Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!
Written by Ian McNaughton
August 10, 2018
Victoria, BC – There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for the Victoria Shamrocks as they defeated their island rivals, the Nanaimo Timbermen, in Game #5 of their WLA semi-final playoff series 11-7. With this win, the Shamrocks win the series 4 games to 1 and clinch their spot to take on the Maple Ridge Burrards in the 2018 WLA Finals. It was a fun night for Shamrocks players, coaches, and fans who got to witness the spectacular game and advancement of their team onto the next round.
The Shamrocks led the pace of play for the entire game, never giving the Timbermen a chance to take control. It started early when Rob Hellyer scored 40 seconds into the game. The ‘Rocks finished the period ahead 4-2 and never looked back. Tyson Gibson had 2 goals while Adam Shute even had two assists in the period. After the first period. Victoria was leading in the shots department 20-16.
Victoria dominated the 2nd Period once again, outscoring Nanaimo 4-3 in the period. Casey Jackson found the back of the net twice while Gibson earned a hat-trick goal in the final two minutes of the period. ‘Rocks defender, Mack Mitchell added his first goal of the postseason in the 2nd period Friday. That was only his second goal of 2018 after scoring on July 27th against the Coquitlam Adanacs.
The ‘Rocks saved the best for the final period, scoring 3 goals and putting another exclamation point on an incredible season so far in 2018. Rhys Duch scored two goals to get his 2nd hat-trick in 4 games. Tyson Gibson added another and finished with a total of 4 goals - he was named the first star of the night while Rhys Duch earned 2nd star with 3 goals and 1 assist.
The WLA Finals kick off Friday, August 17th at The Q Centre between the Shamrocks and the Maple Ridge Burrards. Make sure to keep up with the Shamrocks on social media for ticket information and game times. Also, make sure to use #ShamrocksNation for all your favourite Shamrocks related posts as your ‘Rocks try to make the 2018 Mann Cup!