The Victoria Shamrocks (3-2) took on the Nanaimo Timbermen (2-4) Sunday at The Q Centre in Colwood and won by the score of 13-5. The Shamrocks won by virtue of having lethal special team scoring. Eight of their 13 goals were scored while on the powerplay and two more short-handed.
It was, however, another characteristically slow start for the high-powered Shamrocks, who gave up the first goal at 7:37 of the first period, while Josh Fagan served a minor penalty for Too Many Men.
Tyson Gibson scored at 9:39 on the powerplay while Nate Wade served a two-minute minor for roughing; tit for tat. Gibson’s goal was assisted by Casey Jackson and Jesse King.
The teams traded goals at 10:12 and 10:24, and then Rhys Duch spied Jackson with a pass at the right side of the net. Jackson dropped his left shoulder, then his right, and then dove to the front of the net going five-hole on goaltender Charles Claxton at 12:52. It was a crowd pleaser
At 14:59, while the Timbermen were serving their own Too Many Men penalty, Duch and King tossed the ball around like they were at the playground. King, to the right of Claxton, fired a pass to Duch, who from 25-feet out in front fired a high shot over Claxton’s left shoulder; it was a bullet.
Daniel Smith, known for his speed and wiry moves, was killing off a Matt Yager penalty late in the first period. He dodged multiple checks, got rolled but returned to his feet and dished the ball off to Gibson at centre, who spotted a sprinting King and fed him the ball, King made no mistake putting the ball over the 6’4” 200-pound Claxton’s left shoulder – they discovered a weakness.
The Timbermen would get one back by Jon Phillips. For the second time in the period, a Shamrocks player coughed up the ball to the 6’1” rookie from Delta, BC. The goal completed a first-period hat-trick for Phillips, to close out the first period 5-4 for the Shamrocks.
“That’s alright, he got the first-period hat-trick, then we held him to a single goal after that, so we adapted,” said Coach Bob Heyes. “Sometimes it is a case of adapting as you go.”
The point was missed on the Timberman, as the Shamrocks scored five unanswered goals during the second period, two by Jackson, to complete his hat-trick by 17:23 while on the powerplay. Four of the five goals came on the powerplay; one was shorthanded by Steve Priolo. The others were by Duch and Chris Wardle.
Claxton was pulled in favour of Mike DeGirolamo after Jackson’s hat-trick goal.
Wardle scored again at 3:26 of the third period from Gibson.
Wade scored a tremendous goal faking stick side, then going glove-side depositing the ball easily behind DeGirolamo for his second of the game. Priolo fed him streaking across the goal with a 30-foot pass while in full stride.
Duch completed his hat-trick at 10:40 on the powerplay, with a sharp five-hole shot that DeGirolamo should have had. Gibson and Wardle earned assists.
Cody Cook replaced Cody Hagedorn in goal for the Shamrocks to give Cook some game action.
Shots were 42-38 for the Shamrocks.
Nanaimo went 2/7 on the man advantage and gave up two shorthanded markers, while the Shamrocks went 8/13.
The Shamrocks take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies and the Maple Ridge Burrards Thursday and Friday night this week.
EXTRAS: Duch had a seven point night with three goals and four assists. Wardle picked up two goals and two assists for a four point night. King scored once and set up five others. Jackson added three assists to his hat-trick.