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The Victoria Shamrocks, a surprisingly 0-3, to open the season, stopped the bleeding on Thursday by defeating the Nanaimo Timbermen 12-9 in the Frank Crane Arena.
They needed that win.
The teams exchanged leads throughout the game, however, Victoria was looking at another lead slipping away going into the final frame. Tied 6-6, it was anybody’s game. They turned up the heat scoring six times during the third and holding the Timbermen to three.
Casey Jackson led the Shamrocks with two goals and two assists. Victoria’s hometown Austin Madronic who plays in the NCAA for Harvard and rookie sensation Keegan Bell each scored one goal and picked up four assists. Rookie Larson Sundown and defensive veteran, Steve Priolo finished with two goals each. Jesse King scored a goal and added an assist.
Victoria went 2/3 on the man advantage, while the Timbermen were a perfect 4/4.
Shots were 57-47 for Victoria.
The 1-3 Shamrocks next play in Maple Ridge on Sunday, then are home on Friday the 14th at The Q Centre in Colwood.
Elsewhere in the WLA, the second-place New Westminster Salmonbellies defeated the bottom-dwelling Coquitlam Adanacs 13-7 at home. Burnaby Lakers lead the league with a perfect 4-0 record.
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