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Lacrosse Ravens roll to three
wins to open season
 
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
The new 2014 junior lacrosse season has started and the Crowsnest Pass Junior Ravens are off to a hot start. The new campaign opened in Calgary on April 27 with a tilt against the Calgary Wranglers. After dusting off the early season cobwebs, the Ravens exploded for five goals in the latter half of the first period to jump out to a 5-0 lead. The Ravens offense continued to roll in the second as they added seven more tallies to lead 12-0 after two periods. With the game in hand, the Ravens coasted through the third to end with a convincing 15-1 victory. Jace Bohmer led the way with five goals and six assists, while Brett Tarcon notched five goals and one assist. Graham Brown scored twice and Tyler Ambrosi, Brock Draper and David Shortreed added singles to round out the scoring. Haden Houze was solid in the net, allowing only a single marker late in the third, spoiling his shutout.
The following weekend, the Ravens were on the road for a pair of games, the first being on Friday, May 2 in Lethbridge against the home-town Barracudas. The Ravens came out firing on all cylinders and built up a solid 6-0 lead after one period. The Barracudas fought back in the second as the teams traded goals. At the end of the second the Ravens led 12-7. Some sloppy defensive play by the Ravens in the third allowed the Barracudas to pull within two goals at 12-10 before the Ravens scored some late tallies to finish off with 16-12 win. Jace Bohmer again let the attack with five goals and four assists. Brett Tarcon, Graham Brown, David Shortreed and Derek Tarcon each scored twice, with Brock Draper, Matt Kenney and Joey Duffield each notching one goal.
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On Sunday, May 4 the Ravens tangled with the defending gold medalist Sun Devils in Medicine Hat. The Ravens faced a tough Sun Devil squad who played some tough defense in the first period and outscored the Ravens by a 5-4 margin. Penalty trouble hurt the Sun Devils in the second frame as the Ravens tallied three power play markers among their four goals to take a 8-6 lead. The teams traded four goals apiece in the third, which left the Ravens on the top side of a 12-10 triumph. Raven captain Jace Bohmer gain was the team’s top offensive star with three goals and four assists. Brett Tarcon and Derek Tarcon notched a pair of goals each and Trennan Shortreed, David Shortreed, Tyler Ambrosi, Graham Brown and Brock Draper scored once.
Raven coach Joey Ambrosi noted that the out-matched Calgary Wranglers were the perfect opposition to open the season. The Ravens have been helped out by a number of Midget call-ups in their games, including Trennan Shortreed, Matt Kenney, Nick Jordan, Nolan Weatherill and Shawn Flannery, and some of them were quite nervous before their first Junior action. The call-ups were able to play well against the Wranglers and this gave them confidence in the following games against tougher opponents. Next Junior Raven action is at home on Saturday, May 24 at 8:00 pm at the Alberta Stella Arena in Blairmore against the 4-0 Olds Stingers for sole possession of first place. On Sunday, May 25 at 2:00 pm, the Ravens battle the Calgary Axemen at the Albert Stella Arena.
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