2013 Victoria Intermediate Shamrocks News

October 24, 2013

 

Elections Held at AGM



The AGM for the Jr. Shamrocks Promotion Society took place Wednesday, October 23 with a quorum of 8 attendees.

Here are some highlights from the meeting:

Rod Wood’s Governor Report:
- Talks are taking place with respect to a change in the playoff format for the Intermediate ‘A’ teams, changing more to a league playoff as opposed to a round-robin provincial format.
- The 2013 Minto Cup made a profit for the first time in several years
- Playoffs for the Jr. ‘A’ league will switch to an east vs west format commencing in 2014. The top teams in B.C. and Alberta will meet to determine the west winner and the Minto Cup will be played, alternately in either B.C./Alberta or Ontario beginning with the west in 2014 (so as to be opposite the Mann Cup which will be played in Ontario in 2014).

Rod Wood’s General Manager Report:
- Keith Hagedorn and Blake Anderson have both indicated an interest in returning to coach the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks. Rod has also received interest from others and discussions are ongoing with a decision to be made soon.
- There will be a midget draft again this year, to take place the last Sunday of January. Midgets from the Juan de Fuca/Westshore organization are automatically protected to the Jr. Shamrocks.
- Nirmal Dillon will return as head coach of the Jr. Shamrocks and he will be assisted by Brett Savory as offense coach with the search ongoing for a defensive coach.
- Larry Smeltzer will work with goaltenders as requested but will take on more of a role of assistant to the GM.

Treasurer’s Report
- Tuffy McPherson provided a financial statement and reported that finances are in very good standing for both teams with Bingo continuing to be a major source of revenue, despite declining attendance.

President’s Report
- Ron Hampton thanked all the volunteers, both executive members and parents for all their hard work on behalf of both teams during the past season

Election of Officers:
- Ron Hampton acclaimed for a new 2-year term as Chair
- Christine Mavin acclaimed for a 1-year term as Vice Chair, Fund-raising and Promotions
- Janice Huckin acclaimed for a 2-year term as Vice Chair, Game Day
- Lori Morgan acclaimed for a 2-year term as Secretary
- Heather Clark and Sherry Huckin each acclaimed for 2-year terms as Directors at large.
- Tuffy McPherson enters his second year of a 2-year term as Treasurer, no election required
- Jan Sutherland enters her second year of a 2-year term as Director, no election required.

We have a good mix of new participants and experienced returnees (recycled actually) on the board committed to the success of the teams. There are still a few vacant Director positions which we hope to be filled once the teams are selected. We encourage all fans and parents to become members. Don’t forget, the Society along with the Junior Shamrocks Lacrosse Association operate both the Intermediate and Jr. Shamrocks all year long.

Fans can also support both teams by coming out and playing bingo every Tuesday at the Pro Patria Legion on Gorge Road. Doors open at 4:00 pm, first 45 bonanza numbers are called at 5:45 and the program is over by 9:00 pm. Free parking is available as well as a concession until midway through the program. You probably won’t get rich – but it is fun and a really good group of loyal bingo players is sticking with us. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun and support the teams.

- Janice Huckin


 

Rocks Bring Home Bronze

 
Well, the season is over for the Intermediate Shamrocks as they came home from the Provincials with a bronze medal. It seemed as if it was a struggle as they lost three straight games in the round robin part of the tournament and faced the Coquitlam Adanacs for the bronze. It was Coquitlam that handed them their first loss in round robin play so it was a bit of vengeance for the Rocks but it wasn’t easy. According to sources, it took a late goal to get the 12-11 victory but they’ll take it.

League awards were also handed out and all stars named. First of all, in league play Victoria’s Matt Hamilton was named the MVP and rookie defender Zac Christianson was selected to the all-star team.

In Provincial play, it was Cole Pickup making the all star team and McLean Chicquen was recognized with the Sportsmanship award.

Congratulations to the team, coaching and support staff for a great season. It didn’t end quite as we’d hoped but . . . . . that old cliché: there’s always next year as both the Jr. and Intermediates will look forward to 2014. There will be lots of changes in personnel for both teams due to graduating players, etc.

By Janice Huckin


 

July 27, 2013 

Intermediate Rocks Advance to Provincials

 
After two very close games the Intermediate Shamrocks and New Westminster Salmonbellies came together Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena in a winner-take-all game for a chance to move onto the Intermediate ‘A’ Provincials on the long weekend. The Rocks took the first game 9-7 at home and lost a heartbreaker 8-7 in overtime on the mainland. Today’s game was pretty close through two periods with the Rocks holding period leads of 4-1 and 9-7 before they broke the game open with 8 goals in the final 20 minutes including the first 5 of the period to come away with a 17-9 victory.

Starting goaltenders were Liam Reid and Tyler Landry for the home and visiting teams respectively and it was the Shamrocks getting on the board first when McLean Chicquen fired a bouncer to the back of the net just 2:42 in. New West came back to tie things at 7:40 with a power play goal from Nathan Marken but just 52 seconds later the Rocks regained the lead as Graham Winship hesitated and then put the ball over top of the goalie at 8:32. At the 10-minute mark, Matt Hamilton found twine after making a nice little fake and then firing a sidearm shot to make it 3-1 Victoria. Winship picked up his second of the contest at 18:15 with a quick-stick from the edge of the crease late in the 30-second clock. That was how the first period ended, with the Rocks holding a 4-1 lead. Each team was penalized just twice despite the physical play.

The Rocks kept things rolling early in period 2, as Cole Pickup tallied just 38 seconds in off a transition break. Victoria got into some penalty trouble but managed a shorthanded goal at 2:55, the second of the contest for Hamilton as he faked high and shot low. The Bellies started to make things interesting as they scored the next 3 goals, 2 on the power play thanks to some undisciplined play by the Shamrocks. The 3-goal run got the visitors within 2 but only briefly as Victoria notched a pair to restore a 4-goal bulge. At 8:18 Nick Preston got in close and beat Landry and at 9:17 Pickup got his second of the game, grabbing a pass away from where most of the action was taking place and putting it behind the netminder. But hold on!!! Another 3-goal run from New West, including yet another power play goal and the lead had dwindled to just a single goal. A shorthanded unassisted goal from Victoria captain Nate Wade as he went coast to coast at 16:46 put the Rocks up 9-7 after 40 minutes. During the second period, the Shamrocks were penalized 5 times for a total of 12 minutes vs. just a single minor penalty to the visitors.

