Midget Heat getting hot

PENTICTON HEAT'S midget lacrosse team won the Andy Woods Memorial B tournament. The Heat is in the top row from the left:Craig MacLeod, coach, Dan Van Os, coach, Alyck Coombes, Karsten Burton, Avory Beyer, Chace Moog, Dyawen Louie, Ethan Marsden, Jace Canada, Graedon Freeman, Tavis Hamilton and Michael MacLean. Bottom row: Christian Calhoun, Tyler Koppe, Louis Shortreed, Brett Van Os, Andrau West, Jake MacLeod, Tony Hamilton, coach. Floor: goalie Brendan Steed.
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Penticton’s midget Heat lacrosse team handed the Delta Islanders a 9-3 beating en route to winning the Andy Woods Memorial B tournament last weekend in Kelowna.

The Heat had a 6-0 lead after the second period and never looked back. Heat coach Dan Van Os described the performance as their most consistent of the year with strong play at both ends and creating chances.

“We played a pressured system to force the opposition to turn the ball over. That led to some scoring chances,” said Van Os.

The Heat also defeated Nicola Valley 8-4, Ridge Meadows 8-2 and picked up back-to-back wins against Kelowna, 7-4 in the semifinal round.

The Heat currently sit at 8-1 in Thompson Okanagan Midget B Lacrosse League and prepare for the provincials in July.

Van Os said his team got better by facing strong competition from the Lower Mainland teams. The Heat usedg the weekend to fine tune its system.

“I think we are peaking at the right time,” said Van Os. “We are working hard, have balanced scoring and everyone is checking well. It’s giving us a chance for success.”


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