Campbell River's Bantam B Ravens sport their gold medals following the program's second straight provincial lacrosse championship last week in Kelowna.

Campbell River's Bantam B Ravens sport their gold medals following the program's second straight provincial lacrosse championship last week in Kelowna.

Bantams bag gold

Campbell River Ravens parlay strong finish into provincial lacrosse championship

Campbell River’s Bantam B Ravens were not presented with gold medals until they rolled to an 8-3 win over Shuswap in the Provincial championships in Kelowna last week.

But the Ravens arguably clinched their second straight bantam provincial title one game earlier, in a 7-4 semifinal win over Vancouver Island Lacrosse rival Juan de Fuca.

After cruising to victories of 11-4 over Abbotsford and 11-1 over Port Coquitlam to open pool play, the Ravens were dropped to second place in their pool with a white-knuckled, 8-7 loss to Prince George.

That placed them in the semifinal matchup against Juan de Fuca, which had previously beaten the Ravens in the Island championship tournament final and which had rolled unbeaten to the top spot in the other pool.

But the Ravens put together what the coaching staff characterized as their best defensive game of the season to pull out the 7-4 win and earn a berth in the final against Shuswap, which outdueled Prince George in the other semifinal.

“Shuswap was a tough physical team but our kids used discipline and an effective power play to dominate,” coach Cory Fisher said. “The tournament culminated a great year of lacrosse for the Ravens team. Throughout the year many different players stepped up when needed to get the job done.”

Campbell River Mirror