WEEK #2 - RECAP AROUND THE PNWJLL
Week #2 - Recap
The Oceanside Sharks travelled to Sidney by the Sea to face the Saanich Express Friday April 29th for the Express' home opener.
A well attended affair saw support from the Peninsula Warriors lacrosse "Tournament of Warriors" participants and fans also attend the game.
Campbell River won the opening faceoff but were denied any decent shot and lost possession; the Express then proceeded down the floor with Kyle Drouin burying a shot in the Express' first possession to take the lead (1-0). Both teams went back and forth with possessions and action but Oceanside just couldn't solve Saanich's Riley Gains in goal. The Express seemed to pot a goal every 3rd possession until a late period powerplay for the Sharks, allowed Ben Tisdelle to get his team on the board with 1 second on the clock.
Saanich split time in goal between Riley Gains and 4th year rookie Alex Pocetti while goaltender Jordan Day carried the load for the Sharks in the contest. Oceanside played well in the contest but didn't have the answer for Saanich's quick offence. The train station was a "buzz" on this evening as everyone involved in the game and in attendance was happy that lacrosse was back being played at full capacity.
The Oceanside Sharks were led by Ben Tisdelle (3g, 2a, 5pts) and Diego Hopkins (3g, 1a, 4pts), while the Express were lead by Tory Bains (6g, 3a, 9pts) and Kyle Drouin (4g, 4a, 8pts).
Week #3 games see Saanich Express host the Westshore Bears on Friday May 6th @ 8:00pm in what will be a battle for first place. Saanich will then travel to Port Alberni to take on the Oceanside Sharks during the Alberni Valley Tyees "Ice Breaker" Tournament, game time is 6:00pm.
After playing the night before, the Oceanside Sharks hosted the Westshore Bears at Oceanside Place for their home opener of the 2022 PNWJLL season.
Westshore came out strong in the first period and didn't appear to miss a beat stemming from their first game of the season against Nanaimo; burying 7 first period goals to the Sharks lone goal by Ben Tisdelle. Hunter Clarke and Connor Rant led the first period charge for the Bears with 2 each.
Both teams settled their defenses down and the game became a tighter end to end match. With each team taking approximately 8-10 minutes in penalties in the 2nd period; it was a lower scoring affair for the middle stanza. The Bears led the middle frame 3-1. The final period was almost a mirror image of the 2nd with goalies leading the way, helping their teams for the final 20 minutes of the game. Westshore used balanced scoring in the 3rd putting in 4 in the period while the Sharks' Diego Hopkins was the only predator of the deep to solve Ty Reeve of the Bears.
The Bears were led by Ryan Blundell (4g, 1a, 5pts) and Ryan Mastiliak (1g, 4a, 5pts), while the Sharks were lead by Diego Hopkins (2g, 1a, 3pts) and Ben Tisdelle (1g, 2a, 3pts).
Week #3 sees the Bears visit the previously mentioned Express on Friday May 6th @ 8:00pm and then they host the Campbell River Ravens on Sunday May 8th @ 1:30pm for their first home game of the season. Oceanside also takes a short hike down to Nanaimo to face the Timbermen on Sunday May 8th @ 6:30pm at the Ice Centre.
Those in attendance for the late afternoon match between Campbell River and Saanich were treated to another fine offensive performance by the Express.
Saanich jumped out to a 4-0 lead but with 5 minutes left, Campbell River controlled the final few minutes potting 2 in the period. The Ravens got on the scoreboard first in the middle frame before the Express went on the offensive taking a commanding lead. The Ravens would not fall quite so easily as they then again took it to the home club firing three goals in the final 7 minutes but were down 7-4 in the period. Both teams got some specialty team goals in the 3rd period to end the game. Campbell River's goalies split time in this match.
The Campbell River Ravens were led by Carson Foy (2g, 2a, 4pts), Heydon Campbell (3a), Jared Geransky (2g), and Ryland Fisher (2g); while the Express were lead by Tory Bains (4g, 3a, 7pts) Colton Hauser (2g, 4a, 6pts), Will Hale (3g, 2a, 5pts) and Devyn Zunti (3g, 2a, 5pts).