After defeating the Nanaimo Timbermen in the Hub City a couple of weeks ago, the
Shamrocks made it 2-for- 2 so far with a 12-7 win at the Q Centre Friday night. Victoria held period leads of 4-0 and 7-5 on their way to the victory.
With Aaron Bold in net, the Shamrocks jumped out to a quick lead, Corey Small scoring
just 1:53 into the contest from the dotted line to beat Nanaimo starter Pete Dubenski.
Casey Jackson continued his strong pace, especially seeming to like to play the T’Men,
scoring at 10:30 with an overhand shot as he moved across the front. He added his
second of the game at 19:06 with a sidearm shot from just inside the dotted line and Josh
Fagan, also enjoying a fine season offensively, added one more at 19:41 from outside the
dotted line. Shots on goal were 17-10 for Victoria and it showed on the scoreboard in a
While it doesn’t show in the standings, Nanaimo has a lot of talent and is a hard-working
team which paid off for them in the second period as they outscored the host team 5-3.
They got started less than a minute in, Adam Jay scoring an unassisted goal at the 56-
second mark, going to the net. They followed up with a shorthanded marker at 4:49 off
the stick of Jake Emms who got on a run to the net. Mike Triolo got that one back with a
shorthanded goal of his own for the Shamrocks at 7:56, using his size and reach to fend
off a couple of defenders to get to the net. That made it 5-2 but Nanaimo’s Jake Cullen
scored at 10:16 from outside the dotted line to bring the visitors within a pair. Jackson
picked up his hat trick marker for the Rocks at 11:06 with the extra attacker on the floor
on a delayed penalty call. Just a minute later, Nanaimo got that one back, Chase Fraser
finding the top corner from outside the dotted line on the power play.
He added another at 12:56, an unassisted goal and once again the T’Men were within striking distance,down 7-5. Unfortunately for them, the Shamrocks managed another shorthanded tally at 16:17, Triolo putting the ball over top of Dubenski to send the teams to the dressing room after 40 minutes with the Shamrocks holding a slim 7-5 lead.
If the second period belonged to the Timbermen, the third period was pretty much all
Shamrocks as they opened the period with 3 straight goals. The first came from Small
just 32 seconds in with a quick stick in close, that goal coming with the man advantage.
Triolo picked up his hat trick marker at 2:11 from outside the dotted line and Small added
his third at 4:24 with a hard, low shot from outside the dotted line. Nanaimo replied at
6:23, Cullen getting his second of the game off a loose ball pickup but Victoria got that
back almost immediately, Cody Nass connecting at 7:44 right in front. Cullen got the hat
trick goal on the power play at 12:44, the visitors holding a 5-on- 3 man advantage but
Triolo picked up his fourth for the home team at 13:49, an unassisted shorthanded goal,
after some great work on the rag to get to the net. Shots on goal over the 60 minutes was
pretty even, Victoria holding a slight 54-47 edge after being outshot 24-17 in the final
It was Mike Triolo leading Victoria’s offense with 4 goals and 1 assist and Corey Small
adding 3 goals and 4 helpers to earn first and second star honours respectively. Casey
Jackson had the hat trick and 2 assists with Josh Fagan and Cody Nass scoring the other
goals and Nass adding 3 assists. Aaron Bold made 40 saves to pick up his first win of the
Nanaimo’s offense had a distinctly Victoria flavor to it, Jake Cullen getting the hat trick
and an assist to be named the game’s third star. Chase Fraser added a pair of goals and 1
assist with singles coming from Jake Emms and Adam Jay. Cullen, Emms and Jay are all
former Jr. Shamrock players drafted by the Timbermen.
In other Friday night action Burnaby defeated Coquitlam 9-5 and the two results
scramble the standings significantly with the Shamrocks and Burnaby Lakers sitting in
first place with 15 points. Maple Ridge sits one point behind with a game in hand. New
Westminster currently holds down the fourth and final playoff spot with 11 points
followed by Coquitlam (8), Nanaimo (7) and Langley in the basement with just a single
win in 10 games.
During the Victoria-Nanaimo game, the Shamrocks honoured a long-time volunteer,
Lawrie Smith who passed away earlier this year. Anyone who attended an event at the
old Memorial Arena or the Q Centre probably came across Lawrie at some time or
another as he volunteered in numerous capacities and also provided security at many
events. The Shamrocks have dedicated a new award to be presented in Lawrie’s name –
the Lawrie Smith Volunteer Award will be presented for the first time when the other
team award ceremony takes place at season’s end.
Next game for the Shamrocks is another home game, next Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 pm.
They will take on the Langley Thunder. It will be the second of a home-and- home series
as the Rocks travel to the Langley Events Centre on Wednesday, July 5.