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Legends settle for overtime silver

The North Okanagan Nor/Val Hi-Pro Legends bowed 7-6 in overtime to the Kelowna Kodiaks in Sunday’s Rock The House Pee Wee A2 gold-medal final at Wesbild Centre.
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North Okanagan Legends’ Amy-Rae Fox prepares to pass off the ball before getting checked by Kelowna Kodiaks’ Max Burd (left) and Brett Selby in the Pee Wee Rock the House Lacrosse Tournament Sunday at Civic Arena.

The North Okanagan Nor/Val Hi-Pro Legends bowed 7-6 in overtime to the Kelowna Kodiaks in Sunday’s Rock The House Pee Wee A2 gold-medal final at Wesbild Centre.

It was almost a carbon copy of a preliminary game as the Legends once again led the Kodiaks until Kelowna evened it up with 1:48 left in the third to send it to overtime.

The Legends outworked and outchanced the Kodiaks in OT, hitting the crossbar or post five times. With only 41 seconds left, Kelowna’s Josh Dubrett was able to side step his check and make a beautiful shot past Legend goaltender Jakob Schweb for the winner.

“Although the score didn’t go our way we were very happy with how the kids played,” said Legends’ coach Harold Mann.

“Kelowna is a good team with some big key players that are tough to shut down.

“Each and every game we play them, our kids are getting better and getting more of the chances. We believe our kids are getting ready to peak at the right time with the provincial championships coming next month.”

Conor Webb supplied 2+1 for the Legends, while Jayden Hunter earned 1+2 and other goals came from Jake Pelletier, Jaxson Cummings and Stephane Richard.

Teams from Mission, Calgary, Prince George, Kamloops and Kelowna participated in the A side with Kelowna a last-minute replacement for Red Deer.

The Legends opened by mauling the Mission Mud Dawgs 15-8 with Niklas Luttmerding pocketing 3+2 and Pelletier getting 3+1.

Jayden Hunter and Chase Bronson each counted 2+1, while Webb, Brett Olsen, Cummings, Shelby Conors and Riley Swiscoski fired singles. Brady Marzocco collected two helpers.

North Okanagan then settled for an 8-8 with the  Kodiaks, giving up two goals in the last 2:30.

Webb wired 4+1, while Pelletier had 1+4 and other goals came from Marzocco, Bronson and Jayden Hunter.

The Legends stung the Calgary Hornets 11-5 to finish preliminary action with Webb counting 4+1 and Luttmerding and Hunter each scoring twice.

Richard and Bronson added singles and Pelletier earned three assists.

 

The undefeated Legends meet the Kodiaks in league play tonight in Rutland. The two teams battled to a tie in their last outing.