2012 Victoria Intermediate Shamrocks News

July 29, 2012

Jr. & Intermediate Shamrocks Awards Night
by Janice Huckin

Both the Jr. and Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks gathered at Boston Pizza on Veterans’ Memorial Parkway Thursday, July 26 to present team awards and, in the case of the Jr. Rocks, honour graduating players.

The event was well attended by players and parents, coaching and support staff and a few executive members along with a couple of special guests.

Jr. Shamrocks Award Winners were as follows:

Bill and Joan Munroe Trophy for Most Popular Player – voted on by the players – team captain Jake Emms

Top Defensive Player – Oliver Phillips

Best Conditioned Player – selected by team training staff in discussion with coaching staff – Chris Wardle

Steve Zellinsky Memorial Award for Most Improved Player – Conrad Chapman

Top Scorer – with 20 goals and 45 assists – Adam Brown

Archie Browning Award for Most Inspirational Player – a double winner – team captain Jake Emms

Rookie of the Year – Devon Casey

PeeWee Bradshaw Memorial Award for Most Valuable Player – Adam Brown, also a double winner

Sportsman of the Year – player combining sportsmanship, ability and a strong work ethic – Chris Wardle.

Two Service Awards were also presented:

Bob Reid Merit Award for outstanding service to Rod Wood who is the GM and Governor for both the Intermediate and Junior Shamrocks

Bill Russell Memorial Service Award for outstanding service to Janice Huckin.

The team also sees 11 players graduate out of the Junior ranks:

Jake Emms, Adam Brown, Oliver Phillips, Blair Pinnock, Jason Gregg, Shea Wakefield, Josh Fagan, Braden Kmita, Keenan Lambright, Paul Brebber and Glenn Foley.

Head coach Larry Smeltzer paid tribute to this group of 21 year-olds, acknowledging that he has seen 21 year-olds ruin a team, coast through their last season of junior or elevate a team. Without a doubt this group of veteran players falls into the latter category as Larry said Jake Emms is one of the best captains he has seen. Congratulations to all these players and best wishes in moving ahead in your lacrosse careers whether they be in the WLA, MLS, NLL or elsewhere.

This was the first year for the presentation of team awards to the Intermediate Shamrocks and 4 trophies were created for the occasion as follows:

Most Valuable Player – team captain Max Fredrickson

Top Defensive Player – Chris Kasper

Ev and Murray Rhode Award for Most Inspirational Player – presented for the first time by Ev and Murray who brought intermediate ‘A’ lacrosse to Victoria to goaltender Tanner Hodgson

The Lloyd Watson Award for Top Scorer – donated by the Watson family in memory of patriarch Lloyd who assisted coaching staff when son Lance played – this year presented by the Watson family to Jake Cullen.

All trophies are now in the process of being engraved with the winners’ names and when completed will be relocated to the trophy case on the mezzanine at Bear Mountain Arena for all to see.

That pretty much wraps up the season for the Jr. Shamrocks but the Intermediate Rocks still have some business to attend to as they will be participating in the Provincials in Burnaby over the August long weekend. Good luck, boys!

July 26, 2012

BC Provincial Championships - Game Schedule for the Intermediate A Shamrocks

Game 1 - Friday, Aug 3rd @ 8:00pm vs. Richmond at Copeland Arena
Game 2 - Saturday, Aug 4th @ 4:30pm vs. Coquitlam at Copeland Arena
Game 3 - Sunday, Aug 5th @ 2:00pm vs. New Westminister at Copeland Arena

All medal games will be on Monday Aug 6th at Copeland Arena

Go Shamrocks go!!

July 21, 2012 Shamrocks Take Game 1 By Janice Huckin The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks and Langley Thunder faced each other Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena in Game 1 of their best-of-3 playoff series and it was the home team coming out with a 17-7 victory. The game was close for about 15 minutes but then the Rocks blew the Thunder out, leading 6-2 and 11-5 after periods 1 and 2. Tanner Hodgson started in goal for the Rocks while Giulio DelBianco got the nod at the other end of the floor. Victoria’s offense got going early, Cole Pickup getting in close to put the ball over the Langley goaltender just 48 seconds in. Langley replied with a power play goal off the stick of Jesse Hamel at the 6:36 mark. The home team bounced back with a couple of power play goals of their own, Pickup getting his second counter at 8:57, just seconds into the man advantage. Dane Sorensen followed up with another on the power play at 14:22 from the corner of the crease. The Thunder kept things close, pulling within a goal at 14:43 from Chase Fraser before the Shamrocks ran off 3 unanswered to end the period. Sorensen picked up his second at 15:22 on a breakaway from center. At 17:12 it was Shamrocks scoring leader Jake Cullen connecting on another power play goal after some sustained pressure at Langley’s end of the floor. Cullen notched another just 40 seconds later, going over top of DelBianco to give the home team a 6-2 lead after 20 minutes. There was a steady parade to the penalty box, more in the Langley blue than Shamrocks green and the Shamrocks made the most of their opportunities scoring 3 goals with the man advantage to just 1 for the Thunder. Victoria opened up a 5-goal lead at 1:45 of the middle period, Matt Hamilton scoring shorthanded. The teams traded goals, Langley’s Fraser scoring a power play marker at 7:10 only to have Cullen reply with his third of the game just 24 seconds later. The Thunder once again shrunk the lead when Jacob Pearson connected at 8:25, a shot that Hodgson seemed to have but squeezed through. Special teams continued to be prominent as the Shamrocks ran off 3 more, the first an unassisted even strength goal from Brock Thompson-Marshall at 11:17. Cullen grabbed his fourth of the contest at 12:08 with his team playing a man short and then Matt Hamilton picked up his second on the power play at 14:18. Langley finished up the scoring with Fraser’s third of the game at 15:48. After 2 periods it was the home team leading by an 11-5 margin. The Shamrocks put the game away for real with a coupe of 3-goal runs, the first coming right at the beginning of the period as Jamie Jensen, Max Fredrickson and Cullen all scored by the 8:54 mark. A Langley power play goal interrupted things for a minute or two at 13:06 but another 3-goal Victoria run, including another 2 power play goals had the result solidified before Fraser scored his fourth for the visitors at 18:54. As noted, a real lack of discipline resulted in numerous penalties and the chippy play also culminated in a lack of flow to the game. Victoria’s offense was led unofficially by Jake Cullen with 5 goals and 3 assists. Matt Hamilton had the hat trick and 1 assist. Dane Sorensen, Cole Pickup and Brock Thompson-Marshall each scored twice with singles coming from Jamie Jensen, Max Fredrickson and Curtis Gailey, Gailey chipping in 3 assists and Fredrickson 5. Each team drew about 48 minutes in penalties including some 10 minute misconducts. For the visitors only Chase Fraser managed to solve Hodgson more than once as he tallied 4 goals and 1 assist.

