June 28, 2015
Intermediate Shamrocks Thump Roadrunners
The Intermediate Shamrocks had an easy time of it for the second game in a row as they took period leads of 7-1 and 17-3 on the way to a 20-4 thumping of the visiting Richmond Roadrunners Saturday at the Q Centre.
The Roadrunners fielded just 13 runners in the contest and it was Ethan Milobar getting the start in goal for the visitors while the Rocks gave the start to midget call-up Spencer Erwin. Victoria got the early start, Braylon Lumb tallying just 1:44 in, cutting to the net. Richmond replied at 5:10 with an unassisted goal by Niko Richardson. That was the only goal they would get in the first period while the Shamrocks rattled off 6 unanswered to take the 7-1 lead into the second period.
Victoria continued with the first 3 goals of period 2 before Richmond once again solved Erwin at 5:22 but Victoria rattled 5 more by the 10-minute mark as the Shamrocks handed the crease over to Darian Claxton for the second half of the game. He came in at 9:44 with the score 14-2 and the Shamrocks scored three more to Richmond’s 1 before the end of period 2.
Play slowed down somewhat in the third as the Shamrocks outscored the visitors by a 3-1 score, including a shorthanded marker. Give Richmond credit for continuing to play lacrosse when a lot of teams turn to the rough stuff when falling behind by such a huge margin.
Leading the Shamrocks offensively were Marshal King with 2 goals and 6 assists for an 8-point night, Braylon Lumb with 4 goals and 2 helpers and Brad McCulley with 2 goals and 4 assists. Nick Murray, Garret Wicks, Ben Preston, Liam Finnigan each chipped in a pair of goals with singles coming from Guy Cullen, Eddie Smith, Tayler Martin and David Byrne.
The Intermediate Shamrocks have their final regular season home game next Saturday, July 4 when they will face the Coquitlam Adanacs in a 1:30 pm start. They finish with a pair of road games on July 5 and 12 before heading into playoffs.
June 23, 2015
Intermediate Shamrocks Topple Timbermen
It was really no contest Tuesday at the Q Centre as the Intermediate Shamrocks took on the Nanaimo Timbermen. After holding period leads of 6-1 and 12-3, the final score was 19-4 in favour of the home team. The Shamrocks are near the top of the standings, the T'Men near the bottom and it showed.
Darian Claxton got the start in goal, Apollo Claxton getting the night off and Spencer Erwin getting the back-up role for the Shamrocks. Talia Mavin was their counterpart at the Nanaimo end of the floor. The Shamrocks scored the first 4 goals of the game, Ben Preston picking up a pair and an assist in that span with Marshal King and Braylon Lumb picking up the others and Brad McCulley continuing his strong play with assists on all 4. A Nanaimo power play goal put the visitors on the board at 16:22 but Victoria added two more before the end of the period, coming off the sticks of Brad McCulley and Jake Campbell. There were just 3 penalties called in the opening frame but that would change as the score ran up. Shots on goal favoured Victoria by a 21-17 margin.
Nanaimo opened the second period scoring at 5:30 and in fact got 2 of the first 3 in the period but, despite some solid goaltending from Mavin, the support was just not there from the rest of the team and the shamrocks added 5 unanswered to hold the 12-3 lead after 40 minutes. There was a steady parade to the penalty box, including a couple of fights. Hunter Gackstatter of Nanaimo took on Dylan Rehman of the Shamrocks and Gackstatter got some shots in early but Rehman finished strong to take the decision. Both were ejected. Claxton left the game with the score at 10-3 in favour of the Shamrocks and Spencer Erwin got some valuable game experience going the rest of the way.
I’m not much of a fan of running up the score. The Shamrocks kept scoring in period 3 including a couple in the final two minutes, dragging the game out. Despite the high number of goals, Nanaimo goaltender Talia Mavin had some solid saves – it was just too bad her teammates could not finish, leaving many loose balls, throwing passes away and missing the net, thereby not making a game of it. Both Shamrocks goaltenders, Darian Claxton and call-up Spencer Erwin, played strong games for their limited playing time to this point.
Unofficially , Braylon Lumb and Ben Preston led the offense with 3 goals each and 1 and 2 assists respectively. Liam Finnigan and David Byrne each had a pair of goals while Brad McCulley had a 5-point night with a goal and 4 helpers. Eddie Smith, Zack Homer, Clark Pickup, Marshal King and Jake Campbell also scored for the Shamrocks.
Next game for the Intermediate Shamrocks is a home game Saturday against the Richmond Roadrunners. Game time at the Q Centre is 1:30 pm.
June 20, 2015
Shamrocks Bury Islanders
The Intermediate Shamrocks took a 2-0 first period lead and then ran away with a 16-6 victory over the visiting Delta Islanders Saturday at the Q Centre.
Starting goaltenders were Apollo Claxton for the Shamrocks and Will Kinnard for the visitors. It took over half a period for the first goal to go up on the scoreboard and it was Victoria’s Jake Campbell tallying from the dotted line at 10:56 on the power play to go up 1-0. At 14:40, Ben Preston converted a pass in close to make it 2-0 and that was all the scoring in the opening frame of a fast, hard-hitting game.
Things opened up in period 2 with the Rocks scoring four unanswered goals to start things off. At 2:03 it was Eddie Smith getting in close and putting the ball in the top corner behind Kinnard. Liam Finnigan made it 4-0 at 3:43 going on a run with the teams playing 4 aside. Again the teams went quite a stretch without a goal, although the same cannot be said of the penalty situation. Marshall King scored at 10:10, a ball that trickled over the line and a power play goal from the stick of Brad McCulley at 10:50 made it 6-0 for the boys in green. Delta finally solved Claxton at 12:58 when Dawson Trimble scored on a hard, low shot. McCulley got that one back a couple of minutes later, going to the net but the visitors, with a delayed penalty coming to the Shamrocks scored unassisted at 15:36 to close the gap to 7-2. The Shamrocks replied with 3 more before the period ended, two coming from McCulley, one of which came with the man advantage and the other coming from Tyler Glanfield after a forced loose ball gave the Rocks a 2-on-1 as he spun around and shot after taking a pass from Brian Robb at 19:46. That made it 10-2 Shamrocks after 40 minutes.
As is often the case when a game gets to be a run-away, play deteriorated in period 3. It seemed to complicate the game for the on-floor officials as penalty after penalty and overlapping penalties were the order of the day. Very rarely was there nobody from one or both teams in the sin bin. Many of the calls appeared to be made from the Delta bench. In any event, the Shamrocks did manage to outscore the Islanders by a 6-4 margin, including 4 on the power play while Delta also scored one power play marker. For Victoria it was Braylon Lumb, King with 3 more, McCulley with another and Robb with the other.
All in all, not the best game in terms of execution but certainly a big win for the Shamrocks as they head into the final couple of weeks of the season. Unofficially Brad McCulley led the way for Victoria with 6 goals and 3 helpers. Marshal King chipped in 4 goals and 3 assists Ben Preston and Eddie Smith had a goal each and 3 and 4 assists respectively with other goals coming from Braylon Lumb, Jake Campbell, Brian Robb and Tyler Glanfield. Apollo went the distance between the pipes turning in a strong performance for the win.
The Intermediate Shamrocks are back at the Q Centre Tuesday for a rare mid-week game as they host the Nanaimo Timbermen in an 8:00 start.
