Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN
Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Firefighters jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then held off a tough Blazers team to win 8-4 and secure the 2012 Victoria Senior C Lacrosse League Championship Thursday night at the Panorama Recreation Centre in Sidney.
It looked like this game was going to be a one sided affair, as the League champion Firefighters rode 2 first period goals by Tom Woods and a long-distance buzzer beater by Buck Stobart to a 3-0 first period lead.
The Firefighter’s Tom Woods would score 2 first period goals to help his team to a 3-0 first period lead Thursday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
They would then add another early in the second period and that 4-0 lead held up until approximately the halfway point of the period when the Blazers would score two quick goals to make it 4-2.
The Blazers, who had yet to beat the Firefighters all season, would pull within one at 4-3 to make things exciting, but the Firefighters would respond with another late goal, this one with 25 seconds left in the period and on the power play, to hold a 5-3 lead at the second intermission.
The Blazers Lee Park looks back at a chasing Trevor Walton of the Firefighters during the championship final Thursday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
Things would get interesting in the third, as the Blazers would pull within one again at 5-4 five minutes into the period, but the Firefighters would remain calm and answer back on the power play to go up 6-4 with just over 12 minutes remaining.
The Firefighter’s Buck Stobart (left) tries to avoid the check of the Blazer’s Kurt Bronson during Thursday night’s action (Photo by christian J. Stewart – ISN)
The Blazers, who seemed to draw the attention of the referees all night, continued to have penalty troubles after that and the Firefighters would capitalize on that, scoring two late goals, both on the power play to make the final score 8-4.
Firefighter goalie Matt Oldroyd kept a keen eye on the ball all night, stopping 13 of 17 shots for the win (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
Leading the way for the Firefighters was Tyler Heavenor with 2 goals and 3 assists, Tom Woods, who finished with 3 goals and an assist, and Trevor Walton with 2 goals, both in the third period, and two assists.
League scoring leader Tyler Heavenor (left) would add 2 goals and 3 assists to the Firefighters winning efforts Thursday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
For the Blazers, four different players hit the score sheet including Cody Boon, Bran Reeve, Julian Spence and Coltin Berthwick.
Firefighter goalie Matt Oldroyd stopped 13 of 17 Blazers shots for the win, while Blazer goalie Sam Oldroyd was busy, stopping 26 Firefighter shots in the loss.
In the third/fourth place game last night, the Jokers defeated the Luckies 10-7. For the Jokers, Shane Merieros had 2 goals and 4 assists, Eric Gummer had 4 goals and 1 assist. For the Luckies, Joel Roper had 1 goal and 3 assists.
The 2012 Senior C Lacrosse League Champion Firefighters (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
The Firefighters were dominant in the league this year, winning the League title with a 13-1-1 record and now adding the playoff championship to their accomplishments. Goaltender Matt Oldroyd was also named the leagues top goalie, while Tyler Heavenor secured the scoring title with 31 goals and 27 assists in 12 games played.
Matt Oldroyd (left) took home Top Goaltender honours, while Tyler Heavenor (right) was the Leading Scorer (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)
The League also handed out some additional hardware at the end of the game with Joel Roper of the Luckies being named Most Sportsmanlike Player and Tory Spiteri of the Blazers earning the nod for Most Improved Player.
The Blazers Tony Spiteri (left) was named Most Improved Player, while the Luckies Joel Roper (right) was named Most Sportsmanlike (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)