Game 2 takes place Sunday in Langley with game 3, if necessary back at Bear Mountain Arena next Saturday, July 28. The series winner will advance to the Provincials to be held in Burnaby from August 3-6. The Shamrocks are looking to return to the Provincials after missing them last year. They brought back a gold medal in 2010.

July 18, 2012

The Shamrocks organization is holding its annual awards night on Thursday, July 26th at Boston Pizza located at 2755 Veterans Memorial Parkway. This year will also include both Junior and Intermediate teams. Our fans are welcome to attend and join us to celebrate the 2012 season.

July 17, 2012

Playoff Dates Have Been Confirmed for the Intermediate A Victoria Shamrocks versus the Intermediate A Langley Thunder

Game 1 - Saturday July 21st at Bear Mountain Arena start time 1:30
Game 2 - Sunday July 22nd at Langley Events Centre start time 2:00
Game 3 (if needed) - Saturday July 28th at Bear Mountain Arena start time 1:30

Hope to see you all get out to support the Intermediate A Shamrocks playoff run!

July 15, 2012

WestJet Winner!

Also, congratulations goes out to Danielle Harvey of Victoria, BC on winning the Westjet raffle this year. Her name was selected at center floor between the 2nd and 3rd period at the June 30th home game.
July 7, 2012

Rocks’ Offense Drowns Lakers
By Janice Huckin

After waiting 18 days between home games, Intermediate Shamrocks fans witnessed another blowout, this time a 23-10 victory against the visiting Burnaby Lakers Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena.

The Lakers put only 14 runners on the floor, making it a long night for the visitors. They started Cody Gilliam in goal while Tanner Hodgson got the start for the Shamrocks. Just 13 seconds into the opening period, Rocks’ leading scorer Jake Cullen gave his team a lead they would never relinquish, getting in close to score on the first shot of the game. It was a rough start for Gilliam as Curtis Gailey scored for the home team on the second shot of the game at 1:01 on a hard shot from just outside the dotted line. Just 27 seconds later an unassisted tally from Matt Baxter had the score at 3-0. By the 14:18 mark of the period Victoria was up 8-0 and the Lakers replaced Gilliam between the pipes with Jeremy Lashar. He allowed a couple more goals before the period ended with the Shamrocks up 10-0 and firing approximately 35 shots at the beleaguered Burnaby netminders. Hodgson faced only 8 shots by comparison.

The second period was more of the same as the Rocks rattled off 6 more goals by the 9:56 mark. They decided at that point to give Kiefer Hagedorn some work in goal so he replaced Hodgson. At 10:10, the Lakers finally got on the board, Tyler Kirkby scoring one of what would be four on the night. They added a shorthander at the 12:24 mark before Victoria replied with 3 more, including a pair from Nate Wade, his third and fourth of the game. The Lakers closed the scoring at 18:30 on a breakaway, Anthony Quatrano finding the back of the net. After 40 minutes the home squad led 19-3 and were outshooting the competition by something like 63-20.

Shamrocks’ captain Max Fredrickson opened the scoring 4:05 into the final frame – it was his fourth of the game and came after a successful 4-minute penalty kill. Give the Lakers credit, they did not resort overly much to the chippy stuff that often occurs in such a runaway but instead rattled off the next 4 goals, 3 of them from Kirkby and the other from Cameron Hudspeth. It was pretty much a matter of Victoria trying not to run up the score but instead working on some defensive work and ragging. They connected for 3 more markers while Burnaby also added 3 more to their total. Admittedly, the Shamrocks took it easy but the Lakers did outscore them 7-4 over the last 20 minutes.

Not a very exciting game for the fans in attendance but an important two points for the Intermediate Shamrocks as they try to get to the top of the league standings with a pair of road games left in their regular season. As mentioned there was a lot of offense and unofficially this is how things broke down for the Shamrocks: Nate Wade, Curtis Gailey and Max Fredrickson each scored 4 goals while adding 1, 2 and 4 assists respectively. Jake Cullen chipped in the hat trick and 4 helpers while Matt Hamilton, Dane Sorensen and Graham Winship each scored twice. Hamilton and Winship added 2 assists while Sorensen had 5. Singles came from Jamie Jensen and Matt Baxter while Wyatt Oickle and Cole Pickup each contributed 5 helpers.

For the Lakers it was Tyler Kirkby with 4 goals and 1 assist, Anthony Quatrano with 2 of each and Justin Appels with a goal and 3 helpers.