This intermediate team has been exciting to watch all season and they got the home fans really excited when they started off the final frame with 5 straight goals. The first 3 came within a stretch of just 38 seconds. Pickup picked up his hat trick goal at 1:07 with a shovel shot in close. At 1:19 defender Kevin Glanfield capitalized off a loose ball as he scampered in alone. Jamie Jensen’s shot at 1:45 rattled around the New West goalie and found its way behind the goal line and it was 12-7 Victoria. Hamilton’s hat trick marker at 3:18 was almost identical as Landry simply couldn’t corral the ball and it bounced behind him. Pickup then notched his hat trick goal at 6:10 to make it 14-7. The visitors finally solved Reid for their 8th of the contest off the stick of Preston Lupul at 6:22 but at 7:03 Chicquen replied for the Rocks with his second with a shot from the dotted line. New West managed one more, a shorthanded goal from Sean Fitzsimmons at 12:50 but that was as close as they would come as they lost their composure and took several penalties late in the game. The Shamrocks scored two more, both on the power play. Adam Jay scored unassisted at 13:08 and Hamilton picked up his 4th at 16:53, after which the home team was content to work off as much of the clock as they could and walk away with the win.

It was a pretty dominant performance by the Shamrocks especially in period 3. Offensively and unofficially, Matt Hamilton had 4 goals and 1 assist while McLean Chicquen has an 8 point night on a pair of goals and 6 helpers. Cole Pickup had the hat trick and 2 assists and Graham Winship had a very good game with 2 goals and 2 assists. Other goals came from Adam Jay, Daniel Smith, Nick Preston, Nate Wade, Kevin Glanfield and Jamie Jensen. Jordan Green had 3 helpers and Brock Thompson-Marshall and Ryan Taylor each chipped in a pair of assists. Goaltender Liam Reid had another solid outing between the pipes and contributed an assist.

The Shamrocks have now claimed a berth in the Intermediate ‘A’ Provincials taking place next weekend in Maple Ridge. They join Maple Ridge with 2 spots still to be determined as playoffs continue.

By Janice Huckin 


 

July 26

Awards Night Honours Players

 
The Intermediate and Jr. Shamrocks got together at Boston Pizza Thursday night to honour the award winners on both teams. This is a fairly new situation for the Intermediates, only the second year for team awards since coming under the umbrella of the Jr. Shamrocks Lacrosse Association.

This year the winner of the Top Scorer award, the Lloyd Watson Award, donated by the Watson family in honour of patriarch Lloyd Watson is McLean Chicquen.

The Most Inspirational Player Award – the Ev and Murray Rhode Award – is shared between two second-year players: team captain Nate Wade and assistant captain Matt Hamilton

The Top Defensive Player Award this year goes to a first-year player. He comes from good stock and looks like he could be a top defender in years to come. The winner is Zac Christianson.

The Most Valuable Player this year goes to Matt Hamilton.

Don't forget, the season isn't over - game 3 in the best-of-3 series against New Westminster will take place this Saturday, July 27 at 1:30 pm at Bear Mountain Arena.  Come out and cheer the team on to a provincial berth.
 
For a story on Jr. Shamrocks Awards and service award winners, please go to www.jrshamrocks.com

By Janice Huckin


 

July 20, 2013 

Shamrocks Take Game 1

 
A win is a win and the Intermediate Shamrocks are happy and maybe a little bit lucky to emerge with a 9-7 victory over the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies Saturday in game 1 of their best-of-three playoff series. Certainly the win was not convincing in most aspects.

Victoria gave Liam Reid the start in goal while New Westminster went with Tyler Landry. The early part of the opening period had no flow – neither team seemed particularly adept at catching or keeping the ball and the first goal didn’t go up on the board until the 9:55 mark when Victoria’s leading scorer, McLean Chicquen managed a power play goal from in close. At 13:04, with his team playing 2 men short, Adam Jay broke in alone to give the Rocks a 2-0 lead. The Bellies managed to get 1 back before the period ended, Adam Dickson getting in close to bury a shot at 17:49. Play was chippy and disjointed and the visitors outshot Victoria 17-12 but were down by a goal at the end of 20 minutes.

Period 2 started with New West getting the equalizer just 22 seconds in, Marco Ballarin firing a bullet to the top corner. The Shamrocks then started to look a little more like the Shamrocks offensively as they rattled off 4 straight goals. A power play goal from Cole Pickup put the Rocks back into the lead at 3:39. Matt Hamilton extended the lead at 9:44, faking high and shooting low off transition. Just 22 seconds later McLean collected his second of the night from the side of the crease, that goal coming with the man advantage. Another power play goal at 13:17 from Hamilton had the home team up 6-2. The Bellies didn’t go away, replying with a power play marker of their own at 16:45 from Dickson, his second. The teams traded goals before the period ended. Jamie Jensen capitalized at 17:01 in close for the Shamrocks and New West’s Kyle Pauwels finished the scoring at 18:48 with a laser from the slot. That made it 7-4 for the boys in green after 2 periods. Shots on goal were even in the period.

The Shamrocks scored first in period 3, Hamilton picking up his hat trick after some quick passes inside the dotted line at 2:14. The home team then ran into some penalty trouble – a lot of penalty trouble actually - which allowed the Bellies to get back into the game as they rattled off 3 straight power play goals to draw within a goal. At 4:57 it was Riley Peterson finding twine. The next goal didn’t go up on the board until 14:52 when the Bellies’ Preston Lupul got in close. At 18:37, just 10 seconds into another power play, Pauwels collected his second as they had their goaltender on the bench for an extra attacker to go 6-on-4. During the last 4 minutes, Victoria goalie Liam Reid faced shot after shot as his teammates were unable to corral the loose balls and New Westminster just kept on hammering away. At 19:31 that siege was finally broken as the Rocks’ Ryan Taylor picked up the loose ball and went coast-to-coast to score into the empty net and provide the margin of victory.

