Rhys Duch Too Much For T-Men

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Nanaimo's Gord Phillips takes faceoff against Vic's Ben McCullough. Photo by Gary Johansen

The Victoria Shamrocks walked into Frank Crane Arena on Friday night for the first time in over 2 months. Before Friday, they hadn’t beat the Nanaimo Timbermen in Nanaimo in over a year. Combine that with their disappointing 12-11 overtime loss to the Timbermen in Victoria on Wednesday, this team had revenge on the mind heading up the Malahat.

Charles Claxton photo by Gary Johansen
Charles Claxton photo by Gary Johansen

It showed in Friday’s game as the Shamrocks doubled up Nanaimo 8-4, evening the series at a game apiece.

Shamrocks goaltender Adam Shute. Photo by Gary Johansen
Shamrocks goaltender Adam Shute. Photo by Gary Johansen

It was a great night for Shamrocks forward Rhys Duch, who scored his first hat-trick since June 14th. Duch had a goal and two assists in Game #1 and has averaged 5 points a game this season for the Shamrocks. Rob Hellyer also had a strong performance Friday as he had 5 assists and earned second-star honours for Victoria.

Drew Belgrave photo by Gary Johansen
Drew Belgrave photo by Gary Johansen

Hellyer got assists for 5 different guys and through the first two games, Hellyer leads the playoff scoring race with 12 points.

John Phillips photo by Gary Johansen
John Phillips photo by Gary Johansen

Game 2’s biggest star might have been Adam Shute, who bounced back to make 34 of 38 saves and give the Shamrocks their first win in 8 days. Shute has started 3 of the last 4 games for the ‘Rocks, giving up an average of almost 7 goals per game. Victoria’s other Game #2 goal scorers included Jesse King, Casey Jackson, Chris Wardle, Greg Harnett and Tyson Gibson.

With the series tied at 1, Game #3 goes Sunday at The Q Centre in Victoria. The ball drops at 7:30pm.

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