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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.
The Saanich Express have moved to a new arena and would like to invite “YOU!” to its new home. The Express will be donning their new home black jerseys as they host the Westshore Bears this Friday May 24th at 8:00pm.
The Saanich Express Junior Lacrosse Club would like to cordially invite the Saanich, Cowichan, JDF, Peninsula and Victoria/Esquimalt Lacrosse Associations to the home opener Friday, May 24th, 2018 at 8:00pm against the Westshore Bears. The game will be played at the Save-On-Foods Arena; doors will open at 7:00pm. The entrance being used is behind the arena at Gate #3.
Our league admission prices are:
Senior / Student: $3.00
Children 12 & Under: FREE
*But we would like to make it a bit cheaper this opening night for all of minor lacrosse. Any minor lacrosse player wearing their jersey in to the game and accompanied by paying adult will get in for FREE (so this saves all Bantam and Midget aged players from having to pay as well).
The Saanich Express roster is comprised of players born in 1998-2002 (5 years) and they reside and have played for the Cowichan Valley Thunder, Peninsula Warriors, Saanich Tigers and Victoria/Esquimalt Eagles.
Will you be a future “Express?”… Get on the train and “Welcome Aboard!”
For more information about the Express, please visit our website at www.saanichexpress.com
On behalf of everyone involved with the Saanich Express; we would like to say “THANK YOU!” to all whom attended our Beer & Burger Fundraiser.
A number of fabulous donations were received from businesses here in our community, from our wonderful sponsors who keep on supporting our young men, and of course the items received from our parents and players. All of these items totaled a whopping 36 different gift baskets that were generously donated to our fundraising event.
The evening began as a social gathering where many players and parents were able to introduce themselves to the team sponsors and other family members of their teammates. As more supporters arrived, everyone sat down to enjoy their burgers and beverages as well as a few more! Music Bingo was a huge success (Thank you Steve Cleugh!) being kicked off by our traditional theme song “Crazy Train”.
Basket items were wonderfully organized and assembled by Toni Dosouto, Andrea Churchill and Christy Tytgat. A huge thank you to Heather Clarke and Brigitte Ackinclose for spending their evening selling 50/50 and the Boondocks Pub and Restaurant (@BoondocksSidney) waitresses, bartender, cooks, prep staff and to owners Jennifer and Sean O’Neill for hosting our event.
Simply put, if it wasn’t for faithful supporters like you, we wouldn’t exist. So thank you for contributing to the Saanich Express Jr. Lacrosse team, so that we can make a difference in the lives of our teenagers who are like family to our organization.
Saanich Express Lacrosse Club