Kevin Mitchell/ Tue Apr 18th, 2017 4:32pm/
Image: Thomas Mackiewich of the Vernon Tigers tries to shake Marlon Forrest of the Armstron Shamrocks in the 12th annual Archie Jack IceBreaker Memorial Tournament at Nor-Val Sports Centre Saturday. Photo courtesy Lisa VanderVelde: Morning Star photographer
The Vernon Sun Valley Sports Tigers had trouble finding offence in the 12th annual Archie Jack Memorial IceBreaker Tournament Saturday at Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong.
All five Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League teams played twice with the Tigers falling 9-5 to the Armstrong Shamrocks in the morning and losing 8-2 to the South Okanagan Flames in the afternoon. Games consisted of three 20-minute running-time periods.
The Shamrocks got two goals from Chase Bronson to dispatch the Tigers. Marlon Forrest supplied 1+3 for the Irish, while other goals came from Nik Luttmerding, Tyson Chartier, Carter Olsen-Stiles, Stefan Wells, Sam Hanley and Dakota Campen.
Vernon got snipes from Steele Pelletier (2), Jordy Barr, Brett Olsen and Chris Inscho. Armstrong held period leads of 3-2 and 6-4.
Last year’s Top Rookie, Jake Pelletier, and current rookie Thomas Mackiewich were involved in heated scraps which according to IceBreaker rules meant they got to enjoy the rest of the weekend in the stands. Inscho was dynamic defensively.
Pelletier and Midget call-up Caden Colmorgen converted against the Flames, who enjoyed period leads of 2-1 and 5-2. Darien Ottesen was aggressive on both ends of the floor for the Tigers. No other scores were available.
The Tigers open the regular season Saturday night in Kamloops against the defending champion Venom. Armstrong hosts the Flames in their first tilt Friday night.
By, Tigers Facebook Page
Your Tigers saw preseason action in the Ice Breaker this weekend In the first game against the Shamrocks score was a loss 9-4.14 of the 18 runners on the team were 1st or 2nd year guys and we used this to see how they would adapt in game play Shout out to #8 Steele Pelletier with 2G #Jordy Barr 1G1A and to #11 Brett Olsen with 1G... Even in preseason the rivalry is strong. Last years top rookie #22 Jake Pelletier and current rookie #16 Thomas Mackiewich were involved in a couple heated scraps which according to Ice Breaker rules meant they got to enjoy the rest of the weekend in the stands. Defender of the game has to go to #56 Chris Inscho whom showed grit, determination and leadership on the floor. Great effort from our rookies, lots to learn, systems to figure out.
We continued our strategy of playing the young contingent in the second game against the South Okanagan Flames..2-1 Flames after 1st period,5-2 Flames after 2 and a final of 8-2 for the Flames. Shout out to #8 Steele Pelletier with 1G,#7 Kolten Kirschner and #14 midget call up Caden Colmorgen. Defender of the game has to go to #34 Darien Ottesen whom was aggressive on both ends of the floor Wierd play of the game came late in the 3rd when on a breakaway all alone a Flame did not stop and bulldozed our rookie goalie hard to the floor. Now I say weird because there was no penalty on the play and we did nothing to protect him. Again lots to learn with systems, and game situations.
Good job Gentlemen #futuresbright
By, Staff/ Sat Apr 8th, 2017 7:30am/ VernonMorningStar
Image: The Armstrong Shamrocks are hosting the Owen Siddall Memorial Icebreaker senior lacrosse tournament this weekend at the Hassen Arena. (Shamrocks Facebook photo)
Two goals in the final two minutes propelled the Armstrong Shamrocks to a 7-6 win over the Aidrie Mohawks in Friday’s opening match of the four-game, Owen Siddall Memorial Senior Lacrosse Icebreaker tournament at the Hassen Arena.
Brett Hawrys scored his third of the night on a two-on-one, taking a pass from Cam Nelson and wiring a shot past Mohawks goalie Angus Jenkins for the game-winner with 45 seconds left in the contest.
The goal came 41 seconds after Steve Clark tied the contest with a laser from the outside.
Airdrie, the reigning Alberta Senior C lacrosse champions, who play in the eight-team Rocky Mountain Senior Lacrosse League, had the ball in the final 20 seconds but could not get a decent shot on Armstrong goalie Josh Point.
The Irish led 3-2 after the first period and the game was tied 4-4 heading into the final 20 minutes.
Both Jenkins and Point had strong games between the pipes.
Brennan Plante, Milan Marcetta and Kyle Versteeg had the other goals for Armstrong in its only full-team game of the tournament.