The Shamrocks are probably breathing a huge sigh of relief after that outing and thanking Reid for keeping them in the game at crucial times. Offensively and unofficially it was Matt Hamilton leading the way with the hat trick and 1 assist. McLean Chicquen picked up a pair of goals and 1 helper. Other goals came from Adam Jay, Ryan Taylor, Jamie Jensen and Cole Pickup who also had 2 assists. Nick Preston and Brock Thompson-Marshall contributed 2 and 3 assists respectively. If I had to pick 3 stars for this game, I’d choose Liam Reid, Liam Reid and Liam Reid – he was that outstanding especially late in the game.

For the Salmonbellies it was Adam Dickson and Kyle Pauwels each with a pair of goals and 3 assists.

Game 2 of this series goes Sunday in Queen’s Park Arena – a win for the Shamrocks and they advance to the Provincials on the August long weekend. A Shamrock loss will force a deciding game 3 back in Bear Mountain Arena next Saturday.

By Janice Huckin


 

July 7, 2013 

Rocks Hold on For Victory



The Langley Thunder came to town Saturday to face the Intermediate Shamrocks in their final regular season home game. The Rocks jumped out to period leads of 5-1 and 12-3 but let the Thunder get rolling in period 3, holding on for a 15-10 win.

Starting goaltenders were Liam Reid for the Shamrocks and Aiden Yorke for the Thunder. Teams were a little sluggish early and it wasn’t until the 8:38 mark that the first goal went up on the board as Victoria’s McLean Chicquen went to the net off a loose ball battle. At 10:11 Chicquen collected another with a shovel shot and just a little over a minute later it was Cole Pickup making it 3-0 with a hard shot on the power play. Nick Preston added another power play marker at 12:49, making it 4-0 Victoria and Darrin Wilson made it 5-0 with a shot that went just inside the post at 13:42. Langley finally broke Reid’s goose egg with an unassisted power play goal off the stick of Joe Finnell at 18:20 and that was how the period would end with the home team enjoying a 5-1 lead.

The second period went much the same way as Victoria rattled off 6 goals to create an 11-1 lead just past the halfway mark of the period. Pickup scored 3 of the 6 with Chicquen adding his third, Preston his second and the other coming from Matt Hamilton. A highsticking major to the Rocks’ Wilson gave Langley’s power play an opportunity and they replied with a pair of goals with the man advantage before Chicquen scored his fourth goal of the contest at 16:22 to send his team to the dressing room after 40 minutes with the 12-3 lead. This period was dominated by the Shamrocks who outshot their opponents by a margin of 26-13.

Obviously the game was well in hand, right? Not necessarily as it seems the Shamrocks must have pushed the ‘snooze’ button when the buzzer went off to start period 3. Suddenly the Thunder came out with a vengeance, scoring the first 4 goals of the final frame. It started at 1:39 when Chase Fraser found twine. That was followed by Jesse Worley at 2:01, a shot that somehow got away from Reid. A power play goal at 4:41 and an even strength marker from Finnell at 6:11 got the visiting Thunder to 12-6. That was the wake-up call for the Rocks as they came back with a 3-goal run of their own. Jamie Jensen connected from right in front at 6:35 but neither team found the back of the net again until 15:22 as a total of 5 goals were scored in the last 5 minutes of the contest. Preston picked up his third, unassisted, on a bullet from the dotted line. At 15:48 Graham Winship put the ball over the fallen goaltender to make it 15-6. A couple of costly overlapping penalties to the home team again gave the Thunder power play opportunities which they could not pass up. They tallied on the power play at 16:18 and 16:59 before adding a shorthanded marker with less than one second left on the clock to make the final 15-10.

Unofficially Cole Pickup and McLean Chicquen led the way offensively for the victorious Shamrocks with 4 goals and 2 assists each. Nick Preston picked up the hat trick and 1 helper. Singles came from Matt Hamilton and Darrin Wilson who also added 3 assists, Jamie Jensen with the single and 2 helpers and Graham Winship. Nate Wade contributed 3 assists. Liam Reid had another solid outing in goal stopping 35 of the 45 shots he faced.

The Intermediate Shamrocks have a couple of road games left in their season as they play New Westminster this Sunday and Coquitlam on June 14. Playoffs are expected to commence the following weekend, July 20-21. We’ll have full details here when they are available.

By Janice Huckin


 

June 29, 2013 

Battle for First Settled in OT

 
The Richmond Roadrunners and Intermediate Shamrocks hooked up Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena in a battle for top spot in the balance. It was the home team coming away with a 10-9 OT win on the strength of Cole Pickup’s hat trick marker 1:36 into the extra period.

It was a close game right from the start. Liam Reid and Rich Hood were the starting goaltenders for the home and visiting teams respectively. It was Richmond getting things started, Spencer Bromley scoring on a break at 4:42. He added another at 5:22 from the side of the crease to open up a 2-goal lead. A Victoria power play resulted in a goal from Nick Preston at 7:22 as he scored on a hard, low shot from the dotted line. They tied things up at 14:12 with a shorthanded goal from Jamie Jensen who got in close after a good minute and a half of ragging on the penalty kill. The home team took the lead at 15:51, Preston getting his second from well out. That was how the first period ended, Victoria ahead 3-2 and shots pretty even at just 17-16 in favour of the Rocks.

Again in period 2 it was the visitors opening the scoring, Jayden Campbell tallying just 31 seconds in, a goal that Reid got a piece of. That goal came on the power play and was followed up by another of the same at 6:57, this one from Nick Jensen as he got in alone, propelling the visitors into a 1-goal lead. No worries – Victoria came back with a pair of power play markers of their own. Preston collected his hat trick marker at 10:10, getting right in front with his team holding a 5-3 manpower advantage. McLean Chicquen added another at 11:29 and at 12:20 Cole Pickup found twine with the teams playing five aside. That put the Shamrocks ahead 6-4 but only very briefly as Richmond replied at 12:45 with a delayed penalty about to be called. The Shamrocks rounded out the scoring in the middle frame, when Preston fired a hard low shot from the dotted line at 14:46 for his 4th goal of the game. Adam Jay followed that up with a rare unassisted goal at 16:03 to give his team an 8-5 lead after 40 minutes.

Richmond struck first again in period 3, Campbell picking up his second at 1:59, going over top of Reid. At 6:14when Preston fired a hard low shot from the dotted line at 14:46 for his 4th goal of the game. Adam Jay followed that up with a rare unassisted goal at 16:03 to give his team an 8-5 lead after 40 minutes.

