Saanich Tigers win junior B provincial championship

Saanich Tigers needed ice baths, borrowed goalie pads and an overnight hospital visit to win the juior B lacrosse championship

Ethan Garland

Ethan Garland

Saanich Tigers players needed ice baths, a pair of borrowed pads and an overnight hospital visit during the course of the long weekend and it paid off as the club won the B.C. junior B box lacrosse championship in Burnaby on Sunday.

The host Burnaby Lakers had defeated the Tigers 10-9 during the round robin and took a 9-6 lead into the third period of the gold-medal final.

But the Tigers didn’t panic and, with a tip from former senior A Victoria Shamrock  Neil Doddige watching in the stands, outscored the Lakers 6-1 in the third period of the gold medal game to win the provincials 12-10.

“A lot of players put in unbelievable dedication this year to make the Tigers as good as they are,” said head coach Brett Savory.

It’s Savory’s first year with the club. He formerly coached junior A with the Nanaimo Timbermen and Victoria Shamrocks, including the Rocks’ 2008 run to the Minto Cup finals.

“(Jr. A Coquitlam Adanacs coach) Doddridge came and tipped me off to something about the Lakers’ defence. We scored two quick goals in the third period and controlled from there,” Savory said.

Captain Ethan Garland led the team with 15 goals and 25 points in four games. He was burdened with leg cramps  in the final two matches, which were both on Sunday, and needed ice baths just to finish.

“It was a rewarding feeling that hasn’t fully sunk in yet. I’m starting to realize now that we won. As my last year of lacrosse it’s a good way to finish it,” Garland said.

Originally pegged as a Jr. A player, Garland opted to work in construction and play with his friends on the Tigers the past two seasons.

“These are my best friends, we’re all friends and it’s the first provincial title for a lot of them. We had a blast.,” Garland said.

Rookie Cody Short stepped up on offence and scored a hat trick in the final, with two goals as part of the third period run that won the championship. Sam Tschritter scored the Tigers’ game winning goal.

Earlier in the tournament Tigers’ goalie Cory Mayzes had been called for illegal pads and needed to borrow a pair from the Jr. A  Adanacs goalie. Mayzes lost his only pair of pads when he was ejected from the Tigers earlier game on Sunday, a 7-6 win over the Delta Islanders.

“(Delta) was the only team we had really handled in the tournament and were up 7-1 with eight minutes left when they called a pad check on Mayzes. The pads were slightly too wide and we were forced to put Hodgson in net, cold.”

Mayzes had given up just one goal on 26 shots to that point. Hodgson, however, was sticking around despite being ill and dehydrated. He had already been to the hospital for intravenus overnight and was just able to stave off the Islanders’ run of five goals, as the Tigers edged them 7-6.

Derek Jackson was named MVP of the final with a hat trick. He finished the tourney with five goals and 14 points. Jackson was also MVP the junior B All-Star game one month ago.

Manager Chris Jackson started the Tigers three years ago.

“We worked our butts off over (the last three years) making (the Tigers) a team the guys were proud to be apart of whether we won or lost. I’m proud to have been able to share in it with (the team),” he said.

Due to the cost, about $30,000, the Tigers will not attend the Founders Cup national junior B championship in Winnipeg, Aug. 19-25.

“It’s too bad, these guys could do it too,” Savory said.

sports@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Victoria-born, 16-time Grammy winning musician David Foster penned a letter to the Greater Victoria School District May 7 urging them not to cut music programs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
David Foster joins fight to save music in Greater Victoria School District

‘Music is the great equalizer’ Foster wrote in a letter to the district

‘Nindanikoobijiganag: We are Star People’ by Mississauga Nishnaabe Lucbanin artist Estrella Whetung. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Victoria beadwork exhibit speaks to evolving, enduring nature of Indigenous art

On Beaded Ground features work from West Coast artists and a Cedar Hill Middle School group

Former Victoria HarbourCat and Chicago White Sox player Andrew Vaughn. (Photo courtesy of Chicago White Sox)
Former Victoria HarbourCat hits first MLB home run, adds another two days later

Andrew Vaughn is the first HarbourCat alumni to hit a homer in the majors

A seniors housing complex proposed for Cedar Hill Road in Saanich was supported by council after a public hearing on May 12. (Rendering by Jenson Group Architects)
New 85-unit seniors housing development gets green light from Saanich council

Four-storey rental complex would be located on Cedar Hill Road

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)
Queen presents Vancouver Island doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup at virtual ceremony

Former UFV Cascades wrestling coach Arjan Singh Bhullar is now the ONE heavyweight champion after defeating Brandon Vera via TKO in round two on Saturday in Singapore. (ONE Championship)
Former UFV wrestling coach wins MMA championship

Arjan Singh Bhullar captures ONE heavyweight title, first Indian origin fighter to achieve honour

Astra Zeneca vaccine waits for injection in a Feb. 3, 2021 file photo. A Langley man has become the second B.C. resident to suffer a blood clot following an injection. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
B.C. man required emergency surgery after AstraZeneca vaccination

Shaun Mulldoon suffered ‘massive blood clot’ after jab

Chilliwack’s Kile Brown, performing as drag queen Hailey Adler, dances and lip syncs in front of hundreds of people during the inaugural Chilliwack Pride Barbecue at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre on Aug. 24, 2019. Monday, May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of May 16 to 22

International Day Against Homophobia, Talk Like Yoda Day, Sea Monkey Day all coming up this week

Most Read