The North Okanagan B1 Legends struck Bantam silver in their Rock the House Lacrosse Tournament last weekend in Armstrong.
The Legends fell 10-6 to the Langley Thunder in the gold-medal game, with the Thunder jumping out to a three-goal lead. Chase Bronson got the Legends on the board before the end of the first period.
A lively second frame saw the Legends outscore the Thunder 4-3, with Riley Swiscoski netting two, Shelby Connors and Tanner Franje-Gilbert adding singles. Langley pulled away in the third period to secure gold. Mason Pool scored the lone third-period tally for North Okanagan.
North Okanagan opened the tourney with an 11-5 win over West Kootenay on Friday. Bronson led the Legends with six goals, while Brett Williams had 1+4. Connors, Kaylan Lawrence, Pool and Franje-Gilbert each had singles.
In their second tilt, the Legends drubbed the Kelowna Kodiaks 15-1, with Bronson notching another five goals, and 2+2 each coming from Franje-Gilbert, Connors, Tyler Riva and Swiscoski. Brody Drydyk and Pool added singles.
Taylor Pelletier had his shutout bid spoiled late in the game.
North Okanagan bowed 10-3 to Langley in its final preliminary. Williams, Riva and Pool supplied singles.
The battle-weary Legends then wrapped up league play Monday with a 7-3 win over host Kamloops.
Down a goal after one period, North Okanagan’s offence came alive with singles by Connors, Swiscoski, Franje-Gilbert and Bronson. A penalty-filled third period saw the Legends take advantage of poor Kamloops discipline, with Connors, Bronson and Williams finishing the scoring.
Meanwhile, the B2 Legends turned in a bronze-medal showing at the Rock the House, collecting the hardware after a 9-1 pounding of Coquitlam.
Jake Pelletier turned the hat trick, Seth Ansley scored twice, and Tyson Reschke, Travis Aeichele, Cody Webb and Josh Melbourne each had one goal.
In round-robin play, the B2 Legends shaded Coquitlam 5-3, fell 9-1 to Langley and finished with a 7-4 decision over West Kootenay.
The Bantam A2 Legends pocketed silver in Armstrong, falling 6-5 to the Prince George Posse in Sunday’s championship game at Hassen Memorial Arena.
Legend scoring came from returning captain Stephane Richard (2), Jakob Schweb (2) and Conor Webb, assists by Brady Marzocco and Niklas Luttmerding. Call-up Stephan Wells fit in well with the physical play between the teams.
North Okanagan opened tournament play by brushing back Prince George 7-5 at Hassen. The Posse led 5-4 going into the third period, but the Legends scored twice in the final two minutes to secure the win.
Webb (2+1), Cameron Lock (2), Marzocco, Jayden Jensen-Hunter and Luttmerding handled the offence.
Brett Olsen supplied 3+1 as the Legends calmed the Rockyview Rage of Cochrane 6-5 Saturday at Nor-Val Sports Centre. Webb (2+1), Marzocco and Schweb took care of the other offence. Troy Cuzzetto was stellar in net.
North Okanagan fell 10-4 to the Coquitlam Adanacs later Saturday at Hassen. Trailing 8-0 going into the third, Schweb (2), Webb and Jensen-Hunter scored to make the scoreline respectable.
Coquitlam scored four powerplay goals.
In Midget B weekend action, the Legends showed up in Kelowna with a goalie and six runners and came home with a 4-1 win over the host Kodiaks on Saturday.
Facing a full Kodiak lineup, the Legends never gave up and never took a shift off.
In addition to keeping a tidy crease in front of sensational netminder Darnell Hauca, big d-man Cole Adams scored his first of the year on a breakaway early in the first period.
Captain Zack Kuperus, with his speed, accuracy and ability to shoot off-hand, scored two goals. Jordan Bell, running full tilt into the Kodiaks’ end, ripped one past the Kelowna goalie for the final goal.
Kiana Point and Conner Forrest were fast and furious all over the court, passing and blocking shots. Trevor Fors brought speed and awesome passing to the line up.