Richmond struck first again in period 3, Campbell picking up his second at 1:59, going over top of Reid. At 6:14 Pickup collected his second of the contest on a power play, firing a bullet from the dotted line. Richmond came back with a pair of power play goals from the stick of Bromley, the first at 9:47 as he finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play from the side of the crease. He added his 4th of the game at 19:25 with an extra attacker on the floor and the goaltender on the bench to tie the game at 9-9.

Tell you what, this Intermediate is nothing if not exciting to watch and we were in overtime where they have a pretty good record. It took just 1:36 for Pickup to get in close and bury the winner, sending the fans home happy and the coaching staff aging just a bit.

Leading the way for the Shamrocks were Nick Preston with 4 goals and 1 assist and Cole Pickup with 3 goals and 2 helpers. Singles came from Adam Jay, Jamie Jensen and McLean Chicquen who added 4 assists. Darrin Wilson failed to score but did contribute 3 assists while Liam Reid had a solid outing between the pipes, kicking out 34 shots to pick up the “W”.

The result puts Victoria in first place as the season winds down. They are on the road Sunday to face Port Coquitlam and round out the home portion of their regular season schedule next Saturday at 1:30 pm when the Langley Thunder will be the visitors.


By Janice Huckin


 

June 25, 2013 

Second Period Burst Propels Rocks to Victory



The Intermediate Shamrocks took a slim 3-1 lead into the second period and used an 8-goal outburst to propel them to a final 17-5 victory over the visiting Nanaimo Timbermen Tuesday at Bear Mountain Arena.

The T’Men have struggled this season but looked pretty good in the opening period, scoring first at 70 when Ben Cawthorne fired a hard low shot to the back of the net behind starting Victoria goalie Liam Reid. Just a couple of minutes later, however a power play goal from the Rocks’ Jordan Green had things tied as he converted from the edge of the crease. Victoria took the lead at 11:13, Nate Wade scoring on a hard shot from the slot. Cole Pickup followed up with a bit of a dipsy-doodle in front at 16:12, putting the ball behind Nanaimo starting goaltender Mitch Gurney. It was a pretty tame period in other respects, each team being called for just one minor penalty. The Shamrocks held an 18-8 edge in shots on goal but only the 3-1 lead on the scoreboard to show for it.

Someone must have lit a fire under the home team during the intermission as they came out flying in the middle frame, scoring twice in the first 45 seconds. First it was Connor Leies getting in close just 23 seconds in. Green followed up with his second of the game at the 45-second mark. They just kept coming and Wade picked up his second at 2:58, coming out of the corner and getting to the front unmolested with his team shorthanded. Next came 3 straight power play goals for the Rocks as Nanaimo ran into some penalty trouble. At 4:04 Matt Hamilton scored from just off the crease. The next goal didn’t come until 10:09 and it was Kevin Glanfield going on a run. That was followed by Nick Preston at 16:44, an unassisted goal that Gurney got a piece of. Nanaimo finally got on the board with their second goal, an unassisted tally from Keony Magnan at 17:19 on a hard bouncer from the dotted line. They were unable to get any traction, however, and Victoria rounded out the second period scoring with two goals in the last minute of play. Ryan Taylor went coast-to-coast to score at 19:07 and Wade picked up his hat trick with just 6 ticks left on the clock, firing a hard shot to the back of the net. Shots on goal again heavily favoured the Rocks at 21-10 and they had opened up an 11-2 lead.

The Shamrocks changed goaltenders, heading into period 3 and fans got a look at Apollo Claxton, a Midget ‘A’ tender out of Cowichan. Nanaimo opened the scoring with a shorthanded unassisted tally off the stick of Nathan Harmsworth at 4:01. Taylor replied for Victoria at 8:11, twisting and turning to the front of the net to get his second of the contest. Nanaimo got that one back with a delayed penalty about to be called when Tyler Clint connected at 9:51 on a hard underhand shot in close. The teams traded goals once again, Hamilton picking up his second for the Shamrocks at 11:35 and Nanaimo’s Terrin Davies getting a power play marker with a hard overhand shot from the dotted line exactly 2 minutes later. Again, the home team got on a run, scoring the final 4 goals of the game. Wade picked up his 4th at 13:57, powering to the front of the net. Leies collected his 2nd at 14:21 from the corner of the crease, a shot that trickled in. A power play goal from the stick of Dallas Wade made it 16-7 at the 18:25 mark and McLean Chicquen wrapped up the scoring at 19:38, picking up a rebound and tucking it in.

Leading the way offensively for the Shamrocks was Nate Wade with 4 goals. Cole Pickup chipped in a goal and 5 helpers for a 6-point night. Ryan Taylor, Matt Hamilton, Connor Leies and Jordan Green each had a pair in the victory with other goals coming from Nick Preston, Kevin Glanfield, Dallas Wade and McLean Chicquen who added 3 helpers.

The result puts Victoria atop the league standings, 2 points ahead of Richmond who will be the opposition in the Shamrocks’ next game. The Roadrunners will be in town Saturday for a 1:30 pm start. An earlier game had Richmond beating the shorthanded Rocks 13-7 so a Victoria win would be a positive step towards claiming first place overall with just a few games left in the season.

By Janice Huckin


 

June 22, 2013 

Rocks Hang On to Defeat Coquitlam

 
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks played their first home game in 3 weeks Saturday as they played host to the Coquitlam Adanacs and came away with an 11-9 victory.

It’s been a bit of a weird schedule for the team as they have only played twice since June 1, both games on the road so it was good to get back on home turf. Trace Birley got the start in goal for the home team while Andrew Gallant got the nod at the other end of the floor. The Rocks jumped out to an early lead, Nate Wade going to the front of the net and scoring at 1:31. Graham Winship made it 2-0 and 2:33 and at 3:27, Connor Leies gave the home team a 3-0 lead. Things were going swimmingly. Coquitlam stopped the 3-goal run with a power play goal off the stick of Cody Reed at 5:57 but Victoria answered right back with a shorthanded marker at 7:22 when Wade powered a shot to the back of the net. Jordan Green restored the 4 goal Victoria lead at 9:30 but at 11:31 Coquitam’s Cam Bateman finished off a quick passing play to narrow the gap to 3. The home team got themselves into a bit of penalty trouble with a double minor and another minor that overlapped, allowing the visitors to come back with a pair of play goals just 31 seconds apart. At 15:27, with a 5-on-3 advantage Bateman picked up his second with a quick stick right in front; Griffin Sim followed up with another power play goal at 15:58 with a hard shot from the dotted line. In the late going, Coquitlam took a couple of penalties and Matt Hamilton made them pay with a power play goal at 18:45, picking up a rebound and firing a low slider past Gallant. Shots on goal were pretty even, Victoria holding just a slight 16-14 lead and up on the scoreboard by a pair.

