Ball carrier Jamie Cockerill (right) of the Armstrong Shamrocks is tripped up by Rob Rintoul of the Vernon Tigers in Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse play Friday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre. The Shamrocks won 15-13.

Ball carrier Jamie Cockerill (right) of the Armstrong Shamrocks is tripped up by Rob Rintoul of the Vernon Tigers in Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse play Friday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre. The Shamrocks won 15-13.

Rocks outgun Tigers in goal fest

Armstrong Shamrocks outlast Vernon Tigers 15-13 in Thompson Okanagan Lacrosse League thriller Friday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The goals came fast and often in a Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League thriller between the Vernon Tigers and host Armstrong Shamrocks Friday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The lead changed several times, with the Rocks hanging on for a 15-13 win.

Armstrong got off to a quick 2-0 lead with singles by former Jr. Tiger Darren Kirby and Braydon Sanders.

Vernon got on the board with Rob Short scoring his first of six goals on the night. Sanders got one back before Vernon went on a six-goal run to end the first period 7-3.

Tiger scorers were Rob Rintoul, Casey Sherriff, Brennan Plante, Short and Kirk Krause.

The second period started off the same way the first one ended, with Vernon carrying the momentum on a man-advantage goal by Short.

That spelled the end for Armstrong keeper Owen Siddall. He was relieved by Chad Pieper, who was playing out until that point.

The change seemed to spark the Armstrong bench as Clark (2), Kirby (2),  Sanders, Dan Giger, Brent (Pez) Anderson, Brett Heitman and Jarrett Medhurst all found the net to make it 12-8 for the Shamrocks heading into the second intermission.

The Cats refused to back down, and began attacking again in the third frame.

Short supplied two more goals, while Plante and Rintoul each added singles to equalize.

Armstrong pulled away for good on a pair of goals by Heitman and a single by Kirby.

Short added a late tally, but it was too late.

Meanwhile, in Junior B lacrosse action, the Vernon Re/Max Tigers are in Kamloops tonight (6 p.m.) to face the Venom, while the Baby Rocks entertain the Kelowna Raiders Wednesday night (7:30) at Nor-Val.

The Tigers are hosting a Junior/Senior doubleheader against the Shamrocks Saturday night at Wesbild Centre.

The Juniors start at 6:30, with the Seniors scheduled to begin at 8.