Sunday night’ s final regular season game for both the Victoria Shamrocks and New Westminster Salmonbellies at The Q Centre was meaningless, except to use it as an opportunity to fine-tune things for post-season play. The Salmonbellies dressing most of their top players won by the score of 8-4.
The Shamrocks decided to rest several of their top players including Jesse King, Rhys Duch, Chris Wardle, Rob Hellyer and Tyson Gibson, to name a few.
Junior Shamrocks got an opportunity to play some minutes against the best team in the WLA. Marshal King setup fellow Junior Shamrock Brad McCulley for all three of his goals as well as Casey Jackson at 5:17 of the first period. King would end up with four assists.
The first period would end tied 2-2 with an opening goal from Brett Mydske at 4:40 and Jordan McBride at 17:04. Jackson and McCulley scored the two Shamrocks goals.
The Salmonbellies would score five times including four in a row during the second period. Logan Schuss, the league points leader would get two, as would Daniel McQuade. McBride scored his second of the game at 17:48 to put the Salmonbellies up 7-4.
The only goal of the third period was scored by Lyndon Bunio. Starting the third period with a three-goal lead was a good opportunity to work on defence. The Salmonbellies held the Shamrocks to 11 shots in the final frame, outshooting Victoria 56-36 for the whole 60 minutes.
Tye Belanger would get the win in net for the Salmonbellies. He played 29:50, while Alexis Buque manned the net for 30:25. They stopped 14 of 14 and 18 of 22 shots, respectively.
Codey Hagedorn would stop 48 of the 56 shots he faced.
Both powerplays went 2-2.
The Shamrocks host the Nanaimo Timbermen for Game 1 of their semi-final, seven-game playoff series on Wednesday at The Q Centre and then again on Sunday. On Friday the Timbermen will host the Shamrocks at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo.