Raiders battle ‘Rocks for last playoff spot

Kelowna and Armstrong meet Thursday in Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League action, with the winner moving on to the postseason

The Kelowna Raiders will finish off the TOJLL regular season Thursday at home to Armstrong.

It’s all come down to one game for the Kelowna Raiders and Armstrong Shamrocks.

With the fourth and final playoff spot on the line, the two teams will meet Thursday night in the final game of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League regular season.

Face off at Memorial Arena is 7:30 p.m.

A win or a tie would be enough for the Raiders (2-12-1) to secure the final berth, while the Shamrocks (1-13-1) must win to get in.

The teams are all even through the first three meetings, each with a win, a loss and a tie.

“We’ve been at our best when we’ve played at home, so hopefully that will be the case again this week,” said Raiders head coach Travis Wray. “As long as the guys buy in to the system we’ve put in place, and give all their effort, I expect we’ll be successful.”

The winner of Thursday’s game will face the first-place Vernon Tigers in the opening round of the playoffs next week.

The Raiders and ‘Rocks played to a 6-6 tie last Thursday in Armstrong, leaving Kelowna with five points in the standings and Armstrong with three. Cam McMillan led the Raiders’  attack with three goals.

On Sunday, with just eight players in the lineup, Kelowna lost 13-4 to the Tigers in Vernon. Nick Alcorn scored twice for the Raiders.

 

 

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