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The Saanich Express had chosen to not discuss the Commissioners ruling outside of our team but to many lacrosse fans have questions. To be fair to our players, parents and fans we have decided to release what the infraction was that our Commissioner ruled on that subsequently handed the PNWJLL Playoff Championship to the Westshore Bears.
We had a player that was suspended for three games and fined $100.00. During the third game in which he was to sit (which was the 1st game of the final play off round), we forgot to write “number ## serving game 3 of 3” under game notes, the player was in attendance but remained in the stands for the entire game and his name was not listed on the game sheet roster.
Before the second game, we handed the Commissioner a cheque from the parents of the player to the Commissioner to complete his suspension and fine so he could play. The Commissioner then ruled the day after the second game took place that we had played an ineligible player because we hadn’t made a note on the game sheet from the 1st game. With that ruling he took the win away from the Express and gave it to the Westshore Bears along with the PNWJLL Playoff Championship.
The Saanich Express and Westshore Bears took to the floor at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Sunday July 28th for Game #2 of their Best of 3 series. Both teams looked a little nervous to start the game but the home team got on the board first with Will Hale burying one after a sweet pick and roll with Brayden Flynn. They got their 2nd goal with 5 minutes to go whem Mason Lo fed Ben Baxter and he drove around Lo’s pick to make the score 2-0. The Bears sniped one with 4:46 remaining in the first to get on the scoreboard and send the teams to intermission with Saanich up by the score of 2-1.
The Bears would score twice in the first 5 minutes to take the lead but this was an action packed game with each team working their magic and anything could happen. In the last half of the 2nd period, the Express’ Mike Johansen lasered one to tie the game at 2 apiece. Robbie Walker and Will Hale would set up Bryan Toth’s go ahead goal and Ben Baxter would bury his 2nd of the game to give the home team a 2nd intermission 5-3 lead.
Westshore would score a quarter of the way into the 3rd period to bring the game within one, but then just seconds later, Nolan Morrison of the Express would score off a Harstad face-off win increase their lead back to two. Brenden Harstad would score coming across the crease and then Andre Snow would take one end to end after a huge defensive effort to make the score 8-4. The Bears would make the score 8-5 with just over 5 minutes to go but then with their goalie pulled and extra attacker on the floor; a tightly contested exchange after a Bears pass caused a loose ball opportunity and the Express’ Brady Williams scooped up a loose ball and ran to center before taking a 60 ft. shot in to the open net to seal the win 9-5.
With the series tied up at 1-1, Game #3 takes place on Thursday August 1st at 8:00pm at the Q Centre Arena. You don’t want to miss it!
The Westshore Bears hosted your Saanich Express in the first game of the Best of 3 series at the Q Centre Arena last night in front of a few hundred fans in attendance. If you are used to watching great match-up’s like Coquitlam and New Westminster in Jr. A or the Shamrocks vs. Maple Ridge in Sr. A… the Bears and Express have that same rivalry in PNWJLL action. Last night, if you weren’t in attendance, you missed some damn fine lacrosse!
The Bears opened the scoring at 18:37 of the first period when Ryan Blundell eluding his defender cutting down the middle to make the score 1-0. Nolan Morrison of the Express tied it up at 13:07 on the power-play while the Bears Blaase was in the box for holding. At 11:26 Dante Evans scooped up a loose ball from a couple of Saanich defenders and walked in alone to retake the lead. Then the fans were treated to some fast end to end action with both ’keepers (Jensen – Bears and Claxton – Express) put on a display. The home team then buried two goals 90 seconds apart to end the first period with a 4-1 lead.
The Express opened the second period scoring on a great individual effort by Zack Dhillon after scooping up a loose ball from the face-off. Two minutes later, the Bears’ Blundell resecured their 3 goal lead and then Connor McClelland increased it to 4 goals on a solo effort at 15:48 of the frame. Time out Saanich! For the remainder of the period, the visiting Express would own the scoresheet putting in 5 goals (2 by Nolan Morrison, 2 by Brayden Flynn and 1 by Brenden Harstad); and now the Railmen have a 7-6 lead heading in to the 2nd intermission.
Westshore’s Hayden Ash powered past a defender to tie the game at 15:40 of the third. About 5 minutes later, the Express’ Jonny Harmsworth slipped past his defender and was fed by Brayden Flynn to bury his first of the game and ho ahead goal. Both teams fought hard for everything they could get and the Bears buried their tying goal at 7:25 by Parkhouse. This was a barn burner for sure and each teams’ goalie stood tall for the remainder of the game until the Bears picked up a loose ball with 21 seconds left, called a time out and on the ensuing possession, managed one last shot on goal that seemed to get deflected off of something causing it to trickle off the Express goalies’ stick and in with just 3 seconds remaining.
Both teams played extremely well and created an atmosphere for everyone in attendance to enjoy! This… was some entertaining lacrosse!
Next game is Sunday July 28th at 8:00pm at the SOFMC. Doors open at 7:00pm. Get there early as this is the last home game for the Express. With great lacrosse action, fun entertainment in between periods and a fabulous facility… you don’t want to miss this game. Come and support your Saanich Express! All Aboard!
The Saanich Express have derailed the Campbell River Ravens in their semi-final series and the Westshore Bears have dispensed with the Nanaimo Timbermen; giving lacrosse fans in Victoria what they want! A Bears/Express showdown for the PNWJLL Playoff Championship.
Both teams have earned the right to go to the 2019 British Columbia Junior B2 Lacrosse Provincials in Burnaby from August 9th – 11th.
Playoff Dates are as follows:
Game #1: Thursday July 25th, 2019 @ 8:00pm at Q Centre
Game #2: Sunday July 28th, 2019 @ 8:00pm at SOFMC
Game #3: Thursday August 1st, 2019 @ 8:00pm at Q Centre (if necessary)
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Spread the word! If we get 300 paid fans for our home game on Sunday July 28th; our game prizes will increase!
The 1st Intermission “Shoot to Score” will guarantee you an Express window decal, a Tim Horton’s Gift Card, and a Saanich Express hat. If you score on the target, you will win an additional $20.00
The 2nd Intermission “Frisbee Toss” will guarantee you an Express window decal, and a whopping $50.00 for getting your frisbee in the center circle or closest to! All frisbees must be sold! We have had a sell out the last 2 games!
All lacrosse fans… come on out and support your Saanich Express as we prepare for our first Provincials under the Express name. All Aboard!
The Saanich Express return to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre this Friday June 28th to face their Island rival Westshore Bears. This is a homecoming for the Express as they have played their last three games at the Panorama Recreation Centre.
The Westshore Bears sit atop the PNWJLL standings undefeated and a win for them will virtually clinch 1st place in the league standings, but a loss will give the Express a chance to catch them for top spot in the Pacific Northwest Junior Lacrosse League. Your Railmen are coming off an outstanding game where they traveled to Parksville where they defeated the Oceanside Sharks and managed their first ever shutout in PNWJLL league play as either the Saanich Express or their previous moniker, the Saanich Tigers.
We would like to invite all minor lacrosse players wearing their jerseys in for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Lots of exciting between period activities and games to play and participate in as well as “FREE” pizza to be given away!
Come on out, one and all and support your Saanich Express in their battle for PNWJLL league supremacy.
ALL ABOARD THE EXPRESS TRAIN!