Shamrocks rule Ice Breaker
The Armstrong Shamrocks sent an early-season message with a pair of convincing wins at the Archie Jack Memorial Ice Breaker Junior B Lacrosse Tournament last weekend at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.
The baby Shamrocks thumped the shorthanded Vernon Tigers 17-5 in tournament opener Saturday morning, and then ambushed the defending champion Kelowna Raiders 14-8 later that day.
Brett Hawrys, last season’s Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year, paced the Armstrong attack with five goals and three helpers against the Cats. Willy Hanley (4+2), Owen Barker (2+4), Cole Seidel (2+3), Sheldon Nelson (2+1), Carston Schlaak (1+2) and Joel Castle rounded out the Irish scoring.
“It was great to see us put together 60 solid minutes of lacrosse against Vernon,” said Shamrock head coach Pat Nelson. “We played our systems and shot the ball well.”
Hawrys pocketed 4+2 against Kelowna, rookie Cole Seidel potted 3+1 and veteran Brandon McGregor ripped a pair of top-shelf goals.
The Raiders mounted a comeback after the first period to bring the game to 6-5, however, Armstrong stuck to their game-plan to secure the win.
“This weekend was a really good chance for us to evaluate our play and build on our offensive and defensive systems as we get ready for the regular season,” said Nelson.
The Shamrocks open the TOJLL regular season against the Tigers Saturday night (7:30) at Wesbild Centre.
For the Tigers, who fielded 11 players against Armstrong, and in their 9-6 loss to the South Okanagan Flames Saturday afternoon, the Ice Breaker was pretty much a glorified practice.
“We’re not going to take much away from the weekend because it’s hard to assess 11 guys,” said head coach Myles Brumpton, who has a handful of players injured and is awaiting the return of some university students.
“The tournament was a good opportunity for us to see if our systems and processes are working. We also got to see some players play in different roles.”