By: Roger Knox/ Thu May 25th, 2017 12:20pm/
Goals came in spurts in Wednesday’s Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League game between rivals Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Tigers and Armstrong Shamrocks.
It was a late spurt that propelled the Tigers to a 12-10 decision in front of 300 fans at Kal Tire Place.
The victory was Vernon’s fifth straight (6-1) and avenged the team’s only loss this season, an 11-9 setback to the Irish April 28 at the Nor-Val Sports Centre. Armstrong, playing its first league game since May 5, fell to 2-3-1.
“The first time we played them, we lost because it was early in the season and we weren’t really used to each other as we have a lot of new guys,” said Tigers sniper Jake Pelletier, who led all scorers with four on the night.
“Now, we’re coming together, have had quite a few practices and we’re starting to get the hang of things. We’re really bonding together and the streak is getting us going.”
The league-leading Tigers got off to a great start, taking a 4-1 lead into the second intermission, thanks to a pair of goals 76 seconds apart in the final three minutes.
With Vernon up 5-3, Armstrong took its first lead at 6-5 with three goals in 32 seconds with three minutes remaining in the middle frame. The Tigers, though, scored before the end of the period, sending the teams to the locker room tied 6-6.
Vernon took a 7-6 lead 22 seconds into the period on a powerplay marker, only to see the Shamrocks take an 8-7 edge with a pair of goals two minutes apart.
The Tigers regained the lead midway through the frame with two goals 11 seconds apart, and upped the advantage to 10-8 at 12:44.
A double-minor to Vernon forward Kolten Kirschner allowed Brayden Hoggarth of the Shamrocks to score twice with the man advantage, 27 seconds apart, to tie the contest.
Vernon got the winner from Pelletier at 16:08, and an insurance marker from Conor Webb at 19:44.
“It was a tough start, mostly we didn’t come out hard enough in the first period, for sure, we just got outworked,” said Shamrocks captain Marlon Forrest, who had 3+2.
“The fact it was our first game in three weeks might have been a factor (had a game against Kelowna Raiders cancelled due to lack of Kelowna players; team played the senior Shamrocks in a fun exhibition). We just weren’t ready to come out and compete.”
Hoggarth had 3+3 while Tyler Chartier, Ryan Sadorsky, Cameron Watson and Sam Hanley added singles.
Kyle Cuzzetto and Brett Olsen had three goals each for the Tigers while Steele Pelletier scored once before being ejected early in the third period with double 10-minute misconducts.
Darnell Hauca made 43 saves for the Tigers while Francois Leroux stopped 31 shots for Armstrong. Both goalies picked up an assist.
The Tigers wrap up a four-game homestand Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the South Okanagan Flames (4-2-1) at Kal Tire Place, while the Shamrocks are in Kamloops to take on the Venom (3-2).
By: Kevin Mitchell/ Thu May 18th, 2017 3:47pm/
It was special night for rookies as the Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Tigers shelled the Kelowna Raiders 14-0 in Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League action Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.
First-year Tanner Gilbert pulled the hat trick and added one assist, while rookie Curtis Hiebert recorded his first career Junior goal and Midget call-up Derek Pereboom shared the shutout with veteran Darnell Hauca.
Jake Pelletier provided 2+3 for the Tigers before being ejected in the third period for a fight with Kelowna penalty leader Cole Koski.
Kyle Cuzzetto, with a deuce, Thomas Landels, with 1+2 and Jared Reid completed the Vernon offence. Conor Webb supplied five assists and Kolten Kirschner pocketed three. The Cats held period leads of 7-0 and 12-0.
Vernon improved to 5-1 in first place, while the Raiders fell to 0-6. Vernon hosts the Armstrong Shamrocks Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.
The North Okanagan Legends won two of three in Bantam B action last weekend.The Legends posted a 6-4 win over Kelowna Saturday morning with Tayber McLean scoring first off a pass from Chayton Marchand. Joey Mazzei and Owen Swiscoski, and Alex Dugas added snipes to round out the first period.
The second period saw Conner Robertson, assisted by Tye Krause, the lone scorer. Kelowna rallied in the third, but Eli Bruce, from Krause, closed things out.
Kamloops took advantage of a wicked powerplay and stormed the Legends 11-2 Saturday afternoon.
McLean, from Mazzei, counted North Okanagan’s first goal. Newcomer Savanna Sapergia converted from Mazzei in the third period.
McLean pulled the hat trick as the Legends dispatched host Penticton 6-3 Sunday.
