It was everything a game 7 should be Tuesday. Both teams talented, both teams working
hard, a larger than usual crowd in the Bill Copeland Arena (many of them Shamrocks
supporters) and it was the Shamrocks prevailing 8-7 to book their passage to the league
finals against an as-yet- to-be- determined opponent.
Aaron Bold and Eric Penney again got the starting assignments for the Rocks and Lakers
respectively. Burnaby got the early lead, Eli McLaughlin scoring at 4:58, going in close.
Victoria’s Joe Resetarits tied things up at 13:21 with an extra attacker on the floor on a
delayed penalty call with a quick stick in front. Before the period ended, the home team
regained the lead, Jackson Decker taking a rare offensive opportunity from outside the
dotted line at 16:07 and that was all the scoring in the opening period in which the Lakers
held a 13-8 edge in shots on goal.
With Victoria’s Greg Harnett serving a 5-minute major penalty to start the middle frame,
Burnaby took advantage as Robert Church scored a power play marker just 31 seconds
in, shooting around a screen from outside the dotted line. The Shamrocks replied with a
shorthanded marker at 1:23, Tyler Hass going on a run on transition, holding then
shooting which seemed to fool Penney. The visitors then added a power play goal at 9:53
to tie the score at 3, Casey Jackson shooting from the dotted line. Burnaby regained the
lead at 11:29, Josh Byrne walking around a defender to get in close. Just 23 seconds
later, Chris Wardle once again tied the score for Victoria from outside the dotted line and
at 12:42 Resetarits’ second goal of the game gave the Shamrocks their first lead of the
contest, going to the net with a shot that Penney thought he had. He didn’t. Jackson then
picked up his second of the game at 19:59, grabbing a loose ball and finding the back of
the net just as the buzzer went. That made it 6-4 for the Rocks as they held an 18-15
edge in shots on goal in the period.
The third period has been Victoria’s downfall in the last few games of the series and
Burnaby thought they might just do it again as they opened the scoring at 2:05, Dane
Stevens finding twine with an overhand shot from outside the dotted line. But tonight,
the Rocks denied them the momentum as Resetarits collected his hat trick marker at 5:51
with an extra attacker on the floor for a delayed penalty call. Jackson then picked up his
third of the night at 14:23 from outside the dotted line, a shot that seemed unexpected by
Penney. The Lakers were getting desperate and had their goaltender on the bench for an
extra attacker at every offensive opportunity. They did pull within a pair of goals at
16:09 on Scott Jones’ tally with a hard, low shot. Aaron Bold was outstanding as he was
peppered with shots and the Shamrocks coughed up the ball a few times. Decker did
manage one more for the home team with just 12 ticks left on the clock, as he spun
around in front but that was as close as they would come. Shots on goal in the period
were 24-9 in Burnaby’s favour, showing just how strong Bold’s performance was
between the pipes for the Shamrocks.
Leading the way offensively for the Shamrocks were Joe Resetarits and Casey Jackson
each with a hat trick and 1 and 3 assists respectively, Resetarits being named the game’s
second star. Chris Wardle had a very strong game with a goal and 4 helpers while Tyler
Hass had the other goal. Corey Small was scoreless but contributed 3 assists. Aaron
Bold made 44 shots on the 52 shots he faced to be named the game’s first star.
Jackson Decker was the only Burnaby player to beat Bold more than once with other
goals spread among 5 players, including Scott Jones who was named the third star with a
goal and an assist.
The Shamrocks will go on to face either the New Westminster Salmonbellies or the
Maple Ridge Burrards who will face off in their game 7 Wednesday. The Rocks will
start on the road in either case on Friday, likely a 6:00 pm start with their first home game
scheduled back at the Q Centre on Sunday, August 20.