The Victoria Shamrocks have had trouble playing a team lower in the standings after beating a stronger team at home and it looked for a while like it would be another in that pattern as they took to the road to face the Coquitlam Adanacs Saturday after a Friday win at home against the Maple Ridge Burrards. The Adanacs held period leads of 3-2 and 7-5 but the Shamrocks came back with a third period goal at 19:19 to tie the score at 9 and send the game into overtime. They then outscored the Adanacs 4-1 in the extra period to pull out a 13-10 win and move 3 points ahead of the Burrards and just 2 behind the league-leading New Westminster Salmonbellies who hold a game in hand.
Cody Hagedorn got the start in goal for the Shamrocks with Dan Lewis his counterpart for Coquitlam. Victoria got the jump early, Adam Golia scoring just 48 seconds into the opening frame, getting in close. Special teams played a big part in the remaining first period goals with Coquitlam scoring on the power play at 4:24, Dean Fairall from outside the dotted line dead center. Victoria replied with a power play goal of their own, Casey Jackson with a long shot at 9:40. The Adanacs added 2 more before the period ended, the first coming on a delayed penalty call at 12:55 off the stick of Vinny Ricci with a quick stick right beside the crease. He then pretty much duplicated that at 13:50 with the man advantage to take the 3-2 lead despite Victoria holding a slight edge in shots on goal at 14-12.
Coquitlam pulled ahead by a pair 1:54 into the middle period, Matt Delmonico with a sidearm from outside the dotted line. He added his second, stretching the lead to 3 goals with a power play marker at 3:23. Ty Klarner made it 6-2 for the home team at 7:33 and that was the end of Hagedorn’s night as he was replaced in goal by Adam Shute. Victoria got a bit of momentum with a pair of goals late in the period, the first coming from Tyson Gibson at 17:14, walking around the defender and the second at 18:34, Golia’s second of the game going to the net. The teams traded goals with Ricci picking up his hat trick for Coquitlam at 19:20 and Jackson replying for Victoria at 19:46 with his second of the game. That was all the scoring as Victoria again outshot the Adanacs y a margin of 20-12.
The Rocks got on a 3-goal run to open period 3, Jackson picking up his hat trick goal from the dotted lie and Josh Fagan followed that up with a pair, the first at 5:23 with a hard overhand shot from the dotted line and the second at 9:03 off a rebound in close. It was the first time since early in the first period the Shamrocks had the lead. It wasn’t to last, however, as Coquitlam got the game even at 8-8 on Ricci’s 4th goal of the game at 16:49 with a quick stick from inside the dotted line on the power play and then Brett Kujala gave the home team the lead as Shute got a piece but it found its way over the goal line at 17:46. The Shamrocks didn’t quit as they pulled Shute for the extra attacker while shorthanded and it resulted in a goal from Ethan Garland from the side of the crease with just 41 seconds left on the clock. With nothing solved after 60 minutes, overtime loomed.
Suddenly it seemed like Victoria felt some urgency to pick up the two points as they were all over Coquitlam in the extra period. Matt Yager scored just 33 seconds in with a bouncer from outside the dotted line. Jesse King added another with a long, hard shot at 1:47. Delmonico got one back for the Adanacs at 3:35 but King’s second of the night at 5:16 and Rob Hellyer’s just 26 seconds later put it out of reach.
Casey Jackson led Victoria’s attack with 3 goals and 6 assists. Jesse King had a 7-point night on 2 goals and 5 assists while Rob Hellyer added a goal and 5 helpers and was named the game’s first star. Josh Fagan and Adam Golia each scored twice with singles coming from Matt Yager and Ethan Garland.
The Shamrocks will have almost a week off as they wrap up the season with a pair of home games next weekend, starting with these same Coquitlam Adanacs at the Q Centre on Friday, July 27 at 7:30 pm. The final regular season game might well be the difference between first and second spot as they will face the New Westminster Salmonbellies at 6:00 pm.