June 6, 2015
Intermediate Rocks Back in Win Column
After a pair of road losses in the last couple of weeks, the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks jumped back into the win column Saturday at the Q Centre as they ran over the visiting Langley Thunder 16-10.
Apollo Claxton got the start in goal for the home team with Karter Williams getting the call for Langley. It was all Victoria early as the Rocks jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Thunder struck for their first. Ben Preston got things started at 1:05 getting right in front. Call-up Jackson Boyd made it 2-0 at 2:07, cutting to the net and taking a big hit right in front for his trouble. Preston notched his second of the contest at 5:53 on the power play off a rebound right on the edge of the crease. That was the end of Williams’ night between the pipes for the visitors as he was replaced by Jordan Monk. Clark Pickup made it 4-0 with an unassisted tally, going end to end off a loose ball pickup. A power play goal by Langley’s Nathaniel Kozevnikov broke Claxton’s goose egg at 15:27. They got no momentum out of that, however, as Eddie Smith scored for the Rocks at 16:04 with a quick stick in close. Marshal King made it 6-1 for the home team at 19:53 off a transition break. Shots on goal were 21-10 after the first period.
Langley scored first in period 2, Levi Gallant scoring from the dotted line at 4:41. The Shamrocks replied with a pair, the first coming just 21 seconds later off the stick of Garrett Wicks and the second just 27 seconds after that from Taylor Martin as he gathered a pass going to the net. A bit of a defensive lapse on the part of the Shamrocks allowed Max Joseph to walk around the defense and tally shorthanded for the Thunder at 6:23 but the Victoria power play replied immediately, Braylon Lumb scoring at 6:42 as we saw 5 goals scored in a space of 2:01. Clearly, defense not sharp during this period. The Rocks made it 10-3 at 13:12, Nick Murray scoring from well out, although Monk did get a piece. Langley got a burst of energy, scoring twice in a row as Christian Bosa scored on a long, hard shot at 14:37 and Ryan Martel scored a power play marker at 18:33 from the dotted line. King closed out the scoring for the Rocks with a goal at 19:58 to make it 11-5 after 40 minutes.
Play got a little ragged and sloppy in the final period, each team scoring 5 times. Call-up Erwin Spencer took over for Claxton in the Victoria net to begin the period and allowed his first goal at 4:15, Martel collecting his second for the visitors. Martin then picked up his second for the home team on a run at 6:36. Another 2-goal run by Langley closed the gap to 12-8 as Dylan Kaminski scored at 7:43 and Joseph picked up his second shorthanded marker at 10:03. Each team traded 2-goal runs after that, Brad McCulley picking up one for the Shamrocks off a quickstick at 11:09 and King, adding his third of the contest on the power play at 14:20. Langley got a pair, including one with the man advantage before Boyd picked up his second from the dotted line at 18:10 and King closed it out with his fourth at 19:14.
Unofficially it was Marshal King leading the Shamrocks with 4 goals and 4 assists. Ben Preston, Jackson Boyd and Taylor Martin each had a pair of goals with singles coming from Eddie Smith, Braylon Lumb, Garrett Wicks, Clark Pickup, Nick Murray and Brad McCulley, who also chipped in 4 helpers for a 5-point night.
The win leaves the Shamrocks with a 9-2 record, good enough to lead the league. Their next game is a home battle against the Delta Islanders in two weeks, Saturday, June 21. Game time is 1:30 pm at the Q Centre.
May 23, 2015
Intermediate Shamrocks Still Unbeaten
The Intermediate Shamrocks treated their fans to an exciting last minute victory as the defeated the visiting Port Coquitlam Saints, 10-9 Saturday at the Q Centre.
It was a close battle the entire game with both goaltenders coming up big. It was Apollo Claxton between the pipes for the Rocks and Roman Rose for the visitors. PoCo actually jumped out to the early lead, Dylan Foulds scoring on a hard, low shot at 3:59 after a good penalty kill. It took less than a minute for Victoria to reply, David Byrne going coast to coast for an unassisted tally at 4:57. At 6:13 the Shamrocks took the lead on an unassisted goal by Taylor Martin as he won a loose ball battle and got in close. Jaden Labranch got that one back at 7:16, picking the top corner to notch things at 2. The home squad re-gained the lead at 15:15, Marshal King scoring from outside the dotted line. That was how the period ended, the Shamrocks up 3-2 and holding a 13-8 edge in shots on goal.
Special teams played a significant role in period 2 as the Saints scored 2 power play goals and the Shamrocks had 1 with the extra man and 2 at a manpower disadvantage. Victoria opened with a power play marker at 2:38, Braylon Lumb finding a corner from close in. The 2-goal lead was short-lived, however, as Keegan Bell replied for the visitors with a power play goal at 4:08, connecting on a hard, low shot. The teams continued to trade goals as the Shamrocks’ King picked up his second of the contest at 6:51, that one coming shorthanded, some great penalty kill ball control paying off. PoCo once again bounced back, Connor Frost getting right in front to find twine at 8:17. Another shorthanded Victoria goal, the second of the game for Byrne at 10:19, restored the 2-goal lead. The Saints kept coming and managed to tie the score with a pair of goals at 13:30 and 15:20, the latter on the power play. That made it 6-6 after 40 minutes with the Shamrocks leading in shots on goal, 30-24
That 2-goal run at the end of the second certainly seemed to propel the visitors into the third, as they scored the first 2 goals of the final frame. Frost picked up his second at 4:45 and Bell added his second on the power play at the 7-minute mark. Now it was Victoria’s turn to play catch-up. They pulled within 1 at 7:34, Brad McCulley getting in close. Another PoCo power play goal restored the 2 goal lead at 12:51, Clark Walter doing the damage. There was no doubt the home fans were getting a bit nervous but Byrne picked up his hat trick goal at 13:55. With less than a minute to go and hope slipping away, Byrne collected yet another at 19:15. Would we need overtime to settle this? Not today. Ben Preston scored at 19:36 on a hard shot after a huge faceoff win to give the Rocks the win and keep their undefeated record intact.
All in all, not a sharp game for the undefeated Shamrocks as they had trouble collecting passes. By far the best player on the floor for either team was the Rocks’ David Byrne who had 4 goals and an assist, most of those points as he used his great speed to transition the ball up the floor. Marshal King had 2 goals with singles coming from Brad McCulley, Taylor Martin, Braylon Lumb and the winner from Ben Preston.
The Shamrocks are on the road for a couple of games, including a trip over the Malahat on Thursday to take on their island rivals, the Nanaimo Timbermen. That game starts at 8:00 pm at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Next home game is in 2 weeks, Saturday, June 6 when they will take on the Langley Thunder in a 1:30 pm battle at the Q Centre.
May 16, 2015
Intermediate Rocks Romp to 6-0 Record
The Intermediate Shamrocks improved to 6-0 atop the B.C. Intermediate League Standings Saturday as they romped to a 19-5 victory over the clearly out-matched Burnaby Lakers.
