The Shamrocks weathered the storm as they roll over the Langley Thunder
Victoria, BC– Jesse King helped lead the Shamrocks to their fifth win of the season with 2 goals and 8 assists against the Langley Thunder. The Thunder have been sitting around the top of the league all season, and the Shamrocks were ready to show what they were made of.
Jacob Ruest started off the scoring just one minute into the game, getting the Shamrocks off to a hot start. Jesse King followed suit, with Ruest adding his second for a quick 3-0 lead. Jackson Nishimura added his first of the night in transition, continuing the Shamrocks run, and causing the Langley Thunder to pull Frank Scigliano as they took a 5-0 lead. The Shamrocks had the hot hand of the first, scoring three more to put themselves up 8-2.
The second period started off slightly slower for the Shamrocks, but Larson Sundown kicked things off on a powerplay opportunity. The Shamrocks continued to keep the ball hot, with King and Burton both adding their second, putting the Rocks up by ten. The Thunder found the back of the net only twice in the second, giving Dubenski his 32nd save of the night, and the Shamrocks a 13-4 lead.
The third period started back-and-forth as both teams added goals to the board. Tempers started to heat up, and the Rocks capitalized on their opportunities sparking another run of goals. Both Dan Smith and Rhys Duch added their second goals of the night to keep a steady lead over the Thunder. Larson Sundown had the final goal of the game, helping the Shamrocks seal the win over a star-studded Langley team 18-7.
Pete Dubenski had a 50 save night on 57 shots, courtesy of a gutsy defensive unit that was not letting up. Tyler Burton also helped keep the ball on the offensive end, going 11 for 14 on the face-off circle. The Shamrocks take their fifth win of the year, moving to 5-1 on the season.
Catch the Shamrocks in action next Friday night at the Q! Centre as the Shamrocks host the Nanaimo Timbermen for an Indigenous Celebration Night at 7:00pm. The game will celebrate the roots of the game with Indigenous vendors, orange T-shirts and more with proceeds going to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.