Bantams earn first win of the season

It took a tune-up in their exhibition game earlier in the week, but the Nicola Valley Thunder bantams recorded their first W of the season on Wednesday.

Despite being on the road, the Thunder got off to a hot start on April 17 against the Kamloops Rattlers, opening up a three goal lead on the home team on goals from Gavin Shackelly, Ty Jackson and Ostyn Fox.

The Rattlers found their rhythm in the second, putting two goals past the Thunder netminder Nick Parr to bring the score within one.

But the Thunder stormed back, scoring two goals in the final five minutes of the period to restore the team’s three goal lead. Fox scored his second of the game and assisted on a tally from Carter Shackelly.

The offensive onslaught carried over the third, as the Thunder continued to press. Fox completed the hat trick and Jackson added his second of the match. Parr allowed only three goals to earn the win for the bantam squad.

Novices battle hard in busy weekend

Merritt’s novice lacrosse team earned valuable experience this weekend as they played three games in two days.

First up was a double header at the Shulus arena on April 13.

Despite only having eight players on their roster, the Thunder battled hard in the first match of the day against Penticton, before ultimately falling 9-6.

Wyatt Streek had a standout game for the Thunder, scoring five goals, including four in the third period. Ethan Pickering tallied the only other goal for the Thunder.

With their legs underneath them, the Thunder wasted no time getting on the scoresheet in the second game of the day against Kelowna.

Streek picked up where he left off in the first game, as he opened the scoring just over two minutes into the match.

But penalties would prove costly for the Thunder, as the home team accumulated 18 penalty minutes to seven from Kelowna.

Streek finished with two goals, as did Pickering. Maddox Garcia scored a single for the Thunder, but the team couldn’t overcome a 4-1 second period. The game finished 7-5 in Kelowna’s favour.

The final game of the weekend for the novices took the team to Armstrong, to face off against a talented team from the North Okanagan.

Streek and Pickering picked up singles for the Thunder, but goaltender Trevin Rooke was peppered with shots from the North Okanagan team. The game finished 15-2.

Peewees take it to North Okanagan

An exhibition loss to an advanced team from Penticton on April 13 did little to dampen the spirits of the Thunder peewee team, who put on a dominant performance on the road against North Okanagan on April 14.

Antoine Gregoire was a dominant force in net for the Thunder, allowing only four goals from the North Okanagan team. Meanwhile, he got significant run support from his team, who potted 11 goals from seven different players on the road.

Brody Jury-Hoisington got the party started for the Thunder just over two minutes into the first period. Ryland Sheldon followed up with a tally of his own. Boston Simpson added a single before Sheldon closed out the first period with his second of the game.

With the game fully in their control as the second period began, the scoring parade continued for the Thunder. Noah Galbraith got on the board with a single, as did Roland Quewezance.

The third period saw Sheldon complete his hat trick, while Quewezance added another before Jake Klassen closed out the game for the Thunder. Final score was 11-4 for the visitors.