Raiders win junior lacrosse opener

Kelowna defeats hometown Armstrong in first game of 2013 TOJLL campaign

Brendna Urban held the hot hand as the Kelowna Raiders beat the Armstrong Shamocks in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse opener for both teams.

Urban scored five times as the Raiders dumped the Rocks 10-7 Friday night at the Nor-Val Centre in Armstrong.

Patrick McMillan scored twice an added an assist in the win, while Cody Teichrob, Evan  Helgesen and Kevin Hogan added singles.

Tanner Belsham made 28 saves in the Kelowna net.

Willy Haney scored twice for Armstrong.

The Raiders were in Penticton Monday night to take on the South Okanagan Flames.

A final score wasn’t available at press time.

Senior Raiders

The Kamloops Rattlers have the Kelowna Raiders’ number so far in Okanagan senior men’s lacrosse action.

With just 11 players and one goalie at their disposal the Rattlers defeated Kelowna for the second week in a row, 8-5 on Friday night at Memorial Arena.

Goaltender Mike Smith of Kamloops had an outstanding game, blocking Kelowna’s big guns all evening except for the solid play of Jordan Innes who scored a hat trick in the losing cause.

Kamloops’ Donahue brothers and captain Mark Jurista, blasted four goals past Kelowna goalie Ryan Brabander to take a solid 4-1 lead after the first. Kelowna clawed its way back in the third to twice get to within two goals but was held back by Smith’s strong play in net. Netting goals for Kamloops were Riley Donahue and Russel McIntosh with two each, with Shawn Donahue, Nate Akins, Jesse Wessell and Mark Jurista each each tallied once.

In addition to three goals by Innes,  Jacob Illichmann and Ryan Phillips also scored for Kelowna.

The Raiders are back in action Friday as they visit the Armstrong Shamrocks.


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