After suffering their first defeat of the season Saturday, 5-4 at the hands of the Coquitlam Adanacs, the Victoria Shamrocks rebounded to defeat the Maple Ridge Burrards 12-10 Sunday in back-to-back road games.
Cody Hagedorn and Frankie Scigliano got the start in goal for the Rocks and Burrards respectively and it was Maple Ridge opening the scoring just 1:20 into the opening period, Mike Mallory scoring from outside the dotted line. Victoria’s Casey Jackson replied at 5:04 with a quick stick in close but Mallory came right back on the power play at 10:08, another shot from outside the dotted line. Off the ensuing faceoff Rhys Duch, back in the line-up for just the second time this season, connected with a bullet from outside the dotted line. At 11:04 Mallory made it a natural hat trick with a hard, low shot and the barrage continued with Chris Wardle getting the Rocks even at 11:24, going to the net making it 4 goals in a span of 1:16. Someone other than Mallory found the net for the Burrards, Owen Barker scoring from the dotted line at 14:33 again on the power play to regain the lead for the home team. This time when the Shamrocks responded they kept the momentum going, scoring the last 3 goals of the opening period. Jon Harnett scored unassisted at 16:01 off transition, followed by Jackson picking up his second of the night at 18:12 in close and big Mike Triolo made it 6-4 for the visitors at 19:04 with a corkscrew shot, as he was being driven to the floor. Shots on goal were pretty even with Victoria leading 20-19 in that statistic and they were ahead on the scoreboard.
The Rocks kept rolling early in the middle frame, scoring the first 3 goals of the period. Corey Small tallied just 35 seconds in with a quick stick from inside the dotted line. Wardle picked up his second of the night on the power play at 7:27 and at the 11-minute mark, Duch added his second with a rocket from outside the dotted line making it 9-4 for the boys in green. Maple Ridge got one back at 16:11, Barker with his second, on the power play. Small got that one back for the visitors at 17:22, reaching in with a bouncer and Barker picked up his hat trick marker before the period ended, at 18:45 with a hard, low shot. Surprise! It was another power play goal but the period ended with Victoria holding a 10-6 lead.
The third period saw Maple Ridge outscore the Shamrocks 4-2, although Duch opened the scoring for Victoria at 5:32 with a howitzer and the teams playing 4-on-4. Tom Johnson replied at 5:56 with a bouncer just off the crease, that one also 4-on-4. The Burrards closed the gap to 3 goals with Barker’s fourth at 9:57 from just inside the dotted line but Jackson got that one back for the Rocks on the power play at 15:13 with a sub shot from outside the dotted line. Maple Ridge scored the last 2 goals of the game, Mallory with his 4th at 18:19 and Coady Adamson closing the scoring with a buzzer beater at 19:58 from right in front. The game deteriorated with several penalties assessed in the last couple of minutes. An indication of how that went is that Victoria received 17 infractions for 45 minutes allowing Maple Ridge to score 6 power play goals on 16 opportunities. The Shamrocks went 2 for 7 on their power play as the Burrards took 27 minutes on 12 infractions.
Leading the way for Victoria offensively was Rhys Duch with 3 goals and 4 assists while Casey Jackson also had the hat trick and 2 helpers. Corey Small and Chris Wardle scored twice each with Jon Harnett and Mike Triolo adding singles. Cody Hagedorn played all but 1 minute of the game, making 40 saves. Duch and Jackson were named first and third stars respectively.
Mike Mallory and Owen Barker had 4 goals each for the Burrards with Mallory taking second star honours.
The result leaves Victoria in top spot in the league standings with 5 wins and 1 loss while Maple Ridge falls to 3 and 2 for second place, tied with the Burnaby Lakers. Three other teams are tied with 2 wins and the Langley Thunder are still looking for their first win in 4 starts. Next up for the Shamrocks is a home game Friday, June 19 when they will host the New Westminster Salmonbellies at the Q Centre. Start time is 7:30 pm.