The Intermediate Shamrocks are on the mainland Sunday to take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies at Queen’s Park Arena. They finish the regular season next Sunday, July 15 against these same Burnaby Lakers also on the road. Playoffs will follow, likely commencing the weekend of July 21-22.
June 19, 2012

Shamrocks Get Lopsided Win
By Janice Huckin

After splitting a pair of games minus several regulars on the weekend, the Intermediate Shamrocks had a full line-up Tuesday and rolled over the visiting Nanaimo Timbermen at Bear Mountain Arena by a 21-7 score.

Nanaimo was in the game for about the first 6 minutes and after that, it was straight downhill. The Timbermen got on the scoreboard first with a shorthanded marker at 2:52 of the opening frame, Terrin Davies getting the ball behind Victoria starter Kiefer Hagedorn. The Rocks replied with a power play goal at 3:09, Dane Sorensen firing a bullet to the top corner behind Nanaimo starter Nate Clark. The home team jumped into the lead with a shorthanded marker of their own, Nate Wade finding twine at 5:29. The visitors then returned the favour with a power play goal, Jaedon Gillies finding the mark at 5:54. From the 8:39 mark to the end of the period, the Shamrocks piled up 7 more goals, two of which came with the man advantage, to take a 9-2 lead to the dressing room after 20 minutes.

Nanaimo once again scored to open the middle frame, Pierce Watson scoring a power play marker at 2:58 with a hard shot. Jamie Jensen got that one back for the Rocks at 3:38 from a scrum in front of the net. The T’Men got an unassisted goal at 6:04 from big Jeremy Roe. The visitors made a goaltending change at that point, Matt Zeller taking over between the pipes. Sorensen picked up a power play goal for the Shamrocks at 7:03 but Davies picked up his second for Nanaimo at 9:40. The Shamrocks scored 3 unanswered goals to end the period, building up a 14-5 lead after two periods. Shots on goal favoured Victoria by something like 42-26 overall at this point.

The third period was more of the same, the Shamrocks scoring 7 times to Nanaimo’s twice. As could probably be predicted, play got chippier as the game went on. It might be fun for the players to run up individual stats but it isn’t usually a great game for spectators. Nor for the losing team, needless to say. Nanaimo was very aggressive and took the majority of the penalties in period 3. Late in the game, however, with the result assured Victoria’s Ryan Fedrigo was assessed a 5 minute penalty for back-checking and a match misconduct.

When the dust settled, unofficially Jake Cullen, Matt Hamilton and Nate Wade each had 4 goals for the Shamrocks with Cullen also chipping in 5 helpers. Dane Sorensen had the hat trick and 2 assists, Jamie Jensen picked up a pair of goals with Scott Slym, Graham Winship, Darren Wilson (who also had 3 assists) and Chris Kasper each scoring once. Max Cullen contributed 3 helpers and Kiefer Hagedorn had another strong outing in goal.

The Intermediate Shamrocks have just one home game remaining in the regular season and that doesn’t take place until Saturday, July 7 at 1:30 pm when they will take on the Burnaby Lakers.

This year will see the Intermediate ‘A’ league participating in playoffs after the regular season. Top 8 teams will qualify with 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, etc. all series to be best 2 of 3 with the four winners advancing to the Provincials in Burnaby in August. Come back often to this website for playoff details.
June 18, 2012

Shorthanded Rocks Still Get the ‘W’
By Janice Huckin

The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks hit the floor at Bear Mountain Arena minus about a dozen regulars but still managed to come out on the winning end of a 16-7 score against the visiting Langley Thunder.

With several regulars attending a ‘field lacrosse’ shootout event in Denver, the Rocks called up 6 players for back-up and the team didn’t miss a beat, jumping out to a 5-0 first period lead on their way to the victory. Keifer Hagedorn got the start in goal for the Shamrocks, while Aiden Yorke guarded the crease at the Langley end of the floor.

The home team got on the board early, call-up Dane Chapman getting in close to score at 1:16. A couple of power play goals followed. Playing some quick passes, Jamie Jensen got the feed right on the corner of the crease and scored at 5:01. At 10:16, an identical play notched Jensen’s second of the contest, just 16 seconds into a power play. Team captain Max Fredrickson, back in the line-up after a couple of injuries kept him out over the last while, picked up an unassisted tally at 11:25, beating Yorke with a low backhander. Dane Sorensen gave the home team the 5-0 lead at 14:43 finishing off a run down the floor with Fredrickson. Shots on goal were 22-9 for the Shamrocks.

Langley got on the board first in period 2, Chase Fraser firing a hard shot from outside the dotted line on a delayed penalty call at 2:20. It took only 39 seconds for the Rocks to reply, Fredrickson picking up his second of the contest. The Thunder gained a bit of momentum, scoring the next two goals, the first coming from Reece Callies on a bouncer at 3:21. The second was a power play goal from Jacob Pearson that beat Hagedorn just inside the post at 4:56. Cole Pickup struck back for the Shamrocks at 7:25 with an outside shot but that was answered at 7:42 when Langley’s Jesse Worley got in close and found the back of the net. There was a lapse in scoring for a few minutes but the home team got a third goal from Fredrickson at 13:14, that one coming with his team a man short. At 15:01, Chase Oickle restored the 5-goal lead. That goal signaled time for a goaltender change for the Thunder. The visitors picked up one more at 16:27, the second of the game for Pearson on the power play but Victoria closed out the scoring when Sorensen returned the favour on the power play, picking up his second of the game at 16:58, getting to the net and putting the ball over top of the goalie. Again in period 2, shots favoured the Rocks, albeit by a smaller margin, 21-16. They retained the 5-goal lead, 10-5 after 40 minutes.

