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The Victoria Shamrocks would roll over the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-7 in WLA action on Friday night at The Q Centre.
Victoria held a slim two-goal lead after the first period in this one but had a huge seven-goal second period for the victory. The Shamrocks got a big performance out of Marshal King with a goal and seven assists for eight points, while Tom Vaesen ended that game with a hat trick. Victoria’s special teams came up big, going three-for-five on the power play.
Cam Dunkerley picked up the win between the pipes for the Shamrocks as he stopped 26 of 33 shots in the win. The Adanacs continue to miss Christian Del Bianco. Although, Andrew Gallant was pelted with 65 shots and made 52 saves for Coquitlam.
With the loss, the Adanacs remain winless, while Victoria keeps pace with Langley and New Westminster on top of the WLA standings.
Close first period
Victoria jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period. Cory Conway scored 2:25 into the game followed by Casey Wilson just shy of the eight-minute mark.
Reid Reinholdt got the Adanacs on the 8:31 into the first. However, Vaesen replied 12 seconds later on the power play. Patrick Dodds rounded out the two-goal run for the Shamrocks as Victoria took a 4-1 lead.
With 3:12 left to play in the period, Luke Jaber found the back of the net for Coquitlam to keep the Adanacs within striking distance at 4-2 after one period of play.
Huge second period for the Shamrocks
The Shamrocks’ offense came alive in the second period with seven goals, while the Adanacs could only muster three markers.
Liam Phillips opened the scoring with a solo effort for Victoria 3:34 into the period. King would follow that up less than two minutes later to make it 6-2 for the Shamrocks.
Clark Walter got Coquitlam back on the board 21 seconds later, but Cole Pickup answered right back to give Victoria a 7-3 lead.
Midway through the second period, Drew Kask would get the Adanacs back within three. Vaesen answered on the power play with 8:57 left in the second to extend Victoria’s lead back to four.
Coquitlam’s Chase McIntyre scored with 5:41 left but Victoria would finish off the second period with a three-goal run. Scoring for the Shamrocks was Wilson, Nick Preston and Bennett Smith as Victoria led 11-5 heading into the final frame.
Adanacs unable to come from behind
The six-goal deficit proved too much for the Adanacs in the third period. Kask opened the scoring for Coquitlam 24 seconds into the third to narrow Victoria’s lead to 11-6.
The Shamrocks’ power play continued to roll as Pickup scored on the man advantage at 7:59. Vaesen rounded out a two-goal run for Victoria with nine minutes left to play.
McIntyre rounded out the scoring for Coquitlam with 1:16 left but it was too late. The Shamrocks would roll over the Adanacs 13-7.
- Marshal King, Victoria Shamrocks
- Tom Vaesen, Victoria Shamrocks
- Casey Wilson, Victoria Shamrocks
Marshal King, 1g 7a
Nick Preston, 1g 4a
Tom Vaesen, 3g 1a
Brett McIntyre, 1g 4a
Clark Walter, 1g 2a
Drew Kask, 2g 1a