Tigers look to close out Venom
The Vernon Source For Sports Tigers hope to win the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League on their home floor tonight.
The first-place Kamloops Venom avoided elimination with a 13-11 win Wednesday night at Memorial Arena.
Vernon leads the best-of-five championship series 2-1 heading into tonight’s 7:30 start. A fifth game, if required, will go Sunday, 6 p.m., in Kamloops.
The powerful Venom grabbed a 6-1 first-period lead and hung on in Game 3. Riley Peterson pocketed 3+4 and Brady Jorgenson supplied 3+1 for the Venom, whose only regular-season loss came against the Cats. Peterson has a field lacrosse scholarship to the Pfeiifer University Falcons in Misenheimer, N.C. for next year.
“It was a combination of things,” said Vernon head coach Myles Brumpton. “We got caught on our heels, had too many breakdowns on defence and on offence, we were only shooting from the perimeter.
“They were a desperate team; they had to win that game and they came out determined. As sweet as it would have have been, we didn’t expect to sweep them. They are too good a team.”
Blaine Boomer, with 2+4 and Kyle Pauwells, with 2+3, completed the Venom offence in front of Dalan Etter. Kamloops lost all-star 6-foot, 290-pound goalie Mitch Horsman for the rest of the series and possibly the August long weekend provincials here after he cut his left hand badly after punching a fire extinguisher case at Kal Tire Place following a loss Monday night.
Quinton Harrish, Connor Buick and Darrell Landels each counted 2+1 for the second-place Tigers. Ryan Sarazin also scored twice, while Jordan Orr produced 1+3, Braden Barr bagged 1+2 and Mitchell Anderson had a single.
Kamloops outshot Vernon 43-28 with Aaron Jensen taking the loss.
“We came back and made a game of it,” said Brumpton. “We made a few tweaks and tightened up defensively and got inside the dots on offence.”
In B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League action, former Armstrong Shamrock Brett Hawrys picked up three assists Wednesday night as the Coquitlam Adanacs lost 13-8 to the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
Game 2 in the best-of-five championship series goes tonight at the Coquitlam Sports Centre. Hawrys, who was traded by the Nanaimo Timbermen late in the season, has two goals and 13 points in four playoff games.
Meanwhile, Vernon Tiger grad Brodie MacDonald and the Langley Thunder bowed 9-3 to the visiting Maple Ridge Burrards in Western Lacrosse Association Senior A action Wednesday night at the Langley Events centre. MacDonald earned 25 saves.
Maple Ridge is second at 9-7-1, while Langley is 6-10 with the playoffs approaching. The Victoria Shamrocks are in first at 13-1-2.
Chase Wirth of Vernon helped the Thompson Okanagan Zone 2 take a bronze medal in field lacrosse at the B.C. Summer Games last weekend in Nanaimo.
Wirth’s name was missed in Wednesday’s Games’ story in The Morning Star.