The Vernon Re/Max Tigers have their first Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League win of 2012.
Playing their second game in as many nights, the Cats pounced on the Kelowna Raiders 8-5 Saturday night at Wesbild Centre.
Featuring an all-Landels starting front line – brothers Ryan, Darryl and 14-year-old Midget call-up Thomas played as a unit – the Tigers turned in their most consistent game of the season.
“This if the first in four games we played a full 60 minutes,” said Tigers’ head coach Myles Brumpton.
“The boys played committed to the systems with a high compete level. We closed the door in the third period.”
The Tigers, who led 2-1 after 20 minutes and were tied 5-5 after two, held Raiders sniper Scott Renner scoreless, aided by solid goaltending from Joel Fruncillo.
“We were strong in all facets of the game,” said assistant coach Dave McWhirter. “Best overall team game so far. Every player came with grit and determination.”
Vernon, now 1-3, used offence from Ryan Landels (2+2), Nolan Frame (2+1), captain Brett Hanna (1+2), Jay Seaton, Austin Lewarne and Darryl Landels. Thomas assisted on one of Ryan’s goals, giving each Landels a point.
“You wouldn’t have known (he was a call-up),” said Brumpton, of the 6-foot, 175-pound Thomas. “All the coaches were very impressed with his compete level on the floor and his lacrosse IQ. He sees the floor very well.”
The McMillan boys, Cam (2) and Andrew, accounted for three of Kelowna’s goals, with Tyson Schoenthall and Nick Evans each chipping in a goal and assist. The Raiders dipped to 1-1-2.
Vernon received a big boost with the return of Bayne Bosquet, who recently returned from his freshman field lacrosse season with the Simon Fraser University Clan.
Meanwhile, the 2-1-1 Armstrong Shamrocks have notified the TOJLL they have cancelled their Thursday-night game at Nor-Val Sports Centre against the 2-0 Kamloops Rattlers.
The team cited a lack of personnel due to injury, sickness and personal commitments. It was unknown at press time whether the game will be rescheduled.