Armstrong Shamrocks goalie Cole MacFarlane reaches up to block this scoring attempt by South Okanagan Flames’ Josh Greenwood in the second period of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League game Sunday at Penticton Memorial Arena. The Shamrocks won 17-13.

Armstrong Shamrocks goalie Cole MacFarlane reaches up to block this scoring attempt by South Okanagan Flames’ Josh Greenwood in the second period of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League game Sunday at Penticton Memorial Arena. The Shamrocks won 17-13.

Hawrys highlights Armstrong Shamrock attack

Brett Hawrys nets 12-point night as Armstrong Shamrocks outlast South Okanagan Flames 16-13 Sunday night at Penticton Memorial Arena.

  • May. 30, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Brett Hawrys scored eight goals and set up four others as the Armstrong Shamrocks outlasted the South Okanagan Flames 16-13 Sunday night at Penticton Memorial Arena.

The Shamrocks improved to 3-1-2 in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League. The Flames dipped to 2-3-1.

Hawrys potted a hat trick in the first period, using his slippery style and stellar stick skills to beat his defenders. The highlight goal of the period came when Daniel Peterson fired a pass off the back glass right into Willy Hanley’s stick. Hanley finished with a one-timer.

Jean Luc Chetner of the Flames matched Hawrys with a hat trick of his own to keep the Flames in the game. Armstrong’s Todd Hoggarth made a strong cut to the middle of the floor to score in tight and the Rocks took a 6-4 lead into the first intermission.

The Junior Irish came out strong to start the second with Owen Barker sniping three top cheese shots and Hawrys scoring his double hat trick goals on fast breaks.

Shamrock rookie Conor Payne fed a beautiful cross-crease pass to Hanley for his second quick one-timer. Defensive specialist Cam Nelson ripped his first of the year, popping out from around the net and potting a low shot past the tender.

Josh Greenwood responded with two goals for the Flames but the Rocks carried a 13-7 lead into the final frame.

Playing with strong character, the Flames mounted a rally in the third, capitalizing on two powerplays to move within two goals.

Hawrys stuffed their momentum with his seventh goal of the night, and buried an empty-netter before Joel Castle paid a high price, absorbing a hard hit after firing a rope-ripping shot for the final Shamrock goal.

Armstrong bench boss Pat Nelson appreciated the hard work of his team at both ends of the floor.

“We were a little shorthanded with only 14 runners so the guys had to dig deep and double shift at times, but they really stepped up,” said Nelson.

On Hawrys’ all-planet performance, Nelson added: “Brett sees the floor really well and the boys help him setting strong screens and feeding nice passes and he has great finish around the net.”

Hawyrs leads the league with 15 goals and 30 points, followed by Barker, with 10-17-27.

Hanley finished with two goals, while Castle and Payne each earned two assists. Chetner had 5+2 and Josh Greenwood supplied four goals for the Flames, who got 2+1 from Quinn Ramsey and four assists from Chris Pond.

Armstrong took 34 penalty minutes, while the Flames were assessed 54 minutes.

The Junior Rocks now host four straight home games with the 1-4 Vernon Re/Max Tigers coming to Lacrosseville tonight (7:30, Nor-Val Sports Centre). Armstrong hosts the 2-2-1 Kelowna Raiders Saturday night.