Four teams converged onto one arena in this weekends British Columbia Junior B Provincials to decide who is the top team at the level. League champions from the Pacific Northwest Junior Lacrosse League, Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League and West Coast Junior Lacrosse League joined the host team Westshore Bears in a three-day championship at The Q Centre in Victoria.
At the end of the weekend one team stood undefeated and left no doubt who was the best Junior B team in 2015. PNWJLL champion Saanich Tigers opened the tournament against their league rival Westshore Bears winning a back-and-forth affair 10-9. Day 2 saw the Tigers win two more, defeating New Westminster Salmonbellies (8-6) and Kamloops Venom (13-8).
The Jr. B Salmonbellies dominated their other two games in the round robin with victories over Kamloops (16-6) and Westshore (17-9) to earn the rematch with Saanich in the Gold Medal game.
New Westminster took a 2-0 lead in the final and made it 3-0 at the beginning of the second period. A four-goal run by the Tigers followed and it was Saanich who led at the second intermission.
A quick goal by the Salmonbellies early in the third period tied the game once again 4-4, but Saanich answered to regain the one goal advantage. With under seven minutes to play New Westminster tied the game once again 5-5. The Tigers again had an answer, this time holding on to win 6-5.
Complete tournament results and standings can be found here.
The gold medal was the second in the past three years for the Saanich Tigers, who were also 2013 Provincial champions. It was victory number 18 this season for the Tigers, who swept through the post-season after a 12-1-1 PNWJLL regular season.
In the Bronze Medal game host Westshore Bears walked away with an easy 25-13 win over Kamloops Venom. A penalty-filled game saw the Bears take advantage with several powerplay goals. After two close losses in the round robin the host team was hungry for victory and the Bears were rewarded at the end with bronze.