Cole Pickup put the Rocks up by 3 when he got in close at 4:32. This time they were unable to get any real momentum going and Coquitlam replied at 10:01, Jared Pozzobon scoring off the back of Birley from behind the goal line. A couple of late goals by the Shamrocks put some space between the teams as Leies picked up his second, grabbing a quick pass at the side of the crease and scoring at 17:22. Exactly 2 minutes later, McLean Chicquen scored from right in front to give the home team the 9-5 lead after 40 minutes.

In the third period it looked like maybe the lack of actual game action was having an effect on the Shamrocks as they were not really sharp. Coquitlam scored first, Josh Kemp finding twine at 2:31 with a high hard shot. Ryan Taylor replied for Victoria on a breakaway, going coast to coast to tally unassisted at 4:38. Once again it was the visitors responding, Mikey Vukovic, doing the damage at 7:35. Pickup restored the 4-goal Victoria lead at 9:49, finishing off some great passing to make it 11-7. The Adanacs continued to battle and came up with a pair of late goals, both from Jordan Magnuson, the first on a high hard shot with his team playing shorthanded at 13:51 and the final goal of the game with just 22 ticks left on the clock to get within a pair before running out of time.

Leading the way unofficially for the Shamrocks were Nate Wade, Connor Leies and Cole Pickup each with a pair, Leies and Pickup also kicking in with 2 assists. Singles came from Ryan Taylor, Matt Hamilton, Graham Winship, Jordan Green and McLean Chicquen with the latter 3 also contributing 2 helpers. Trace Birley went the distance between the pipes and had another very solid outing.

For the Adancs it was Cam Bateman and Jordan Magnuson each scoring twice, Josh Kemp adding a goal and 3 helpers.

The Shamrocks are on the road Sunday but return to Bear Mountain Arena Tuesday, June 25 to take on the Nanaimo Timbermen. Game time is 7:00 pm. Victoria-Nanaimo is a great rivalry in many sports but none more so than lacrosse. Come out and support the Intermediate Rocks.

By Janice Huckin


 

June 1, 2013 

Intermediate Rocks Take PoCo in OT

  

It was one of those games that will turn a coach’s hair grey – or having him pull it out entirely – as the Intermediate Shamrocks found themselves behind 5-0 to the visiting Port Coquitlam Saints just 5:08 into the opening period. The deficit was the more baffling because the visitors had caught a later ferry and had less time for a warm-up. It actually looked more like Victoria had missed the alarm clock. In any event, the Shamrocks battled and battled – and battled some more and came away with a 13-12 overtime victory. Phew!!!

Starting goaltenders were Liam Reid for the Rocks and Mike Maiwka for the Saints – I use the term loosely. The fun started for the visitors just 1:57 into the first frame, Ty Klarner connecting with the teams playing 4-on-4. Goals came in quick succession as the visitors scored at 2:19, 2:50 on the power play, 4:24 and 5:08. Time for a goaltender change at the home end of the floor as Trace Birley came in and stoned the opposition for the rest of the period. That game his teammates some time to settle in and at 6:46, Matt Hamilton scored Victoria’s first on a bouncer from right in front to stop the bleeding. He followed up with a second at 10:45 on a 4-on-3 power play from the corner of the crease. The period was primarily a chippy and somewhat scrambly period and it ended with the home team at a 5-2 deficit.

The second period also saw PoCo score first, Tanner Rennich tallying just 27 seconds in. The Rocks replied at 1:54 when Jamie Jensen scored an unassisted goal off a rebound in front. It looked like it was going to see-saw when at 3:33 the Saints got a marker from Ross Parsons but Victoria was starting to get stronger as they ran off the next three goals. Nick Preston notched his first of the contest at 4:13, then Darrin Wilson got a break on a power play at 8:14 and just 17 seconds later Jordan Green made good on a fake-and-shoot from right in front of the net to cut the deficit to a single goal. The Saints came back with a pair at 9:27 and again at 10:40 on the power play to re-gain the 3-goal lead but the Shamrocks got the next 2 off the sticks of Jensen, his second at 13:03 and Ryan Taylor, going to the net on the power play at 15:05. Before the period ended, Justin Gillespie scored for the visitors to take a 10-8 lead to the dressing room after 40 mnutes.

The Saint scored the first two goals of period 3, both off the stick of Klarner at 7:23 and 10:12. Things weren’t looking positive for the home team but I guess they didn’t feel that way. At 12:17, Taylor picked up his second goal of the game from the corner of the crease, squeezing the ball just inside the post. Jus a few seconds later Nate Wade dumped the ball into the empty net when the goaltender went for a walk and misplayed the ball. At 13:57 a power play goal from Dallas Wade cut the deficit to 1 when he used a quick-stick from the corner of the crease. Just call the Shamrocks the cardiac kids as Preston picked up his second of the night at 19:39 with a long bounce shot that found the back of the net. Things were knotted at 12 and we were going into overtime.

It took 3:20 into the extra frame for Victoria’s McLean Chicquen to bury the winner as he let fly a hard bounce shot on the power play to get the victory. It was a little confusing at this point because, while some people thought the overtime was sudden death, the referees didn’t share that view so they played on and Matt Hamilton got another at 5:38 which, in the end, didn’t count because in fact the game should have been sudden-death so make the final 13-12 Victoria.

Unofficially the Shamrocks got 2 goals from Ryan Taylor, Matt Hamilton (almost got 3), Nick Preston and Jamie Jensen. Singles came from Nate Wade, Dallas Wade, McLean Chicquen (the winning goal), Darrin Wilson and Jordan Green who also chipped in 3 helpers. Cole Pickup failed to score but added 3 assists to the winning cause and Trace Birley was simply outstanding in relief between the pipes.

