Ryan Lindstrom (right) and the Kelowna Raiders fell to Kamloops in the opening game of the Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League season. -Image credit: Dene Moon Photography

Ryan Lindstrom (right) and the Kelowna Raiders fell to Kamloops in the opening game of the Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League season. -Image credit: Dene Moon Photography

Raiders fall to Kamloops in season opener

Kelowna can’t handle Rattlers shooters in senior lacrosse matchup

The Kelowna Raiders will be looking to bounce back this week after dropping their opening game of the 2017 Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League season.

On Friday night, the Raiders succumbed to the firepower of the Kamloops Rattlers in an 11-5 loss.

Kelowna goaltender Graham Cousins fended off 44 shots, while Kamloops goalie Mike Smith only faced 14 shots in the Rattlers’ net.

Kamloops defenders stymied the Kelowna attack all game, not allowing any penetration to the net area, and consistently controlled the loose balls.

Pho Heng led the Raiders with a pair of goals, Jacob Illichmann, Joe Brown and Ryan Lindstrom added singles.

A.J. Lockwood paced Kamloops with a hat-trick.

The Raiders return to action this Saturday night when they visit the Armstrong Shamrocks.

The first home action of the new season for Kelowna is Wednesday, May 3 against Armstrong.