The Vernon Source for Sports Tigers flattened the Kelowna Raiders 17-3 in Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League play Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.
The Raiders (2-13) were shortstaffed due to players attending graduation, so the North Okanagan Minor Lacrosse A2 midget Legends loaned them five players.
League rule states that there needs to be a 48-hour window given for a team to forfeit. Any forfeit after the 48-hour time frame results in a fine.
Legends’ players Chase Wirth and Steele Pelletier each sniped a goal, while Jordy Barr and Stephane Richard played big minutes for the red and black.
“It was really nice of these kids to come play on such short notice. I’m sure it was a great experience for them all,” said Tigers’ GM Roxane Seaton.
Tigers’ sniper Ryan Sarazin was being harassed by Quinn Johnson-Plant and was forced into a fight in the first period. Sarazin served a fighting major and a 10-minute misconduct penalty, but will not receive suspension.
The Tigers (11-2) received scoring from 14 players with Quintin Harrish erupting for five goals, Darrell Landels pulled a hat trick and two assists, while Bayne Bosquet, Jordan Orr and Liam MacPhee each sniped a pair. Thomas Landels, Connor Buick and Austin Lewarne added singles.
Vernon native and Tigers’ rookie Dylan Hiemstra started his second game of the year and made 14 saves. He was relieved by Thomas Bella to start the third.
The Tigers have won seven straight and battled the South Okanagan Flames (3-9) Tuesday night in Penticton.
The Kamloops Venom dumped the Armstrong Shamrocks 17-6 Sunday night at Memorial Arena in Kamloops.
With three games remaining, the Shamrocks (4-9) sit two points ahead of the fifth-place Flames for the final playoff spot.
Joel Castle pulled the hatty in the third period, while Colby Erickson, Cam Nelson and Brady Berg recorded singles.
Nelson leads the Rocks with eight goals and 25 points.
Brady Jorgensen continued his breakneck pace for the Venom (14-1) with five goals and two assists. Jerome Thorne buried four goals and Kyle Pauwels registered a hat trick.
The Venom are six points ahead of the Tigers for top spot. The two teams will face off in the final game of the season Saturday, July 5, at Kal Tire Place. The Rocks will clash with the Flames Sunday in Penticton. The Flames torched Kelowna 16-7 Monday night.