News and Announcements
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!
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.