The Shamrocks owned the third period, outscoring their opponents 6-2. The game had been pretty physical throughout but got into the ‘nasty’ stage as period three progressed. The Rocks scored the first three goals of the period from Pickup, his second, Jensen his third of the game on the power play and Sorensen also his hat-trick goal. That had the lead widened to 13-5 by the 6:32 mark. Worley got one back for the Thunder at 7:38 and another from Joshua Strong at 8:29. It was at this point that Langley’s Austin Iredale floored Wyatt Oickle with a shot to the head followed by another as he lay on the floor. For his trouble Iredale was assessed a match penalty and Oickle was helped from the floor. Victoria rounded out the scoring with the final 3 goals of the period. Sorensen picked up his fourth on a great interception and unassisted goal at 11:53, Fredrickson scored off a rebound at 15:25 and Sorensen closed the door on the game at 18:48 on a delayed penalty call.

Unofficially, the Shamrocks were led offensively by their captain Max Fredrickson with 4 goals and about 7 assists. Dane Sorensen chipped in 5 goals and 3 helpers, Jamie Jensen 3 goals and 1 assist and call-up Cole Pickup added 2 goals and 3 helpers. Other goals came from Dane Chapman and Chase Oickle. Keifer Hagedorn picked up the win in goal, kicking out 30 of the 37 shots he faced.

The Thunder got two goals each from Jesse Worley and Jacob Pearson, with singles coming from Joshua Strong, Reece Callies and Chase Fraser.

Next home game for the Intermediate Shamrocks is Tuesday evening at Bear Mountain Arena when they will face the Nanaimo Timbermen. It should be a battle as usual with this island rival. Come out and support the boys; admission is by donation and the action gets under way at 7:30 pm.

June 2, 2012

Shamrocks Rout Burrards
By Janice Huckin

There’s no way to beat around the bush, the expansion Maple Ridge Burrards found themselves the victims of a goal-blitz Saturday as the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks pounded them by a score of 26-10. Even at that, it was almost a tale of 3 separate games.

The Rocks got off to a quick start, scoring the first 5 goals on starting Maple Ridge goaltender Connor David. Ryan Taylor got things started with what looked like a roller that fooled David at 1:29. Jake Cullen followed up at 4:14 with a high shot to the corner and at 7:34 Matt Hamilton made it 3-0, scoring despite having a defender draped all over him. Team captain, Max Fredrickson, back in the line-up after missing a couple of weeks due to injury, got back into scoring mode at 8:22 with a quick-stick from the corner of the crease. Dane Sorensen had the Rocks up 5-0 at 9:46 with a shot from in close that just made it across the line. Maple Ridge finally hit the scoresheet at 10:16, Riley Glemnitz firing a low shot through traffic. The teams traded pairs of goals, Victoria getting goals from Curtis Gailey at 10:39 and from Cullen, on the power play at 13:19. The visitors replied with a pair of their own, Glenmitz at 13:34 and Johnathan Kraakman on the power play at 15:59. The Shamrocks closed the period with 4 unanswered goals, including a shorthander from Max Cullen at 19:52 to make the score 11-3 after 20 minutes. Nick Arthur had relieved David between the pipes for Maple Ridge at the 18:05 mark, after Victoria’s 9th marker.

I was beginning to think the floor might have been slanted in one direction when Maple Ridge took charge in the middle frame, scoring 6 goals, including 4 in a span of less than 4 minutes midway through the period. The Shamrocks still held a lead but it was only by 6 goals, 15-9 as the teams went to the dressing room. The Burrards were better but then again, the Shamrocks played much worse in the middle period, getting a little showy and not paying attention to defense.

Maple Ridge opened the scoring just 1:26 into the final period but that slanted floor took over once again as the Shamrocks peppered shots at the beleaguered Burrards netminder, scoring 6 goals between the 2:11 mark and 6:58 of the period. At that point David returned to the net but could not stem the tide as Victoria added 5 more before the period would end. It’s a lot of fun for players to score lots of goals but it doesn’t really make for good watching.

In any event, several Shamrocks players certainly padded their personal statistics. Unofficially, Dane Sorensen with 5 goals and 4 assists and Jake Cullen with 6 goals and 3 helpers led the team. Curtis Gailey, Max Fredrickson and Ryan Taylor, each contributed a hat-trick with Fredrickson and Taylor adding 3 and 2 assists respectively. Singles came from Collin Bashford, Jordan Green (who also had 3 helpers), Chris Kasper, Matt Hamilton and Max Cullen. Graham Winship chipped in 3 assists and goaltender Tanner Hodgson also helped the cause with 3 helpers.

For the Burrards Johnathan Kraakman, Joe Olson, and Riley Glemnitz each collected a hat trick with the other goal coming from Stevie Aldcroft.

The Intermediate Shamrocks are on the road Sunday to take on the always-tough Coquitlam Adanacs and do not appear again at Bear Mountain Arena until Saturday, June 16.

May 30, 2012

T’Men Fall to Rocks
By Janice Huckin

The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks continued their winning ways on the road Tuesday as they beat the Nanaimo Timbermen, 15-8. It was billed as a lacrosse game but at times, it resembled the game only in the fact the players had sticks in their hands. I’d liken it more to a day at the zoo. One might have thought in light of the notoriety recently received for their part in a bench-clearing brawl, the Timbermen would stick to lacrosse. Apparently NOT.

The home team actually jumped out to the lead, scoring their first goal at 2:41 of the opening period off the stick of Scott Reynolds. Victoria replied at 3:02, Chris Kasper finding twine behind starting Nanaimo goaltender Nate Clark. Jake Cullen put the visitors up at 3:15, before the T’Men went on a 3-goal run. Kevin Glanfield scored at 3:45, followed by a power play marker at 9:30 from Terrin Davies and just 29 seconds later another from big Jeremy Roe. That made the score 4-2 for Nanaimo and marked the end of the evening for Victoria goaltender Keifer Hagedorn who was replaced by Tanner Hodgson. The Rocks drew within a goal at 10:14, Brock Thompson-Marshall doing the honours. After 20 minutes, Nanaimo had a 4-3 lead.

