Darien Ottesen (right) of the Vernon Tigers tries to carry the ball past Marlon Forrest during Game 3 of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League semifinals Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Darien Ottesen (right) of the Vernon Tigers tries to carry the ball past Marlon Forrest during Game 3 of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League semifinals Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Tigers win, now wait for finalist

The Tigers swept the Armstrong Shamrocks 3-0 with a 17-4 victory Saturday night at Kal Tire Place. They now wait for a finals opponent.

The undefeated Vernon Source for Sports Tigers are sitting on the couch or the beach and relaxing, while the Kamloops Venom and the South Okanagan Flames slug it out in the other Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League semifinal series.

The Tigers swept the Armstrong Shamrocks 3-0 with a 17-4 victory Saturday night at Kal Tire Place. They now  wait for an opponent in the league finals.

“Everything is going as planned,” said Tigers’ head coach Chris Scabar. “We wanted to get through Armstrong and have the other series go five games so they can beat each other up a bit more.”

The Venom forced Game 5 with a 14-8 trimming of the Flames Monday night at Memorial Arena in Kamloops.

Kyle Pauwels carried the Snakes with five goals. Game 5 went Tuesday night at Memorial Arena in Kelowna.

The Tigers scored three times in the first 6:11. Darrell Landels scored his first of two at 2:38 while the Rocks were trying to enjoy a five-on-three advantage. The Shamrocks went 0-for-5 on the man advantage.

The Tigers won each game by 13 goals, outscoring the Shamrocks 56-17. The Tigers commanded a 7-1 lead after the first.

Kyle Cuzzeto of the Tigers scored at 10:45 of the second to make it 10-2.

Following the goal, he and Kaden Sagh of the Shamrocks got into a lively scrap that saw both players land a number of haymakers. The fight ended with Cuzzetto wrestling Sagh to the ground.

Once the players dusted themselves off and picked up their equipment, the Tigers pulled starting goalie Aaron Jensen and replaced him with Darnell Hauca.

Jensen made 19 saves on 21 shots. Hauca finished the night with the exact same stats as Jensen. The Cats outshot the Rocks 69-42.

Ryan Sarazin sniped four goals, including a shorty in the second, and was selected first star. Hauca was named second star and their captain Braden Barr was held off the scoresheet but was the third star.

“Braden does so much for us. He is an extension of the coaching staff on the floor,” said Scabar. “He motivates the team and is great on defence. I’ve really enjoyed my time with him this year.”

Quintin Harrish poured in three goals for the Tigers, as Ethan Anderson and Thomas Landels sniped two goals. Singles came from Jay Seaton, Liam MacPhee and Tre Mason.

The Shamrocks yanked Cole MacFarlane after the second period. He made 33 saves on 47 shots.

Kalvin Dayvduke gave up three goals on 22 shots.

“I would have liked to see us do a little bit more, but all in all, we worked hard and went up against a strong opponent,” said Shamrocks’ assistant coach Chad Pieper.

Blake Luttmerding scored his first two goals of the season for the Shamrocks and was matched by their sniper Joel Castle with a pair.

“We had a lot of rookies and guys who haven’t played box lacrosse in a while, but I saw steady improvement from our guys and they didn’t quit,” said Pieper.

Colton DeBoer, Todd Hoggarth, Austin Williamson, Tyson Fair, MacFarlane and Castle are graduating from the junior program and their assistant coach is looking forward to playing alongside them with the senior Shamrocks one day.

The Tigers will practise once leading up to the TOJLL final, as they want to refresh so they can attack a worn down team in the opening faceoff.

The Tigers will host Game 1 of the best-of-five  final Friday, 7:15 p.m. at Kal Tire Place. The game time has been adjusted due to the Bantam A2 provincials at Kal Tire Place.