Ryan King scored his second goal of the game on a pass from Dallas Johnson early in overtime to win the 2015 Cowichan Rec Lacrosse League for the Warriors last Saturday.
The Warriors battled back from a 5-4 deficit going into the third period of the league final to force the extra session and win 8-7 over the Cowboys, ending the Cowboys’ two-year reign as league champions.
In addition to King’s pair, the Warriors also got goals from Johnson, Luke Van Huizen, Ross Howie, Clarence Klassen, Nick Prangley and Kyle Kaltiainen. Prangley added a pair of assists, while King, Van Huizen, Kaltiainen, Johnson and Naomi Walser added singles.
The Cowboys got a hat trick from Pete VandenDungen and two goals from Neil Gailey in the losing effort. Jinder Dhami and Hugh Small also scored, while Bruce Klaassen had four assists, and Gailey and Jamie Rigby had one apiece.
The Warriors’ Ardie Sloat ended up on the winning side of the goaltenders’ duel, allowing one fewer goal than his counterpart, Chris Alphonse.
The semifinal on the previous Wednesday wasn’t as close, with the Cowboys defeating the Thunder 10-4. Bruce Klaassen had three goals for the Cowboys, Prangley added a pair, and Dhami, Gailey, Howie, Brent Collett and Scott Paziuk also scored.
The Thunder got their scoring in the semifinal from Vanden-Dungen, Johnson, Van Huizen and Chuck Seymour.
In the year-end awards ceremony, Prangley received the inaugural Blair Pigeon Trophy as league MVP, Johnson was named Rookie of the Year, and Clarence Klassen was named Most Dedicated Player.
Prangley finished the season with 46 goals and 16 assists for 62 points over 17 regular-season and playoff games, leading the league in all offensive categories. He was followed by Ben VandenDungen (37 goals and nine assists for 46 points), Pete VandenDungen (27-12-39), Van Huizen (17-13-30), and Bruce Klaassen (14-10-24).