Casey Jackson, bearing down on goal. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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A short-handed hat-trick for Mike Triolo and hat-tricks from Casey Jackson and Corey Small paved the way for a Shamrocks victory, 12-7 over the Nanaimo Timbermen Friday night at The Q Centre.

The Shamrocks dominated the first period with play happening mostly in the Nanaimo end. The Shamrocks outshot their island rivals during the opening period 17-9 and directed many more toward Nanaimo goaltender Peter Dubenski, scoring four and holding the Timbermen off of the score sheet.

All four goals came from tremendous shots by Corey Small, two back-to-back by Casey Jackson, and Josh Fagan. Jackson’ first goal went top right, it was a bullet.

The second period was a different story with the Timbermen getting the first two goals to start the period, including a shorthanded marker by Jake Emms on a breakaway. Adam Jay scored at 56 seconds to open the period.

At 7:56, Mike Triolo scored on his specialty, a shorthanded, ball-ragging goal. He killed off half of a penalty that Fagan was serving for delay of game, before bee-lining it to the net and going high, short-side to put the Shamrocks up 5-2.

“We just didn’t let up,” said Triolo. “Every single guy on this team didn’t let up. It was a great effort.”

At 11:06, Jackson completed the hat-trick scoring from Small and Steve Priolo.

Chase Fraser scored back-to-back goals at 12:06 and 12:56 of the second to bring Nanaimo within one at 6-5.

Again Triolo weaved his shorthanded magic at 16:17, slipping between a couple of defenders before breaking in clear for a shot over the right shoulder.

“Anyone of these guys could have done that,” Said Triolo. “Tonight I was just lucky to get the opportunities.”

Shots through two periods were 37-12, Victoria.

Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Small and Triolo completed hat-tricks during the third period. The Shamrocks went on a three-goal run interrupted only by a marker from Jake Cullen but went up 11-6. Mid-way through the third, the Timbermen enjoyed an extended two-man advantage, with a five-minute penalty assessed to Ethan Garland for slashing and a minor to Matt Yager also for slashing. Nanaimo scored.

Triolo, ragging the ball mid-floor, waited patiently for a crack to form in Nanaimo’s two-man assignment, he did, he broke in and scored a hat-trick shorthanded and his fourth of the night at 13:49. He earned player of the game honours for his efforts.

Aaron Bold got the win after facing 47 shots, while Dubenski faced 54.

The Shamrocks play Wed the 5th and Friday, the 7th of July. Their next home game is the 7th at The Q Centre versus Langley.

Before the game started, the Shamrocks provided a moment of silence for long-time volunteer and coach Lawrie Smith who passed away in January, 2017. The team invited his family out during the second intermission to present a new award in Smith’s name, the Lawrie Smith Volunteer Award.