Darian Claxton got his first start in front of the home crowd for the home team while the Lakers had just Nick Hamilton to count on at the other end of the floor. As has been their habit, the Shamrocks jumped out to a 6-0 start, starting with a goal just 22 seconds in off the stick of their captain, Marshal King. King picked up his second at 3:01 with a hard low shot and the rout was on. At 4:03 Garret Wicks connected from right in front, faking and taking Hamilton left to right to find the back of the night. Off the ensuing faceoff, Liam Finnigan galloped in and it was 4-0 just 4:09 in. A power play goal from Braylon lumb at 8:08 and a shorthanded marker from Wicks, his second made it 6-0 at the 11:01 mark. Burnaby finally broke Claxton’s shutout streak at 12:59 but the home squad bounced back with another pair before the period ended, those goals coming from Ben Preston and a third from King. Victoria dominated the shots on goal with 19 versus 10 for the visitors.
Burnaby tallied first in period 2, Zach Alhaimer finding twine at 3:54. That was but a blip on the screen as the Shamrocks responded with a 4-goal run, Preston picking up 2 of those, King one more to make it 4 on the night and Eddie Smith with the other. The teams traded goals before the period ended, Ryan Rockwell tallying for the Lakers at 9:13 and Lumb picking up his second of the game at 17:46 for the home side. Shots on goal were pretty even at 16 apiece but the Shamrocks had the 13-3 lead on the scoreboard.
While the first two periods were pretty tame, with just 8 penalties called, the third made up for it with a steady parade to the sin bin. At 2:48 into the final frame, Brian Robb connected for the Shamrocks, after which the Lakers replied with a pair, the second coming on the power play. That was as close as they would come, as the Rocks rattled off 5 unanswered goals to walk away with the win.
Unofficially, the Shamrocks were led offensively by Ben Preston and Marshal King with 4 goals each and 6 and 5 assists respectively. Braylon Lumb also picked up 4 goals and added 2 helpers. Liam Finnigan had a pair of goals, Garret Wicks also had an outstanding outing with 2 goals and 4 assists. Singles came from Brian Robb, Jake Campbell and Eddie Smith, the latter kicking in with 4 assists. Darian had a strong performance between the pipes and chipped in with an assist.
Next up for the Intermediates is a home encounter next Saturday at 1:30 pm at the Q Centre. The visitors will be the Port Coquitlam Saints – come out and watch some great lacrosse action.
May 9, 2015
Intermediate Rocks Devour Salmonbellies
The Intermediate Shamrocks had their offense rolling on all cylinders Saturday as they hosted the New Westminster Salmonbellies, coming away with a 16-13 win and remaining unbeaten with a 4-0 record.
The game really wasn’t as close as it sounds, at least not until the midway point of the middle frame, at which point the Rocks had a 12-3 lead. That diminished to 15-9 by the end of the period and the Bellies were on a roll well into the final frame scoring 4 straight before the Shamrocks put it away just before the final buzzer.
Starting goaltenders were Apollo Claxton for the home team and Eric Kratz for the visitors. The teams traded early power play goals, Braylon Lumb connecting for the Shamrocks at 3:20 and Parker Johnson replying for New West at 5:13. After that, the Rocks went on a 4 goal run, before allowing another. Scoring for the Shamrocks during that period of time were Lumb, Jake Campbell, Marshall King on the power play, and Lumb with his hat trick marker. A New Westminster power play goal at 14:18 cut the gap to 5-2 but Lumb kept coming, tallying at 17:43, followed by an unassisted tally by David Byrne at 18:10 before the visitors closed the period, Noell Degile scoring from a scrum in front at 18:29.
Goals were again on the menu in period 2 – lots of goals as the Shamrocks scored 5 straight, the first 4 coming in a stretch of less than 2 minutes. Nick Lund Murray replaced Kratz in the Salmonbellies net 3:07 into the period but he didn’t fare any better early in his foray. Lumb had a pair of those, with others coming from Garrett Wicks, Liam Finnigan and Brad McCulley. The visitors got a bit of momentum around the midway mark of the period with a pair less than a minute apart but were unable to really get things going. Both teams combined for a total of 14 goals in the period with the Shamrocks holding a 15-9 lead after 40 minutes.
The Salmonbellies, finishing the middle frame with 2 goals, kept it going with 4 straight in the final frame, including the first 2 within just 38 seconds. With the lead cut to just 15-13, the Rocks put it away late, Lumb scoring to put an exclamation mark on his performance.
It was a win but for the second game in a row, the Rocks let big leads slip away. Unofficially, Braylon Lumb finished the contest with 8 goals and 1 assist. Team captain Marshall King had a 7-point night with a pair of goals and 5 assists. Eddie Smith and Brad McCulley also contributed mightily to the offense with a goal each and 4 and 5 assists respectively. Other goals came from Liam Finnigan, Garrewtt Wicks, Jake Campbell and David Byrne who also played a strong game on the other side of the ball. Ben Preston chipped in 5 assists. Apollo Claxton gave way between the pipes for period 3 giving Darian Claxton some much needed game experience.
The Shamrocks are on the road Sunday and return to the Q Centre next Saturday, May 16 when they will host the Burnaby Lakers in a 1:30 pm contest.
May 3, 2015
Intermediate Rocks Improve to 2-0
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks improved their record to 2-0 in the young season with a physical 12-7 victory over the visiting Maple Ridge Burrards Saturday at the Q Centre.
Starting goaltenders were Apollo Claxton for the home team and Thomas Hankins for the visitors. There was a very quick pace in the early going and it was the Shamrocks striking first when Liam Finnigan tallied at 3:11 off a quick transition run. The Burrards got that one back at 8:09, McKenzie Rope going over top of the goalie off a loose ball break. The home team started a 4-goal run with a power play marker at 10:53 off the stick of team captain Marshall King. Colten Merilainen followed up at 14:129 and just 6 seconds later, Finnigan got his second right off the faceoff. At 17:12 Braylon Lumb gave the home team a 4-goal lead as he was tackled to the ground in front of the net. The Burrards ended the Shamrocks’ streak with a goal at 19:40, Rope getting his second of the game. Victoria had the lead, 5-2, going into the dressing room.
In period 2, the teams seemed to take even more of a dislike to each other as the penalty totals mounted. Offensively the Burrards caught fire with the late first period goal and rattled off the first 3 goals in the middle frame. The first came just 18 seconds in as Victoria was a little lackadaisical on the loose ball allowing Hadon Harty to score unassisted. A minute later Daylan Kellough shot around a Shamrocks defender to cut the gap to just 1. Pope picked up his hat trick marker for the visitors, firing over the goalie to notch things at 5. Apollo Claxton took a breather and was replaced by Darian Claxton (no relation) for less than a minute and the Rocks got things going again. They regained the lead at 4:07 courtesy of an unassisted goal from Garrett Wicks in close. A short-handed unassisted goal by Ben Preston at 11:31 made it 7-5 for the boys in green. Maple Ridge managed to get one back at 13:08, that one coming on the power play off the stick of Nathan McKeigan. That was as close as they would come as the Shamrocks rebounded with a pair before the period ended. King picked up his second of the contest on the power play at 13:52 and Brad McCulley added another at 17:44, making it 9-6 after 40 minutes.
The Burrards continued to take penalties in period 3 and the Shamrocks made them pay with 3 power play goals before the visitors would again find the back of the net. Preston picked up his second of the game at 7:27 with a quick stick from the left side of the goaltender. Less than a minute later, Lumb picked up his second with a mirror image of that one from the other side of the net and Preston’s hat trick marker came at 13:36, also on the power play, a shot that Hankins got a piece of but couldn’t quite hold on. The visitors rounded out the scoring with a shorthanded marker at 17:19, Tyson Kirkness finding twine to make the final, 12-7.
