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Golden finish at Provincials for Ravens
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JOEY AMBROSI
A great season for the Crowsnest Pass Ravens junior lacrosse team was capped off with a brilliant finish as they captured the Gold Medal at the Provincial Tournament in Olds on July 20. In the Gold Medal match-up, the Ravens upset the No. 1 ranked Olds Stingers by a score of 16-12 to take away the Cicoria Cup, emblematic of Jr. B Tier III supremacy. The weekend opened on the Friday night with the No. 3 ranked Ravens battling No. 7 ranked Calgary Axemen. Both teams came prepared to play, but it was the Ravens offence that started strong, outscoring the Axemen 5-2 in the first period. Ravens took advantage of some Axemen penalty issues and nailed a couple of power play markers in the second and took a 9-4 lead into the final period. The feisty Axemen never did give up and matched the Ravens goal for goal in the third but ended up at the bottom end of a 13-8 Raven victory. Jace Bohmer and Derek Tarcon each scored four times in the game, with Tarcon named the game’s Most Outstanding Player. Brock Draper and Brett Tarcon scored twice each and Graham Brown added a solo marker.
On Saturday morning, following the Tournament’s opening ceremonies, Jace Bohmer was honoured as the league’s top scorer for the 2014 season and was also recognized as the league’s all-time leading scorer and point-getter. To conclude the opening ceremonies, each team in the tournament had five players participate as a group in a skills competition that included an accuracy shooting competition, a hardest shot competition and a shoot-out versus goalie competition. The Ravens contingent consisted of Jace Bohmer, Brett Tarcon, Derek Tarcon, Graham Brown and Haden Houze. The Raven quintet bested all of the other teams to take home the bragging rights as the most skilled players, perhaps an omen of things to come.
On Saturday afternoon the Ravens were matched up in one semi-final against their arch-rivals, the High River Heat, who although were the No. 2 ranked team in the tournament were definitely the team to beat. The Ravens were well-prepared and came out and played their best game of the entire season. The Ravens roared out to a 6-0 lead just over half way through the first period, simply stunning the Heat. The Heat did manage one goal late in the frame, but limped away down 6-1 after one period. The Ravens kept the pressure on and again dominated the Heat in all aspects of the game, outscoring them 5-1 in the second to take an insurmountable 11-2 lead into the third. In the third period, the Heat were desperate and manage to outscore the Ravens 3-2, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Ravens walked off with a terrific 13-5 win. Coach Joey Ambrosi noted that “the team was ready from the opening whistle, scoring almost at will, while stifling the Heat with a strong defensive effort. The power play was perfect, scoring six goals on six opportunities. Overall, it was by far the best team effort of the year.” Captain Jace Bohmer scored five times in the win, with Brett Tarcon and Derek Tarcon each notching a pair. Singles went to Brock Draper, David Shortreed, Trenan Shortreed and Graham Brown. Haden Houze was spectacular in the Raven’s net and was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player.
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The win over the Heat put the Ravens on a collision course with the host Old Stingers in Sunday’s Gold Medal game. The championship final followed the Bronze Medal match-up, in which High River Heat bested the Lethbridge Cudas by an 11-1 final. Although the Ravens were a little tense and nervous in the locker room before the big game, it did not show on the floor as they came out like gangbusters, outscoring Olds 7-2 in the first period, four on the power play, taking a stranglehold on the game. The teams knocked each other around like prize fighters in the second and each team managed to score five times, leaving the Ravens with a precious 12-7 lead going into the final period. In the final stanza, Olds pushed for all they were worth and the very tired Raven defence bent but did not break. Olds scored the first two goals in the third to pull to within three goals at 12-9 before the Ravens rallied with a couple goals to push the lead back to five. Olds again forced the issue and notched another pair to make it 15-12 and pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. The ploy failed as David Shortreed was able to scoop up a loose ball and race down the floor and drop it into the empty net with nine seconds left to secure the Ravens’ 16-12 victory and a Provincial championship. Players poured off the bench at the buzzer to swarm goalie Haden Houze in the victory celebration.
Jace Bohmer scored five times and was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player, with Brock Draper and David Shortreed each notching hat tricks. Graham Brown scored twice, with single goals to Brett Tarcon, Derek Tarcon and Trenan Shortreed. Other players on the team who contributed mightily at the defensive end of the floor were Tyler Ambrosi, Matthew Kenney, Michael Kenny, Shawn Flannery and Darrien Pinel. Joey Duffield played in the Axemen game on Friday but was unavailable for the rest of the weekend. Goalie Haden Houze was a stalwart throughout the tournament and was one of the key reasons behind the Raven’s Gold Medal. Captain Jace Bohmer and Assistants Brett Tarcon and Tyler Ambrosi accepted the Cicoria Cup from the League Commissioner before passing it on for each player to kiss and hoist over their heads. At the conclusion of the formal ceremonies, the three Ravens’ graduating players – Jace Bohmer, Graham Brown and Haden Houze – were honoured by their fellow teammates for great careers within the Crowsnest Pass Lacrosse Association and were given Provincial Tournament ball caps signed by all of the players. After taking some time to recover from the bumps and bruises of a fantastic lacrosse, the returning players will start thinking about the next season of lacrosse and the quest to repeat as Provincial Champions. The Crowsnest Pass Junior Ravens wish to thank all of the parents and fans who supported them throughout this championship season.
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