The Kelowna Raiders bolstered their lead atop the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League Monday night with their eighth win in nine games.
Tyler French scored three goals and added an assist as the Raiders downed the South Okanagan Flames 8-5 in Penticton.
Kelowna peppered the Flames netminder all night long, including with 25 shots in the third period as the Raiders broke free from a 5-5 deadlock after 40 minutes.
“They were missing two of their top guys and we came out flying,” said Raiders head coach Travis Wray. “Their goalie stood on his head to keep them in it, then in the third we turned it on, and it was lights out. The guys played well.”
Brendan Urban, Jordan Urban and Scott Renner each had a goal and two assists. Taylor Trotter and Patrick McMillan each scored a single as the Raiders out shot South Ok 59-25.
With the win, Kelowna moved a step closer to clinching top spot in the TOJLL.
“We’re not really focusing on that right now, just on playing well in each game,” added Wray. “But that’s been our goal from day one, to finish first.”
The Raiders were coming off a 12-4 win at home over the Vernon Tigers on Friday night.
In front of an active crowd of 300 spectators, French led the attack with three goals and two assists. Brendan Urban added three goals, while Jordan Urban, Lucas Cahill and Scott Renner had three points apiece and Iain Hart had two goals.
Kelowna’s next action is Saturday night in Kamloops against the Venom.
After a slow start to the season, the Kelowna Raiders are hitting their stride in the Okanagan Xtreme Lacrosse League.
The local senior men’s squad has rebounded from a 0-2 start to even its record at 3-3 and is now to within two points of first-place Armstrong.
Sporting their new red uniforms, the Raiders fed off the home crowd on Friday night at Memorial Arena to post a 10-5 win over the Shamrocks.
Pho Heng led the Raiders with a three goals and two assists and Luke Bailey added two goals and two assists as Kelowna entertained the fans with quick and efficient ball movement. Single goals came from Jared MacLennan, Owen Barski, Jordan Innes, Brody Daft and Cody Evans.
The Raiders penalty killing unit was effective,
Eric Wray was solid in goal, while Barski led the a staunch defensive effort by Kelowna.
Raiders coach Doug Manning said his club’s turnaround over the last several weeks all started between the pipes.
“Our goaltending has been very good since Eric Wray has come back,” said Manning. “The guys are buying into the system, they’re working hard and I think they’re finally starting to gel. It just took a little time.”
The Raiders return to action this Friday night when they host the Kamloops Rattlers.