Unofficially leading the way offensively for the Shamrocks was rookie Ben Preston with the hat trick. Liam Finnigan, Marshall King and Braylon Lumb each chipped in a pair of goals with Colten Merilainen and Brad McCulley each scoring once and adding 4 and 3 assists respectively. Garrett Wicks had the other Victoria goal.
The Shamrocks’ next home action is next Saturday at 1:30 pm at the Q Centre when they will take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies. It will be ‘Fill the Rink Night’ with admission by donation. Lots of extra events happening, including give-aways – come out and watch the fastest game on two feet played by some of the best 17-18 year old players.
SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015 "Fill The Arena" day.
Our 1:30pm game vs. New Westminster, will be a special event day. Admission is Children 12 & Under Free, Adults by donations.
We will have 50/50, Frisbee Toss and more. Come out and watch your Intermediate A Shamrocks play. Stay after to meet the team.
Friday May 8, 2015
The Intermediate A Team will be running a "Fastest Shot" at the WestShore Travis Bateman Tournament.
From 4:00pm - 7:00pm we will be holding a fastest shot contest at the JDF Tennis Courts. Shots are $2.00 each or 3 For $5.00. All proceeds will go toward the Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks. All participants will be entered to win a prize.
FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2015 "John Crowther Alumni Game"
7:OOPM @ The Q Arena
Come out and watch Shamrocks of the past play our Shamrocks of the Future.
Ticket at the Door... $10.00 per adult, children 12 & under free
Wednesday March 25, 2015 6:30pm Fitness @ Back To Back 591 Ledsham
Sunday March 29, 2015 11:00am-1:00pm @ Eagle Ridge
Thursday April 2, 2015 8:30pm-10:00pm @ Eagle Ridge
Tuesday April 7, 2015 6:00pm-8:00pm @ Eagle Ridge
Wednesday April 8, 2015 6:00pm-8:00pm @ Eagle Ridge
Friday April 10, 2015 7:00pm-9:00pm @ The Q Arena "Alumni vs. Inter/Junior A"
2015 Rookie Camp..
Saturday March 7, 2015 2:00pm-4:00pm @ Eagle Ridge
Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm-4:00pm @ Eagle Ridge
Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am-1:00pm @ Eagle Ridge
There is a $50.00 non-refundable charge at the first Rookie Camp Session you attend.
2014 Intermediate A Shamrocks
August 7, 2014
Intermediate Shamrocks Bring Home Silver
- by Janice Huckin
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks returned home from the Provincials with a silver medal. They finished the round robin portion of the tournament with a 2-1 record, courtesy of a 14-10 victory on Sunday over the Port Coquitlam Saints. Unfortunately, they were unable to duplicate the feat in the gold medal game Monday, losing by the same score to the gold medal-winning Saints.
Nick Preston of the Shamrocks was named to the tournament’s first all star team and also was the tournament points leader so congratulations to Nick. Congratulations to the Shamrocks for an exciting and successful season.
2015 Intermediate Shamrocks News
April 4, 2015
John Crowther Memorial Game
The Shamrock Alumni will be playing in the John Crowther Memorial Charity game on Friday April 10, at the Q center 7pm.
Each year the alumni plays one game to help a team raise money, and to let the old guys play again. This year we will be playing a mix of Jr. A and Intermediate A Shamrocks, the proceeds will go to the Jr Shamrocks and the Alumni.
This year is a special game as we have reintroduced the John Crowther Memorial game. (our game will be called this from now on). As many of you may remember, we played the John Crowther game for many years, but it has not been played for a long time.
This year Betty Crowther, Johns mom (96 years old) will be doing the first face off. Two of Johns nephews,Lucas Crowther (Jr. A) and Mason Mcniel (Pee Wee JDF) will be doing the face off too.
2014 Intermediate Shamrocks News
July 24, 2014
Team Trophies Awarded
The Intermediate Shamrocks have not yet completed their journey through the 2014 season but the Jr. and Intermediate Shamrocks gave out their team awards Wednesday night in an event held at the Langford location of Boston Pizza on Veterans’ Memorial Parkway.
Two players won the four Intermediate awards this season:
Top scorer and MVP awards were presented to second-year player Nick Preston
Top Defender and Most Inspirational awards went to team captain Zac Christianson.
Three service awards were also presented for outstanding contributions to the Jr. and Intermediate Shamrocks organizations:
Bob Reid Merit Award: Jr. Shamrocks Manager Dave Wilkie
Bill Russell Service Award: Intermediate & Jr. Rocks Equipment Manager Dano Ryan
Shamrock Pride Award: GM and Governor of both the Intermediate and Jr. Shamrocks Rod Wood
The Intermediate Rocks still have some work to do and they are up 1-0 in their best of three playoff series against the Delta Islanders. After winning the series opener 18-13 at home last Saturday, they travel to Sungod Arena this Saturday hoping to sweep the series. That game is at 1:30 pm for anyone wishing to travel to the mainland. Should a third and deciding game be required, it will be played at the Q Centre Sunday at 1:30 pm.
There are 3 other series going on simultaneously with the four winners advancing to the Provincials being held in Richmond from August 1-4. Good luck Rocks!
- Janice Huckin
July 19, 2014
Rocks’ Offense Explodes in Game 1
If the oft-quoted credo that ‘defense wins championships’ is true, I don’t know if either the Intermediate Shamrocks or Delta Islanders will get a championship as they combined for 31 goals in game 1 of their best-of-three playoff series Saturday at the Q Centre. It was the home Shamrocks on the winning end of the 18-13 score putting them up 1-0 in the series. Victoria led 9-3 after the first, were outscored 7-6 in the middle frame and each team tallied 3 times in period 3. Perhaps it should not be a surprise as both regular season games were also high scoring, both won by the Shamrocks by scores of 16-11 and 15-11.
Liam Reid got the start in goal for the Shamrocks while Delta seemed to tag team with both Jesse Young and Matt Patterson in goal. Victoria got on the board first, Brad McCulley tallying at 3:22 on a shot from the dotted line. At 4:44, Trevor Owens found the back of the net, diving across in close. Making it 3-0 for the home squad Braylon Lumb got on a run and scored at 5:52. David Byrne added yet another, unassisted, at 7:14 as he forced a loose ball, picked it up and took off. Delta’s Connor Leies finally answered the bell at 9:17, getting in close but the Rocks answered back at 10:36, Colten Merilainen finishing off some great ball control. Goals came fast and furious for a few minutes as the Islanders scored at 11:01 followed by a pair of Victoria power play goals from Lumb at 11:42 on a quick stick and then again at 12:19. Delta scored their third on a power play of their own at 14:51 and then the Rocks added two more power play goals as the referees must have gotten new whistles. Lumb notched his fourth goal of the contest at 17:14 and Owens added his second at 17:38. That was how the period went into the books, with the home team up 9-3 and a 23-15 edge in shots on goal.
The visitors came out with some jump in the middle frame, scoring the first two goals in quick succession. Shawn Richardson scored unassisted at 1:34 and just 11 seconds later Riley Phillips added a power play goal. Momentum switched back and forth as Victoria scored twice, followed by a pair of Delta counters, 2 more for the Rocks, etc back and forth. At the end of the period, the visitors had outscored their hosts 7-6 to trail 15-10. The first 9 goals were scored in a span of 7:58. Once again, a pretty steady trail of players to the penalty box but just 2 Victoria power play goals and 1 shorthanded marker from Taylor Martin to show for it.
