Derian Thomson enjoyed an eight-point afternoon with four goals and four assists Saturday as the Oceanside Sharks midget lacrosse team overwhelmed visiting Cowichan Valley 12-2 in Vancouver Island Box Lacrosse play at Howie Meeker Arena.
Tyler Smith and Ethan Bell each added two goals for the midgets B squad, which overcame a thin bench for the convincing win in its home opener. The Sharks evened their record at 1-1 after opening the season with a loss at Campbell River a week earlier.
Just 10 players took the floor in front of winning goalie Jarrod Dykstra, including affiliate call-up Braden Leary.
“He was a bantam call-up who played awesome,” midget coach Cam Miller said. “Being a short bench is tough, but this group never uses being tired as an excuse.”
The Sharks dominated every phase of Saturday’s game, scoring on their first power play, getting a shorthanded score from J Hope and disrupting the visitors with their overall team speed.
The pummelling was consistent, with the Sharks scoring four goals in each of the first, second and third periods.
Adam Bougie, Tyler Smith and Dawson Fyfe each contributed a goal and an assist and Zach Wheldon also found the net in the win. Aiden Sutherland joined Thompson as top playmaker with four assists.
“All in all, it was a good first win for us,” said Miller. “The guys came together as a team and really took it to Cowichan throughout the game.”
Keegan Smith scored both Cowichan Valley goals, the final tally coming inside the final minute of play.
A road doubleheader followed Sunday as the midgets traveled south to play the Juan de Fuca No. 2 and No. 3 teams in Victoria.
The midgets return to Howie Meeker Arena tonight to host Nanaimo 1 at 6:30 p.m.
In other action last week, the Bantam B Sharks (2-1) swept their first two home contests, topping Nanaimo 7-4 and rolling past Alberni Valley, 13-1. The bantams’ next home game is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against Peninsula.
The Peewee B Sharks will be in action tomorrow night, April 27, with a 6:30 p.m. matchup with Alberni Valley at Howie Meeker Arena.