The Maple Ridge Burrards stole home floor advantage in their best-of-seven league final series with a 9-7 win at the Q Centre Tuesday. The Burrards never trailed, holding a 3-0 advantage after the first and 7-4 after 40 minutes en route to the win.
Starting goaltenders were once again Adam Shute for the Rocks and Frankie Scigliano for the visitors. The first period belonged to Ben McIntosh who scored all 3 Maple Ridge goals commencing at 2:55, getting in close. Goal #2 came at 9:48 off a transition run and the hat trick marker was just 8 seconds later. Shots on goal reflected the score with the Burrards leading by a 20-14 margin.
Victoria got on the scoresheet early in the middle frame, Tyson Gibson tallying on the power play just 45 seconds in but just over a minute later the visitors got that one back off the stick of Curtis Dickson, that goal also coming with the man advantage. They opened up a 4-goal lead with Dickson’s second goal of the contest at 7:04 from outside the dotted line, that goal chasing Shute from the Victoria crease in favour of Cody Hagedorn. Rhys Duch picked up the Rocks’ second goal at 12:29, a shorthanded marker off a rebound in close but Maple Ridge’s power play connected at 13:11, once again Dickson doing the damage and he then picked up his 4th of the game at 14:59 to make it a 7-2 game in favour of the visitors. The Shamrocks got some momentum with 2 goals in the late going of the middle period which continued into period 3 as part of a 4-goal run. Gibson picked up his secondo of the game at 17:48 with a delayed penalty about to be called and Jesse King found twine at 18:42, fighting off a check in front. Shots on goal once again favoured Maple Ridge by a 16-15 margin and they were up by 3 going into the dressing room after two.
With Maple Ridge having some penalties called, Victoria’s power play took advantage to close the gap to a single goal as Duch picked up his second at 8:51 and adding his hat trick goal also with the man advantage at 9:27. That was as close as they would get as Maple Ridge killed as much of the clock as they could and managed to add a couple more goals, the first from Dickson, his fifth at 12:26 and Jean Luc Chetner picking up another at 15:55. Rob Hellyer got one back at 19:17 with a bullet from outside the dotted line with Hagedorn on the bench for the extra attacker but they could not close the gap, sending the crowd home disappointed.
Rhys Duch led Victoria’s offense with the hat trick while rookie Tyson Gibson added 2 goals and 1 helper, Duch picking up third star honours. Jesse King and Rob Hellyer added singles, contributing 5 and 3 assists respectively.