Krause opened the scoring, ssisted by Zach Young. McLean (from Connor Robertson) and Krause (Mazzei ) also clicked in the first period.
McLean from Mazzei, and Kole Watson from McLean in the second made it 5-1 Legends after two periods. McLean, unassisted, netted his third.
The Legends are in the New Westminster Hyack Invitational this weekend.
The North Okanagan Novice 3 Super 8 Legends had a busy Mother’s Day weekend, losing 8-1 to the Shuswap Outlaws Saturday at Kal Tire Place and then tying host Kamloops #2 7-7 and losing 9-3 to Kamloops #1 Sunday.
Ari Manson scored for the Legends in their loss.
Kobe Maltman busted loose for a whopping six goals against Kamloops #2 with Nathan Rinkel adding a single.
The tired Legends got a deuce from Maltman and one from Jaxon Wadsworth in their third game. Chayton Tardiff was stellar in net and Kaiuss Dusel was noted for some crushing defense.
By: Kevin Mitchell Morining Star
Image: Jake Pelletier of the Vernon Tigers drives to the net against Jake Faraday of the Kamloops Venom in the Tigers' home opener Saturday at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)
With leading scorer Jordy Barr sidelined with a broken leg, the Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Tigers were forced to tweak their powerplay.
The moves have clicked as the Tigers stretched their winning streak to three games by stopping the Kamloops Venom 12-10 in Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League play Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.
Vernon (4-1) was up 5-1 after the first period and 8-5 after 40 minutes. Kamloops (3-2), undermanned due to injury, had 15 runners. They were without injured top pointgetter Riley Petersen (10-10-20).
Brothers Jake and Steele Pelletier marshalled the powerplay with Jake pocketing 4+3 and Steele adding 2+2. Vernon counted four man-advantage goals.
"Our powerplay has been very good the past few games," said Tiger assistant coach Tyler Plante. "We've got some moving rather than the stagnant perimeter powerplay we had done in the past. It's still a bit raw, but it's definitely 10 times better than that it was."
Plante said Brett Olsen (2+2) nicely quarterbacks the powerplay with the Cats throwing out two different players with Olsen and the Pelletiers on each PP chance.
"Jake and Steele have that brotherly connection; they are always aware of each other and looking for one another," said Plante.
Vernon head coach Chris Scabar brought in Armstrong senior Shamrock veteran Ryan Williamson to fine-tune the powerplay for the young Tigers.
"I have a real defensive background so I brought Ryan in and he has really helped me out with my offence," said Scabar. "The kids are all buying into the offensive systems."
The Tigers, who ruined the defending champion Venom's home opener with a 6-5 victory at Memorial Arena on April 22, also got two goals from Chris Inscho and singles from Connor Webb and Eric Reid. Rookie Tanner Gilbert and Thomas Landels each had two assists.
Kamloops got hat tricks from Eric Bunce and Mac Stead. Marcelo Bose collected 1+3, while Riley Lawyrk and Quinn Williamson produced singles. Colton Boomer bagged three assists, while Tyler Seabrooke earned two helpers.
The Tigers took 42 penalty minutes and Kamloops was assessed 35 PIM.
Vernon is scheduled to face the Kelowna Raiders tonight at Kal Tire Place. Kelowna is in last place at 0-5. The Tigers rattled the Raiders 13-6 May 4 in Kelowna.
The Raiders lost 12-7 to the South Okanagan Flames Thursday night and then postponed Friday's scheduled tilt in Armstrong against the Shamrocks due to a lack of players.
Kamloops was scheduled to play the South Okanagan Flames in Penticton on Monday night, but decided not to make the trip, citing a lack of players due to injuries.
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Image: #8 Steele Pelletier and #22 Jake Pelletier
The Pelletier brothers handled most of the ofence as the Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Tigers stopped the South Okanagan Flames 11-7 in Thomposon Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League play Monday night at Memorial Arena in Penticton.
Steele Pelletier pocketed 4+5 as the Tigers improved to 3-1 in a penalty-infested tilt. Jake Pelletier added 3+3, while Brett Olsen supplied 2+2 and rookie Tanner Gilbert posted his first goal as a Cat.
Louis Shortreed recorded four goals for the Flames(2-2-1), who got singles from Chase Moog, Tanner Thompson and Connor Walton.
Connor Webb of the Tigers and Rylan Douglas of the Flames were tossed for a scrap early in the third period, while Kolten Kirschner or Vernon and Owen Haggerty tangled a minute later. Haggerty was given the aggressor penalty, a match and a quadruple game misconduct, while Kirschner was given a game misconduct.
