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The Saanich Express invite you to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We hope you make time to participate in one of the many events happening near you today and this weekend.
We honour this important day and acknowledge that we live, work, learn and play on the traditional territories of more than 200 distinct Nations across the province. And while today is National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we all have a responsibility in making reconciliation part of our daily lives.
Our sport plays a large role in many Indigenous communities. And while the game of lacrosse is just one way different cultures interact with Indigenous Peoples, the sport continually brings many groups together to further these bonds and friendships.
The Saanich Express are proud to provide a team for all to represent as we continually build our relationships with Indigenous Nations, based on a foundation of respect and kindness.
Háy̓sxʷ q̓ə (thank you),
The Saanich Express
The Saanich Express extended their win streak last weekend with a 19-9 home win over the Oceanside Sharks on Saturday evening; then traveled the next day to Campbell River to face the Ravens at the Strathcona Gardens, defeating the Ravens 14-4.
Last evening (Friday June 14th) marked the 4th and final game between the Nanaimo Timbermen and the Saanich Express and neither team disappointed. Jesse Dalziel started in goal for the visitors while Darian Claxton took to the crease for the Railmen. Both teams came out full of “p” and vinegar, pushing the pace of the game but each ’keeper was able to shy away the attacks brought forth by each squad. Each team took its turn in the revolving door we call the penalty box which took away from the exciting goaltender dual that fans got to witness.
The T-Men’s Julian Johnny opened the scoring and was able to capitalize on an out of position man-short of the Express to open the scoring on the powerplay at 8:56 left in the first. Both teams pelted the opposing goaltenders for the remainder of the period until the Express’ Robbie Walker buried a shot in the bottom left corner while on the powerplay to tie the game at 1 a piece. Period tied 1-1 and the shots favoured the hometeam 16-6.
The Timbermen started the 2nd period with a few good swings of the axe’s themselves burying two pretty even strength goals by Ian McMahon-Point and then :14 seconds later by Julian Johnny to take a 3-1 lead a quarter of the way through the middle frame. One minute later; former St. Margaret’s Bay Rebels (http://ecjll.goalline.ca) Ben Baxter transitions a loose ball up the floor and finds single coverage to beat his check to bury his third as a member of the Express to make it 3-2. With just under 6 minutes to go in the 2nd, Robbie Walker pots another powerplay goal in for the Express to tie the game at 3’s. Recently acquired Brenden Harstad shifts off a sweet pick and roll off ball to be fed by teammate Nolan Morrisonto take the lead 4-3. The Timbermen drew within 1 on a goal by Manns but then when the period looked over, Johansen then capitalizes off another great feed from linemate Morrison to bury one top shelf where Mom hides the cookie jar to make the score 5-4 heading in to the third intermission.
The third period is where the goaltenders shone. Harstad got his hat trick goal at 19:26 of the period from Jonny Harmsworth and Zack Dhillon. The Timbermen’s Dalziel turned away 20 of 21 third period shots from the Express while Claxton turned away 15 of 16 for the victory. Final score: 6-4 for the Express.
The Express now have 8 days off before having to travel to Oceanside to face the Sharks on Sunday June 23rd at 4:00pm at Oceanside Place.
Even with a short bench, the Nanaimo Timbermen came to play tonight out on the Peninsula as they traveled down from the Hub City to face the Saanich Express at the Panorama Arena.
Nanaimo opened the scoring 24 seconds in to the game with a goal by Zach Giszas. The Express tied the match 2 minutes later on a nice shot by Mike Johansen. Both teams traded 4 goals apiece for the remainder of the period to be tied 5-5 to end the first frame. Cue the 1st intermission “Shoot to Score” game where an approximately 2 year old toddler came out with his Dad to shoot at the board. Shooting from the edge of the crease, the little gaffer made an effort and won himself a window decal and Tim’s card compliments of the Express.
The Timbermen again brought the action to the Railmen as they scored first in the 2nd period but then Saanich scored back to back goals to lead 7-6. Nanaimo tied it up with 12:39 to go in the period but the Express finally answered the cheers of the crowd and potted 4 unanswered goals before the T-Men responded to make the score 11-8 at the 2nd intermission. The now popular “frisbee toss” has fans excited to be part of the activities the Express put on. Today’s winner was the closest to date, with their frisbee being within inches of the centre circle, winning themselves $20 from Mikey’s Concrete Ltd.
The third period was a bit better display of ball movement as the Express scored 4 goals in the last 10 minutes while the Timbermen rallied at the 14:53 mark of the period to draw closer, but that was as close as it was going to get. Final score: Express 15 & Nanaimo 9.
Next game for Saanich is Saturday June 8th at 8:00pm as your Express take on the Oceanside Sharks at the Panorama Arena (*not Save-On-Foods Arena).
In an afternoon contest, the Saanich Express hosted the Campbell River Ravens who just played the evening before in Parksville, making it a tiring affair for the Ravens. The Express took advantage early of Campbell River’s short bench and took off from the station with 3 straight goals before the Ravens answered. Within the next 5 minutes, the Railmen steamed ahead scoring 4 more tallies to take a 7-1 lead. The Ravens fought back with 2 goals of their own to end the period down 7-3.
Having spotted the home team a 4 goal lead, the Ravens played the Express even in the 2nd to tie the period at 4 goals apiece. The Ravens got in to penalty trouble midway through the third period and the Express’ power-play took full advantage depositing 4 goals and pulling away. Breaking out for the Express this game was rookie Mike Johansen with 4 goals and 2 assists for the victors.
The Express sit in 2nd place in the PNWJLL standings. Your Railmen host the Nanaimo Timbermen on Saturday night at 8pm at the Palace on the Peninsula… Panorama Arena while board renovations occur at the SOFMC Arena.
The Saanich Express hosted the Westshore Bears on Friday evening marking their first game in the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Arena in 2019. The near 200 fans in attendance were treated to a great lacrosse game put on by two long-time rival clubs. Three lucky fans in attendance were treated to personal pizzas sponsored by the Express, a first period target shooting activity sponsored by the Victoria Airport Authority and a second period frisbee toss sponsored by Mikey’s Concrete.
The Bears opened up the scoring on their first shot of the game. The Express tied it up just minutes after and each team traded goals to split the period at 2 goals apiece. The Express outscored the Bears 3-1 in the second period, which turned out to be a slow period with teams going in and out of the penalty box for minor infractions.
Westshore outshot and out played the home team in the third period and plugged away at the deficit and over 18 minutes of the third period erased the lead to took it over scoring 5 unanswered goals to take an 8-5 lead with 2:15 to go. Game over, right? Nope! With 1:01 left to play, Saanich calls a time-out and then the game got more exciting. The Express pull their goalie and score with :32 seconds left. Then off the next face-off, score again just 4 seconds later to pull within one. After a missed open net opportunity by the Bears, the Express marched back up the floor and in the dying seconds, newly acquired Nolan Morrison rolls off his check and dives across the crease for a last second shot but ’tender Diego Such closed the corner to seal the win.