Rob Hellyer. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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The Victoria Shamrocks got off to another slow start in Langley on Wednesday, losing 9-7. The start may have cost them the game and an opportunity to win three games in four nights to set themselves up to potentially take over the league lead from the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

Within the first 4:48 Langley got up 2-0 with goals from Connor Robinson and Tyler Pace.

It wasn’t until 12:36 of the first that Victoria got on the board with Jesse King putting the ball away from Rob Hellyer and Steve Priolo.

Langley scored two more at 13:43 and 16:44 from Andrew Garant and JP Kealey.

Hellyer, who has found his game lately scored at 18:47 from Casey Jackson – it was a period-ending momentum shift of sorts.

The Shamrocks got off to a fast start during the second period with Jackson scoring twice by 4:25 and Hellyer contributing again. It was the first Shamrocks lead of the game; however, Langley’s Dylan Riley would score at 5:25 to tie it up at five goals apiece.

Perhaps the game was won and lost during the third period as the Thunder outscored the Shamrocks 4-2 in the final frame. Tyson Gibson and Dallas Wade would score while Brandon Clelland, Jake Taylor and Johnny Pearson with two, would put the game away for good by 14:47.

Adam Shute would stop 40 of 49 Thunder shots, while Jake Sundar would face 45, stopping 38.

Victoria went 2/10 on the powerplay while Langley managed 1/6.

Victoria plays again Friday at The Q Centre at 7:30 pm when they host the Maple Ridge Burrards.