The second period gave fans a pretty good idea how the aforementioned melee could have happened, especially after the Shamrocks got the lead. The Timbermen lived up to their name, wielding the stick like an axe, seemingly more intent on injuring the opposition than actually playing the game. The officiating definitely had something to do with the deterioration in play. It certainly appeared the officials had their heads more in the stands than on the floor. Two fans and a member of the Victoria bench staff were ejected at any rate. Meanwhile in actual lacrosse, Victoria outscored the opposition by a 4-1 margin, including 3 power play goals (crime doesn’t pay) and held a 7-5 lead after the second period. It was still a game, certainly win-able by either team.

Nanaimo actually scored first in period 3, drawing them within a goal but the wheels fell off after that as Victoria rattled off 7 in a row, jumping out to a 14-6 lead by the 15:10 mark. Nanaimo put together a late 2-goal run but the Rocks put the exclamation point on the outcome when Devan Smith scored unassisted at 19:45.

It was a shame the game played out as it did. There is some talent on the Nanaimo roster but unfortunately it was overshadowed by something other than lacrosse. It is believed that one of the on-floor officials involved on the ‘night of the brawl’ was on the floor tonight as well. There was never a feeling that they had control of the game. The Shamrocks were not blameless in some of the shenanigans going on, for sure. The boys in green got the 2 points, but the jury is still out at what price that result came.

Leading the Shamrocks offensively it was once again Jake Cullen with 4 goals and 1 assist. Devan Smith had the hat trick while Nate Wade picked up 2 goals and 3 helpers and Matt Hamilton contributed 3 assists. Other goals came from Jamie Jensen, Curtis Gailey, Brock Marshall and Chris Kasper with a pair. Almost half of the goals came on special teams – 6 on the power play and 1 shorthanded.

Jeremy Roe led the Timbermen with 2 goals and 3 assists. Jaedon Gilles and Scott Reynolds each had a pair of goals as well.

Next action for the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks is Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena when they will try to extend their winning streak against the visiting Maple Ridge Burrards. Game time is 1:30 pm. Admission is by donation.

May 27, 2012

Rocks Trounce Islanders
By Janice Huckin

The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks put 20 goals on the board Sunday and romped to a 20-7 victory over the Delta Islanders. The Rocks faced an old teammate as former Intermediate Shamrock goaltender Charles Claxton was between the pipes for Delta. I’m sure it wasn’t exactly the kind of welcome he was hoping for. Tanner Hodgson got the start in goal for Victoria.

Ironically it was Delta getting on the scoreboard first and that wasn’t until the 6:57 mark of period 1 when Taylor Northway got the ball behind Hodgson. The Rocks tied things up at 8:24, Jake Cullen powering to the net. The flood gates opened after that with a total of 5 goals in a 5-minute span. The Islanders took the lead once again and for the last time in the contest at 9:27 when Matt Benedict got in close with the teams playing 3-on-3. Again the home team replied, Matt Hamilton coming in off the ensuing face-off to knot things at 2 apiece at the 9:47 mark. The Shamrocks took the lead at 11:00 with Cullen notched his second just inside the post. This time Delta replied to get things even again, Jon Phillips firing from the slot at 13:28. Things started to fall off the rails for the visitors after that. In the last minute of the opening period, Jordan Cunningham shorthanded and Chris Kasper at even strength both scored unassisted tallies and that made the score 5-3 for the Shamrocks after 20 minutes.

A power play goal just 32 seconds into period 2 by Cullen – that would be his third of the game – had the Rocks up by 3. It took just 21 seconds for Delta reply with the first of 2 consecutive goals. The first came off the stick of Brandon Moroz and the second was courtesy of Phillips, a power play goal, his second of the game, at 3:09. Again goals came very quickly and at the end of the period the Shamrocks had a 15-6 lead. That included 2 more from Hamilton and 3 more from Cullen. One of the nicest was the last of the period, an unassisted tally from Curtis Gailey at 18:49 when he picked up his own rebound, ran around the net, gave a couple of fakes and deposited the ball in the back of the net. Claxton must have felt he was in a shooting galley as the shots on goal favoured the Shamrocks 40-25 at the end of the second period.

The onslaught continued in the final frame, the home team outscoring the visitors by a 5-1 margin. Keifer Hagedorn came in to play the final 11:23 in goal for the Shamrocks and allowed 1 goal.

It was an important win for the Shamrocks, making it four in a row, three of those at home as the season nears the halfway point. Leading the way unofficially for the Shamrocks was Jake Cullen who finished with 7 goals and 5 helpers. Matt Hamilton had 4 goals and 1 assist while Jordan Cunningham chipped in 8 points on 2 goals and 6 assists. Curtis Gailey had the hat-trick and 2 assists, Chris Kasper chipped in a pair of goals with singles coming from Ryan Taylor who also had a great game on the penalty kill and Matt Baxter. Graham Winship added 3 assists and goaltender Tanner Hodgson got in on the offense with 2 helpers.

Jon Phillips and Brandon Moroz each scored twice for Delta while Evan Messenger led the team with 4 assists.

Next up for the Intermediates is a game in Nanaimo Tuesday against the Timbermen. That game takes place at 7:00 at the Frank Crane Arena. The next home game is next Tuesday, June 2 when the visitors will be the expansion Maple Ridge Burrards. Game time is 1:30 pm.


May 26, 2012

Rocks Hang on for Third Straight Win
by Janice Huckin

It took a few weeks until the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks won their first game on home floor but now they are trying to make a habit of it as they held on for a 10-9 victory over the visiting Port Coquitlam Saints Saturday.

Keifer Hagedorn got his first start for the Shamrocks while Michael Maiwka started for the visitors. It was the home team getting the quick start scoring the first three goals of the game. At 2:20 Jake Cullen got in close and made good. Not quite 5 minutes later Ryan Taylor put the Rocks up by a pair, taking a hit but making the play from the edge of the crease. At 8:22 Nate Wade opened up the 3-goal lead, putting the ball over top of the goalie. PoCo made an appearance on the scoresheet at 11:12, Curtis Bellamy scoring right after a good penalty kill by the visitors. That was it for the Saints as Victoria rounded out the scoring with another 3-goal run. Just 31 seconds after PoCo’s goal, Jamie Jensen again went over top. Wade picked up his second of the contest at 14:34, firing through traffic and Ryan Fedrigo got on a run and gathered in a lead pass from Matt Baxter to give the Shamrocks a 6-1 lead after 20 minutes.

One thing you can usually give credit to the Saints for is never giving up. They didn’t this time either. A couple of early goals, the first on the power play at 1:00 and the second at even strength at 4:03 closed the gap to 3 goals. A total of 10 goals were scored in the period and 6 of those came from the Saints. Picking up goals for the Shamrocks in the period were Curtis Gailey unassisted at 5:33 and Cullen with his second at 6:48. Dane Sorensen scored a nice tally at 10:50, twisting and turning to get away from a check and putting the ball in the back of the net. Derek McLeod scored the other Shamrocks goal in period 2. When the dust settled the Rocks were still holding on to a 10-7 lead.

Port Coquitlam chipped away and it was past the halfway point of the third period before anyone found twine. When they did it was Tyler Klamer beating Hagedorn at 11:06. At 12:42 the visitors pulled within a single goal, Tanner Rennich doing the honours. Victoria made a goaltender switch, replacing Hagedorn with Tanner Hodgson who went the distance without allowing another goal. At the other end of the floor the Rocks had no success as Maiwka was shutting the door on the home team That was as close as things would get.

It wasn’t a great win but it was a win and the Intermediate Shamrocks got it despite being without their top 2 scorers as team captain Max Fredrickson was out with a ‘lower body injury’ and Jordan Cunningham was held out to play with the Jr. Shamrocks later in the day.

Unofficially Jake Cullen and Nate Wade each scored twice for the Rocks and added 2 and 1 assist respectively. Singles came from Ryan Taylor, Curtis Gailey, Ryan Fedrigo, Derek McLeod and Jamie Jensen.

Tyler Klarner had the hat trick and 2 helpers for the Saints while Tanner Rennich added a goal and 4 assists and Kyran Clarke a goal and 3 assists.

Next game for the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks is back at Bear Mountain Arena Sunday at 5:00 when they will take on the Delta Islanders. The Intermediates then hit the road Tuesday to take on the Timbermen in Nanaimo. That game is at 7:00 and will be played at the Frank Crane Arena.

May 20, 2012

Rocks Hand Roadrunners First Loss
By Janice Huckin

The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks entered Saturday’s contest at Bear Mountain Arena still seeking their first home win of the season. Some might have felt the deck was stacked against them with the opponent being the undefeated league-leading Richmond Roadrunners. It didn’t faze the Shamrocks as they put in a solid team effort and came out with a well-deserved 13-11 victory.

Starting goaltenders were Tanner Hodgson for the Shamrocks and Ryland Hood for the visitors. The Roadrunners got off to a quick start, scoring on their first shot of the game just 24 seconds in, Adam Wagner firing a hard shot from just outside the dotted line. Victoria replied when Jake Cullen picked up a rebound and made good at 1:47. Three Richmond goals in 1:02 had the home team reeling as they were down 4-1 after only 3:29 of the opening period. Alas, it was just a temporary setback as the Rocks scored the next 4 to take the lead away. Cullen picked up his second at 7:15, a shorthanded bouncer that found the back of the net. At 8:32 another shorthanded goal, this one off the stick of Max Fredrickson as he fired over his shoulder had the home team within a goal. Jordan Cunningham pulled the Shamrocks even at 11:02 making the break and picking up a pass from Ryan Fedrigo. They then picked up their first lead of the contest, Fredrickson getting his second, this one on the power play, beating Hood with a hard shot from the slot. Less than 2 minutes later, Richmond tied things up, Ryan Vogrig scoring on a breakaway at 12:54. The Roadrunners had a chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty shot but Hodgson stood tall and denied the opportunity. The period ended in a 5-5 tie.

The second period saw 7 goals scored and a steady stream of players to the penalty box. Again it was the visitors opening the scoring, Braeden Jensen having his shot bounce off someone into the Victoria net at the 53-second mark. The Rocks replied with 3 of their own. Fredrickson picked up his 3rd and 4th of the contest at 2:17 and 5:34. The first came off a bullet from outside the dotted line and the second went in off Hood. Doesn’t matter, they still count. Ryan Taylor then picked up a goal at 6:20, putting the ball over the goalie and giving Victoria an 8-6 lead. The visitors picked up a goal at 15:12, off the stick of Cody Nass who appeared perilously close to being in the crease. It didn’t bother the Shamrocks as Matt Wilson picked up a goal at 15:47 on a hard low shot. That goal came with an extra attacker on the floor and a delayed penalty being signaled for the ‘Runners. Fredrickson then picked up his fifth goal with just 6 ticks left on the clock giving the Shamrocks a 10-7 lead after 40 minutes.

The home team opened up a 4-goal lead with a power play goal at the 41-second mark, the second of the game for Wilson. Richmond battled back with a couple of power play goals of their own before Curtis Gailey responded at 9:41, reaching around the big goaltender. The teams traded goals, Richmond getting 2 to Victoria’s 1, the last coming at 19:14. The game was not without its shenanigans. When the Shamrocks took a minor penalty at 13:31, the visitors tried to double it up by having goaltender Tanner Hodgson’s equipment measured. Just like the earlier penalty shot, that fell short and resulted in an offsetting delay of game penalty.

