The Coquitlam Adanacs paid a visit to the Q Centre Friday and got a rather harsh welcome as the home Shamrocks hammered them 10-2. The opening 20 minutes made it look like it would be a tight defensive battle as the Rocks escaped with a slim 2-0 lead but opened things up in the middle frame outscoring the visitors 5-1 and following that up with a 3-1 final period.
Aaron Bold suited up at the Shamrocks end of the floor between the pipes and Dan Lewis was his counterpart for the Adanacs. A physical tone was set pretty early in the game as Clay Miller and his #11 opposite number for the Shamrocks Greg Harnett tangled at the 11:49. More was to follow but to get the scoring under way it was Victoria’s Corey Small tallying at 13:04 with a hard shot from outside the dotted line. He added his second at 16:17 with a quick stick going to the net. That was all the scoring as the Shamrocks outshot the Adanacs 17-13.
Coquitlam scored early in period 2, Brian Gillis finding twine just 20 seconds in, a shot that seemed to come from nowhere and unexpected by Bold. After that, it was all Shamrocks as they rattled off 5 unanswered and the Adanacs seemed less interested in playing lacrosse at all. The Rocks’ newest acquisition, Joe Resetarits made his debut and scored his first goal at the 1:15 mark with an overhand shot from the dotted line. Dallas Wade used his speed on transition to open up a 3-goal lead at 7:31 as he combined with Sheldon Burns on a run to get in close. Resetarits got his second of the night at 11:56, faking high and shooting low and big Mike Triolo made it 6-1 at 12:17. Before the period ended, Rhys Duch who has seen limited action this season, made it 7-1, getting in close at 17:30. Shots on goal were even 16-16 in the period but the home team had a big lead.
It seemed predictable that the game would deteriorate as Coquitlam used every opportunity to whack, hack and dive. The officials also seemed to have lost interest in calling a game. Small picked up his hat trick goal 5:23 into the final frame with a hard, low shot from outside the dotted line. Gillis replied with his second for Coquitlam just 34 seconds later with a low shot from outside the dotted line through traffic. It’s always nice to see some of the hard-working defenders pick up some points and big Steve Priolo did just that for the Shamrocks, picking up an unassisted shorthanded marker at 14:52 going on a run and shooting low. Things got progressively uglier after Wade picked up his second of the night for the Rocks at 18:46, a power play goal in close. That prompted Miller, among others, to get involved in a major fracas. The result was that four players, two from each team, were given misconducts. Gone for the final minute and a bit were Victoria’s Priolo and Tyler Hass and Coquitlam’s Miller and Mike Kaminski. It was more or less a fight or two or three but the officials just assessed unsportsmanlike conduct 10-minute misconducts.
Corey Small led Victoria’s attack with the hat trick and 1 assist. In fact he had more goals than the whole Coquitlam team. Dallas Wade chipped in a pair of goals as did Joe Resetarits who also added 1 helper. Other goals came from Steve Priolo, Rhys Duch who chipped in 4 assists as well and Mike Triolo. Victoria swept the three stars with Resetarits, Small and goaltender Aaron Bold going 1-2-3.
Only Brian Gillis managed to score for Coquitlam, getting both goals while you could probably make a case for goaltender Dan Lewis to get honourable mention as he faced 53 shots and did not receive much support certainly from his offense.
The Shamrocks’ win, coupled with Maple Ridge’s come-from-behind over the Burnaby Lakers means the Burrards still hold down first with 20 points and Victoria sitting 1 point behind in second place. Burnaby sits in third with 17 points and New Westminster holds the fourth and last playoff spot with 15 points. Nanaimo, Coquitlam and Langley sit well behind.
The Rocks travel over the Malahat to face the Timbermen Saturday in the third and final match-up between the island rivals. Victoria holds a 2-0 lead in that series. Game time is 7:00 pm at the Frank Crane Arena. They won’t be back at the Q Centre until Friday, July 28 for their final regular season game. In between they will take on Burnaby (July 21) and New Westminster (July 27) on the road.