The New Westminster Salmonbellies’ win streak came to an end at four games with an 11-6 loss to the Victoria Shamrocks on Friday night.
New Westminster had an opportunity to move alone into first place in the WLA standings. Instead, they are tied with the Langley Thunder with records of 11-3.
For Victoria, the win gives them some distance for the fourth and final playoff spot. Victoria sits at 6-6-1, while the Burnaby Lakers trail them at 4-9.
Low-scoring first period
Both teams had a hard time breaking through in the first period as they could only muster one goal each.
Marshal King gave Victoria an early lead at 4:11 into the first period. Haiden Dickson replied 1:09 later to tie up the game 1-1 heading into the first intermission.
Shamrocks pull away in the second
New Westminster opened the second-period scoring but Victoria started to pull away with a four-goal run.
Colton Clark opened the scoring on the power play unassisted 2:36 into the period to give the ‘Bellies a 2-1 lead.
King tied the game back up at 5:22 to start the four-goal run. Chris Wardle scored a pair of goals before King got his hat trick marker as the Shamrocks led 5-2.
New Westminster battled back near the end of the period. Dickson scored with 4:16 left on the clock followed by Noah Armitage to make it 5-4 for Victoria heading into the final frame.
Shamrocks spoil Salmonbellies’ first-place party
Victoria dashed New Westminster’s hopes of gaining sole possession of first place on this night in the third period.
The Shamrocks opened with goals from Cole Pickup and Jacob Ruest to extend Victoria’s lead to three.
Sam La Roue got the Salmonbellies back on the board 4:17 into the third period but Victoria still led 7-5.
Enter Patrick Dodds. He scored a natural hat trick with three goals in a matter of 4:17 as the Shamrocks jumped ahead 10-5.
Armitage tried to swing momentum back in New Westminster direction with 5:40 left to play. However, Steve Priolo scored unassisted with 2:11 on the clock to make the final 11-6 and end New Westminster’s win streak to four games.
- Patrick Dodds, Victoria Shamrocks
- Cam Dunkerley, Victoria Shamrocks
- Haiden Dickson, New Westminster Salmonbellies
Patrick Dodds, 3g 2a
Chris Wardle, 2g 3a
Marshal King, 3g 1a
Cole Pickup, 1g 3a
Cory Conway, 4a
New Westminster Salmonbellies
Haiden Dickson, 2g 3a
Sam La Roue, 1g 2a
Noah Armitage, 2g
Jordan McKenzie, 2a