Ty Klarner was PoCo’s top scorer, picking up 4 goals and an assist while Sam deGroot had 4 helpers.

The Intermediate Shamrocks are on the road Sunday to take on the Langley Thunder. Their next home game isn’t for 3 weeks as they return to Bear Mountain June 22 to take on the Coquitlam Adanacs. Weird schedule!!!

By Janice Huckin


 

May 27, 2013

 

Baby Rocks Down Ridge

The men in green took to the floor at Planet Ice in time for a full warm up. Down two goals at 2:22, the Rocks got one back when McLean Chicquen bagged a breakaway at 4:13. With the Burrards also tagged with a minor at 4:13, the Rocks’ power play went to sleep and let a one-man rush score a shorty to put the hosts up 3 to 1.

After missing a clear head shot that put Wilson on the floor early in the period, the black called two marginal penalties on the same play to put the hosts on a 5 on 3 power play. The hosts capitalized at 7:52. The green PK went to work to hold the ball for the remainder of the penalty time. The Burrards got one goal after the expiration of the penalty. The Rocks’ work ethic paid off with a second goal from Chicquen, assisted by Nick Preston, followed by a great shot by Cole Pickup, with Smith getting the assist. With the Burrards seemingly intent on ramping up the physical play, and putting themselves out of position, the Rocks rolled with the shots and bagged another on a pretty finish by Connor Leies; Pickup and Preston assisting. Fast and furious, Chicquen buried a pair, the first from Pickup, the second from Jordan Green and it was 6 to 5 for the Rocks. Not getting off the gas, Brock Thompson-Marshall fired a lazer to make it 7 to 5, with Chicquen getting the helper. The Rocks closed the frame with goal number 8, Darrin Wilson from Matt Hamilton and Liam Reid, taking a 3 goal lead to the room.

Coaches being coaches, both teams returned for the second, with a renewed commitment to defensive play, the first goal not coming until six minutes into the frame. That goal was a cutesy back flip pass at the crease by Ryan Taylor that was converted for the marker by Kevin Glanfield. A back-checking penalty against the Burrards lead to a power play goal from Wilson, assisted by Thompson-Marshall, and a second penalty and a subsequent two-man advantage allowed the visitors to open a 11 to 5 lead with Thompson-Marshall doing the honours, Preston assisting. The five-goal run was tested when Pickup was assessed a five-minute penalty, followed by a run of penalties to both teams that tested the timekeeper. That goalless steak was broken with the Burrards serving the last penalty in the series, with a powe play marker by Wilson, set up by Hamilton. In the second; Victoria 6, Maple Ridge zip making it at the second intermission, 12 to 5 for the Rocks.

The Burrards opened the third period with a goal at 43 seconds. The Rocks killed a minor penalty, but gave up another goal shortly after returning to full strength making it 12 to 7 at this point. A Burrards goal after the 30 whistle sounded brought the hosts to within four goals. And, when the Rocks hit yet another pipe and the Burrards picked up a lucky bounce for a coast to coaster, it looked like it might be a tight finish. What was impressive about the Rocks at this time was that there was no panic, and everyone stuck to the plan. Possession and control was the key with the home side jacked up by their fans. Patience paid off with a seeing eye goal at 15:11 from the stick of Preston, the helper given to Pickup. The goal restored a four-goal advantage and seemed to take some of the starch out of the Burrards, With the Burrards’ goalie out with two minutes to go, the hosts scored to narrow the gap to 3 once again. The next possession saw the goalie to the bench again, and when the 30 siren sounded giving the Rocks possession, a floor length pass to Pickup for an empty netter with the goalie racing to get back into position. Make the final 14 to 10, for a redemption win after losing to the Burrards on home floor. Good to see the boys sticking to the plan and keeping the work ethic high.

Frank Greenlay 


 

 

May 25, 2013 

Shamrocks Suffer First Loss



It was a clash of the league leaders Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena as the 5-1 Maple Ridge Burrards faced the 5-0 Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks. Unfortunately, it was the visiting team that held on for a 13-11 win to take over sole possession of first place.

Trace Birley got the start in goal for the Shamrocks while Connor David got the nod for the Burrards. Maple Ridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead before people had sat down from the playing of the national anthem. Joe Olson tallied just 11 seconds in and Gregg Batt followed up with an unassisted goal at the 27-second mark. OK. The Shamrocks were awake now and replied at 5:06 when Jamie Jensen buried a hard shot in the back of the net. The visitors scored the next 3, one on the power play and another with a delayed penalty about to be called on Victoria, and at the 10:10 mark, they were up 5-1. They seemed to be penetrating at will and looked like they would run away with the game. Cole Pickup finally picked up a second goal for the home squad at 11:16 on the power play, and goals came pretty quickly after that. Brett Kujala restored the 4-goal lead for the Burrards at 13:10, Ryan Taylor replied for Victoria at 13:29 and at 13:38, Jacob Tiefisher scored for the visitors giving them the 7-3 lead after 20 minutes. Overall, it looked like the Shamrocks were outshooting the Burrards but the Burrards were outrunning the Rocks.

Liam Reid took over between the pipes for the home team and the second period looked more like the Shamrock team we know and love as they ran off 5 straight goals to take the lead for the first time. Jordan Green got things started just 48 seconds in, finding the top corner. At 4:28 it was Matt Hamilton scoring unassisted, diving across. A power play goal off the stick of Darrin Wilson at 5:45 found the back of the net to pull the Rocks within 1 and Green’s second of the night, on a breakaway, had things knotted at 7 at 8:42. Pickup notched his second of the contest at 9:25, that goal coming on a 5-on-3 man advantage and it was 8-7 for the green and white. They were unable to hold that lead, however, as Kujala struck for a pair of goals at 12:20 and 15:19, followed by a Riley Glemnitz power play goal at 18:21 to make it 10-8 Maple Ridge.

The teams traded goals in period 3, each scoring three times allowing the Burrards to hang onto the 2-goal lead. These two teams were tied going into today’s action so the result drops Victoria into second place and they will face each other on the mainland Sunday for the final time in league play.

