2014 Victoria Jr. A Shamrocks
July 13, 2014
Rocks Fall Behind 2-0 in Playoffs
The Jr. Shamrocks saw their playoff hopes slipping, slipping away after dropping the second game in their best-of-five series, falling 11-6 to the Coquitlam Adanacs at Westhills Arena Sunday. The Rocks held a 4-2 first period lead but were outscored 9-2 over the final 40 minutes as they just didn’t have the horsepower that the tremendously deep Adanacs have.
Charles Claxton and Pete Dubenski got the starts in goal for the home and visiting teams respectively. Before the crowd got seated following the national anthem the Adanacs got on the board with a shot through traffic by Jean-Luc Chetner, that goal coming just 31 seconds into the game. Victoria’s Max Fredrickson got that one back at 1:29, going 5-hole on Dubenski and just 8 seconds later, Derek Lecky made it 2-0 for the boys in green when the goalie misplayed the ball and oops in it went. Tyler Pace got the score tied up on a power play marker at 2:56, intercepting a Victoria pass and going in alone. Claxton was very much in his ‘A’ game as he shut the door on numerous Coquitlam chances while his teammates made some hay. At 10:22, Jake Cullen connected on a power play as they moved the ball well with the extra man. Ryan Lewis notched a shorthanded goal at 16:38, diving across in close and that was how the period ended, much to the delight of the fans as the Adanacs had the edge in shots 16-12.
Unfortunately the lead would not hold up as Coquitlam rattled off 3 goals in 1:12 of the middle frame, Mike Messenger got a breakaway off an interception to score at 2:41. Brett Kujala followed up at 3:37, faking high and shooting low in alone. Just 16 seconds later, Chase McIntyre made it 5-4 Coquitlam off the faceoff win. Mason Pynn tied things up for the Rocks at 4:33 with a bullet from the dotted line but Coquitlam added two more before the intermission, Pace picking up his second at 7:02 and Kujala getting his second at 17:49 although it looked mysteriously like there was an extra person wearing the yellow and purple jersey. Shots on goal again favoured the visitors 19-14 and they were now up on the scoreboard 7-5.
Play was rough and rugged and the officiating not the best we’ve seen. They didn’t change the outcome of the game but it was pretty off. Coquitlam got the first two goals of the period, McLean Chicquen tallied for the Shamrocks to put the meat into the sandwich and the A’s rattled off two more to salt away the win, the final two goals scored into the empty net as Victoria had Claxton on the bench for the extra attacker in an attempt to come back.
It was another tough loss but no doubt these young Shamrock players are gaining some valuable experience along the way and they are not quitters so they’ll give it their best to the end. Leading the way offensively for the Shamrocks was McLean Chicquen with a goal and 2 helpers. Jake Cullen and Mason Pynn chipped a goal and an assist each with other goals coming from Max Fredrickson, Derek Lecky and Ryan Wade. Game 3 goes at the Coquitlam Sports Centre next Saturday, another 2:30 start and, should a fourth game be required it will be played at the Q Centre Sunday, July 20 back in the friendly confines of the Q Centre.
July 6, 2014
Travel Voucher Winner Selected
At Saturday's home game, the draw was made for the $2500 travel voucher for which both the Jr. and Intermediate Shamrocks have been selling tickets. The lucky winner is Holly Davidson. The office will be making contact with her today. Congratulations, Holly. The Jr. and Intermediate Shamrocks wish to thank all those who supported this fundraiser.
- Ron Hampton, Chair, Jr. Shamrocks Promotion Society
July 5, 2014
Rocks Clinch Third Place
It was a win the Shamrocks needed to clinch third place and they pulled it out with 5 unanswered third period goals to beat the visiting Burnaby Lakers 10-5 at the Q Centre Saturday evening. They needed at least 1 win in the final two regular games to secure third place because Langley won their final regular season game over Langley Saturday as well. The prize is a first round match-up against second place Coquitlam.
Ryley Brown got the start in goal for Victoria with David Mather guarding the crease at the other end of the floor. The first of what became a string of penalties came just 41 seconds into the game as Ryan Lewis of Victoria and Nick Kapusty of the Lakers and combined for 82 minutes in penalties including 3 game misconducts each. Early showers for those boys. The Shamrocks got behind early, Clayton Fenney scoring a power play goal for the Lakers at 2:55, getting in close. Jake Cullen got the home team even at 7:21, working his way around the defense to get inside. Before the period ended, Justin Appels restored the visitors’ lead, picking up a rebound in close at 14:18. That was how the period ended, with the Lakers ahead 2-1. They also had the slight edge in shots on goal 18-17.
The Rocks owned the middle frame, outscoring the visitors 4-2 starting with Cole Pickup’s goal at 1:19 as he held the ball, held it and then let it go from in close. Evan Hunt got that one back at 4:43 with the teams playing 4-on-4 but then the Shamrocks put the pedal to the metal and notched 3 straight to take a lead they would not relinquish. Pickup got his second of the night at 8:35 from well out at 8:35. Matt Hamilton then fired a bullet to the back of the net at 10:08 and Dallas Wade made it 5-3 at 13:06 with a hard, low shot. Burnaby did manage one more less than a minute later, Corey Wong scoring on a bouncer at 13:52. The Shamrocks fired 26 shots at Burnaby’s Mather while Brown faced just 11 at the other end of the floor in period 2 and they had the 5-4 lead on the board. The period ended with another ejection for each team, this time Cole Pickup and Peyton Lupul combining for 82 penalty minutes.
