Shamrocks drop Challenge Cup 11-10
The Armstrong Shamrocks started slow, which the Vernon Tigers capitalized on just 45 seconds into the game when Rob Short scored his first of five on the night.
The Tigers added to their total a couple minutes later when Andrew Hamilton added his first of four. Brenden Plate then added to the total on a power play after Rocks player Steve Clark was assessed a double minor and a gross misconduct. Short then added another before Dan Giger got one back for the Rocks. Vernon finished their scoring with Tony Minchenko adding to the total, while the Shammies bounced back with a marker by Kriss Yargeau. The score after one saw Vernon with five and Armstrong two.
The second period saw Vernon extend its lead with another goal by Short. Armstrong struck back with two goals by Braden Sanders, only to have Vernon counter with goals from Short and Hamilton. Armstrong goalie Owen Siddall notched another for the Rocks; he missed a long outlook pass but the ball took a strange bounce, fooling Tigers goalie Iver Sandaker. The Armstrong squad, with renewed energy, saw Darren Kirby score to wrap up the second, making it 9-6 Vernon after two periods of play.
The Shamrocks, fighting for their lives, came out strong to start the third with Kirby, Shaun Koenig and Giger scoring to tie the game up at nine. The Tigers bounced back quickly with two more goals by Short and Hamilton. Though the Rocks got one back by Giger, with a couple late penalties, the Armstrong squad couldn't find the net at the end, giving the Tigers their first win of the year.
“Our team didn't come out prepared tonight,” head coach Glenn Mitchell admitted. “Vernon caught us of guard in the first and we had to play catch up the rest of the night. If Owen could have scored a few more goals we would have been alright.”