Victoria Shamrocks 3rd period comeback not enough as Maple Ridge wins WLA Finals

 September 3, 2016

 Victoria Shamrocks 9 @ Maple Ridge Burrards 10 Game Recap


By Janice Huckin

The Victoria Shamrocks season come to an end on the mainland as the Maple Ridge Burrards broke the home floor jinx with a 10-9 hard-fought victory in game 6 on Friday. 

Adam Shute and Frankie Scigliano were the starting goaltenders for the Rocks and Burrards respectively and it was the Burrards with period leads of 4-2 and 9-7, as they held off the Shamrocks in the dying seconds to get the 1-goal win.

The first period saw 4 goals scored in a span of 1:46 starting with Maple Ridge’s Mike Mallory at 8:22.  Steve Higgs got that one back for the Rocks at 8:49 but the Burrards followed up with a pair from Matt Symes at 9:21 and 10:08.  The teams traded goals before the end of the period, Cory Conway scoring for Victoria and Ben McIntosh for Maple Ridge who outshot the visitors 25-14 in the first 20 minutes.

Goals came fast and furious in period 2, 10 goals scored in all, 5 by each team, including a couple of Maple Ridge power play goals and one by Victoria.  The first 3 goals came in the first 51 seconds of the period with another just 1:25 in and 6 in the first 3:05 before things settled a little more.  Once again the Burrards had the edge in shots on goal 17-13.

Victoria outplayed and outshot the home team in period 3, scoring the final two goals of the game to get within a single goal but unable to pull even, despite pulling Shute for an extra attacker.  Shots on goal were 19-12 with Scigliano stood tall.

Three players had a pair of goals for the Shamrocks – Paul Brebber, Cory Conway and Corey Small, who also chipped in a pair of assists and was named the game’s second star.  Rhys Duch had a goal and 4 helpers with Chris Wardle and Chris Higgs each contributing a goal and 1 assist.

For the Burrards it was Mike Mallory with the hat trick and 2 assists, Riley Loewen and Matt Symes each with a pair of goals.  Ben McIntosh and Dan Taylor had a single with 4 and 3 assists respectively and Owen Barker had the other goal.  Mallory and Loewen were first and third stars of the game.


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