The Vernon Source for Sports Tigers are rolling like a big shot as they burned the South Okanagan Flames 11-5 for their eighth straight Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League Tuesday night in Penticton.
This was the tea and crumpets match of the season, as the two teams combined for six penalty minutes. The Flames (3-10) and Tigers (12-2) are the least penalized teams.
“We’re playing a nice game right now. We are improving every time we hit the floor,” said Tigers’ coach Keith Hanna.
Ryan Sarazin has been a lightning rod for productivity since returning from Marquette. Sarazin was involved in an early dust up with Kelowna Raiders (2-13) Saturday, but responded with another hatty against the Flames. Quintin Harrish, Jordan Orr and Darrell Landels supplied a pair of snipes each and Jay Seaton added a single.
Orr is fourth in league scoring with 20 goals and 48 points with Landels is right behind him with 27 goals and 47 points.
“Our guys understand that hard work wins games and they aren’t getting complacent,” said Hanna.
Aaron Jensen was back between the woodwork for the Tigers, and made 27 saves adding to his league-best 0.895 save percentage. Jensen leads all goalies with eight assists after picking up two more against the Flames.
The Flames received a pair of goals from Liam Kircher, while Chris Pond, Connor Walton and Mitch Brodt added singles.
The Tigers clinched a playoff spot weeks ago, but remain focused on grabbing the top spot for playoffs.
“We are already in provincials, but we want to win our way in,” said Hanna.
Things could get interesting for the final playoff spot. The Armstrong Shamrocks (4-9) sit in third and need one win in their remaining three games to clinch. They will battle the Flames twice and the Kelowna Raiders.
Playoffs run July 7-27 with provincials to follow at Kal Tire Place.
Former Tiger Brodie MacDonald of the Western Lacrosse League Langley Thunder, is 5-5 with a 0.826 save percentage and a 8.22 goals against average.
MacDonald also saw action in 13 regular season and three playoff games with the Edmonton Rush in 2012.
He was 8-3-2 for the Thunder in 2013, who were a league-best 11-5-2 overall, with a 7.51 goals against average and an .821 save percentage to win the WLA’s Leo Nicholson Trophy, as the Senior A lacrosse league’s top goaltender.
Former Shamrock Brett Hawrys is lighting it up for the Nanaimo Timbermen of the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League.
Hawrys leads the T-men with 34 goals and 57 points in 15 games.
Last year, Hawrys sniped 46 goals and 75 points in 19 games for the tree cutters.
Rattlers shake Shamrocks
The Kamloops Rattlers stung the visiting Armstrong Shamrocks 10-7 in Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League play Wednesday night at Memorial Arena.
The Rocks jumped out to an 5-0 lead in the first 15 minutes, but were outscored 10-2 in the remaining 45.
“Kamloops came out with some extra pressure in the second and we didn’t respond. We thought our good first period was going to be enough,” said Shamrocks’ goalie Chad Pieper.
Jarrett Medhurst continued his strong play for the Rocks (4-2) with two goals and three assists. Steve Clark delivered two goals, while Carston Schlaak, Tyler Plante and Rob Rintoul supplied singles.
The rubber was humming around the arena as Kamloops (2-6) outshot Armstrong 43-42.
Mark Jurista led the Kamloops comeback with four goals. Blaine Boomer buried a pair, Russ McIntosh, Liam Hagerty, and J.J. Woldum sniped singles.
The Shamrocks battle the Raiders in Kelowna in their regular season finale, Friday July 11.
The Raiders (4-2) are tied with the Shamrocks for first. Playoffs run July 14-31.