Shamrocks Provincial Champs

by Janice Huckin

The Tier 1 Junior ‘B’ Shamrocks are the Provincial champs, defeating the South Okanagan Flames 27-10 in the two-game total-goal series that took place at the Q Center this weekend.  After winning game 1 Saturday by an 11-6 score the Rocks trounced the visitors 16-4 in game 2 to take the title.

Starting goaltenders were Nolan Dalep for the Shamrocks and Shawn Agostinho for the Flames and it was the visitors getting an early start, ZanderTorres scoring a shorthanded goal at the 2:09 mark, it taking very little time for the parade to the penalty box to begin.  A second shorthanded mark off the stick of Cairo Rogers made it 2-0 at 7:40 as he got on a run.  Victoria replied, Davis McCulley getting a power play marker at 8:11 with a quick stick from the side to close the gap to one and at 10:16, Rhys McDonald evened the score getting in close with the teams playing 4-on-4.  South Okanagan regained the lead at 10:37, Logan Cote connecting on a hard, low shot from outside the dotted line.  Once again the Rocks drew even, Evan Law scoring at 11:19 from the dotted line with the teams playing 4 aside.  The home team then took the lead for the first time, Cameron Lumb scoring shorthanded from the dotted line at 13:52 and McCulley picked up his second of the game at 16:48 to make it 5-3 for the home team, that goal coming with the man advantage as the teams combined for 30 minutes in penalties in the opening period.

The second period was all Victoria as they outscored the visitors 6-0 beginning with Brodie Wade’s power play marker just 33 seconds in, that goal coming late in the 30-second clock with the Rocks holding a 5-on-3 advantage.  Jonathon Boyd added another at 1:27, getting on a run then added his second of the game at 7:41 with a quick stick from the side making it 8-3 for the Rocks.  Lumb picked up his second of the game at 8:43, getting in close with the teams at 4 aside.  McCulley picked up his hat trick marker at 13:52 from inside the dotted line, another goal coming late in the 30-second clock and Brody Strugnell rounded out the scoring at 14:17 with a shorthanded goal on a run.  After 40 minutes it was 11-3 for the Shamrocks, Dalep and his defenders keeping the Flames off the scoresheet in the middle frame.

Victoria’s offensive onslaught continued to open period 3, Strugnell picking up his second of the contest at 5:39, a shorthanded unassisted goal on a run.  Lumb then picked up his hat trick goal, getting in close with the teams at 4 aside, that goal coming at 6:34.  At 10:44 defender Jared Wendt got on a run and beat Agostinho, Dalep picking up an assist on that goal to make it 14-3.  South Okanagan finally broke the scoreless streak with Torres’ second goal of the game, on the power play, at 15:33.  Victoria closed with 2 more goals, McCulley adding his 4th, a shorthanded goal at 16:04 in close and Cole Arthur adding another at 16:47, an unassisted goal off a loose ball.  Things rapidly deteriorated and, after some extracurricular activity, the officials allowed the clock to run down, giving the Shamrocks the 16-4 victory.

Nearly every Shamrocks player made it onto the scoresheet with Davis McCulley leading the way with 4 goals and an assist but Jonathon Boyd had the big night with 2 goals and 5 helpers for a 7-point game.  Cameron Lumb chipped in a hat trick and 1 assist with Brody Strugnell adding 2 goals.  Rhys McDonald had a goal and 3 assists, Brodie Wade a goal and 2 helpers with other goals coming from Cole Arthur, Evan Law, and Jared Wendt.  Graham Goodfellow contributed 4 assists while Nolan Dalep had a very good outing in goal to pick up the win and also helped the offense with 1 assist.

For the visitors only Zander Torres solved Dalep more than once, scoring twice with the other goals coming from Cairo Rogers and Logan Cote.

That wraps the season for the Tier 1 Rocks as Provincial Champion has a nice ring to it.