Tigers down Shamrocks in TOJLL opener

A six-goal second period explosion helped the Vernon Tigers subdue the hometown Armstrong Shamrocks 12-9 Friday night

A six-goal second period explosion helped the Vernon Tigers subdue the hometown Armstrong Shamrocks 12-9 Friday night at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

It was the season-opening Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League game for both teams.

After taking a 3-2 lead after the opening period, the Tigers’ offence kicked into gear in the middle frame, scoring six times to take a 9-5 advantage into the final period.

Darrell Landels led the Tigers, scoring twice and setting up five other goals. Braden Barr had 2+3 while  brother Jordy Barr added a pair and Jordan Orr scored  once in each period.

Logan Revell, Brett Olsen and Stephan Richard had the other Vernon goals to support Aaron Jensen in the Tigers net.

Jensen made 35 saves as Vernon outshot the Shamrocks 60-44.

Cole Macfarlane played the first two periods in goal for Armstrong, replaced by Kalvin Davyduke for the third period.

Owen Barker led the Shamrocks with 2+2 while Justin Backus fired in a pair of goals.

Single markers went to Brayden Hoggarth, Sam Hanley, Keith Minnis, Tyson Fair and Austin Williamson.

Daniel Peterson picked up a pair of helpers.

The Shamrocks took 48 minutes in penalties compared to 35 for the Tigers, who visit the South Okanagan Flames Monday in Penticton.

The Shamrocks return to action Thursday when they head to Kelowna to take on the Raiders.