Obviously both teams had run out of goals by the final period. Delta did start with a pair but the first didn’t come until the 9:01 mark and it was a shorthanded marker from Jayven Gill. Trevor Snow added an unassisted goal at 9:35, his second of the game. Apollo Claxton took over in goal for Reid at that point. Lumb scored what would be his 6th of the game at 14:53 with a quick stick. Leies added what would be his fourth of the game for the Islanders at 15:52 but the Shamrocks added a couple more before the final whistle, Taylor Martin getting his hat trick goal at 16:52 and Zack Homer adding one at 18:53. That was the end of that.
Unofficially here’s how the Shamrocks’ offense stacks up: Braylon Lumb scored six times and added 3 assists. Nick Preston had a 6-point night on a goal and 5 helpers. Taylor Martin chipped in a hat trick while Trevor Owens and Brad McCulley each had a pair. Other goals came from David Byrne, Guy Cullen, Zack Homer and Colten Merilainen who also added 3 helpers.
Two players did most of the damage for the visitors as Connor Leies had 4 goals and 2 helpers and Shawn Richardson also had 6 points with 3 of each.
Next action for the Shamrocks is game 2 of this series in Delta next Saturday. Should a third and deciding game be required it will be back in the Q Centre next Sunday at 1:30 pm. Stay tuned.
By Janice Huckin
July 13, 2014
Shamrocks Outlast ‘Bellies
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks are 2-0 at Westhills but they almost let one get away from them Sunday as they outlasted the New Westminster Salmonbellies to take a 12-11 victory. Two points are two points and those two points vault the Shamrocks into second place in the standings. A Maple Ridge loss Monday and/or a Shamrocks win Tuesday will clinch that spot.
Liam Reid got the start in goal for Victoria and Tyler Landry guarded the crease at the other end of the floor. The teams traded early goals, Victoria getting a power play marker at the 1:28 mark when Braylon Lumb got in close. New West got that one back at 2:12, Keanu Fernandez picking the top corner. The Rocks got on a 4-goal run starting with Lumb’s second of the contest at 4:24 on a quick stick from the edge of the crease. That was a power play goal and was followed by an unassisted tally by David Byrne as he picked up a loose ball and went in alone at 6:04. That goal also came with the man advantage. So far, 3 New West penalties – 3 Victoria power play goals. Lumb added his hat trick marker at 6:27, converting some transition speed and sharp passes. The Rocks took a 4-goal lead at 8:14, Colten Merilainen firing a hard shot from outside the dotted line to the back of the net. The Bellies finally got back into the swing of things with a power play goal of their own, Ryan Wilkinson going on a 2-on-1 break with a high shot that eluded Reid at 11:43. The home team rattled off a couple more before the first intermission, Nick Preston scoring at 14:51 on a roller that Landry didn’t seem to see and Rees Cullen getting in close on a run at 18:55. That sent his Rocks to the dressing room with a 7-2 lead.
Period was even on the scoreboard, each team scoring 4 times. The visitors tallied first, Michell Stokes capitalizing on a bit of shoddy defensive work at 3:04. Victoria bounced back with the next 2, Rees Cullen picking up his second at 8:03 getting in close and just 30 seconds later, Zac Christianson doing the honours after Victoria picked up a loose ball deep in their own end and transitioned it up the floor. The Bellies got a pair, the first ocoming just 23 seconds later from Kalan MacKay and the next at 11:53 from Dalton Lupul. Goals werel coming in bunches as the Shamrocks got a goal at 13:33 from Brad McCulley as he was being driven to the ground in front of the net and Charlie Kurtenback replying for the visitors 19 seconds later getting in close. Lumb picked up his fourth goal of the game a 19:13 which preserved the 5-goal lead, by a score of 11-6.
That cushion proved to be a very good thing as things got away from the Shamrocks in period 3. The Salmonbellies picked up the first two goals of the period, both when players were left unchecked in close. Lumb got one back, yes it was his fifth of the game, at 6:47 but again New West came back with 2 very quick countrs, the first at 7:32 and the second just 19 seconds later. Reid was replaced by Apollo Claxton in goal and the visitors did manage one more at the 11:26 mark but that was as close as they would get as fans and, no doubt players and coaching staff, gave a collective sigh of relief.
Unofficially leading the way, it was Braylon Lumb with 5 goals but Nick Preston keeping up his team-leading scoring pace with a goal and 5 helpers.
Rees Cullen had a second consecutive strong performance on offense with 2 goals and 1 helper after 4 assists in Saturday’s win. Other goals came from Brad McCulley, Zac Christianson, David Byrne and Colten Merilainen, who also chipped in 3 assists. Liam Reid helped the offense with a pair of helpers before leaving the game.
The Shamrocks finish their season on the road against Nanaimo Tuesday. That game will be played at the Nanaimo Ice Centre at 7:00. The regular season doesn’t officially wrap up until Friday with one game scheduled that night. The Rocks will certainly have home floor advantage in the playoffs but it remains to be determined who they will play. Chances are, they’ll see their first action next weekend but exactly when is not known.
By Janice Huckin
July 12, 2014
Shamrocks Outrun Roadrunners
The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks got a big win in their new temporary home, handing the Richmond Roadrunners a 15-9 loss in a game played at Westhills Arena Saturday afternoon. The temporary move was necessitated by the Rock the Shores event at Juan de Fuca but the team didn’t seem to mind the change of venue.
Liam Reid got the start in goal for the Rocks with midget call-up Cameron Overby starting for the visitors. Richmond temporarily stunned the crowd to silence, scoring off the opening faceoff a Chandler Bradley grabbed the ball out of the air and got in close just 6 seconds in. The home time connected on a power play at the 1:59 mark to tie the score, Colten Merilainen scoring on a shovel shot in close. It was the first of what would be a 6-goal first period run for the Shamrocks. Merilainen picked up his second at 7:25 with a hard shot from the dotted line, a shot Overby got a piece of but couldn’t quite kill it. At 11:19 Marshal King made it 3-1, making some great loose ball pursuit and slick passing pay off. Nick Preston, faked high and shot low to find twine at 12:51 and that prompted a change between the pipes for the Roadrunners as Rich Kratz came in. He didn’t fare much better, however, as Preston got his second of the game off a long outlet pass at 15:49, that goal coming with the man advantage. Rounding out the period, King got his second of the night at 19:22 on a long bouncer. That made it 6-1 for the Shamrocks after 20 minutes.
Before Richmond got on the board again, the Shamrocks rattled off two more to begin the middle frame. Braylon Lumb scored on a power play at 4:23, firing back over his shoulder. King added his hat trick marker at 5:54 with a hard shot from the dotted line. Finally the ‘Runners got back in the game with a goal off the stick of Patrick Ludemann at 8:45 but Preston replied a little over a minute later, a beautiful goal from a backhander on the run at 9:48. The visitors actually managed to put a 2-goal run together starting with a power play goal from Bradley at 12:46, cutting across in front. That was followed by a goal from Damon Prince on a hard, low shot at 14:28, cutting the gap to 5. They were unable to keep the momentum, however, as the Shamrocks scored two more before the period ended. Lumb got his second of the night at 14:51 on a bullet from outside the dotted line. Brad McCulley put an exclamation point on the period with a quick hard shot from well out at 15:16. That brought Overby back into the game for Richmond but the period ended like that, with the Shamrocks holding an 11-4 lead and 20 minutes left to play.