The final period was all Shamrocks as they connected for 5 unanswered goals. Newcomer Brendan Mykle-Winkler got his first goal as a Shamrock since being acquired at the trade deadline from Langley as he bulldozed his way to the front of the net to beat Mather at 9:01. At 10:44, Nate Wade collected a pass as he went to the net to make it 7-4 Shamrocks. Jake Cullen picked up his second of the night at 11:32, an unassisted tally. Karver Everson added another at 12:28, a shot that trickled through but it counts just the same. Max Cullen picked up the final goal of the game at 19:14 on a quick stick from the edge of the crease and that was all she wrote. Well, except for another major get-together at the 13:20 mark which saw Victoria’s Jake Carder get a major and a minor, McLean Chicquen a minor and Burnaby’s Austin Iredale acquiring another 40 minutes in penalties. I’m sure the on-floor officials were glad to see time run out on this contest.
Jake Cullen led the Shamrocks with 2 goals and 4 assists while Cole Pickup kept up his strong play over 40 minutes with 2 goals and 3 helpers. Matt Hamilton, Dallas Wade and newcomer Brendan Mykle-Winkler each had a goal and 2 assists with other goals coming from Max Cullen, Nate Wade, and Karver Everson.
The Jr. Shamrocks wrap up the regular season Sunday on the road against the first-place New Westminster Salmonbellies and will start the playoffs on the road against Coquitlam next weekend. Game 1 will be at the Coquitlam Sports Centre at 5:00 Saturday with game 2 at the Westhills Arena Sunday. Game time is 5:00 pm – please note the change of venue necessary due to the Rock the Shores event taking place on the Juan de Fuca grounds.
June 28, 2014
Rocks Hammered at Home
Well, the wheels finally fell off a losing streak for the Jr. Shamrocks Saturday at the Q Centre as they were hammered 15-6 by the Coquitlam Adanacs. I hate to say they’ve had it easy lately but the bulk of the schedule has been against opponents lower in the standings so this will hopefully be a wake-up call.
Charles Claxton got the call to start in goal for the Shamrocks with Riley Camazzola his counterpart at the other end of the floor. Coquitlam will likely provide the first round opposition for the Shamrocks so maybe they were trying to send a message. In any event they jumped out to a 5-3 first period lead and never were really challenged, either physically or on the scoreboard after the first period. The Adanacs scored just 43 seconds into the opening period, Chase McIntyre finding the top corner with a hard shot. Intermediate ‘A’ call-up, playing his second game of the day, answered back for the Rocks at 2:16, picking up a long pass and finding the back of the net. Keegan Ruttenger got the lead back for the visitors at 6:48 on an unassisted goal and Mike Messenger made it 3-1 Adanacs at 7:31, as he made his way unmolested to the front of the net. Victoria drew within a goal on a power play goal from Cole Pickup at 10:08, scoring on a quick stick from the edge of the crease on a 5-on-3 man advantage. Matt Hamilton tied things up for the home team at 12:07, cutting across the front of the net to notch a shorthanded marker. The visitors took the lead back with the final two goals of the period, Evan Wortley tallying at 18:23 and Messenger getting his second at 18:35. Holding a 21-13 edge in shots on goal, the visitors also had the 5-3 lead on the scoreboard.
The Rocks again gave up the first goal of period 2, albeit not in the first minute this time. Tyler Pace scored unassisted at 3:45 as the Adanacs had several chances in front of Claxton. Hamilton picked up his second of the night for Victoria at 4:40 with a shovel shot in close. The home team just wasn’t able to get anything going under the heavy checking of the Adanacs as they were being beaten to the loose balls, throwing the ball away and generally looking tired. The visitors got another pair of goals, the first frojm Jordan Magnuson at 6:49 and then a screened shot from Brett Kujala at 8:41. The Rocks picked up 1 from Karver Everson at 9:19, gave up 2 more before Pickup collected his second at 12:59 and then gave up another at 19:01 to fall behind 11-6 after 2.
Coquitlam outscored their hosts 4-0 in the final frame, including one on the power play and two shorthanded as they outshot the Shamrocks 61-43 overall in the game. Ryley Brown came in to replace Claxton in goal at the 7:33 mark with the game well out of hand.
Cole Pickup led the Shamrocks with 2 goals and 2 helpers while Matt Hamilton had a pair of goals and 1 assist. Karver Everson and Nick Preston had the other Victoria goals.
Things don’t get easier as these two teams face off again Sunday in Coquitlam. The Shamrocks return to the Q Centre next Saturday at 5:00 to face the Burnaby Lakers. It will be the final regular season home game for the Rocks and therefore Fan Appreciation Night. Come out and enjoy the game, get some autographs and win extra draw prizes.
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