Raiders win big in home opener

Kelowna takes down Vernon Friday in Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League play

To say the Kelowna Raiders were dominant in their home opener would be an understatement.

The Raiders blitzed the Vernon Royals 17-3 Friday night at Memorial Arena in Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League action.

Kelowna defensive specialist Darcy Leach was a force, breaking up Vernon’s attack on numerous occasions and scoring four times on breakaways.

Veteran Pho Heng kicked his offensive game into high gear and scored four goals for the Raiders, while the speedy Chris Phillips net a hat-trick and Luke Bailey and Jordan Innes scored twice each.

Vernon was unable to organize any sustained offense as Raiders defenders made their own zone all but impenetrable.

Graham Cousins, returning from early season injury, was solid in the Kelowna goal.

The Raiders (2-1) and Royals will meet this Friday night for a rematch at Wesbild Centre.

Junior Raiders…

The Kelowna Raiders return to Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse action Thursday for their home opener when they take on the Armstrong Shamrocks. Face off at Memorial Arena is 7:30.

The Raiders are 1-0 after opening the season with a 15-9 win over South Okanagan on Monday, April 23.

 

Kelowna Capital News

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