An overtime goal from Brady Marzocco lifted the North Okanagan Nor-Val/Hi-Pro Sportswear Pee Wee Legends to a 4-3 win over the Ridge Meadows Burrards in the final of an A2 division lacrosse tournament in Penticton.
Marzocco scored 1:20 into the overtime with a shot that bounced off of the Burrards’ goaltender who lost site of the ball after the shot. The ball hit the floor and had the right spin on it putting it into the net, avenging a 5-3 loss to the Burrards in the final preliminary round game.
“The kids and coaching staff all felt confident they could win this game and went out and played a solid game that was very exciting to watch,” said Legends’ coach Harold Mann. “Both teams put on a great show that everyone enjoyed watching.”
The Legends opened the scoring with a 2-0 lead on goals from Conor Webb and Chase Bronson, from a beautiful feed from Brett Olsen, on the pick and roll play.
The Burrards equalized with pressure deep in the Legends’ crease and then went on to take the lead 3-2 late in the first period.
The Legends evened it up in the second period when Olsen clicked with less than one minute left to play. The third period was scoreless.
Other assists came from Jaxson Cummings and Nicholas Mann. Legends’ goalie Jakob Schweb played his best game of the year with key saves.
The Legends opened by beating the Penticton Heat A2 squad 10-3. Goals came from Jayden Hunter (3+2), Marzocco (2+1), Jake Pelletier (2), and singles from Niklas Luttmerding (1+1), Olsen and Webb. Assists came from Cummings (2), goaltender Schweb and Shelby Connors.
Webb scored three times in a 9-4 win over Chillwack. Pelletier added a pair and singles went to Marzocco, Bronson, Olsen and Connors. Cummings chipped in two assists while Riley Swiscoski, Jayden Hunter and Cole Martin each had one helper.
In their third game, the Legends outplayed and outshot the Burrards, but fell 5-3 to Ridge Meadows. Goals came from Connors, Hunter and Spencer King. Assists came from Cummings (2) and Nicholas Mann.
“The tournament was a great team building weekend and a stepping stone to what they will be seeing later this year when we host the provincials in Vernon,” said Mann. “Playing as many coastal teams as possible in tournaments is our goal.”
The Pee Wee A2 Legends stopped the Shuswap 7-5 in Tuesday night play in Enderby.
Martin scored twice, while singles went to Hunter, Stephane Richard, Pelletier, Dawson Boyce and Marzocco.
“The kids came up against a very strong goaltender from Shuswap (made Team B.C. Interior team) as the Legends outshot Shuswap, by a wide margin,” said Mann. “They hit the post at least 15 times which could have really tilted the score. Jakob Schweb in net played solid, keeping his team in it for the first part of the game, and helped spark his teammates as the game went on.”
In North Okanagan Baron Insurance Legends bowed 6-5 to the Kamloops Rattlers in a thrilling novice game.
Baron Insurance opened the scoring on a marker by Haden Catt, while Kayden Doughty and Jacob Brewer-Sherriff then added two goals apiece.
Excellent defensive effort was exhibited by Kalen Webster and Ethan Kerr, while Troy Cuzzetto was stellar in net for the Legends, who bounced back after being shelled 8-1 in Summerland Saturday by the Penticton Heat. Quin Williamson scored for the Legends.