It was a great team effort for the Intermediate Shamrocks who were coming off an explosive 20-goal road game. They showed great determination and poise in battling back from the early deficit. Special teams played a huge role as the Rocks scored twice shorthanded and 3 times with the man advantage.

Unofficially the Shamrocks were led offensively by their captain Max Fredrickson with 5 goals and 1 assist. Jake Cullen, Jordan Cunningham and Darrin Wilson each scored twice with singles coming from Ryan Taylor and Curtis Gailey. Dane Sorensen chipped in 4 assists while Ryan Fedrigo and Brock Marshall each had a pair of helpers. Tanner Hodgson came up with some outstanding saves when they were really needed and also contributed 1 assist.

The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks have two games at home next weekend. Saturday, May 26, the Port Coquitlam Saints will provide the opposition in a 1:30 contest at Bear Mountain Arena. Sunday, in a 5:00 pm start, it will be the Shamrocks taking on the Delta Islanders.

Admission to all Intermediate Shamrocks games is by donation. This is great entertainment value for your dollar.

Intermediate Shamrocks Winless at Home
By Janice Huckin

The Intermediate Shamrocks were looking for their first win at home in the young 2012 season. They had a 6-2 lead early in the second period but were unable to hold on, losing to the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies 11-10 in overtime Saturday afternoon.

Tanner Hodgson got the nod in goal for the home team while Michael Flintoff took up his position between the pipes at the other end of the floor. It was the visitors getting on the scoreboard first, Jason Delgrasso getting in close to score at 4:57. The Rocks replied with a pair, Jordan Cunningham scoring unassisted at 7:38 and Jake Cullen following up about a minute later to give the home team a 2-1 lead. Victoria got into some penalty trouble with two concurrent minor penalties but they managed to do a masterful job of killing the penalties. That came at the hands of team captain Max Fredrickson and Wyatt Oickle who, despite being physically lifted off the floor managed to retain control of the ball. The ‘Bellies got things tied up at 14:15, courtesy of a low shot by Hunter Onstine. The Shamrocks owned the rest of the period, scoring 3 unanswered goals. Fredrickson picked up a shorthanded marker at 16:14 picking up a lead pass from Devan Smith. Cullen then picked up his second goal of the contest on the power play at 17:40, finding the back of the net from right in front. Dane Sorensen wrapped up the scoring at 19:26, showing some patience to get the goaltender down and putting the ball in over top. That sent the Rocks to the dressing room with a 5-2 lead after 20 minutes.

Victoria increased the lead just 31 seconds into the middle frame, Max Cullen finding the back of the net just as the 30-second buzzer sounded. The visitors got into a bit of a run, scoring 3 straight goals in a span of 2 minutes, before the Shamrocks would be heard from again. Jaylor Tudela scored at 12:24, a shot that Hodgson got a piece of but couldn’t quite corral. A power play goal off the stick of Jeremy Wilson followed at 13:23 and at 14:25 Adam Dickson brought the visitors within a goal. After a Victoria time-out, the Shamrocks came back with a pair of goals to finish the period. Nate Wade went end-to-end to beat Flintoff at 15:39 and a shorthanded marker, the third of the game for Jake Cullen, restored the 3-goal lead for the home team after 40 minutes of play.

The Salmonbellies kept chipping away, scoring the first two goals of the final period. The first came just 18 seconds in off the stick of Dickson, a bullet from just outside the dotted line. Jake Latin followed that up at 2:32 on the power play. Jake Cullen picked up his fourth at 10:34 to once again put the Rocks up by a pair. Tyrell Hamer-Jackson, however, picked up the next 2 goals for the visitors to tie the game up at 9-9. Fredrickson got his second for the Shamrocks at 12:42 but the lead was short-lived as Hamer-Jackson picked up his hat-trick marker at 14:18. Despite chances at both ends, the third period ended with the teams deadlocked at 10 and we were into overtime.

The Shamrocks applied all kinds of pressure early in the extra period but were unable to get the ball behind Flintoff which eventually led to a break down the floor and a goal by New West’s Marco Ballarin at the 2:51 mark to give the visitors the victory.

Jake Cullen led the Shamrocks with 4 goals and 1 assist, Max Fredrickson picked up a pair of goals and 1 helper with singles coming from Dane Sorensen, Jordan Cunningham, Nate Wade and Max Cullen.

The Intermediates do not return to Bear Mountain Arena for 2 weeks when they will host the expansion Richmond Roadrunners. Game time May 19 will be 5:00 pm – please note that time change.

April 28, 2012

Intermediate Rocks Drop Home Opener
By Janice Huckin

The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks got behind early in their home opener Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena and dropped a 14-11 decision to the visiting Coquitlam Adanacs, despite a valiant comeback attempt in the third period.

Starting goaltenders were Tanner Hodgson for the home squad and Andrew Overhault for the visitors. The Adanacs jumped out to a 2-goal lead early as Cody Reed scored on the power play at 4:17 of the opening frame and just 30 seconds later Jaden Epplette got in on a breakaway to put the ball behind Hodgson. At 8:18 another power play marker, the second of the contest for Reed, put Coquitlam ahead 3-0. The Shamrocks responded at 9:40 when the diminutive Wyatt Oickle fought his way to the front of the net and grabbed a pass from Curtis Gailey. At 13:49 the Rocks drew within a goal when Nate Wade connected on a bullet through traffic. Unfortunately, penalties continued to plague the home team and Coquitlam scored 4 unanswered goals, 2 of them with the man advantage, to take a 7-2 lead to the dressing room after 20 minutes.

