The Shamrocks rebounded from their game 1 loss to beat the Maple Ridge Burrards in their home barn, coming away with an 11-9 victory to tie the series heading back home.
Starting goaltenders were Adam Shute for the Shamrocks, Frankie Scigliano for the Burrards and it was Maple Ridge getting things started with an early power play goal. BenMcIntosh scored at 4:49 with a quick stick from the side of the net. Zack Porter made it 2-0 for the home team at 10:12 putting the ball over Shute from in close. Victoria got one back at 16:11 off some transition speed, Jon Harnett getting the goal to pull the visitors within a goal. At 17:01, Shamrocks Captain Corey Small got things knotted with a hard shot from outside the dotted line and that was all the scoring in the opening frame. Shots on goal heavily favoured the Shamrocks 18-9.
The second period saw a total of 11 goals scored. Maple Ridge jumped ahead at 2:49, McIntosh getting his second going to the net but Victoria replied with a pair, both off the stick of Small. The first came at 4:31 as he jumped up in front of the crease and put the ball over Scigliano and the second at 5:36 as he again went to the net and the Rocks had the lead for the first time. Maple Ridge didn’t waste much time tying the score, Dan Taylor tallying at 7:11 with a hard overhand shot that may have been screened. The teams traded goals as scoring came very quickly for a few minutes. Jeff Shattler scored for the Shamrocks just 10 seconds after Taylor’s goal, from just inside the dotted line and McIntosh picked up his hat trick marker at 8:09 to tie the score at 5. Shattler added another at 8:30 to regain the lead for the Shamrocks and Cory Conway notched another at 11:03 with a quick stick from inside the dotted line. Before the period ended, the Burrards went on a 3-goal run, including a power play goal from Mike Mallory at 15:34 to get within a single goal. The referees took a minute to decide if that was in or not but they obviously thought it may have been. It counted. Taylor added his second and third before the period ended, the first coming at 18:17 through traffic from just inside the dotted line and the final coming with less than a second on the clock to give the home team the 1-goal lead heading into the final intermission. Shots on goal were even in the period 19-19.
Cody Hagedorn replaced Shute in the Shamrocks net for the final 20 minutes and the Rocks really took control, outscoring the Burrards 4-1 in the period. First it was Jr. ‘A’ call-up Braylon Lumb with a quick stick in close just 1:24 into the period. Shattler was on fire, picking up two more goals, the first at 2:39 in close putting the ball over a fallen Scigliano and the second at 3:38, off a loose ball pickup from Chris Wardle. The Maple Ridge power play capitalized at 7:50, Mallory getting the goal but Victoria controlled the play the rest of the period and Conway picked up his second goal of the night at 16:24 after which the Shamrocks were content to kill off as much time as possible with each possession. Hagedorn faced just 8 shots but made some big saves at crucial times to make sure there was no comeback.
Jeff Shattler led Victoria’s attack with 4 goals and 3 assists while Rhys Duch had 6 assists as they were named first and third stars respectively. The Shamrocks also got the hat trick and 2 helpers from Corey Small and 2 goals and 2 assists from Cory Conway. Singles came from Braylon Lumb and Jon Harnett.
Dan Taylor had 3 goals and 3 assists for the Burrards to earn second star honours. Ben McIntosh had the hat trick and 2 helpers while Mike Mallory had 2 goals and 3 assists in the losing cause.