Too many penalties, at least two ejections, and a bench shortened by injury spelled out an 11-9 defeat for the Junior B Ravens in the team’s home opener.
It was a parade to the penalty box in the opening frame of Sunday’s lacrosse game at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena. Both clubs took their share of minors as well as majors.
The Westshore Bears opened a 1-0 lead before Damon Marriot-Spencer tied the game for Campbell River. The Bears then went up 2-1, and were looking for another on the power play, when Tyson Fair scored short-handed for the Ravens.
However, the penalties caught up with the local boys as the Bears scored twice more with the man advantage to lead 4-2 after 20 minutes.
Westshore had a commanding 8-2 lead after two periods and could have been up by more, but strong goal-keeping by the Ravens’ Logan Down kept the score fairly close.
In the third period, the Ravens’ offence got back on track as Eddie Lawson scored a natural hat-trick in a span of 2:06. Fair added two more goals while singles came from Cody Gent and Aaron Marlow.
The Ravens’ next home game is Sunday, 4 p.m., against Cowichan Valley.