The Kelowna Raiders can sew up top spot in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League with a home-floor win over the Armstrong Shamrocks on Thursday night.
Fans should note the special start time of 6:45 p.m. at Memoral Arena.
With a 9-2 record, the Raiders lead Armstrong (6-3-2) by four points and, with a better head-to-head record (2-0), Kelowna would take first place should the teams end up tied after 15 regular season games.
But plain and simple, win over the Rocks would get the job done.
“With four games to go we control our own destiny,” said Raiders coach Travis Wray. “Getting first place has been our goal all year and it’s in our hands.”
Kelowna is coming off an 11-2 drubbing of the South Okanagan Flames.
Brendan Urban scored four times to lead the Raiders attack, while Sheldon McDonald had a pair.Tyler French, Andrew McMillan, Scott Renner, Iain Hart and Lucas Cahill added singles.
Cody Taschuk replaced Tanner Belsham in the Kelowna net after Belsham received an early misconduct penalty.
The Kamloops Rattlers will come calling as the Kelowna Raiders return to Okanagan Xtreme Lacrosse League action on Friday night.
Face off at Kelowna’s Memorial Arena is 7:30 p.m.
The Raiders are coming off a 9-6 loss to the Vernon Tigers last Friday night as Victor Wiens’ gutsy effort wasn’t enough to push his team to victory.
Wiens, playing injured, was awarded a game star for his two-goal performance and solid defensive play.
The Raiders failed to capitalize on power play advantages and, at times, were unable to effectively deliver their signature fast and accurate passing game in the offensive zone.
Overall, Kelowna’s defensive game was led by goalie Graham Cousins kept the score close all evening.
The Raiders are now 3-4 on the season.