Unofficially, Cole Pickup, Jamie Jensen and Jordan Green each scored twice for Victoria with singles coming from Ryan Taylor, Matt Hamilton, Nate Wade, Darrin Wilson and Brock Thompson-Marshall, who also contributed 3 assists. McLean Chiquen had another strong game with 4 helpers and Nick Preston chipped in 2 assists.

Next home game for the Intermediate Shamrocks is next Saturday, June 1 when they will take on the Port Coquitlam Saints in a 1:30 p.m. start at Bear Mountain Arena.

By Janice Huckin


 

 

May 18, 2013

Rocks Dominate Islanders



It was a dominant team performance by the Intermediate Shamrocks Saturday as they rolled over the visiting Delta Islanders 16-1.

Starting goaltender for the Rocks was Trace Birley and he had a shutout going until the 15:17 mark of period 3 after his teammates staked him to period leads of 5-0 and 13-0. At the other end of the floor it was Mark Paterson facing what proved to be a veritable shooting gallery.

It was 3-0 Victoria by the 3:51 mark of the opening frame as Matt Hamilton scored at 2:32 on a hard shot from the dotted line. Jamie Jensen followed up at 3:04 and Nate Wade got in close at 3:51. The next goal didn’t come until 16:16 when Jensen notched his second on the power play, using a quick stick from the side of the crease to open up the 4-goal lead. Hamilton then picked up his second, cutting across right in front of the net to find twine at 17:57.

The second period saw the Shamrocks outshoot Delta by a 23-7 margin as they scored 8 times, 3 of those coming with the man advantage. A couple of those came on some fast breaks from the back end as Connor Leies scored a beautiful unassisted tally at 7:47 after intercepting a Delta pass and going coast to coast. He added another on a similar breakaway a few minutes later. Other goals came from Darrin Wilson, McLean Chiquen, Wade with two more and Graham Winship with a pair. .After 40 minutes that made it 13-0 for the home team.

Delta made a goaltending switch to start period 3 with Luke Oliver going in but Victoria picked up a couple more early as Wade scored his fourth of the contest at 6:01 and Nick Preston added another at 7:42. The Rocks ran into some penalty trouble with a double minor assessed at 9:05 which then overlapped with an additional minor at 12:11 but the penalty killers did a yeoman job ragging the ball, in particular Wilson, Preston, Hamilton and Jordan Green. It was after that period of time that Delta finally got on the board, Josh Kelly getting the ball behind Birley after the goaltender got a piece of it. The Rocks added one more at 17:43, off the stick of Wilson to make the final 16-1.

Lots of goals, lots of points by lots of players as it was a total team effort by the boys in green. Unofficially, Nate Wade had 4 goals, Matt Hamilton, Graham Winship, Connor Leies, Jamie Jensen and Darrin Wilson each chipped in a pair with Wilson adding 4 helpers. Singles came from Nick Preston and McLean Chicquen who each contributed 2 assists. Brock Thompson-Marshall came up with 4 assists and Jordan Green 3 helpers.

Final shots on goal were approximately 54-23 so Birley not as busy as his counterpart but very seldom does a goaltender get that close to a shutout (the ‘s’ word). It almost happened today. Next action for the Intermediate Shamrocks is next Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena when they will host the Maple Ridge Burrards at 1:30 pm.
By Janice Huckin


 

 

May 5, 2013 

Rocks Improve Record to 2-0



The Intermediate Shamrocks hammered the visiting Burnaby Lakers 27-5 Sunday at Bear Mountain Arena, improving their early season record to 2-0.

As the score would indicate, the game was over almost from the start, certainly by the end of the first period. The home team struck early, Darrin Wilson putting a bouncer behind Burnaby goaltender Alex Rebalkin at the 1:45 mark. Cole Pickup made it 2-0 just 20 seconds later, going over the top of the goalie. Burnaby managed to get one back at 5:57, Danny Spagnoulo getting a low shot behind Victoria starter Trace Birley. After that, it was lights out. Burnaby had only 16 players dressed, including the two goaltenders and Victoria’s speed was simply too much as the Shamrocks rambled to an 8-2 lead after 20 minutes. They outshot the visitors by a whopping 27-6 margin.

Things didn’t get any better for the Lakers as the second period saw the Shamrocks rattle off 13 straight goals before another Burnaby shot found twine. There were power play goals, a shorthanded unassisted tally; they scored over top and they scored with low shots. After 2 periods it was 22-3 for the home team. Liam Reid took over at the beginning of the period between the pipes for Victoria, his first action of the young season. Burnaby also made a goaltending switch at the 9:01 mark, Owen Douglas taking over and coming up with some good saves early.

The Shamrocks also outscored their opponents in the third period, but only by a 5-2 margin. Obviously such a rout is a bit unfortunate and certainly not entertaining to most fans but as someone likes to say ‘it is what it is’. Who says that anyway?

Leading the Victoria offense unofficially were Matt Hamilton and Cole Pickup each with 4 goals and 4 assists. Team captain Nate Wade chipped in a hat trick and 4 helpers while Zach Christianson also finished with 3 goals and 1 assist. Graham Winship, McLean Chicquen, Brock Thompson-Marshall and Jamie Jensen each scored twice with singles coming from Ryan Taylor, Connor Leies, Kevin Glanfield, Dallas Wade and Darrin Wilson. Nick Preston chipped in 3 assists as almost every player dressed hit the scoresheet.

For the Lakers, all the scoring came from two players, Anthony Quatrano with the hat trick and Danny Spagnoulo with a pair.

The Intermediate Shamrocks have a pair of road games before they next hit the floor at Bear Mountain Arena. They travel to Burnaby next weekend, then face the Nanaimo Timbermen in a 7:00 pm contest at the Nanaimo Ice Center on Tuesday, May 14. Next home action is a May 18 encounter against the Delta Islanders – a 1:30 pm start.

- by Janice Huckin

 

April 27, 2013

Intermediate Shamrocks Win Home Opener



The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks got the 2013 season under way in a positive fashion, defeating the visiting New Westminster Salmonbellies 12-8 in a penalty-filled game.

