First place in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League may be decided on the last day of the season.
The Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Tigers took over the penthouse by shelling the South Okanagan Flames 16-9 Monday night at Penticton Memorial Arena.
The Tigers ran their record to 10-3, one win ahead of the defending champion Kamloops Venom, 8-3 winners over the visiting Armstrong Shamrocks Sunday night. Vernon visits Kamloops Thursday, June 29 to close the regular schedule.
Jake Pelletier counted 4+4, while Brett Olsen pocketed 4+2 as the Tigers torched the Flames. Kolten Kirschner added 2+3, while Conor Webb supplied 1+2 and other singles came Tanner Gilbert and Eric Reid. Vernon held period leads of 4-1 and 9-5.
Brenden Deverill, Rhys MacDonald, Jake McLeod, Colin Duffield, Connor Walton and Sam Jones replied for South Okanagan (5-6-1).
Steel Pelletier rang up 3+2 and Olsen collected 2+2 as the Tigers grounded the Flames 9-6 Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.
Chase Wirth earned 2+1, while Kirschner and captain Chris Inscho contributed singles. Thomas Landels produced three helpers as Vernon enjoyed period leads of 4-2 and 6-4. Duffield bagged a deuce for the Flames.
Brendan Lock of the Flames and Jarod Reid were tossed for a third-period fight.
Colton Boomer garnered 3+2 as Kamloops stopped the Shamrocks. The Venom led 1-0 and 7-2 by period scores.
Chase Bronson, Tyler Chartier and Brent Campeau answered for the Irish (6-5-1), who battle Kamloops Friday night at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.
Josh Kent of the Venom received a match penalty for abuse of a referee in the third period.
The Georgia Swarm captured their first Champion’s Cup, winning the National Lacrosse League title by beating the two-time defending champion Saskatchewan Rush 2-0 in the best-of-three final.
Game 2 ended in dramatic fashion as the Swarm forced overtime by scoring with three seconds left in regulation, and then winning the game 18-17 just 57 seconds into OT on a goal by Miles Thompson. The winner was set up by Lyle Thompson, who pulled a hat trick and was named Champion’s Cup MVP.
Vernon’s Brodie MacDonald, 27, was the back-up to Swarm rookie netminder Mike Poulin. MacDonald, a Tiger grad, was 1-1 with an 11.7 GAA in his second year with Georgia.
The Sun Valley Source For Sports Tyke 1 Legends rocked the Kamloops Tyke #2 Rattlers 7-1 and ambushed Penticton #1 Tykes 15-1 in weekend action.
Jesse Johnson pulled the hat trick against the Rattlers, singles going to Liam Marchand, Connor Johnson, Wyatt Stowards and Wade Lightfoot in support of Lucas Sievert at McArthur Island Sports Centre.
Taylor Gibson and Stowards each recorded three goals against Penticton, also at McArthur Island.
Connor and Jesse Johnson each dialed deuces, while Lightfoot, Sievert, Emmett Moore and Mathis Paull supplied singles in front of Marchand.