It was a bounce back game for the Victoria Shamrocks after dropping a pair of games on the weekend. They succeeded with a 14-7 victory over the Langley Thunder on the mainland Wednesday. The game was tight for the first 20 minutes, the first period ending in a 3-3 tie by the Rocks broke it open in the second period and held an 11-5 lead on their way to the victory.
Cody Hagedorn was back between the pipes for the Shamrocks after missing Sunday’s game while Brodie MacDonald started for the Thunder. The teams traded goals, Casey Jackson getting the Rocks on the board first at 3:07 from outside the dotted line. Langley replied, rookie Connor Robinson tallying just 26 seconds later, finding the top corner from well out. Victoria regained the lead at 9:53, Alec Molander finding twine but once again the Thunder responded, Robinson getting his second from outside the dotted line at 12:13. Once more, the visitors scored, Jackson picking up his second with some fancy footwork and a low shot from just inside the dotted line. Tyler Pace tied the score at 19:05, using some transition speed to get to the net. Shots were also pretty even, Victoria holding a slight 18-16 lead.
Victoria rattled off 3 straight goals to start the middle frame, Jesse King finishing off some tic-tac-toe passing at 1:42. Chris Wardle made it 5-3 with a power play goal on a quick stick at 3:54 and added his second at 4:18, going to the net. Langley got one back, a shorthanded goal from Reese Callies at 10:59 but Jackson added another to his total on the power play at 11:27 finishing up some great passing around the crease. Jr. ‘A’ Shamrocks call-up Braylon Lumb made it 8-4 for the Rocks at 13:29 with a backhander in close. Dylan Riley replied for Langley at 13:33 before Victoria finished out the scoring with 3 more unanswered, 2 of those on the power play as the Thunder ran into some penalty problems. Josh Fagan connected at 15:10 with a low skip shot, before Jackson and Wardle added power play goals at 17:49 and 18:13 respectively. That was the end of MacDonald’s night as he was replaced in the Langley net by Tyler Richards. Both of those goals came with a 5-on-3 man power advantage and Victoria again led in shots on goal by a 19-17 margin.
Only 5 goals were scored in the final period. Victoria opened with a pair from Lumb at 3:27 and a rare goal by captain Matt Yager at 4:55 who caught Richards going the wrong way. Langley added a pair from Aiden Milburn at 14:50 and J.P. Kealy at 17:45 with the Shamrocks getting one last goal at 19:10 from Derek Lloyd, goaltender Hagedorn credited with an assist on that one.
Leading the way for Victoria was Casey Jackson with 4 goals and 4 assists. Chris Wardle added a hat trick and 2 helpers as they were named first and second stars respectively. Junior ‘A’ call-up Braylon Lumb added a pair of goals and 2 assists while Jesse King and Alec Molander each chipped in a goal and 4 helpers, Josh Fagan a goal and 3 assists with Derek Lloyd and Matt Yager adding singles. Cody Hagedorn received third star honours for his 35 save performance.
The result moves the Shamrocks into a third place tie with the Nanaimo Timbermen and it will be the T’Men that provide the next opponent as they make their first of two visits to the Q Centre next Sunday, June 10. The Rocks will look to tie the season series with their island rivals in a 6:00 pm start.