Shamrocks dominate their home opener against Langley

The Victoria Shamrocks put on a dominant performance in their home opener in WLA action with a convincing 12-6 win over the Langley Thunder on Friday night.

This was a very different Langley team from years past. Not in the lineup Friday night were Robert Church, Curtis Dickson, Dane Dobbie and Frank Scigliano. Aden Walsh got the start for Langley and stopped 44 of 56 shots in the loss.

Meanwhile, the Shamrocks have a deadly goaltending duo of Chris Origlieri and Cam Dunkerley. It was Dunkerley that got the start and stopped 32 of 38 shots for the win.

Ronin Pusch had a strong night at the faceoff dot for Victoria as he won 13 of 22 draws.

Langley blanked in the first period

The Shamrocks opened up the floodgates early by jumping out to a 5-0 lead after the first period. Dunkerley stood tall as he stopped all 13 shots he faced in the first.

Patrick Dodds opened the scoring 3:02 into the game. He followed that up 46 seconds later on the power play to put Victoria up 2-0.

Just under a minute later, Jesse King found the back of the net to extend the Shamrocks’ lead to three.

Tom Vaesen made it 4-0 for the Shamrocks at 11:02 and Vaesen would round out the scoring with 13 seconds left in the period on the power play to give Victoria a 5-0 lead.

Victoria continues to dominate

The Thunder has a little bit of push-back early in the second period. Charles Scanlan scored 19 seconds into the period followed by Kyle Brunsch to make it 5-2.

Victoria pulled away with a four-goal run. Arthur Miller started it off at 3:34 followed by Denton Macdonald taking a feed from Ari Stevens at 6:52.

Miller struck again at the 9:10 mark before Brad McCulley rounded out the run at 15:58.

Nathan Lam rounded out the second-period scoring with 2:58 left to play for Langley to make it 9-3 heading into the final frame.

Shamrocks put the game out of reach

Victoria didn’t let off the gas in the third period. Liam Phillips scored 1:27 into the period. Jesse King followed that up at 7:12 on the power play to make it 11-3 for Victoria.

Veteran Tristan Kirkham got Langley back on the board at 11:11 on the power play to get the Thunder back within seven. King replied right back at 12:25 shorthanded to make it 12-4.

Langley mounted a small comeback late in the game. Chase Scanlan scored unassisted at 15:16. It was considered a shorthanded goal although Langley had an extra attacker on the floor. Chase added another with 2:48 left to play, but it wasn’t enough as Victoria took a 12-6 win in a dominant performance in their home opener.

Top Scorers

Victoria Shamrocks

Jesse King, 3g 4a

Kyle Pepper, 5a

Arthur Miller, 2g 2a

Tom Vaesen, 2g 2a

Langley Thunder

Chase Scanlan, 2g 2a

Charles Scanlan, 1g 2a

Tristan Kirkham, 1g 1a

Clay Scanlan, 2a

Kyle Brunsch, 1g 1a

Three Stars

  1. Jesse King, Victoria Shamrocks
  2. Kyle Pepper, Victoria Shamrocks
  3. Arthur Miller, Victoria Shamrocks

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.