The Victoria Shamrocks enter the second part of a back to back, coming off a 5-4 win last night in New Westminster, looking to keep their perfect record intact. Coquitlam comes in with just one game played in comparison to Victoria's three. Victoria has ridden strong third periods in both home victories, outscoring opponents 6-2 in the final 20 minutes of home games.
In the win last night both Tristan Rai and Sheldon Burns scored their first career WLA goals, and Burns added a second for good measure. The real story, however, was Cody Hagedorn. The Victoria netminder stopped forty-five of forty-nine shots in the victory, including a few massive saves with time winding down in the third period. With that win, he now leads the league in wins with three, and in saves with ninety-nine.
Victoria showed that their depth can carry them to victories last night, and it was a pair of rookies that stepped up. Victoria trailed 2-1 after the first period Thursday before Sheldon Burns scored twice in just over seven minutes transforming a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead.
Corey Small recorded an assist last night on Chris Wardle's goal and leads the WLA in three of four positive statistical categories with 16 points (T-1st), 6 goals (T-4th), 10 assists (1st), and 41 shots (1st).
As always special teams will play a key factor, Victoria holds the league's top power-play at 44% (7/16) and they will go head to head with Coquitlam's 80% penalty kill, which was tasked with killing off ten powerplays in their only game this season.
Adanacs scouting report
For Coquitlam, Friday will be about finding the line between rest versus rust. The Adanacs have played the fewest games of all seven WLA teams, falling 10-7 to maple ridge in their only contest last Saturday. Coquitlam spread around the scoring in that opening night loss, with six different players finding the back of the net. Ryan Johnson and Matt Symes each racked up three points and lead the team thus far. Dan Lewis faced 48 shots in the season opener, making 38 saves.
In honour of our Family Night presented by Wilson's Transportation, we are excited to announce that the ball drop before the game will be performed by Mr. John Wilson and the Family of Constable Sarah Beckett. We are also honoured to be working with the RCMP where they will be accepting donations towards the ‘Constable Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship Fund’. For the next six home games a donation to the fund will enter you a chance to win the ball drop at our July 28 Fan Appreciation game.
Tickets can be purchased at Victoriashamrocks.com, phoning 250-478-ROCK(7625) or at the team store located at 967 Langford