when the Shamrocks were honouring their alumni players as well as members of the 1976 Minto Cup winning Victoria McDonald’s team and retiring their first ever jersey number, they came up a little short as they fell 12-9 to the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies Friday at the Q Centre.

Shamrocks Tyler Burton looks to the wing as he bring up the ball. Shamrocks would fall 12-9 to a strong offensive effort by the New West Salmonbellies – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allspormedia.ca)

Starting goaltenders were Cody Hagedorn for the Rocks and Eric Penney for the ‘Bellies.  The first period has been somewhat of a problem for the Shamrocks in many games this season and it was again tonight, although it wasn’t the slow start – it was a slow finish on this night.  The visitors got on the board just 40 seconds in, Jordan McBride scoring from the dotted line on the very first shot of the game. 

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Victoria’s Cory Hagedorn thwarts the Salmonbeliies attempt on goal as Sahmrock’s Max Cullen defends the shooter – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

It didn’t take long for Victoria to respond, however, Ian McShane converting a Cory Conway pass in close at 2:04.  Just 48 seconds later, New West took the lead on a Justin Goodwin goal, again from very far out.  The Rocks got the tying marker at 15:53 and it was McShane again connecting with Conway to score with an underhand shot.  This is where things fell apart for the Rocks as they gave up 3 goals in a span of 1:41 starting with Sean Lundstrom’s tally at 17:06.  Tyler Crompton followed up at 18:07 as he picked off a pass and ran the floor.  Mike Messenger added insult to injury with yet another at 18:47, getting in close and putting the ball in over Hagedorn.  The Bellies had the 5-2 lead and also the edge in shots on goal by a 20-11 margin over the first 20 minutes.

After the intermission, during which former Shamrock great, Fred ‘Whitey’ Severson was honoured by having his jersey #8 retired, the Rocks seemed to have some energy as they rattled off 2 goals in the first 1:21.  Chris Wardle scored off the opening faceoff, just 8 seconds into the middle frame.  Paul Brebber closed the gap to a single goal at 1:21, faking high and shooting low to beat Penney.  The Bellies pulled ahead again by a pair with Jeff Cornwall’s goal off a loose ball at 7:17 but 42 seconds later it was the Shamrocks getting a goal off a long outlet pass from Hagedorn to a speeding Cory Small. 

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Liberties taken, as seems to be the norm in lacrosse, does not go unnoticed by the bench – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The score was 6-5 for the visitors but only for a short time.  The visitors got that one back at 8:50 off the stick of Curtis Hodgson.  A Victoria power play seemed to get things going as Jeff Shattler scored at 11:13 and right off the ensuing faceoff Small picked up his second of the night, that one coming at 11:22 and tying the score at 7.  New Westminster wasn’t done, though, and Jr. ‘A’ call-up Johnny Pearson gave them back the lead at 11:58.  Dane Sorensen added a buzzer beater with the man advantage to put the visitors up 9-7 after 2 periods.

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Salmonbellies defense stuck to the Shamrocks offensive threats, stiffling the home team on many attempts to even the game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The third period mostly belonged to the Bellies.  They scored the first two goals of the period at 4:01 and 10:47, Brandon Goodwin and Brett Dobray doing the damage.  Hagedorn was replaced between the pipes by newcomer Adam Shute at the 4:01 mark. The Shamrocks replied with a pair, Cory Conway scoring at 13:40 on the power play and faceoff specialist Tyler Burton going on a run to score unassisted at 14:16.  You’d have thought it was the Rocks leading by 2, not trailing, as they seemed to be killing the clock.  Certainly there was no urgency to score and the clock did run out on them as Justin Goodwin scored into the empty net at 19:40 to put the game away.

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Shamrock’s Burton celebrates scoring unassisted to ignite green and white faithful, beating Salmonbellies Penny to mount what would be a failed comeback bid. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The result failed to make up any points on the league-leading Maple Ridge Burrards who now lead the Rocks by a point, even in games played.  Corey Small led Victoria’s offense with a pair of goals and 3 assists while Cory Conway had 1 goal and 2 helpers.  Ian McShane had 2 goals and was named the game’s second star.  Other goals came from Tyler Burton, Jeff Shattler, Paul Brebber and Chris Wardle.

Next action for the Shamrocks comes on Wednesday, July 6 when they will be in the Langley Events Centre to take on the Thunder.  They return to the Q Centre to take on the Coquitlam Adanacs.  Game time is 7:45 pm. 

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