Resetarits leads ‘Rocks past Coquitlam 10-2 on Friday in Victoria then head to Nanaimo on Sat

July 14, 2017

Coquitlam Adanacs 2 at Victoria Shamrocks 10 game recap


Written by Justis Doucet

Victoria - The Shamrocks and Adanacs met for the third time this season and second time in the B.C. Capital Friday night. Both teams were victorious on their home floor in the season series. The teams hadn’t met since June 10th but there was no love lost.

Greg Harnett took an early hit from Randy Jones and it sparked something. Harnett laid a pair of massive hits forcing turnovers, then dropped the gloves. Harnett took on Clay Miller and scored the win, ripping off Miller’s jersey before firing up the Q Centre crowd. Moments later, Corey Small opened the scoring with his league-leading thirtieth goal of the season. Just over three minutes later he beat Coquitlam net minder Dan Lewis again for his second of the night. Victoria outshot Coquitlam 17-13 in the period with Aaron Bold stopping all thirteen he faced.

Coquitlam cut the Victoria lead in half twenty seconds into the second, but Victoria quickly responded. Joe Resetarits beat Lewis short side for his first WLA goal in his Shamrocks debut. Later in the period, another Shamrock scored his first WLA goal, this time it was hometown rookie Dallas Wade finding the back of the net on a breakaway to make it 4-1 Victoria. Resetarits found the back of the net from the slot for his second of the game, this time on the power play, just seconds after being robbed on a one-timer. Then twenty-one seconds later Mike Triolo made it 6-1 Victoria with his fourteenth of the season. Rhys Duch added one more late in the period, his ninth of the campaign in just his fourth game. Victoria led 7-1 after forty minutes and held a 33-29 shot advantage.

Corey Small extended the lead to seven with his third of the game early in the third period, before Coquitlam quickly responded to make it 8-2. Steve Priolo answered with a shorthanded goal as he broke in all alone and beat Lewis making it 9-2 with five minutes remaining. Dallas Wade scored his second late in the third on the power play as Victoria hit double digits for the second straight game. The Shamrocks took it 10-2 the final and moved to 9-4-1 on the season. Rhys Duch led the way with five points, Corey Small scored three goals and added an assist and was named the game’s second star. Joe Resetarits scored twice in his debut and was named the first star, while Aaron Bold stopped forty-two of forty-four in the win, yielding just a goal in both the second and third periods.

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Victoria Shamrocks at Nanaimo Timbermen Game Preview

Saturday July 15th @ 7:00pm, Frank Crane arena

Written by Justis Doucet

Nanaimo - The Shamrocks and Timbermen will close the book on the 2017 Island rivalry, for at least the regular season at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo Saturday night. Victoria has taken both games over the Timbermen by scores of 16-9 and 12-7. The first meeting of the season was in Nanaimo, and Casey Jackson led the way with eight goals, four of them in the third period alone, as part of a ten point night. In the 12-7 home win, Victoria shut out Nanaimo 4-0 in the first period and outscored them 5-2 in the third period. Corey Small had seven points, and both Jackson and Mike Triolo had five point nights. This time the stakes are higher, a win not only continues to add separation atop the WLA but clinches a playoff birth for Victoria, the first step in climbing the mountain to the 2017 Mann Cup.

After Friday night’s win over Coquitlam, Victoria sits in second place in the WLA standings, ahead of Burnaby by two points, with two games against the Lakers to go. The final two happen July 21st and 28th, the latter in Victoria, with major playoff implications on the line. Nanaimo is currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, as their 4-8-1 record has them in fifth, six points behind New Westminster, however, the Timbermen do have a game in hand.   The top two power play units face each other, as Victoria’s 43% is league best, but closely followed by Nanaimo’s 41%. The penalty kill units are even as well, Victoria’s is fifth at 62.8% while Nanaimo’s is fourth at 63.3%%. 

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Next game (HOME): Friday July 28th vs Burnaby Lakers, 7:30pm at The Q centre. Fan Appreciation Night presented by SLEGG Building Materials, Tickets at or by calling 250-478-7625.