The battle for top spot in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League will come down to the final week of the regular season.
The Vernon Tigers scored with two minutes remaining to edge the Kelowna Raiders 12-11 Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.
Ryan Sarazin’s fifth goal of the game was the winner, as the Tigers and Raiders split the four-game season series.
At one point the Raiders trailed 10-3, before battling back in the third period.
“It didn’t look good for a while, but the guys fought back and made a game of it,” said Raiders coach Travis Wray. “It turned out to be a really good game.”
Cody Teichrob led the Raiders’ attack with a goal and three assists.
Andrew McMillan, Scott Renner and Ryley MacLennan scored two goals each.
The Tigers held the league’s leading scorer, Brendan Urban, to just a goal and two assists.
With one game left to play, the teams have identical 11-3-1 records.
The Tigers will close out the regular season this Saturday night against Armstrong, while the Raiders will host the Shamrocks next Thursday, June 27.
If the teams remain tied at season’s end, the Raiders would win the tiebreaker based on the number of goals scored during the 2013 campaign.
The Kelowna Raiders host the Kamloops Rattlers Friday in Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League action. Face off at Memorial Arena is 8 p.m.
The Raiders are coming off a 12-6 loss at home to the Armstrong Shamrocks on Wedmesday.
A one-goal lead after two for the Raiders vanished in the third as Kelowna took seven penalties in the final frame.
Ryan Sage scored a hat-trick in the second for the Raiders. Pho Heng, with two, and Jacob Illichmann rounded out the scoring.
Jarrett Medhurst scored five times for the Rocks.