Victoria Shamrocks defeat the Maple Ridge Burrards 12-10


Rhy Duch playing at home - photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Copyright - 2016 - Victoria Sports News

Victoria Shamrock Rhys Duch is riding a red-hot hand and goaltender Frank Scigliano of the Maple Ridge Burrards is indeed capable of standing on his head, as he faced 53 shots tonight, while Duch filled the net to lead a late comeback win for the defending Mann Cup Champions.

The Shamrocks defeated the Maple Ridge Burrards by the score of 12-10 in Maple Ridge. Friday night, they defeated the Langley Thunder at home, which was a win that they needed as they had lost two in a row after starting the season 3-0.

During the first period, in fact within the first 14-minutes and 13 seconds of play, the Burrards looked as though they were going to run away with the win as they bolted out of the gate to a 4-0 lead, before Corey Small buried an even strength goal at the 16:05 mark. The goal was assisted by Duch and Steve Higgs.

At the 19:32 mark, Zack Porter potted an unassisted marker to regain the four point lead, to close out the period.

During the second period, in a span of seven minutes and 30 seconds, the Shamrocks filled the net with four consecutive goals. Tit for tat.

Duch had two goals and two assists in the second, the Shamrocks were back in the game according to the scoreboard.

Twice during the third period the Shamrocks scored three consecutive times, including the final three goals to tie the game, take the lead and then salt in the insurance marker, to boot. Duch was on a mission, as he scored two of the three final goals and scored a total of five to collect a second straight nine point night.

Corey Small earned seven points, while second star teammate Steve Higgs netted five points. The third star of the game was Burrard, Mike Mallory earning five points.

With the win the Shamrocks move into second place, one point back of the Burrards, each having played seven games. The offensive juggernaut of the Shamrocks offense leads the league with 83 goals for. The Burrards are in second in offensive play with just 69 goals scored by the team.

Duch leads the league in goals with 20 and points with 45. Teammate Cory Conway is second in the league in points with 34 and first in total assists with 31.

The Shamrocks next play June 21st against the Burnaby Lakers, in Burnaby. The next home game for the Shamrocks is Friday, June 24th against the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

Sidenote: Friday, the Shamrocks pelted the Langley Thunder defeating them 13-3 to hand them their fourth straight loss to open the season. Tonight they finally won a game, defeating the Nanaimo Timbermen 11-8, in Nanaimo.


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