Kamloops in Drivers Seat After Day 1 of Jr. B Lacrosse Provincials

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By Janice Huckin, Photos by Kasey Eriksen

Victoria, BC (ISN) – After a full day of play, each team has played 2 games in the Provincial Jr. B Lacrosse tournament at Bear Mountain Arena and it is the Kamloops Venom who lead the pack with a 2-0 record.

In their first game of the tournament Kamloops beat the Delta Islanders 7-5 in a tight defensive game. Riley Donahue and Ben Saklovsky led the winners with 2 goals each while Quinn Smith chipped in a goal and 3 helpers. For Delta it was Evan Messenger and Jesse Ruomo each with a pair and Matt Calderwood with the other goal.

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The Delta Islander’s Raymond Calderwood chases Kamloops Venom’s Jimmy Latin (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

Game 3 saw the host Westshore Bears taking on the Delta Islanders, the Islanders hitting the floor a mere couple of hours after their previous game. You couldn’t have really told that from the play as the Bears seemed somewhat flat as they fell 8-5 to Delta.

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The Islanders’ Kyle McAskill looks for a way around West Shore’s James Spence (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

The score was tied 1-1 after the first period, Jake Carder scoring for the Bears at 5:17 with a underhand shovel shot and Evan Messenger replying for Delta at 12:19. In the middle frame, however, the Islanders outscored the Bears 4-2, 3 of their goals coming on special teams as they scored twice shorthanded and once with the man advantage. Randy Jones scored 3 of the 4 goals with Raymond Calderwood picking up the other. Westshore got goals from Cam Anderson, his third of the tournament and Lance Dixon. Delta opened up an 8-5 lead by the 8:53 mark of the final period, Jones collecting 2 more for a game total of 5 and Matt Holding getting the other. Again penalties hurt the Bears with 2 of those goals coming on power plays. Westshore pulled out all the stops late in the game and got late goals from Ryan Lindstrom at 18:10 and Masons Pynn at 19:00. That was as close as the host team could get, the loss dropping them to 1-1. MVP for Westshore was Ryan Lindstrom. Randy Jones was named Delta’s MVP on the strength of his 5 goal performance. The win also evened Delta’s record to 1-1.

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Westshore’s Chris O’Hara looks for a path around Islander defender Ethan Jones (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

The final game of the day was another tight defensive battle between the Kamloops Venom and the Saanich Tigers. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period, 4-4 after 40 minutes but Kamloops added 4 unanswered goals in the final period to hand Saanich their second loss by an 8-4 score.

It was an entertaining game for the fans in attendance, Kamloops being a team with great speed and good ball control. They scored the first two goals of the game, the first coming at 8:02, just 10 seconds into a power play, Braidy Jorgensen scoring on Saanich starting goaltender Tyler Hunt. At 10:49 an unassisted shorthanded goal by Jerome Thorne had the Venom up by a pair. Saanich replied at 13:40 Cody Short getting a shot behind Kamloops goalie Mitch Horsman very late in the 30 second clock. Mason Pynn scored unassisted after a great penalty kill to get the Tigers even after period 1.

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The Tigers Derek Jackson (white) battles for a faceoff with the Venom’s Blaine Boomer (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

The same scenario unfolded in the middle period, Kamloops coming up with the first 2, as Quinn Smith scored just 41 seconds into the period and Jorgensen collecting his second of the contest at 5:09. It took just a little over a minute for Saanich to draw within 1, Rajin Allen scoring at 6:18. Pynn picked up his second with less than 1 second on the clock and it was a doozy. Kamloops had their goaltender on the bench for an extra attacker with less than 15 seconds left but Pynn picked off an errant pass and fired it down the floor into the empty net.

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Kamloops’s Riley Donahue (left) looks for a way around Saanich Tiger Cody Swager (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

Sometimes a late goal such as that will provide momentum but for the Tigers that did not materialize as the Venom scored 4 unanswered goals in the final period to put the game away. Quinn Smith picked up 2 of those to come up with the hat trick. The others came off the sticks of Colten DeFrias and Jerome Thorne, his second of the game. Kamloops was clearly the more spirited of the two teams, out-hustled Saanich, winning the loose ball battles and very deserving of the win. Goaltender Mitch Horsman was named Kamloops’ MVP of the game while Mason Pynn was Saanich’s MVP.

Game continue tomorrow with just one game per team to finish out the round robin portion of the tournament. At 10:30 Delta will take on Saanich – a must-win for Saanich and at 1:30 it will be Westshore Bears taking on Kamloops – a must-win for Westshore.

Playoffs take place on Sunday with the top two teams playing for gold/silver and the third and fourth place teams competing for bronze.

Great lacrosse all weekend long at Bear Mountain Arena.

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