The Kamloops Venom earned a sweet victory on Saturday and a huge victory on Sunday.
The Venom swept a pair of weekend Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League games at Memorial Arena, defeating the Kelowna Raiders 14-3 on Saturday and the South Okanagan Flames 20-9 on Sunday.
Kamloops, now 7-0-1 in TOJLL action, is scheduled to play the Shamrocks in Armstrong on Wednesday.
The Venom really wanted its victory over the Raiders, the defending TOJLL champions. The teams were involved in a preseason kerfuffle over whether players from the defunct Kamloops Rattlers team should have been dispersed through a draft.
The Venom ended up winning the debate, earning the right to pick up the remaining Rattlers players, but the teams had to postpone an April game as the argument was heating up.
Saturday was the teams’ first meeting of the season, and the Venom got out to a 6-0 first-period lead. Kamloops led 11-3 after two periods, before scoring the only three goals of the third period.
Quinn Smith had four goals and two assists in the victory, with Riley Donahue scoring three times. Blaine Boomer, with two goals and two assists, Marc Dumont, Jake Latin, Jerome Thorne and Kyle Pauwels also scored in the victory.
Mike Frolek and Mitch Horsman split the goaltending.
There wasn’t as much emotion in the second game, but Kamloops took advantage of a shortstaffed South Okanagan squad.
Thorne had four goals and two assists to lead the Rattlers, with Rob Peterson getting three goals and two helpers and Smith scoring two goals and assisting on three others. Jordan Ellis scored three goals, Pauwels came through with two goals and two assists, and Riley Donahue also scored twice.
Jake Latin, Boomer, Zach Bruneau and midget callup Riley Peterson, with his first junior goal, had the other Kamloops tallies. Latin had three assists, with Boomer and young Peterson each getting two helpers.
Horsman was the winning goaltender.