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Delta Islanders capture junior lacrosse title
The Delta Islanders scored eight unanswered goals in the second period to capture their first B.C. Junior B Lacrosse championship.
The Islanders doubled the Vernon Source for Sports Tigers 14-7 Monday afternoon at Kal Tire Place.
“It feels so great. We put lots of work into this team and now there is no doubt that we are the best team in the province,” said Islanders’ coach Dave Haller.
The Tigers lead 4-3 after the first frame before the train came off the tracks in the second.
“I thought we won two out of three periods today,” said Tigers’ coach Myles Brumpton. “I thought the referees were the difference in the second. The penalties were six to one against us in the second. They dictated the game too much.”
Tournament MVP Ray Calderwood led the second-period explosion with a pair of snipes.
“This is a great way to end my junior career. In the past I won silver and bronze, so this is perfect,” said Calderwood who finished with 11 goals and 18 points.
Jordan Thauli pulled a hat trick and Sam Clare sniped five goals for Delta, while singles came from Brandon Moroz, Dallas Chriptyk, Tyler Wickett and Stephen Alexander.
Darrell Landels and Ryan Sarazin each bagged a pair for the Tigers, who got singles from Mitchell Anderson, Austin Lewarne and Sean Connors.
This was Tigers’ captain Brett Hanna’s final game with the Cats and he is satisfied with the way his career ended.
“It was a hell of a ride. I’d do anything for these guys. This was the best experience,” said Hanna.
Other graduating Tigers are Bayne Bosquet, Lewarne, Mack Leroux and Connor Buick.