Outstanding Lacrosse Game; Bears Win in Dying Seconds
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!