Adanacs flex muscles in dominant win over Shamrocks

by Owen Munro

The Coquitlam Adanacs made sure there was no doubt about who the team to beat is this season, taking it to the defending champion Victoria Shamrocks early and often en route to a dominant 12-4 victory. 

The Shamrocks, who beat Coquitlam in last year's provincials, may not be as strong talent-wise as they were last season, but struggled to stem the tide against the A's. Their first goal didn't come until 4:31 left in the second period when Cameron Lumb found the back of the net, but by that time, it was already 8-0 Coquitlam. The Adanacs D came to play, allowing only 20 shots in 40 minutes of action. That made things easy on goalie Roman Rose, who was only forced to make 27 saves in the victory. He also had two assists.

Beau Chetner and Max Semple led the way points wise. All three of Chetner's goals came with the man advantage, while Semple had four assists, two of them coming on Chetner's markers. Also chipping in was Adam Noakes with three and Brian Smith with another pair. 

It was a fairly physical battle as well, with the two teams dropping the gloves a couple of times, renewing a rivalry that bubbled all last season. 

Both teams have a few days off before getting back at it. Coquitlam hosts the Poco Saints on Friday night while Victoria hosts the high-scoring Richmond Roadrunners on Saturday afternoon.