Shamrocks Survive a Scare Against Bellies To Remain Undefeated

The Victoria Shamrocks were able to survive a scare as they picked up a 15-13 win over the New Westminster Salmonbellies on Friday night.

New Westminster went on a four-goal ran late in the second period to give themselves a 10-9 lead heading into the third, and putting Victoria’s perfect record in jeopardy.

The Shamrocks replied with a five-goal run of their own late in the second and into the third period to keep their undefeated record intact.

Will Malcom was a big factor for New Westminster. He had five goals and five assists for a 10-point night. Victoria was led by Casey Wilson, who had a hat trick and three assists.

Shamrocks Hold Slight Lead After One

The game was scoreless for 2:36 until Jesse King broke through with a power play marker for Victoria. New Westminster replied with a power play marker of their own, with Logan Schuss finding the back of the net at 7:10.

Tom Vaesen would restore Victoria’s lead at 9:25. However, eight seconds later Malcom would score and he added another 21 seconds part to make it 3-2 for the Salmonbellies at 9:54.

Trent DiCicco scored unassisted at the 11:00 mark to tie the game 3-3. Malcom scored his hat trick goal 24 seconds later on the power play to put the Bellies up 4-3.

Casey Wilson would finish off the period with a pair of goals. He scored with 3:11 left and added another tally on the power play with 1:32 on the clock to give the Shamrocks a 5-4 lead after the first period.

Salmonbellies Put Victoria’s Perfect Record in Jeopardy

Victoria opened the scoring in the second period. Marshal King scored at 2:09 to give the Shamrocks a two-goal lead. Less than two minutes later, Schuss replied to make it a 6-5 game.

Mathieu Gautier scored on the power play at 8:22 followed by Malcom at 10:04 before tempers began to boil over.

Owen Down took a slashing call for New Westminster at the 13:05 mark, while Brandon Goodwin took a minor unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalties gave Victoria a penalty shot. They gave the ball to Marshal King and he beat Justin Geddie to make it 8-6.

Things then started to fall apart a bit for Victoria. Schuss scored with 4:25 left followed by Malcom 16 seconds later to tie the game. Jake Govett second with 1:22 left on the clock to give the Salmonbellies a 9-8 lead. Govett added an unassisted marker with 52 seconds on the clock to extend New Westminster’s lead.

Gautier finally swung momentum back in Victoria’s favour. He scored with 26 seconds left to make it 10-9 for New Westminster heading into the third.

Victoria Survives A Scare To Keep Unblemished Record Intact

Great teams find ways to win and that’s exactly what the Shamrocks did in the third. Ryan McLean opened the scoring at 1:33 to tie the game back up 10-10.

Victoria retook the lead at the 2:41 mark off a goal from Patrick Dodds. Cole Pickup scored on transition at 5:19 as the Shamrocks went ahead 12-10. Casey Wilson rounded out a five-goal run for Victoria on the power play at 8:25.

New Westminster kept themselves within striking distance. Spencer Vanderberg scored at 9:44 to make it 13-11. Adam Charlambides scored at 10:08 to make it a one-goal game.

Arthur Miller put the Shamrocks ahead 14-12 with 6:24 left in the game. Schuss replied with 3:48 left to give New Westminster a chance.

With Geddie pulled for the Salmonbellies, Dallas Wade scored an empty-netter with four seconds left as the Shamrocks would survive a scare to make the final 15-13.

Top Scorers

Victoria Shamrocks

Casey Wilson, 3g 3a

Marshal King, 2g 3a

Jesse King, 1g 2a

Mathieu Gautier, 2g 1a

Trent DiCicco, 1g 2a

New Westminster Salmonbellies

Will Malcom, 5g 5a

Logan Schuss, 4g

Adam Charalambides, 1g 3a

Three Stars

  1. Will Malcom, New Westminster Salmonbellies
  2. Casey Wilson, Victoria Shamrocks
  3. Marshal King, 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.