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Jace Bohmer Hits Century Mark in Raven’s Victory
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Jace Bohmer with the ball from his historic 100th goal.
JOEY AMBROSI
History was made at the Albert Stella Arena in Blairmore on Sunday, July 13 during the Crowsnest Pass Ravens junior lacrosse game against the Medicine Hat Sun Devils. Captain Jace Bohmer capped off an unbelievable season by scoring his 100th goal of the regular season in the 16-7 victory. To put this accomplishment in perspective, up until this season the all-time record for the most goals in one season at any level of junior lacrosse in Alberta was 59 goals, which as it happens were scored by Bohmer in the 2012 season. Three other players have scored 58 goals in one season, and this season a player from Vermilion topped Bohmer’s former record with 62 goals. However, all of these goal scoring sprees pale in comparison to Bohmer’s astonishing 100 goal campaign. For good measure, Bohmer also broke the Tier III single-season assist record by notching 47 assists on the season, for a total of 147 points, again an all-time Alberta junior record, surpassing the previous record of 119 points in a season.
Bohmer’s scoring and leadership helped the Ravens take two of their final three games of the season prior to heading off to Provincials in Olds on July 18-20. On July 4, the Ravens blanked the Calgary Wranglers 25-0 in the Ravens’ most one-sided game of the season. Bohmer tallied seven goals, with Brett Tarcon adding four, David Shortreed and Tyler Ambrosi with three each, Graham Brown and Derek Tarcon with two apiece and singles to Trenan Shortreed, Daniel McLain and Nik Jordan. Haden Houze was not called upon to make many big saves, but did what he had to preserve the shut-out, a very rare occurrence at the junior level of lacrosse.
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On July 11, the Ravens hosted rivals High River Heat, who they had beaten just over a week before in High River. The game was a highly entertaining affair, with High River pulling ahead 4-3 after one period. Each team managed a pair of goals in the second period and then some penalty trouble for the Ravens and a very efficient Heat power play allowed the Heat to take the 11-9 victory. The teams will likely meet next weekend in a Provincial semi-final if everything goes to form. In the game, Jace Bohmer and Tyler Ambrosi led the Raven attack with a pair of goals each. Single goals went to Graham Brown, Trenan Shortreed, Brett Tarcon, Derek Tarcon and Brock Draper.
In the regular season finale on Sunday, July 13, the Ravens battled the always tough Medicine Hat Sun Devils at the Albert Stella Arena. The Ravens charged out to 4-1 lead before the Sun Devils scored a couple of late markers to make it 4-3 Ravens after one period. A few strategy changes and a better team effort by the Ravens led to 8 goals in the second to only one for Medicine Hat and a 12-4 lead going into the third. Captain Jace Bohmer was sitting on 98 goals entering the final period of the regular season. Bohmer made a quick attack and scored 21 seconds into the period to reach 99 goals. Two shifts later, Bohmer notched the magic 100 on a slashing drive to the net, beating the keeper through the five hole. The game was stopped and the referee presented Bohmer with the ball from the historic goal. The Ravens and Sun Devils traded goals over the rest of the frame, ending with a solid 16-7 victory for the Ravens. Bohmer got his required six goals to make the hundred, with Brock Draper notching a hat trick and Brett Tarcon adding a pair. Single goals were scored by Michael Kenney, Trenan Shortreed, David Shortreed, Noah Devine and Derek Tarcon.
The Junior Ravens finish off the season at the Provincial Tournament in Olds on July 18-20. First up in the draw for the Ravens will be the Calgary Axemen, an ornery lot who the Ravens have handled decisively in both their match-ups this season. A win against the Axemen will put the Ravens in to the Provincial semi-final. Coach Joey Ambrosi isn’t looking past the first game at the tournament. “On any given day, any team in this league can beat any other team. We will have to be ready to play against the Axemen right from the opening whistle. That said, we had a great regular season and the guys are primed and ready for a great playoff run.”
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