Sean Connors of the Vernon Tigers blocks Kaden Sagh of the Armstrong Shamrocks Thursday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Sean Connors of the Vernon Tigers blocks Kaden Sagh of the Armstrong Shamrocks Thursday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Tigers push Shamrocks into must-win territory

The Shamrocks are now on the brink of elimination down 2-0

  • Jul. 12, 2015 10:00 a.m.

The Vernon Source for Sports Tigers erupted for 10 first period goals to cruise past the Armstrong Shamrocks 20-7 in Game 2 of the best-of-five Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League opening round playoffs Thursday night at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The Shamrocks are now on the brink of elimination down 2-0.

The Tigers have downed the Shamrocks by 13 goals in both games.

“We are playing with intensity and unity,” said Tigers’ bench boss Chris Scabar. “These guys are standing up for one another and I am very proud of them.”

Darrell Landels is the captain on the road for the Tigers. He suffered a lower body injury earlier in the year and missed a good chunk of the season. Fellow senior Braden Barr stepped in as the replacement captain and remains the captain for home games.

“They are both leaders and both have taken over this team as seniors. It is great to have guys like this on our team,” said Scabar.

Landels proved his leadership with five goals for the Cats. He scored 15 goals in seven regular season games.

With top offensice threat Owen Barker removed from the scene, the Shamrocks have been relying on Joel Castle to run their offence.

Castle missed Game 1 because he was stuck working in Osoyoos, but he poured in a hat trick in Game 2.

“He adds a lot to our lineup when he is there,” said Shamrocks’ assistant coach Chad Pieper. “He creates a lot of nice shots and had a couple nice goals.”

Todd Hoggarth, Brody Berg, Kaden Sagh and Brayden Hoggarth registered singles for the Rocks.

Jordy Barr has exploded this post season for the Tigers. With three goals in Game 2, he now has seven goals in the playoffs. He scored 12 goals in 16 games this season.

“Jordy has a dynamite shot. It’s one of the hardest shots I’ve seen from a young player in a long time,” said Scabar.

Liam MacPhee supplied a hat trick while Kyle Cuzzetto, Steele Pelletier, Jay Seaton, Ryan Sarazin, Tre Mason, Thomas Landels, Quintin Harrish, Brett Olsen and Chase Wirth added singles.

Shamrocks’ tendy Cole MacFarlane got yanked at the 10-minute mark after allowing seven goals. He was replaced by Kalvin Davyduke.

Tigers’ netminder Aaron Jensen made 25 saves on 30 shots and was rewarded with the third period off. He was replaced by Darnell Hauca, who made nine saves on 11 shots.

Game 3 went Saturday night at Kal Tire Place. Game 4 goes 7:30 p.m. Monday night in Armstrong if necessary.

The South Okanagan Flames knotted their series up 1-1 in the other TOJLL semi after a 14-7 victory over the Kamloops Venom Thursday night at Memorial Arena in Kamloops.

Game 3 went Saturday afternoon at Memorial Arena in Kelowna. Game 4 returns to Kamloops 7:30 p.m. Monday night at Memorial Arena.