Discipline and defence factored into the Penticton Flames’ 11-10 loss to the Kelowna Raiders.
The Flames hosted the Raiders at Memorial Arena Monday evening for Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League play. The Flames had a 3-2 lead after one, then were tied 6-6 entering the final period. Early in the final frame, the Flames scored two quick goals. However, aggression between the two teams led to the Flames taking a nine-minute penalty for fighting and a game misconduct, which put the Raiders on a seven-minute advantage. That resulted in the Raiders scoring three power-play goals.
“If we’re playing shorthanded for that length of time, in lacrosse, goals will be scored,” said Flames coach Tony Ramsay.
The Raiders then scored the winner with only a couple minutes remaining as the defence failed to stop the runner.
“He took his shot, got the rebound, got another shot,” said Ramsay. “We need to be tight in front of our goaltender to get the rebounds.”
Ramsay said his team played OK offensively. Having played six games in 13 days, they haven’t had time to practice, especially with the new additions.
“We didn’t play with strong commitment on defence to stop players coming in,” said Ramsay.
For the Flames’ next game Sunday against the Kamloops Venom in Kamloops, Ramsay said the focus will be on their discipline.
Among the bright spots for the Flames was McLeod, who led with two goals and five points. He also leads the Flames with six goals and 26 points. On defence, Ramsay was pleased with John Ciardullo, Jesse Schimpf and Cole Buckley.
The Flames are fourth in the TOJLL standings with three wins, six losses and one tie. The Flames lead the league in offence with 105 goals scored, but have also allowed the most with 121. The Venom, who is vying for a national championship, leads the league with five wins and a tie.