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It’s a good time to exorcise the demons that defeat you, especially during a heavy schedule of play.
First, the Victoria Shamrocks fixed their slow start issue with their big win over Maple Ridge Friday night 12-5 at The Q Centre, then they managed to correct their Jekyll and Hyde disorder of losing to lower-ranked teams on the road, but beating tougher teams. Saturday night, in their third game in four nights, they took out the Coquitlam Adanacs in Coquitlam 13-10, but it would take overtime to do it.
Adam Golia, who scored his first goal ever for the Shamrocks Friday, scored again, this time at 48 seconds with Casey Jackson and Jesse King assisting. Jackson scored on the powerplay at 9:40, but the Shamrocks didn’t get out of the first period with the lead. They would need a comeback.
Down 4-2 to start the second period, it looked grim as Coquitlam scored three more by 7:33.
Vinny Ricci scored back-to-back goals in the first period, and Matt Delmonico scored twice also, back-to-back, during the second.
Victoria would score three of the next four goals during the second period with Tyson Gibson, Golia and Jackson scoring again. Gibson was coming off of a six-point night Friday.
Whatever was said in the dressing room between the second and third periods seemed to work as the Shamrocks busted out with three consecutive goals, two from Josh Fagan, back-to-back and another from Jackson. Coquitlam got two back, but at 19:19 Ethan Garland, shorthanded, but with the extra attacker out, scored to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Speaking of quick starts Matt Yager scored at 33 seconds. Jesse King had a pair and Hellyer scored too, to salt the game away by 5:42 of OT.
Jackson picked up nine points and a hat-trick, while King and Hellyer picked up seven points each. With the big point productions, Jackson moved to within 1 point of league leader Logan Schuss, while King is five points back, 89 to 88.
With the two wins in a row, the Shamrocks take over second place in the league, two points behind the leading New Westminster Salmonbellies. The Salmonbellies have one game in hand.
The Shamrocks powerplay went 1/6, while the Adanacs went 4/7.
The Shamrocks outshot the Adanacs 60-41; it was the second consecutive lop-sided shot total in the Shamrocks favour. Hagedorn started the game but was pulled after 27:33 of play, where Adam Shute took over and played 37:42 and got the win. Dan Lewis took the loss for Coquitlam.