Josh Santorelli had 1+2 to pace the Mohawks while Tyler Weber, Steve Morris, Paul Read, Josh Taylor and Greg Bradley had the other markers.
The Mohawks took on the Kelowna Raiders of the Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League Saturday afternoon, then faced a TOSLL all-star team Saturday night, a squad made up of players from the Shamrocks and Raiders.
The all-stars and Mohawks meet in the event’s final game today at 11 at the Hassen Arena.
The Shamrocks begin defence of their Rowcliffe Cup championship in the three-team TOSLL with a home date against the Kamloops Rattlers Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the N0r-Val Sports Centre.
The Rattlers and Raiders kick off the regular season April 21 in Kamloops.
Each team will play an eight-game regular season with the top-two teams advancing to the Rowcliffe Cup best-of-five league championship.
By, Kevin Mitchell/ Tue Apr 4th, 2017 2:18pm/ VernonMorningStar
Image: The Armstrong Shamrocks' leadership group for 2017, from left, Brennan Plante, Steve Clark, Carston Schlaak, Kyle Versteeg, Willy Hanley, Braden Barr, Cam Nelson, Kody Nitchie, Brett Hawrys
Kilt-wearing, ever-joking, smiling Owen Siddall will never be forgotten by the Armstrong Shamrocks.
The highly popular senior lacrosse goalie died at his home in Armstrong on Thanksgiving Sunday, 2012 at age 46. The Shamrock of the Year trophy now bears his name.
The Irish also named their annual Ice Breaker trophy after the cabinet maker. This year’s tournament is a three-team series of exhibition games this weekend at Hassen Memorial Arena.
“I had hoped that six teams were going to compete but unfortunately Victoria, North Shore Indians and Kamloops Rattlers have withdrawn due to player availability,” said Armstrong GM Ryan Nitchie.
“What we are going to do is have the Shamrocks play the Mohawks Friday night, Kelowna play the Mohawks at noon on Saturday then we are going to mix the three Thompson Okanagan Senior League teams into a TOSLL All-Star team to play the Mohawks on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
“We are disappointed that more teams couldn’t compete but we think this is a great opportunity for our players to join forces against a good Alberta team and get to know each other in a different light. All three TOSLL governors are supportive of the idea of forming an all-star team as a way of showcasing some of the senior lacrosse talent our league possesses and to potentially tone done some of the competitive animosity between the clubs.”
The All-Stars will face the Mohawks Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Nitchie takes over from netminder Chad Pieper as GM of the three-time defending champion Shamrocks, who will also be without longtime captain Chad Pounder.
“Both Chads’ contributions to the Shamrocks legacy are historic,” said Nitchie. “Pounder was the epitome of an amateur weekend warrior and Peeps is a gentle leader both on and off the floor. Pounder is a formidable leader and dominated our physical style since we reformed the team after joining us in 1995. He certainly was a player you wanted to play with rather than against.”
Pieper joined the Shamrocks in 1999 after he left the grandstands as a spectator attending games with his grandfather. The Shamrocks barely fitted him with surplus goalie gear as he gave lacrosse a try for the first time.
“Peeps actually made his lacrosse debut as a planned backup goalie for us at the Alcan Cup tournament in Prince George. We ended up being short runners so we taped some out gear to him and he played as a runner,” joked Nitchie.
Pieper evolved into a dominant goaltender winning four Shaw Cup/Rowcliffe Cup Championships, several Masters championships and earning a National Lacrosse League tryout with the Philidelphia Wings.
Despite the loss of two veteran leaders, the next generation of Shamrocks leaders have emerged with returning players like Jamie Cockerill, Steve Clark and last year’s MVP Carston Schlaak. The Shamrocks will be tapping into the sensational talents evolving from both North Okanagan Junior B lacrosse teams in players like Cam Nelson and Willy Hanley of the Junior Shamrocks and Braden Barr and Jay Seaton of the Junior Tigers.
Also coming out of retirement is Nitchie’s younger brother Kody, who led the Shamrocks to three consecutive Shaw Cup titles from 1995-1997 and won two more in 2002 and 2003.
“Kody is in the best shape of his life and at 40, still has the size, speed and desire to help us on defence and special teams” said Ryan.
The Shamrocks will be without league leading scorer Steve McIlwrath for the majority of the season as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery but the Shamrocks will monitor his progress to see if he can join the lineup later in the season
“Steve is a great player on and off the floor and we are looking forward to getting him back as soon as he’s ready” said Nitchie.