Play was not as sharp in period 3 as it looked like the Rocks were in a hurry to get shots away as they were actually outscored 5-4 in the period. It was also hard to tell at times if Richmond thought they were members of FIFA. In any event the Shamrocks scored first, Lumb collecting his hat trick marker at 2:50 getting in close. Richmond came back with a pair, Bradley getting his third at 3:01 and Jayden Campbell capitalizing on a power play at 6:09. The teams traded goals the rest of the way, Victoria getting goals from Preston and Lumb, their fourth each and McCulley, his second. Richmond’s goals came from Bradley, Jordan Gabrielle and Nick Jensen.
Braylon Lumb and Nick Preston unofficially led the offense with 4 goals each and 2 and 3 assists respectively. Marshal King chipped in a hat trick and 2 helpers while Colten Merilainen and Brad McCulley each had a pair of goals with McCulley also contributing 5 helpers. Rees Cullen helped the offense with 4 assists and Liam Reid went the distance in goal with another very solid performance.
The result moves the Shamrocks, temporarily at least into a third place with the Maple Ridge Burrards, and one point ahead of the New Westminster Salmonbellies, who they will face tomorrow back at the Westhills Arena. Coquitlam sits one point ahead but has completed its schedule so a win for the Shamrocks would move them into second place. It’s all very complicated but, suffice it to say the Shamrocks can control their own destiny and finish in second place by winning the games they play. Following Sunday’s encounter against the ‘Bellies – game time is 1:30 pm at Westhills – they will finish the regular season against the Nanaimo Timbermen Tuesday on the road. That game will be played at the Nanaimo Ice Centre at 7:00 pm.
Playoffs will follow so check back often for further details as dates and places are available.
By Janice Huckin
July 8, 2014
Rocks Defeat Island Rivals
In the first of two late-season match-ups between the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks and their island rivals, the Nanaimo Timbermen it was the host Shamrocks coming up with a 13-8 win Tuesday at the Q Centre. It was typical of most Victoria-Nanaimo match-ups – gritty and definitely not pretty.
Apollo Claxton started in goal for Victoria with Saanich product Nolan Tytgat between the pipes for the visitors. Victoria got a couple of quick goals early, the first coming on the power play at 3:29 as Brad McCulley fired a hard shot from the dotted line at 3:29. At 3:58 Guy Cullen made it 2-0 on a bouncer from fairly close in. Nanaimo replied at 8:23 with a power play of their own at 8:23, Nathan Harmsworth getting in close on a run. There were only 3 penalties in the opening frame, Nanaimo had 2 of them and the Rocks went up 3-1 on their second man advantage, Colten Merilainen converting some quick passes into a goal at 12:21. That was how the period ended, with the home team holding a slight edge.
The Rocks also got thing going in period 2, Merilainen tallying just 1:26 on a delayed penalty call with the extra attacker on the floor, firing from the dotted line. Nanaimo was seriously trying not to let the game get out of hand and responded at 2:55 with a goal from Alec Moldander, as he cut to the net. The home team finally got some wheels rolling as they rattled off the next 3 goals in the middle frame. Merilainen collected his hat trick marker at 7:05 from in close. Braylon Lumb added to the lead at 7:58 with a shot that went off the goaltender and into the net. McCulley then added another power play marker, his second of the night, at 13:34, cutting to the net and converting a pass. Nanaimo got a pair back before the period ended, Chris Branting scoring from outside the dotted line at 18:32 and Jake Mickelson getting in close to find twine at 19:23. The home team still held the lead, 7- from in close. Braylon Lumb added to the lead at 7:58 with a shot that went off the goaltender and into the net. McCulley then added another power play marker, his second of the night, at 13:34, cutting to the net and converting a pass. Nanaimo got a pair back before the period ended, Chris Branting scoring from outside the dotted line at 18:32 and Jake Mickelson getting in close to find twine at 19:23. The home team still held the lead, 7-4 after 40 minutes.
The third period saw 10 goals scored altogether, Nanaimo being assessed all the penalties in the period. The T’Men did start the third period scoring at 1:56 Cody Clark connecting with a hard shot. Merilainen, having an outstanding night offensively, scored his fourth of the game at 2:26, shooting from the dotted line. It looked like the teams were just going to trade goals when Nanaimo got one back at 2:48, making it 3 goals in 52 seconds but starting at 7:29, the Rocks got another 3-goal run started as Lumb picked up a pair of power play goals at 7:29 and 10:27 to put the home team up 10-6. Nick Preston cut to the net to increase the gap to 5 goals at 10:56. The teams did trade goals to the end of the period, Nanaimo getting goals from Harmswrth and Josh Steward while McCulley picked up his hat trick goal and call-up Jack Kendall added the final goal for the Rocks. The Shamrocks also gave intermediate call-up Dakota Kasper a shot in goal for the last 5 minutes or so. He allowed a goal on the first shot he faced, but came back strong to make several big saves in the dying moments in his first intermediate ‘A’ action.
Most of Victoria’s scoring came from 4 players. Colten Merilainen led the way unofficially with 4 goals and 4 assists. Brad McCulley had 3 goals and 3 helpers and Braylon Lumb also had the hat trick. Singles came from Guy Cullen, Jack Kendall and Nick Preston who also chipped in 7 assists for an 8-point night. Preston’s younger brother, Ben also played as a call-up and picked up a pair of assists, as did Kurtis Young.
Next up for the Intermediate Shamrocks is a pair of home games this weekend. Due to the unavailability of the Q Centre, both games will be played at the Westhills Arena at City Centre Park. Saturday at 1:30 the Rocks will host the Richmond Roadrunners and Sunday at 1:30 the visitors will be the New Westminster Salmonbellies. The Shamrocks are still looking to finish in the top 4 to have home floor advantage in the playoffs so every win is big. They will finish the regular season on the road in Nanaimo next Wednesday, July 15.
By Janice Huckin
July 5, 2014
Rocks Get Much Needed Win
It was a good win for the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks Saturday as they took a hard-fought 7-5 victory against the Coquitlam Adanacs at the Q Centre. It put the skid to a 3-game losing streak and, with playoff positions tight, every win counts. The Rocks will be in playoffs but would rather finish in the top 4 than the bottom 4 for the advantage home floor brings.
Apollo Claxton got the call in goal for the home team with Christian DelBianco getting the nod at the other end of the floor. Goals were hard to come by for both teams but it was Victoria getting on the board first when Brad McCulley scored at 8:23 on a quick-stick in close. A 5-on-3 power play goal from the Rocks’ Braylon Lumb at 15:59 gave the home team the lead they would take to the dressing room, just 2-0 despite holding a big edge in shots on goal by 20-7.
Coquitlam finally solved Claxton at 3:09, Jim Barnes scoring a power play goal getting in close. Victoria replied at 5:00, team captain Zac Christianson going on a run and scoring unassisted. The ink was hardly dry on the scoresheet before Coquitlam started on a 3-goal run. First it was Julian Infanti on a hard shot from the dotted line with his team holding a 5-on-3 man advantage at 6:31. Barnes got his second of the game just 21 seconds later, also on the power play on a shot from well out. At 11:30 the visitors took the lead for the first time (and the last time) with the extra attacker on for a delayed penalty call as Dailly MacKenzie scored from outside the dotted line. That was the wake-up call the Rocks needed and Christianson picked up his second unassisted goal of the night to get the home team even at 13:47, that goal going over top the goalie and with his team holding a 5-on-3 advantage. Lumb collected his second of the contest at 17:10, also on he power play, to re-gain the lead as he scored from the side of the crease.
