Armstrong Shamrocks rekindle offensive spark

Armstrong Shamrocks stuff Kelowna Raiders 14-9 in Senior C men's lacrosse play Friday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The Armstrong Shamrocks played their best game of the year and it earned them a 14-9 Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League win over the visiting Kelowna Raiders Friday night.

The Rocks struck early in the first period at the Nor-Val Sports Centre and were able to build a 6-3 lead before the break.

Armstrong continued to click offensively in the second frame, chasing Kelowna starting netminder Ryan Brabander with two more goals. Grahame Cousins didn’t fare much better in relief as the ‘Rocks connected three more times to take an 11-6 lead into a penalty-filled third period.

Armstrong’s top scorers were Milan Marcetta (2+5), Jarrett Medhurst (3+1), Pat Nelson (1+4), Steve Clark (2), Braydon Sanders (2), Brennan Plante (1+2), Brett Heitman (1+2), Jamie Coskerhill and Thomas Belenger.

Chad Pieper earned the win.

Joe Brown counted four goals for Kelowna, with 1+3 coming from Ryan Sage and other singles by Matt Gorges, Jake Illichman, Darren Lornson and Braden Renner. Pho Heng had five assists.

– The Vernon Source For Sports Tigers didn’t have an answer for Brendan Urban in Junior B action Thursday night at Kelowna Memorial Arena.

The talented sniper pocketed seven goals and three assists as the host Raiders brushed back the Cats 14-10 in a showdown of the top two TOJLL teams.

“He got away from us a few times and got a few real nice goals,” said Tigers’ assistant coach Keith Hanna. “It’s just more for us to work on in practice.”

Shifty Jay Seaton, with two goals and three assists, led the 6-2 Vernon attack, with Liam Drabiuk (2), Sean Connors (2), Bayne Bosquet (1+2), Quinton Harrish, Nolan Frame and Craig Bigsby rounding out the offence in front of Joel Fruncillo.

Chipping in on the 8-0-1 Kelowna offence were Brock Embury (2), Scott Renner, Evan Helgesen, Andrew McMillan and Cody Teichroeb.

After a terrific first period, the Tigers fell into penalty problems in the second frame. Down by a goal, the Raiders capitalized on a pair of 5-on-3s to build a 9-7 lead after 40 minutes, and the Tigers never recovered.

Vernon and Kelowna squared off again Saturday night at Kal Tire Place. The Cats visit the 3-5 South Okanagan Flames tonight in Penticton.

Meanwhile, the Baby Shamrocks fell 9-8 to the host Flames Friday night.

Down 3-0 after one period, Armstrong (2-5-2) rallied with second-period singles by Carston Schlaak, Willy Hanley, Keith Minnis, Drew Hassard and Cam Nelson to close the gap to 7-5. Conor Payne, Sam Hanley and Nathan Marcetta netted singles for Armstrong in the third period.

Kaid McLeod led the Flames with three goals, while Chris Pond had two.