Starting goaltenders were Trace Birley for the home side and Bailey Robinson for the visitors as the first period shaped up like it would be a defensive battle. The Shamrocks opened the scoring just 1:13 in when Nick Preston got right in front and buried his shot. There was no scoring for the next 10 minutes when the Rocks opened up a 2-goal lead off an underhand shot from the stick of Matt Hamilton as he cut across the front of the crease at 11:58. A little less than 2 minutes later, the Bellies got on the board with a power play marker off the stick of Riley Peterson. They tied things up at a pair at 17:11 with another goal on the power play, this time courtesy of Nathan Marken. The home team managed to stake the lead just 8 seconds later when Nate Wade tallied off some quick passes and the period ended with the home team holding a slim 3-2 lead.

The Shamrocks kept rolling with the first two goals of the middle frame as Adam Jay scored unassisted at 3:32 and Zach Christianson pulled in a pass from Wade to open up a 3-goal lead at 4:01. At 6:05 a rare penalty shot was awarded to Victoria but Pickup came up empty on that effort. That save seemed to bolster New West as they scored the next 3 goals to tie things up, two of those coming on special teams as they notched one shorthanded and another on the power play at 10:21 and 12:40 respectively. The third goal of that run was their first at even strength and came at the 15:12 mark. Once again, Victoria rallied and came up with a 3-goal run of their own. The first was an unassisted tally by Wade on a breakaway, his second of the contest at 15:51, the next was also unassisted off the stick of McLean Chiquen after he knocked down a pass and raced in alone. Capping the scoring in period 2 was Hamilton with his second of the game at the 17:45 mark. After 40 minutes it was Victoria 8, New Westminster 5 as there was a steady parade to the penalty box, resulting in the banishment of one Shamrock player for receiving 5 minor penalties in a game.

As they did in the second period, the Shamrocks got off to a quick start in the final stanza. Kevin Glanfield scored at 3:17 with his team playing a man down and Darrin Wilson added an even-strength marker at 4:46 to open up a 5-goal lead. There is no quit in any New Westminster Salmonbellies team I’ve ever seen and they battled back once again with 3 straight goals in a period of 2:45, including 2 on the same 5-minute power play, before the Shamrocks closed things with a pair including a hat-trick goal for Matt Hamilton at 18:28 after Nick Preston’s second of the game at 9:32.

There were lots of good things seen by Shamrocks fans as several players factored in the scoring. Matt Hamilton had 3 goals and 1 assist while Nick Preston and Nate Wade each chipped in a pair of goals and 1 helper. Single goals came from Adam Jay, Kevin Glanfield, Zach Christianson, McLean Chicquen and Darrin Wilson. Jamie Jensen and Cole Pickup had 2 and 3 assists respectively. Trace Birley was solid between the pipes kicking out 27 of the 35 shots he faced in his first start. On the negative side - a huge number of penalties. Was it opening-day jitters? Hopefully it was just an overabundance of adrenalin and not something to be repeated any time soon.

Next action for the Intermediate Shamrocks is a home game next Sunday, May 5 when the Burnaby Lakers will be in town for a 1:30 start at Bear Mountain Arena.

- by Janice Huckin


 

April 22, 2013

Home Opener Saturday, April 27


The Intermediate Shamrocks open the 2013 season this Saturday with a home game against the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Without the benefit of any pre-season game action, the team will begin to gel with their first league action. This is a team comprised of some very elite individuals and head coach Keith Hagedorn has indicated the biggest challenge will be to make them into a ‘team’.

Nate Wade, a returnee from the 2012 silver medal Provincial team has been named team captain with Matt Hamilton and Cole Pickup wearing the ‘A’. All three are considered to be good leaders on the floor and in the dressing room.

As mentioned previously, the team will go with 3 goaltenders this season. The third, who had not been signed at the writing of the last article is Forrest Steward, a 17 year-old who comes via Vic-Esquimalt.

There will be a couple of changes to the admission protocol this year. In previous years admission here in Victoria has been by donation. The league governors have passed a motion to ensure admission is consistent across the league and therefore admission at all Intermediate ‘A’ games will be $4 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, with attendees under 12 years of age admitted free.

A 50/50 draw will be held at all home games.

The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks have a very successful history over the years and once again will seek to bring home a gold medal at the end of the season. There is also a lot of Shamrock history seeking to repeat itself with 3 players hoping to follow in the footsteps of their fathers, who played with the Jr. and/or WLA Shamrocks over the years.

This is a very exciting brand of lacrosse. Fans will not be disappointed by the amount of effort and action on the floor – at least that has been my experience in the many years I have followed the Intermediates. Come out and enjoy tomorrow’s stars today – game time Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena is 1:30 pm.

- by Janice Huckin

 


Intermediates Ready to Rock



With the 2013 season just around the corner, the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks are ready to rock and roll. Coming off a silver medal at Provincials, this season the team is aiming for GOLD.

A number of players will return from last year’s silver medal team including Ryan Taylor, McLean Chicquen, Jamie Jensen, Brock Thompson-Marshall, Jordan Green, Matt Hamilton, Nate Wade and Darrin Wilson.

Like the Jr. Shamrocks, the Intermediates plan to carry 3 goaltenders although at the time of this writing just 2 have been signed. One of those is Liam Reid, a draft pick from the Comox Midget B organization. He will be joined by Trace Birley, who was a part of the silver medal winning Juan de Fuca Intermediate B team last year. A couple of hopefuls are still in the running for the third spot in the crease.

There will be more Shamrocks tradition in a couple of the new players as Connor Leies and Zach Christianson, sons of former Shamrock players Tyson Leies and Walt Christianson respectively will be wearing the green and white. They join Matt Hamilton, son of former alumnus John Hamilton to carry on the family traditions. In a bit of a side note, Connor Leies will wear the familiar #13 worn by his Dad throughout his Shamrocks career, thanks to the generosity of teammate Jordan Green who wore the jersey last season.

Among the other newcomers are Jacob Malloch, Devin Bonin, Graeme Bates, Dallas Wade (cousin of teammate Nate), Nick Preston another early draft pick at the recent midget draft, and Adam Jay. Cole Pickup, who played a few games as a call-up last year will also be on the team. The Intermediate Shamrocks have also traded to bring Kevin Glanfield to the team from the Intermediate ‘A’ Timbermen. Glanfield picked up 6 goals and 10 assists while amassing 36 penalty minutes in 12 games last season in Nanaimo.

The season gets under way for the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks with a home game Saturday, April 27 at 1:30 pm when they will take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies. It’s going to be a great year so plan to come out and support these stars of the future.


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