The Rocks kept the momentum going in period 3 with a goal at 5:35 from Taylor Martin, in close. The teams then traded goals, Coquitlam getting a goal from Tyson Abbott at 8:38 and call-up Jake Campbell tallying for the Shamrocks at 11:01, that goal coming with his team down 2 men but giving the home team the margin of victory. They had a chance to add another on a penalty shot at the 19:15 mark but Christianson was unable to add the hat-trick marker.
Unofficially the Shamrocks got a pair of goals from Braylon Lumb and Zac Christianson. Brad McCulley had a strong offensive effort with a goal and 2 helpers with other goals coming from Jake Campbell and Taylor Martin. Apollo Claxton had an outstanding outing between the pipes with 32 saves. The Rocks are on the road Sunday and come back to the Q Centre for the first of 3 straight home games on Tuesday night. They will play host to the Nanaimo Timbermen at 7:00. The playoff race is tight and every point counts as the Rocks try to get and stay in the top 4 to get home advantage.
By Janice Huckin
June 28, 2014
Shamrocks Lose Second in a Row
I wouldn’t panic just yet but the Intermediate just lost their second straight game. That makes it 3 losses on the season. We are not used to that. They are still among the top teams in the league, despite suffering an 11-8 home loss against the Maple Ridge Burrards Saturday at the Q Centre.
The Shamrocks got behind early and never held the lead but did battle back to within a goal in the third period. Starting in goal for the Shamrocks was Liam Reid while Jake Sundar occupied the crease for the Burrards. Maple Ridge got on the scoreboard at 4:50 of the opening frame with a bouncer from just inside the dotted line from Brendan Green. They added a power play goal at 8:41 from the side of the crease off the stick of Mitch McDole and made it 3-0 at 9:56 when Harrison Floyd crashed the net and found the back of the net. The Rocks finally solved Sundar at 10:48 when he picked up an outlet pass from Reid on the run and made no mistake. Maple Ridge answered back at 17:45 on a run off a loose ball as Tyson Kirkness found twine and that was how the period ended with the visitors holding a 4-1 lead. Despite having several power plays, the Shamrocks were unable to score with the man advantage.
Early in period 2, Victoria got into penalty trouble with a double minor and the Burrards capitalized with a pair of power play markers. At 4:04 it was Andrew Gresham scoring on a hard shot from outside the dotted line and just 24 seconds later the visitors made it 6-1 on McDole’s second of the night with a long shot from just off centre. That was the end of Reid’s night in the Victoria net as he was replaced by Apollo Claxton. The visitors took no notice as they continued their run with McDole’s hat trick marker at 7:14 on a bouncer that Claxton got a piece of. Green then picked up his second of the contest at the 9-minute mark, coming off the bench to get in all alone. That made it 8-1 and looked somewhat hopeless but one thing about this Shamrocks team is they don’t give up. They rattled off the next 4 goals of the period and a couple more into the third frame to get right back in the game. A power play goal at 10:30 from Zack Homer got the rally started as he scored from the side of the crease. Just 19 seconds later, Ian Grundy got a goal off transition speed. Nick Preston fired a hard, low shot from just outside the dotted line that eluded the Burrards’ goaltender at 12:21 and at 17:15, Taylor Martin got the Shamrocks within 3 goals as he rifled a rebound past Sundar on the power play. That ended the period with Maple Ridge up by a score of 8-5 but momentum going the way of the Shamrocks.
The home team kept the run alive in the final 20 minutes, Martin collecting his second goal of the night at 4:18, jostling to the front of the net. Victoria’s goals were coming in bunches as just 18 seconds later they drew within a goal with another break off transition as Braylon Lumb made a pick up in close. Unfurtunately, the Shamrocks started to falter or the Burrards felt things slipping away and put on the after burners. Gresham picked up 2 in a row for the visitors, both with hard low shots, the first on a power play at 13:29, the second at 15:48. Martin managed to get one back for the Shamrocks at 17:37 from the edge of the crease with the goaltender on the bench for the extra attacker. That ploy backfired at 18:20 when the Burrards picked off a pass and Kirkness scoring into the empty net at 18:20.
Unofficially it was Taylor Martin leading the way for the Shamrocks with the hat trick. Singles came from Ian Grundy, Braylon Lumb, Nick Preston, Zack Homer and Devon Wicks. Next up for the Intermediate Shamrocks is a Sunday encounter against the Port Coquitlam Saints on the mainland. They return to the Q Centre next Saturday at 1:30 pm to take on the Coquitlam Adanacs.
By Janice Huckin
June 7, 2014
Shamrocks Hand Saints First Loss
The league-leading Port Coquitlam Saints came into the Q Centre unbeaten but ran into a hot Intermediate Shamrocks who came out on the winning end of an 8-7 score.
Liam Reid and Andrew Gallant were the starting goaltenders for the Rocks and Saints respectively and it was PoCo getting on the board early, Connor Frost intercepting a pass and scoring unassisted at 1:14. Victoria got that one back at 2:24, Nick Preston taking a pass from Rees Cullen and finding twine at 2w:24. Braylon Lumb gave the Shamrocks their first lead of the game at 8:45, after a great penalty kill as he went to the net. That was all the scoring in the opening frame, giving the home team a 2-1 lead and there was never more than a 2-goal gap throughout the game. Port Coquitlam had a slight 11-9 edge in shots on goal through 20 minutes.
The Shamrocks opened up a 2-goal lead on a power play marker at 2:47 of period 2, Preston picking up his second f the contest. The Saints got one back at 4:22 an unassisted goal by Dylan Foulds, getting in close to beat Reid. Once more the teams traded goals as Taylor Martin re-gained the 2-goal lead for the Rocks at 5:51 on a run as he collected an outlet pass from goaltender Reid. That lead held up for almost 4 minutes before Foulds collected his second of the game at 9:21 for PoCo off a rebound right in front and at 11:24, Tanner Riley drew the Saints even running around the defense after a loose ball pickup. Before the period ended, Victoria did manage to re-gain the lead, Martin picking up his second of the game with a bullet, fired on the run at 19:10. That made it 5-4 for the guys in green heading into the final 20 minutes.
Martin made it a hat trick, scoring for the Shamrocks at 4:28 as he gathered up a loose ball and went on a gallop down the floor. The Saints kept hanging around and they managed a pair, both from Frost at 5:13 and 8:29. With some strong goaltending by Reid, the Shamrocks powered back into the lead as Marshal King who had been unusually quiet offensively, scored at 11:58 converting a pass from Trevor Owens with a quick stick in close. He then added an unassisted tally at 15:44 when he let go a shot late in the 30-second clock, picked up the rebound and put it behind Gallant, giving the Rocks a 2-goal lead. Frost managed one more for the visitors at 18:01 but that was as close as they would get on this night.
Unofficially it was Taylor Martin leading the Shamrocks with the hat trick while Marshal King and Nick Preston each picked up a pair. Braylon Lumb had a goal and 1 assist. Liam Reid was solid in goal, spectacular at times as he kicked out 33 of the 42 shots he faced to pick up the victory.
