Story by Janice Huckin / Images Erich Eichhorn ( ISN )
The Shamrocks kept things rolling along Friday with a home floor win against the Coquitlam Adanacs. The Adanacs were coming off a 1-goal loss the previous evening against the Salmonbellies but they played the Rocks tough in the early going. The Rocks led 3-2 after the first period but the offense hit high gear in the final 40 minutes to take a 15-5 victory.
Shamrock’s Ben McCullough goes airborne with a diving stab at a goal – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Starting goaltenders were Dan Lewis for the Adanacs and former Adanac Adam Shute getting his first home start with the Shamrocks. The home team got on the board first, Corey Small scoring at 1:54 with a long hard shot from outside the dotted line. Rhys Duch made it 2-0 at 8:39 with a quick stick in front. The home team took a couple of silly penalties and the visitors made them pay with a pair of power play markers. It was Reid Reinhold pulling the Adanacs within a goal at 12:58 getting in close and at 13:53, Ryan Johnson’s tally evened the score at 2-2. Before the period ended, the Shamrocks got a power play goal of their own, Duch picking up his second at 17:51, finishing off some quick passes to take the 1-goal lead to the dressing room. Shots on goal were pretty even, 14-13 in Coquitlam’s favour.
Shamrock’s Burton ties up the Adanac at centre rink – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Victoria’s power play connected again just 29 seconds into the middle frame, Small getting in close to pick up his second. Goaltender Shute then found Chris Wardle all alone coming off the bench and he made no mistake at 3:11 before another Coquitlam power play goal struck back at the 5-minute mark, Reinhold getting his second, putting the ball just inside the post. That was the only goal they would collect as Victoria rattled off 5 straight to end the period. Duch picked up his hat trick marker at 13:32 when a hard shot found the top corner. Shute and Wardle connected again with the long outlet pass to make it 7-3 at 13:09. Jeff Shattler added to the Victoria lead at 14:01, diving across the front of the net. Duch was on a mission as he picked up his fourth at 14:01 on a quick stick from in close. Lewis, who had taken a hit earlier, vacated his position in the crease in favour of Josh Phillips at that point but before the period ended, Duch added yet another, this one on the power play at 19:38. That gave the home squad a 10-3 lead after 40 minutes as they took the lead in shots on goal 18-11 in the period.
Shamrock’s Myles Kenny forwards the ball, slipping away against a pressing forward line of the Adanacs – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The third period saw more dominance by the boys in green as Duch picked up his sixth of the contest just 30 seconds into the period and they added 3 more before Coquitlam found the back of the net again. Ian McShane scored at 9:47 with a bullet from just inside the dotted line. Small picked up his hat trick marker at 11:29 and McShane added his second at 14:02 making it 14-3. Johnson picked up his second for the Adanacs at 14:44 and the teams traded goals to end the game, Shattler tallying for the Shamrocks at 15:17 and Johnson picking up the hat trick for the Adanacs at 18:24.
McShane ( left ) is congratulated by teamate Wardle after scoring on of the Shamrocks 15 goals against Coquitlam’s netminder – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rocks swept the three star selection with Cory Conway continuing his strong playmaking with 7 assists to be named third store. Adam Shute made 41 saves and added 3 assists to take second star honours and Rhys Duch with 6 goals and 3 assists was the first star. Corey Small added 3 goals and 2 helpers with Chris Wardle, Jeff Shattler and Ian McShane each chipping in a pair of goals.
Adam Shute looks long to hook up with Chris Wardle – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The result, coupled with New Westminster’s win against the Burnaby Lakers, moves the Shamrocks into second place with 16 points, 2 points behind the league leading Salmonbellies, with a pair of games in hand. Maple Ridge with 13 points and Coquitlam with 12 are right behind. Next up for the Shamrocks is a home game next Friday at the Q Centre. They will take on the Maple Ridge Burrards in their second match-up of the season in a 7:45 pm start.