Morning Star Staff
The return of a sniper on offence, and continued stellar goaltending, resulted in a fourth consecutive win for the Vernon Tigers.
The Tigers improved to 4-0 in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League Monday with a 14-8 win over the South Okanagan Flames (2-3) in Penticton.
Ryan Sarazin, making his season debut after finishing his college field lacrosse stint in Pennsylvania, scored four times and added two assists for the Tigers, who led 5-3 and 11-5 by periods.
Sean Connors added 2+2, Thomas Landels had 2+1, Steele Pelletier chipped in 1+2 and singles went to Kyle Cuzzetto, Jordy Barr, Logan Revell, Brock Wagner and Darrell Landels.
Goalie Aaron Jensen chipped in with three assists while making 52 saves as the Tigers were outshot 60-53. The Tigers have allowed only 29 goals.
Connor Walton and Mitch Brodt each had three goals for the Flames.
The Armstrong Shamrocks, meanwhile, suffered a third-period meltdown and fell 15-14 to the Kamloops Venom Friday at Nor-Val Sports Centre.
The Shamrocks (1-3) led 12-7 after two periods before allowing the Venom (2-1) to rattle off eight goals in the final 20.
Jerome Thorne led the Venom with a 10-point night, five goals and five helpers. Four of his goals came in the third period.
Riley Polacik also added a five-spot for Kamloops.
Justin Backus led the Shamrocks with 4+2, Owen Barker added 1+3, and Sam Hanley, Todd Hoggarth and Joel Castle each chipped in two goals.
Singles went to Keith Minnis, Liam Drabuik and Nicholas Yadernuck.
The Shamrocks host the Flames tonight at 7:30 at the Nor-Val Sports Centre. The Tigers are off until Thursday, May 21, when they travel to Kelowna to meet the Raiders.
Vernon’s home opener is Saturday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. at Kal Tire Place, against South Okanagan.
In Okanagan Minor Lacrosse League play, the Penticton Heat scored a pair of unanswered third-period goals to beat the North Okanagan Super 8 Legends 6-4 in Midget B2 division action Sunday afternoon at the Summerland Arena.
Seth Waterstreet, Chase Bronson, Nick Mann and Travis Aeichele scored for the Legends, who hung in despite missing seven players.
Jordie Scherck played another strong game in goal for North Okanagan.