Shawn Hochhausen (front) and the Kelowna Raiders will battle Brett Hanna and the Vernon Tigers in TOJLL playoff action Thursday at Memorial Arena.

Shawn Hochhausen (front) and the Kelowna Raiders will battle Brett Hanna and the Vernon Tigers in TOJLL playoff action Thursday at Memorial Arena.

Raiders host Vernon in series finale

The TOJLL best of three semifinal is tied 1-1

The Kelowna Raiders and Vernon Tigers are headed to a third and deciding game in their Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League semifinal series.

Face off Thursday at Kelowna’s Memorial Arena is 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers stayed alive with a 7-6 overtime win on Monday night in Vernon.

The teams fought to a 5-5 tie through regulation play, then traded goals in the first 10-minute overtime session.

Vernon then settled the issue with a goal early in the sudden death period.

“Vernon had their backs against the wall and they were hungry,” said Raiders coach Travis Wray. “They beat us to most balls and we just didn’t come out and play the way we needed to. The guys know exactly what they need to do in Game 3.”

Wray expects playing the decisive game at Memorial Arena will weigh in his team’s favour.

“We haven’t lost at home all year and the guys obviously like playing there,” said Wray whose team won the series opener 11-4 on Saturday night. “We’ve been solid at home and I don’t see that changing on Thursday.”

The winner of Thursday’s game will meet the winner of the Kamloops Venom-Armstrong Shamrocks semifinal series in the TOJLL championship.

 

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