The Shamrocks played their first game away from the Q Centre, travelling to historic
Queen’s Park Arena Thursday to take on the other WLA unbeaten team, the New
Westminster Salmonbellies. In a low-scoring contest, the Rocks managed to squeak out a
5-4 victory to remain atop the standings at 3-0 while the ‘Bellies drop to 1-1.
Cody Hagedorn and Alexis Buque were the starting goaltenders for the visiting and home
teams respectively. It was the Shamrocks hitting the scoreboard first, Tristan Rai the
newcomer out of Alberta, scoring just 1:24 into the opening period. It was Rai’s first
goal of the season. Victoria failed to capitalize on 3 straight power play opportunities but
New West didn’t as they scored the final two goals of the period, both on power plays.
Mitch Jones rang one in off the post at 17:10 to tie the score at 1-1 and scored the go-
ahead goal at 18:36, getting in close and capitalizing on a series of quick passes. That
was how the period ended, with the home team holding a slip 2-1 lead.
The second period saw a series of penalties against the Shamrocks but goaltender
Hagedorn was more than solid and Victoria’s offense started to get things rolling.
Another newcomer, Sheldon Burns scored his first goal of the season at 2:57 on a
breakaway off a loose ball pickup. He added his second of the game at 8:11 on another
break to the net, that goal coming unassisted. Junior ‘A’ call-up Cole Pickup opened up a
2-goal Victoria lead at 14:23, the visitors showing great ball control and offensive
pressure. Chris Wardle made it 5-2 at 15:40 with a quick stick in close and that was it for
the second period.
New Westminster got both goals in the final 20 minutes, the first coming from Sean
Tyrell unassisted at 11:32, as he fired a buzzer beater from a weird angle that got by
Hagedorn. That was a third New West power play goal. At 12:19 Anthony Malcolm
pulled the home team within a goal with a bouncer in close. Despite a lot of pressure to
even the score, including pulling the goaltender late, Victoria managed to hold on and
escape with the 2 points.
Sheldon Burns with two goals for the Shamrocks was named the game’s first store while
Cody Hagedorn, who had an outstanding night between the pipes earned third star
honours. Other Victoria goals came from Cole Pickup, Chris Wardle and Tristan Rai.
Not much rest for the Shamrocks as they return to the Q Centre Friday to host the
Coquitlam Adanacs at 7:30 pm.