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Outlaws rob Midget C Thunder of lacrosse gold
The Cowichan Valley Midget C Thunder lacrosse team finished a fabulous season by earning the silver medal during the provincial championships.
In round robin play, the Thunder took two of three games. Cowichan defeated the Campbell River Ravens 10-1 and the Juan de Fuca Whalers 4-2, with its lone loss coming against the Cranbrook Outlaws by an 8-4 count.
Jacob Taylor (3), Scott McCaffery (2), Shylo Gibbs (2), Dallas Johnson, Braemon Conville and Kyle McDill scored goals in the Campbell River game.
Conville led the way with two goals against Juan de Fuca. Taylor and McCaffery added singles.
Gibbs notched a pair of goals in the loss to Cranbrook while Johnson and McCaffery supplied singles.
The results set up another game against Cranbrook for the gold medal but the Outlaws were too tough and wrangled their way to a 10-1 win.
Assistant captain Johnson, with Taylor and Kyle Robertson providing assists, accounted for the lone Thunder marker.
Goaltender Theron Keel received two game MVP awards with the others going to Jarom Erickson and Gibbs, another assistant captain.
Devon McCormick was the Thunder's recipient of the Warrior Fair Play Award and Gibbs was honoured with an all-star award.
"We were up against some tough competition all season and fought hard against some tough teams,'' offered Thunder head coach Eric Johnson. "Everyone really pulled together and that is why the team played so well this season.''
"This season we had both returning and brand-new players come together to learn, develop and improve their skills and we watched them grow into a strong team,'' added Thunder assistant coach Tyler Veuger.
Taylor finished as the team's scoring leader for the season with 39 points on 28 goals and 11 assists. Gibbs finished second with 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points.