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Vernon Tigers season on brink after tough OT loss

The South Okanagan Flames leads the best of three series 1-0
The Tigers are in tough against the pesky South Okanagan Flames. (Vernon Vipers Facebook)

The Vernon Tigers junior lacrosse team is hoping to have a short memory, after an overtime loss to the South Okanagan Flames on Sunday night.

Playing game one of a best-of-three playoff series in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League, the Vipers headed into the postseason with a 7-7 record, second in the conference.

The Flames finished right behind the Tigers in the standings, and throughout the regular season Vernon had the Flames number, winning four of five matches.

The match on Sunday, from Kal Tire Place, was back-and-forth, with South Okanagan scoring the tying goal with just four minutes left in the third period.

Overtime, a 10-minute period, was tightly contested, both teams trading goals throughout. In the dying seconds of the game, South Okanagan’s Chay Gettens was able to bury the winning goal with 16 seconds left on the clock. Gettens led the way for the visitors with four goals and three assists on the night.

Vernon was paced by Colton Colmorgen’s three goals and two assists.

The series now shifts to Oliver for game two, on Tuesday, July 11. If the Tigers emerge victorious, then a winner-take-all game three will be played at Kal Tire Place on Friday, July 14.

The other playoff series, between the undefeated Kamloops Venom and winless Kelowna Kodiaks, was an evisceration. Kamloops won 24-5.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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