Armstrong tames the Tigers
The Armstrong Shamrocks were looking a little short on bodies a few minutes before the game when they took on the Vernon Tigers Saturday night; however, the squad was boosted by the late arrivals of Braydon
Sanders and Chad Pounder who were at a wedding, and the addition of junior call-up Taylor Greatrex who had already played in the junior game right before.
The Shamrocks got on the board quick with Jarrett Medhurst scoring his first of three on the night, followed up a few minutes later when he added his second. It was then the defence’s turn to get into the
scoring when Jamie Cockerill took a nice outlet pass, burned down the floor and was able to beat Vernon goalie Iver Sandaker on the breakaway. Vernon followed up with Rob Short getting the Tigers on the board. The Rocks finished off the first period with captain Chad Pounder adding his first of two on the night. The Rocks took a 4-1 lead into the dressing room after 1 period of play.
The Shamrocks got off to a bit of a slow start in the second period, taking a few penalties that saw Vernon add one back on the power play on a shot by Short. The rest of the period saw both teams
exchange goals with Medhurst and Pounder for the Rocks, and Brennan Plante for the Tigers. The score after two was 6-3 Shamrocks.
The third period saw the Shamrocks take some early penalties; however, the Armstrong's short man unit, lead by goalie Owen Siddall, held of the Tiger attack and limited it to one goal by Plante on an extended five on three. The Shamrocks were able to answer back with goals by Brett Heitman (2), Brent "Pez" Anderson and Cockerill with his second of the night to make the final score 10-4 for Armstrong.
“It was one of those nights where everyone contributed and everyone stepped up,” head coach Glenn Mitchell said. “I would also like to point out that I thought Taylor (Greatrex) played a heck of a game after playing the game before. He had never played a lacrosse game before tonight, and had only one practice with the juniors on Thursday. The kid really impressed me.”
The Shamrocks are back in action again Friday night in Vernon at 7:30 p.m. at the Wesbild Centre, and again Tuesday, June 19 as the travel to Kamloops to make up a cancelled game.