News and Announcements
The Saanich Express defeated the Campbell River Ravens on Sunday June 12th, by the score of 15-6 with a little “motivational assistance” from the Saanich Tigers Novice team.
The Novice team chose to attend the Saanich Express Jr. B game as part of their season wind-up activities and support the Express as they reach their midway point of the PNWJLL season. The beginning of the game saw each Novice player introduced by name and number along with a designated Express Jr. player. All Novice players got to feel what it is like to be on the floor for a team introduction, get announced, stood for the ceremonial National Anthem and then proceeded off the floor after multiple “high-fives” to their Jr. counterparts.
The game started off quickly with each teams’ goaltender making some big saves and it wasn’t until 1/4 through the period when the Express got on the board with a goal my Sonny Miller. The goalies then took over again stymying shooters over the next 10 minutes. Jason Bobroske then rushes end to end to score then Bryan Toth on the PP a few minutes later and with the period running out, the Ravens Tyler Wingert got his team on the scoreboard sending the teams to the locker room with an Express 3-1 lead.
More events and activities took place during the first intermission. The Saanich Novice team played a half-floor inter-squad game with Saanich Express goaltender Alex Pocetti in net. THE KIDS HAD A BALL! The young team absolutely had a blast shooting against the Jr. Express goaltender, some even getting in a crease dive or two and giving the goalie an unnecessary “whack” in the shin pad as they ran by. The kids had great fun playing and appreciated the time taken by the Express goalie Alex Pocetti.
The second period started like the first with goaltenders Riley Gains (Express) and Coulton Darnell (Ravens) thwarting away shot after shot until the 13 minute mark. Will Hale buries a shot to give the Express a 4-1 lead but Ravens follow up with 2 immediate goals by Finnley Goodliffe to make the Ravens only down by 1 tally. Each team would trade goals but then Express rookie Brayden Upshon buried a late goal with seconds left to send the home team in to intermission with a 6-4 lead.
The 2nd intermission “frisbee toss” sponsored by Mikey’s Concrete is always a hit, selling out… allowing those in attendance to throw 200 frisbees on to the floor in hopes of winning a Tim’s Gift Card and an Express apparel pack.
Unfortunately for the Ravens, the flood gates opened in the third period and the Express freight train rolled through the period with 9 straight goals. The Ravens scored 2 late in the game on the PP but couldn’t muster any more to rally the shortened bench. Final score: Express 15 – Ravens 6.
A very large contingent of Navy League Cadets were also on hand to watch the game and celebrate with one another. Three NLCC (Navy League Corps of Canada) – Admiral Rayner (Victoria), Admiral Martin (Sidney) and Admiral RH Falls (Langford) enjoyed an afternoon of Pacific Northwest Junior Lacrosse. The Express would also like to recognize this years’ recipient of the 2022 Island Division and National Cadet of Canada winner (CPO1 Abigail Moss) from NLCC Admiral Martin. Congratulations!
The Saanich Express (Jr. B & Sr. C) teams have now partnered up with Victoria Enhanced Sport & Spine to provide our players with chiropractic, registered massage therapy, athletic therapy and bioflex laser therapy; a service that will assist our players with quick recovery from injury as well as preventative treatments over the course of both seasons. Welcome Aboard!
Victoria Enhanced Sport & Spine
200 – 4489 Viewmont Ave
Victoria, BC, V8Z 5K8
Royal Oak Shopping Center
Victoria Enhanced Sport and Spine offers a variety of clinic services – Chiropractic, Registered Massage Therapy, Athletic Therapy and BioFlex Laser therapy. Our clinical team specializes in general wellness care as well as injury management from workplace accidents, motor vehicle and sports injuries as well as wellness, preventive care.
In addition to the above – our clinicians are trained in concussion management and balance training from mild to moderate TBI’s.
Our clinic also offers BioFlex Laser Therapy which can aid in the recovery of muscle strains / sprains and joint recovery from injury.
Dr. Stefanie Yao
The Saanich Express take on the Westshore Bears this evening at the Panorama Arena, Friday May 6th, 2022. Game time is 8:00pm.
Bring your friends, family and even your neighbours to an early match-up between two of the undisputed top teams in the PNWJLL thus far in 2022.
Both teams have had some line-up changes but you can be rest assured, the rink will be rock’in tonight. Come on down to the Panorama Arena and catch your Express in action!
The Saanich Express would like to “Welcome All Fans” of lacrosse to the 2022 PNWJLL season. Your Express take to the floor in their home opener at the Panorama Arena, Friday April 29th, 2022 and take on the Oceanside Sharks! Game time is 8:00pm.
The Express would like to welcome all of our fans back from past seasons as well as all volunteers, participants and parents involved in the “Tournament of Warriors” 16U box lacrosse tournament hosted by the Peninsula Warriors.
Admission is $5.00 (Adult), $3.00 (Seniors/Students) and children under 12 are “free”. All children under 12 and players involved in the tournament are “free” but must be accompanied by an adult (1 for 1). The Kiwanis Club will be operating the concession for the tournament as well as for the Express home opener. Please support our local community groups.
We have a great evening planned for those in attendance! Awesome music! Great intermission activities and of course… some awesome lacrosse action! Many players and teams in the Tournament of Warriors, could be playing in this game next season, so come watch some high intensity lacrosse action when your Saanich Express take to the floor Friday April 29th @ 8pm.
After the game, come join us at our official post-game retreat; Boondocks Bar and Grill (9819 Fifth Street, Sidney, BC / food primary – patrons of all ages welcome). Come gather with the players, friends and family after each Friday night home game… have a bite to eat, enjoy a beverage of choice and socialize with your Saanich Express.
Don’t miss the train! All Aboard!
The BCJALL held its annual midget draft this evening and the Saanich Express would like to congratulate all of the Island players selected.
Here is the list of Island players selected; by round, team, pick and association they played midget for.
4th Pick: (Port Coquitlam) Dorian Connelly – Saanich Tigers
5th Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Adam Bailey – JDF Whalers
15th Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) Josh Adey – Saanich Tigers
20th Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) Adam Wong – Saanich Tigers
21st Pick: (Coquitlam Adanacs) Greysen Thompson – Saanich Tigers
23rd Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Colton Gron – Cowichan Valley Thunder
26th Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Graham Brown – Peninsula Warriors
29th Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) Reid Johnson – Peninsula Warriors
31st Pick: (Langley Thunder) Cooper Board – Peninsula Warriors
33rd Pick: (Delta Islanders) Noah DiBattista – Peninsula Warriors
36th Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Olivier Laplante – Comox Valley Wild
39th Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) Brayden Upshon – Peninsula Warriors
42nd Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) Colton Hauser – Peninsula Warriors
45th Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Matthew Lapokonstantakis – Peninsula Warriors
Congratulations to all whom were drafted.