One team is coming off a .500 weekend. One remains perfect.
The Armstrong Shamrocks and Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Tigers renew acquaintances as the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League rivals meet tonight at 7:30 at Kal Tire Place.
Vernon beat Armstrong 12-9 in the season opening game for both teams April 24 at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.
“It’s definitely going to be a good game,” said Tigers forward Ryan Sarazin, who scored four times and was named the game’s first star in Vernon’s 11-7 win over the South Okanagan Flames in their home opener Saturday at Kal Tire Place.
A six-goal second period propelled the Tigers (6-0).
Jordan Orr scored twice, second star Darien Ottesen popped his first-ever junior lacrosse goal and chipped in two helpers and Sean Connors added 1+3 for the Tigers, who led 3-2 after one period and 9-3 after 40 minutes. They were coming off a sloppy 8-6 road win over the Kelowna Raiders.
“We definitely played a better game Saturday,” said Sarazin, who played field lacrosse for the Marquette Golden Eagles in Wisconsin this season. “We had a talk before the game and everybody came out and played great.”
Jay Seaton, Steele Pelletier and Brock Wagner, on a beautiful end-to-end solo effort, rounded out the Tiger scoring in support of goalies Aaron Jensen and Jeremy Gray. Vernon outshot South Okanagan 50-45.
Gray relieved Jensen with 10 minutes to go in the third period and made 12 saves on 14 shots.
Isaiah Kozak and Mitch Brodt had two goals each for the Flames (4-4), who received a solid goaltending performance from Dean Grimm. Chris Pond had four assists.
Flames’ captain Kaid McLeod scored once in the first period before leaving the game with an injury. Jake Macleod added 1+4.
Kaid McLeod is third in league scoring with 16-18-34, four points back of the Armstrong Shamrocks’ Owen Barker (17 goals).
There were just seven minor penalties assessed, four to the Tigers.
The Rocks snapped a three-game losing streak Friday with a 12-8 win Friday over the Kelowna Raiders at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.
Barker led the Shamrocks (2-5) with 4+2, giving new head coach Jim Point his first win. Nick Yadernuk and Brayden Hoggarth had two goals apiece, and singles went to Tyson Fair, Sam Hanley (2A), Kaden Sagh and Liam Drabiuk.
Goalies Cole Macfarlane of Armstrong and Tristan Parece of Kelowna each made 38 saves in the penalty-filled affair which saw the Shamrocks take 71 minutes in penalties, compared to 67 for Kelowna.
Liam Drabiuk of the Rocks and Garrett Mike of Kelowna had a scrap with seven minutes remaining.
The winning streak ended 24 hour later, as the Rocks fell 14-9 in Kamloops to the Venom (3-2-1). Barker was in on eight of the nine Armstrong goals, scoring twice and setting up six.
Keith Minnis had 2+2 for the Irish while Sagh, Fair, Yadernuk and Todd Hoggarth had the other goals. Macfarlane registered 37 saves.
Jerome Thorne led the Venom with six goals. Thorne is fifth in the points derby with 20 goals and 28 points.
The Flames stuffed Kamloops 16-9 Monday night in Penticton.