The result moves the Shamrocks into a second place tie with the New Westminster Salmonbellies, four points behind the Saints but with the Rocks holding games in hand over both. The Shamrocks are on the road Sunday to face the Langley Thunder. Their next home action is not for 3 weeks as they play host to the Maple Ridge Burrards on Saturday, June 28 at the Q Centre.
By Janice Huckin
May 31, 2014
Shamrocks Win Shootout at the Q Centre
For sure it was not a goaltender’s night at the Q Centre as the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks and the Delta Islanders combined for 27 goals with the Rocks coming out ahead on the scoreboard, 16-11.
Starting goaltenders Liam Reid for Victoria and Jesse Young for the Islanders both saw their goals-against-averages go up as 12 goals were scored in the opening period alone, 9 of those before the game was 9 minutes old. Delta actually came out on fire and scored the first 3 goals of the game, beginning with Brendan Ancrum’s tally at 3:03. At 4:12 Riley Phillips got a shot to squeeze by inside the post and at 5:15 Jayven Gill made it 3-0 for the visitors. Unfortunately for them the momentum swung to the Shamrocks when Wyatt Peters took 6 minutes in penalties at 5:40 and the home team took advantage with 3 quick power play markers to pull even. Trevor Owens connected first at 5:51, just 11 seconds into the power play with a quick stick. Just 18 seconds later it was Danny Smith adding another power play goal unassisted and on a run. Making it 3-3, Colten Merilainen got another quick shot away at 7:04. Despite the early release of the Delta player from the sin bin, the Shamrocks kept things going when Nick Preston fired a hard, low shot to the back of the net at 7:31 and followed up with his second of the night at 7:52, coming around from the back of the net to score from the edge of the crease. That made it 5-3 Victoria with all 5 goals coming in a span of 2:01. Delta got one back with a power play goal of their own at 8:30 and Shawn Richardson got the visitors even at 11:47 with a hard, low shot. Once more the Rocks replied very quicky, Merilainen collecting his second at 11:58 with a hard shot from the dotted line and Braylon Lumb restoring a 2-goal lead for the home team, faking high and beating Young low at 17:43. Shots on goal were 19-17 in favour of Delta after 20 minutes.
Things were a little tamer in period 2 as Victoria outscored Delta 4-3, holding a 22-12 edge in shots on goal and increasing their lead to 3 goals by an 11-8 score. The teams traded goals early with Marshal King scoring at 2:26 and Shawn Richardson replying at 4:38. They did the same around the midway mark of the period with Zac Christianson picking the top corner at 9:20 off a loose ball and Delta’s Robinson adding his third of the contest just 12 seconds later. The Rocks got a 2-goal run beginning with Lumb’s second of the game at 12:58, after several great saves by Delta’s Jesse Young. Devon Wicks then picked up a goal on a run at 13:19 and that was enough for Young as he was replaced between the pipes by Matt Paterson. The Islanders picked up the final goal of the period, a power play goal again by Richardson at 15:17.
The third period continued with lots of offense, not much defense and a general deterioration in the play and officiating. Again it was Victoria holding the edge 5-3 in goals. Adding to the Shamrocks’ total were Alex Garson, Lumb with his third, Owens with his second, Merilainen with his third and Ian Grundy with an unassisted goal at 11:33. Richardson, Connor Leies and Wyatt Peters replied for Delta.
Overall, it was a game that was a bit sloppy at times and, with no further action this weekend, no doubt gives the team and coaching staff some things to work on in practice this week. Unofficially it was Colten Merilinen and Braylon Lumb each with a hat trick to lead the Shamrocks offensively. Trevor Owens and Nick Preston each contributed a goals with Preston also chipping in 6 helpers. Singles came from Ian Grundy, Alex Garson, Zac Christianson, Danny Smith, Devon Wicks and Marshal King who also had 5 assist. Guy Cullen and Rees Cullen also had strong games with 3 and 4 assists respectively. Liam Reid went the distance in goal to record the win.
Next up for the Intermediate Shamrocks is a home game next Saturday, June 7 when the Port Coquitlam Saints come to the Q Centre for the only time this season. Game time is 1:30 pm.
By Janice Huckin
May 24, 2014
Shamrocks Silence Thunder
You certainly couldn’t hear the roar of Thunder at the Q Center Saturday as the visiting Langley Intermediate ‘A team found themselves on the losing end of a 14-4 score at the hands of the Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks.
Starting in goal for the Shamrocks was Liam Reid while Jordan Monk got the call at the other end of the floor. It was actually the visitors scoring first to open the game, Nick Benacchio getting in close just 43 seconds in. They also scored the final goal of the period but the filling in that sandwich was a 6-goal run by the home team. Victoria’s Taylor Martin tallied at 2:45 to tie things up and the goals came in a barrage after that with Marshal King finding twine on a hard low shot at 3:39 with the teams playing 4-on-4. Team captain Zac Christianson made it 3-1 with a power play goal, running away from the defense at 5:26. A minute and 7 seconds later Christianson added another, again on a run, this one bouncing in off the goalie’s back as it came off the post. Braylon Lumb then picked up a pair for the Sharmocks, the first coming at 8:08 and the next one, almost 5 minutes later as he finished off a tic-tac-toe play at 13:03. That made it 6-1 for the home team and, as mentioned, Langley managed to solve Reid at 18:53 when Darien Maydiniuk scored an unassisted power play goal. It was a fast paced period, in which the Shamrocks outshot their opponents by a 22-11 margin and were full value on the scoreboard.
By comparison, the second period seemed a little sluggish and S L O W but the Shamrocks continued to build up their lead, outscoring the Thunder 3-1. King picked up his second of the game, a shorthanded marker, for the Rocks at 1:43, getting in close to beat Monk. At 9:13, Zack Homer gathered in a long outlet pass from his goaltender and made no mistake putting his team up, 8-2. Langley got one back, a power play goal at 15:53, on a bullet from the stick of Levi Gallant but before the period ended, Lumb picked up his fourth goal of the game, finding the back of the net at 18:08 with the teams playing 4-on-4.
It was more of the same in period 3 as the Shamrocks outscored the visitors 5-1, scoring the first three goals of the final frame before Langley connected once again. Apollo Claxton took over between the pipes for the Rocks. At the 48-second mark, James Thompson connected on a run. Less than a minute later, Homer picked up his second and the next Victoria goal came at the 10:33 mark. Once again, it was Lumb, on a quick-stick from the edge of the crease this time. Langley’s Benacchio picked up his second of the game for Langley off the ensuing faceoff at 10:51 but the Rocks rounded out the scoring with Lumb tallying on an almost carbon copy of his previous one from the edge of the crease at 13:57. Taylor Martin got his second for the Shamrocks unassisted at 19:05 to provide the margin of victory.
Unofficially, it was Braylon Lumb leading the way offensively with a 5-goal outing. Taylor Martin, Zack Homer, Zac Christianson and Marshal King each had a pair with Christianson and King adding 2 and 4 assists respectively. James Thompson had the other Victoria goal while Nick Preston and Trevor Owens figured prominently in the scoring with 3 and 4 assists respectively. Liam Reid and Apollo Claxton had solid performances between the pipes.
The Intermediate Shamrocks are on the road Sunday to face the Coquitlam Adanacs and return to the Q Center next Saturday, May 31 when they will host the Delta Islanders in a 1:
By Janice Huckin