Junior Raiders look to build on first win

Kelowna earns TOJLL lacrosse victory over South Ok, will host Vernon this week

  • Sun May 25th, 2014 3:00pm
  • Sports

With their first win of the season in the books, the Kelowna Raiders will go back to work this week in Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League action.

On Thursday night at Memorial Arena, the Raiders will take on the Vernon Tigers. Face off is 7:30.

The youngest team in the league, the Raiders went 0-6 to start 2014, before downing the South Okanagan Flames 13-6 last Thursday night in Kelowna.

Justin Saunders led the attack with a hat-trick, while River Lafferty added two goals and three assists and Chase Bremner had two goals and a four-point night.

Cam McMillan notched a pair, with Kristian Snead, Brock Embury and Jordan Heirich adding single goals.

Brenden Given made 37 saves in the Kelowna net for his first career TOJLL win.

A real good team effort, easily our best 60 minutes of the season,” said Raiders coach Travis Wray. “I am real happy with the commitment and dedication to improving our play from our players. River Lafferty and Kristian Stead have been real good pickups we made two weeks ago and have improved our left side.

“Captain Kevin Hogan and Markan Katinic had strong defensive games and were key in many offensive transitions.”

Senior Raiders…

The Kelowna Raiders outshot the hometown Kamloops Rattlers 55-25 en route to an 11-10 win Friday in Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League action.

Kamloops goaltender Mike Smith was brilliant in what could have been a landslide in Kelowna’s favour as they outplayed the Rattlers for three periods.

Luke Bailey paced the Kelowna attack with three goals and two assists, while Cory Signer added three goals and a helper.  Jordan Innes and Vic Wiens scored twice each and had three points, while rookie Scott Renner supplied the other goal.

Gavin McIntosh led the Rattlers with a four-goal effort.

The Raiders (5-2) return to action June 6 when they visit the Armstrong Shamrocks.