Vernon outshot South Okanagan 43-45. The Flames led 6-5 after one period and trailed 8-6 after 40 minutes.
The Tigers entertain the defending champion Kamloops Venom in their home opener Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Kal Tire Place.
Colten Boomer bagged 2+3 as the Venom held off the Armstrong Shamrocks 8-6 in Friday night action at Nor-Val Sports Centre.
Riley Petersen added a deuce for the Venom, while Nick Yadernuck, with 2+1, and Dakota Campen, with two goals, led the Shamrocks. Marlon Forrest supplied 1+3.
By: Morning Star Staff / May 7
Brett Olsen scored three times and added two assists while Steele Pelletier and Thomas Landels chipped in hat tricks to pace the Vernon Tigers to a 13-6 win over the hometown Kelowna Raiders in Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League play Thursday.
The win improved Vernon's record to 2-1, Kelowna fell to 0-4.
Vernon led 6-0 after 20 minutes and 10-3 going into the third period.
Conor Webb supplied 1+3 for the winners while single goals went to Jarod Reed, Jake Pelletier and Chris Inscho>
Chase Wirth and Kyle Cuzzetto chipped in three helpers apiece for the winners, who wrap up a season-opening four-game road trip in Penticton against the South Okanagan Flames (2-1-1)Monday.
The Tigers play their home opener Saturday against the Kamloops Venom at Kal Tire Place. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Armstrong Shamrocks (2-1-1) host the Venom (2-1) tonight at 7:30 at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.
By: Tiger Facebook Page
What a penalty fest in Kelowna tonight 53 minutes in penalties, and a couple 10 minute misconducts against our guys and 48 minutes for them which is uncharacteristic of our team. That being said you'd think the game was in Vernon with so many Tiger fans making the trip. That's how you #supportyourtigers
6-0 Tigers after first,10-3 Tigers after second and a final of 13-6 for your Vernon Tigers who now have a record of 2-1.
Shout out to #8 Steele Pelletier with 3G1A,to #5 Conor Webb 1G3A and to #44 Thomas Landels with 3G.
Hot rod of the night has to go to #11 Brett Olsen a 5 point night with 3G2A.
Defender of the night goes to #55 Jarod Reid who played very well defending our zone and picking up loose balls as well as even putting 1 in the net tonight. Unfortunately a run in with their goalie caused him to leave late in the 3rd period.
Weird play of the night. After a Kelowna player ripped the helmet off one of our own in a desperate altercation to get at our player he punches the ref somewhere in the face. Weird play...ref swings back in what looks like defense.
Should recognize the play of our goalies who split duties tonight. Wished I could tell you the shots but the scorekeepers were too busy trying to keep track of the penalties.
Well done gentlemen on your #questforthecup
By: Rogers Knox, The MorningStar
The Armstrong Shamrocks overcame a 7-3 first-period deficit to earn a 12-12 tie with the South Okanagan Flames in Penticton Monday, stretching their Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League unbeaten streak to three games.
Sam Hanley had 3+2 for Armstrong, Marlon Forrest added 1+4 and Nich Yadernuk and Austin Daunais each scored twice as the Irish took a 9-8 lead into the final period.
Single goals went to James Francis and Dakota Campen. Francois Leroux made 37 saves for the Shamrocks, who were coming off a huge 11-9 win at home over the Vernon Tigers Friday at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.
It was a costly loss for the visitors who will be without leading scorer Jordy Barr for an indefinite period.
Barr suffered a broken leg during Friday's contest.
Hanley and Tyler Chartier each had 2+2 to lead Armstrong, who held period leads of 4-2 and 7-5. Ethan Dodge and Yadernuk scored twice, Forrest added 1+2 and singles went to Seth Gordey and Mason McLennan.
Jake Pelletier led the Tigers with 1+3. Kyle Cuzzetto scored twice while singles went to Chris Inscho, Eric Reid, Brett Olsen, Connor Webb and Sean Howard.
The Tigers visit Kelowna Thursday while Armstrong entertains the Kamloops Venom Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Nor-Val.
By: Kevin Mitchell/ Tue Apr 25th, 2017 1:27pm/
Image: Steele Pelletier of the Vernon Tigers ducks under a haymaker thrown by Tylor Seabrooke of the Kamloops Venom in Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League action at Memorial Arena on Saturday. Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week
The Vernon Tigers shaded the host Kamloops Venom 6-5 in Junior B lacrosse Saturday night.
