Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Re/Max Tigers gonged Plan A and used some new, more efficient tactics in a 14-9 win over the Armstrong Shamrocks Wednesday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre.
Darrell Landels supplied four goals and one helper for the Tigers (2-4), who got 3+2 from Prince George import Mike Quarin in his Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League debut.
“It was a hard-working and rewarding win for the team as the boys earned every minute of those two points,” said Vernon head coach Myles Bronson. “In our last practice, the coaches decided to put our current system on the back burner and we implemented a new system that we feel is more conducive to our style of play.
“Overall the boys executed the game-plan and new system very well. We played a disciplined game and received only six minutes in penalties, when you wash out the fight between Theo Wagner and Owen Barker.”
Ryan Landels added 2+2 for the Tigers, while Ryan Sarazin had 1+2 and singles came from Austin Lewarne, Bayne Bosquet, Nolan Frame and Sean Connors, on a gutsy traffic goal where he “ate some titanium while rifling a beauty in the third period.”
Braden Barr and Matt Kolb each produced three assists for Vernon, who scored on 50 per cent of their powerplays and killed off two of three penaltes while scoring a pair of shorties.
It was a very uncharacteristic no-show night for the Shamrocks who trailed throughout, and despite a third-period push that brought them to within one goal, they couldn’t match the Cats’ intensity and determination.
“We weren’t prepared for the game mentally and that carried forward into our play on the floor” said Shamrock head coach Pat Nelson. “We were dropping passes, lacking hustle for loose balls, standing around watching on offence and missing defensive assignments.”
League-leading scorer Brett Hawrys pulled the hat trick for the Irish as did Carston Schlaak but secondary scoring was an issue.
“We need to be more than one dimensional on offence,” said Armstrong assistant coach Ryan Nitchie. “We are fortunate to have an elite player like Brett but for us to succeed we need to play as a team on offence and generate opportunities as a team.”
Added assistant Ryan Nitchie. “We have to give a lot of credit to the Tigers who outplayed us tonight in all aspects of the game. They were the hungrier team and deserved the win.”
Added Brumpton: “Now we have to re-group and turn our focus to another formidable opponent as we face the talent-laden Kamloops Venom in back-to-back games this weekend.”
The Tigers host the 4-0 Venom Saturday night (7:30, Wesbild Centre) before visiting Kamloops Sunday. Kamloops, who cut down to one team this season, stopped the South Okanagan Flames 17-13 in their last game.
The Shamrocks entertain the 2-2-1 Kelowna Raiders Saturday night.
In senior C play tonight, the Shamrocks host the Vernon Tigers (7:30, Nor-Val).