Barr boosts Cats by Irish

Braden Barr scored late in the third period as the Vernon Tigers clipped the Armstrong Shamrocks 7-6.

Braden Barr scored late in the third period as the Vernon Tigers clipped the Armstrong Shamrocks 7-6 in Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League Wednesday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

“It was an ugly win, but at the end of the day we will take it,” said Tigers’ coach Myles Brumpton.

“We came out flatfooted. We had unusual play from our key guys. They had a few drops on scoring chances,” said Brumpton.

The Tigers (4-0-1) clawed back with two goals in the second and the third. Darryl Landels had a pair and Jay Seaton sniped a goal and two assists.

It wasn’t the cakewalk that the Tigers have been used to; they have won their past three games 13-2.

“Our composure on the bench was impressive last night. Things weren’t going our way, but the guys put their head down and got after it,” said Brumpton.

The Rocks held a one-goal lead in the third on goals by Drew Hassard and Minnis, who both finished with 2+1.

“We wanted to prove to Vernon that we weren’t the same team they saw last time,” said Shamrocks’ head coach Brett Logan.

Armstrong’s Marlon Forrest went down awkwardly in the Tigers’ end, which sprung a rush the other way. Barr got his second of the night and the winner with three minutes remaining.

Tigers’ netminder Aaron Jensen showed that he was human after all, allowing more than two goals for the first time this season.

“A.J. played well enough to keep us in it. I’ll take six goals against from a goalie any day,” said Brumpton.

The Tigers should have goaltender Thomas Bella back for their May 24 game against Kamloops.

“Aaron is our guy right now and Dylan is the future for this team. We are going to do our best to work Thomas in,” said Brumpton.

Meanwhile, the Armstrong Shamrocks are atop the Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League after they downed the Kelowna Raiders 6-1 Wednesday night at Memorial Arena.

Brennan Plante jumpstarted the Rocks (3-1)with a natural hat trick over the first two periods.

Rocks’ netminder Chad Pieper was incredible with 31 saves. Armstrong’s defence held the potent Raider attack scoreless through one.

Victor Weins scored on a shorthanded breakaway for Kelowna (2-2) in the second. Kyle Versteeg added a powerplay goal to give the Shamrocks a 4-1 lead after two periods.

After some Raider pressure, Armstrong responded with a breakaway goal from Kas Boudreau.

 

Former Raider Travis Lee scored for the Irish on a penalty shot.