Vernon Tigers restore series lead in Game 3

Vernon Tigers ground Kamloops Venom 8-5 in Game 3 of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League final Thursday night at Kal Tire Place.

Home-floor advantage is proving critical in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League final.

Craig Bigsby supplied the hat trick as the Cats stopped the Kamloops Venom 8-5 in Game 3 of the best-of-five series Thursday night at Kal Tire Place.

Vernon leads 2-1 and will have a chance to put the series away Sunday night (5:30) in Kamloops, but the home team has yet to lose in the final. The winner advances to provincials over the B.C. Day long weekend at Bill Copeland Arena in Burnaby.

If necessary, Game 5 would go Tuesday night (7:30) in Vernon.

Adding to the Vernon scoring with singles were Daryl Landels, Liam Drabiuk, Mason Limb, Ryan Sarazin and Quinton Harrish. Nolan Frame and Jay Seaton each chipped in with a pair of helpers.

Answering for Kamloops were Mat James (2), Blaine Boomer (1+3), Trent Maunder and Brody Jorgensen.

Joel Fruncillo recorded 40 saves for the win, while Dalan Etter supplied 38 stops for the Venom.

Check out Sunday sports in the Morning Star for a recap of Game 3.