2013 Intermediate Shamrocks

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.


 

 

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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