The newly formed North Island Intermediate B lacrosse team opened its season against Nanaimo last week.
This group consists of players from Campbell River, the Comox Valley and Parksville. The team looked in mid-season form at the start, controlling the play early and drawing first blood with a goal by Liam Shaw. Nanaimo tied it but then Tanner Jones was sent in on a fast break and made it 2-1.
It was all North Island for the rest of the period, with two goals by Alec Molander and one from Jarrett Marshall.
In the second, Shaw scored a short-handed goal, and goals from Jordan Balon, Sam Kussauer and Molander increased the lead to 9-1 at the end of the frame.
The tide started to turn in the third period and goalie Sal Burchill made several key saves.
Nanaimo notched three more and Molander scored three more. Nanaimo had 27 shots on goal in the third and Burchill was able to weather the storm for a 12-6 victory.