They host the B.C. Junior B Lacrosse Championships in August, but the Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Tigers are not looking for the easy entry.
Instead, the Tigers hope to go in as league champions and they jumpstarted that goal with a 6-5 win over the defending Thompson Okanagan league champion Kamloops Venom 6-5 Saturday night at Memorial Arena.
Jordy Barr bagged the hat trick and added two helpers in Vernon’s season opener. Brett Olsen supplied 1+2 for the Tigers, while brothers Steele and Jake Pelletier each managed singles. Darnell Hauca recorded 51 saves.
“We were outshot badly, but Darnell was outstanding and our defence picked up the slack,” said Barr, an ultra-talented third-year veteran who converted once on the powerplay. “Everybody’s excited about hosting the provincials and it means a lot to beat the Venom, especially in Kamloops: it was awesome.”
The Tigers have nine returnees under head coach Chris Scabar, who gets help from Ryan Minchenko and Tyler Plante.
“We’re a very fast-paced team,” said Barr, 19. “We’re not the biggest team on defence, but we’re very strong.”
Colton Boomer produced 3+1 for the Venom, while Riley Peterson counted 1+4 and Riley Lawryk also scored once in front of Matt Hans (28 saves).
Tylor Seabrooke of Kamloops and Steele Pelletier were tossed for fighting with 80 seconds to play.
“We had a really good crowd on Saturday. A lot of people came out to watch,” said Venom standout Peterson. “We were pretty upset with how we couldn’t get the win in the home opener, especially against Vernon, with the rivalry there.”
Boomer earlier pulled the hat trick in an 11-8 win over the hometown Kelowna Raiders on Thursday.
“Our offence needs to step up,” said Peterson. “Our defence and goalie played pretty good on Saturday. It definitely wasn’t the result we wanted on Saturday, but it’s still early in the season and it’s not always bad to get a loss to point you in the right direction.”
Vernon battles Armstrong Friday night at the Nor-Val Sports Centre (7:30 p.m.).
Meanwhile, the South Okanagan Flames outlasted the host Shamrocks 12-11 in Friday night action.
Connor Walton pocketed 4+2 for the Flames, who got two goals from Levi Thompson and 1+3 from Mike MacLean.
Tyler Chartier earned 2+2 for the Shamrocks, while Nick Yadernuk and Mason McLennan each had deuces and singles came from Chase Bronson, Ryan Sadorsky and Sam Hanley.
Yadernuk and Louis Shortreed were ejected for a scrap midway through the second period.
Armstrong visits the Kelowna Raiders Thursday night and face the Flames next Monday night in Penticton.
Kevin Mitchell/ Tue Apr 18th, 2017 4:32pm/
Image: Thomas Mackiewich of the Vernon Tigers tries to shake Marlon Forrest of the Armstron Shamrocks in the 12th annual Archie Jack IceBreaker Memorial Tournament at Nor-Val Sports Centre Saturday. Photo courtesy Lisa VanderVelde: Morning Star photographer
The Vernon Sun Valley Sports Tigers had trouble finding offence in the 12th annual Archie Jack Memorial IceBreaker Tournament Saturday at Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong.
All five Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League teams played twice with the Tigers falling 9-5 to the Armstrong Shamrocks in the morning and losing 8-2 to the South Okanagan Flames in the afternoon. Games consisted of three 20-minute running-time periods.
The Shamrocks got two goals from Chase Bronson to dispatch the Tigers. Marlon Forrest supplied 1+3 for the Irish, while other goals came from Nik Luttmerding, Tyson Chartier, Carter Olsen-Stiles, Stefan Wells, Sam Hanley and Dakota Campen.
Vernon got snipes from Steele Pelletier (2), Jordy Barr, Brett Olsen and Chris Inscho. Armstrong held period leads of 3-2 and 6-4.
Last year’s Top Rookie, Jake Pelletier, and current rookie Thomas Mackiewich were involved in heated scraps which according to IceBreaker rules meant they got to enjoy the rest of the weekend in the stands. Inscho was dynamic defensively.
Pelletier and Midget call-up Caden Colmorgen converted against the Flames, who enjoyed period leads of 2-1 and 5-2. Darien Ottesen was aggressive on both ends of the floor for the Tigers. No other scores were available.
The Tigers open the regular season Saturday night in Kamloops against the defending champion Venom. Armstrong hosts the Flames in their first tilt Friday night.