Hat trick propels U15 Lightning to victory

Sam Baxter scored three times and Denton Macdonald added a pair as the U15 Mid Island Lightning defeated Vic Field 2 8-3.

Sam Baxter scored three times and Denton Macdonald added a pair as the U15 Mid Island Lightning defeated Vic Field 2 8-3 at the West Shore turf on Oct. 31.

Victoria got on the scoreboard first with the only goal of the opening quarter, and the teams traded goals in the second quarter. The second half was Mid Island’s time to shine, however, as they scored three times in the third and four in the fourth, while Vic Field had just one more goal in the third quarter.

Tyler Smith, Brody Black and Gavin Spencer rounded out the scoring for the Lightning.

Black was called up to the U18 team the next day, and scored four goals, including three in the third quarter as they were topped 9-7 by Pacific Rim.

Mid Island led that game 4-3 at halftime and 7-6 after three quarters, but Pacific Rim surged ahead in the final quarter.

Thomas Vaesen, Colton Lidstone and Black’s fellow call-up Caleb Nordstrom also scored. Nordstrom also added a pair or assists.

Defender Mathieu Jung had to make a spot start in goal when the regular goalie was unavailable, and kept his team alive as the Lightning showed marked improvement over their last meeting with Pacific Rim, a 10-4 loss.