It looked like things might turn around for the Shamrocks in the middle frame as Jordan Cunningham scored a short-handed marker just 5 seconds in. That wasn’t to be the case as the Adanacs bounced back with a pair at 2:24 and 3:04. The Rocks didn’t quit and responded with 4 of the next 5 goals. Cunningham scored his second at the 3:30 mark, finding twine from the corner of the crease. Chris Kasper followed that up with an end-to-end rush at 6:18. Coquitlam squeezed in another power play goal at 7:36 before the home team added a couple more. Darrin Wilson buried a hard shot at 9:18 and followed up with a power play goal at 11:35. That made the score a respectable 10-7 for the visitors. Unfortunately they were unable to stem the tide and the Adanacs scored two more before the period ended making it 12-7. The good news was that the offense for Victoria had matched that of Coquitlam. The bad news – they were still behind by 5.

There was some more good news for the boys in green in period 3, however, as they outscored the visitors 4-2, including a couple more power play goals. It was Cunningham notching his third of the contest on the power play at the 42-second mark, picking up the ball from a scrum and going in unmolested. At 1:28 team captain Max Fredrickson scored, getting in close, diving across and beating Overhault. Just 16 seconds letter, Coquitlam replied with Cam Bateman putting the ball over Hodgson. Another power play goal for the Rocks off the stick of Jake Cullen at 16:06 pulled the home team within 3 goals. Cunningham picked up his fourth of the game at 17:40 got the Rocks really close as he fired a bullet just inside the post. Coquitlam put the game away with a goal at the 18:12 mark, the fourth of the game from Cody Reed.

Talking post-game with head coach Keith Hagedorn, he noted that there were some good things that came out of the game. While the Adanacs have been together for a long time, this year’s Shamrocks team is a mix of players new to each other. Had they stayed out of the penalty box, the outcome certainly could have been different as Coquitlam scored 6 times with the man advantage. It’s something to build on and the Shamrocks tied the second period and won the third.

Leading the way for the Shamrocks was Jordan Cunningham with 4 goals and 1 assist. Darrin Wilson added a pair with singles coming from Jake Cullen, the energetic Wyatt Oickle, Chris Kasper, Nate Wade and Max Fredrickson who also chipped in 3 assists. Tanner Hodgson went the distance in goal and contributed a couple of assists. The Intermediate Shamrocks are on the road Sunday and return to Bear Mountain next Saturday, May 5 to take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Game time is 1:30 pm and as always admission is by donation.

April 25, 2012

Intermediate Shamrocks Looking Ahead
By Janice Huckin

The 2012 lacrosse season is just ahead and the Intermediate ‘A’ team is moving forward with a new coaching team, and an eye on returning to the playoffs and capturing a provincial title.

This year the Intermediate Shamrocks are being managed by the Jr. Shamrocks Lacrosse Association and the Jr. Shamrocks Promotion Society. Most of last year’s coaching staff has moved up to the Jr. Rocks but has been replaced by a very competent and successful team of coaches. Keith Hagedorn and Blake Anderson, who have been at the helm of Juan de Fuca’s gold medal Intermediate ‘B’ team for the past several years have taken over the reins of this year’s ‘A’ team. They are assisted by Darrin Sanderson and Loren McInerney who also assumes the post of team manager, among other hats.

I had a chance to talk with Loren at a recent Intermediate practice to get some comments on what fans can expect from this year’s team. Early indications are that we’ll see a hard-working, blue collar type of team that plays tough defense. That said, there is also a lot of offensive talent on the team so they won’t be lacking for goals. The team is comprised of about 50/50 returning and new players. The intermediate program is really only 2 years so having about half 18 year-olds and half 17 year-olds is a good mix.

While the Jr. Shamrocks are planning a fast-break style of play with offense beginning with the goaltenders, I asked whether that’s something the Intermediates will be embracing. The answer: “possibly a little later that’s something that will be looked at but in the early going, play will be more of a traditional, modern-day system”.

The Intermediates have players from many lower island associations, including Cowichan as well as those around the Greater Victoria area. That has not represented any problem in terms of team chemistry; Loren feels the team is coming together quite nicely.

Head coach Keith Hagedorn and his staff had a pretty tough time paring down the last few players, so extraordinary was the talent to choose from at this year’s training camp. The final choices came down to a little thing here or there. One thing that is being stressed by the coaching staff as well as the rest of the Jr.Shamrocks organization is integrity and respect for the game, teammates, officials, etc. Those of us who have been around Shamrocks lacrosse for a while refer to it as ‘Shamrocks Pride’. It has been a little hard not to think about Intermediates as ‘minor’ lacrosse but instead as beginning their ‘senior’ playing career. That will be a change this year.

Some of the players returning from last season include Jordan Cunningham, Curtis Gailey, Devan Smith, Chris Kasper, Ryan Fedrigo and goaltender Tanner Hodgson. These players would like to have a gold medal to add to their repertoires before perhaps moving onto Jr. ‘A’ careers. One of the newcomers who will be looking to continue a Shamrock tradition is Matt Hamilton, son of former Jr. and Sr. Shamrock, John Hamilton. Another is Kiefer Hagedorn, nephew of Keith and cousin of current Jr. Shamrocks goaltender Cody. See, the Shamrocks are really like a family.
The regular season begins this Saturday at 1:30 pm at Bear Mountain when the Intermediate Shamrocks will host the always-strong Coquitlam Adanacs. Admission is by donation and this is really a very exciting brand of lacrosse – come out and see some of the stars of the future.

Stick around and watch the Jr. Shamrocks as they also begin their regular season at 5:00 pm when the Delta Islanders will provide the opposition.


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