The Vernon Source For Sports Tigers showed they can get it done with either stingy defence or explosive offence at the Archie Jack Junior B Lacrosse Ice Breaker tournament in Armstrong.
The Cats opened the tourney with a 5-2 decision over the host Armstrong Shamrocks Saturday morning at Nor-Val Sports Centre, and then rocked the Kamloops Venom 11-6 in the afternoon.
“We weren’t looking at the win or loss column; it was strictly an opportunity to assess the new guys coming in,” said head coach Myles Brumpton.
“The Ice Breaker is good for three things – assessing players, getting back our timing and building confidence of everybody.”
Vernon’s Darryl Landels and Nolan Frame each pocketed a pair against Armstrong, with Ryan Sarazin adding a single. Assists went to Mason Limb, Jordan Orr, Craig Bigsby and Derick Davis.
Conor Payne and Drew Hassard answered for the Irish. Todd Hoggarth added a helper.
The Tigers trailed by one at the first intermission, evened the score 2-2 at the second, and then pulled away in the third.
Limb, Bigsby and Sarazin collected third-period deuces to brush back Kamloops. Orr, Frame and Austin Lewarne tallied in the second period after Landels opened the Cats’ account in the first.
Riley Pollack and Trent Mauner each fired a pair for the Venom.
The Baby Rocks bowed 8-7 to the Kelowna Raiders in their Saturday afternoon game.
Armstrong led by a goal going into the third period, but couldn’t hang on for the win.
Like Brumpton, Armstrong head coach Bryan Cope used the Ice Breaker as a final audition for his players before the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League begins this weekend.
Armstrong opens regular-season play against the Raiders Friday night (7:30) at Nor-Val. The Shamrocks visit Kamloops Saturday night.
The Cats don’t get going until Saturday, April 27 when they visit Armstrong.
“I just wanted to mainly see what the guys could do and see if they could show me something different than what they do in practice,” said Armstrong head coach Bryan Cope.
“We just have to start putting more in the net. The effort’s there, we just have to dial it in a bit.”
Meanwhile, the North Okanagan Legends opened the Bantam A2 season with a doubleheader sweep, recording 7-3 and 8-4 wins over the Penticton Heat Saturday.
Brett Olson and Conor Webb each had two goals in the opener, with singles coming from Jakob Schweb, Stephane Richard and Cameron Lock.
The Legends carried the play in the first and third periods, outshooting Penticton 36-25 overall. They allowed one goal on the powerplay, but also surprised Penticton with two goals on the short man.
Captain Stephane Richard led the team in hits and was a standout on the penalty kill.
Jake Pelletier canned 3+1 in the second match, with Olsen, Jayden Jensen-Hunter, Richard, Kayden Beauregard and Webb adding singles.
The Legends built period leads of 2-1 and 6-1 and outshot the Heat 36-21.
The larger, more physical Legends earned 43 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct, to Penticton’s six PIMs. Curtis Hubert and Beauregard played solid on short man.
“The effort was good and the boys seem eager to play,” said Legends’ coach Rich Zecchel. “Our defence was much improved from Game 1. The offence from both games was definitely not according to our game-plan but we did score enough to win.”
In Bantam B2 play Sunday in Armstrong, the Legends bowed 5-3 to Penticton, who scored twice shorthanded and twice on the powerplay.
Taylor Pelttier recorded 32 stops to keep North Okanagan competitive, and Chase Bronson tallied twice for the Legends. Brodie Drydyk added a third as the Legends made a strong push in the third period.