After a 14-7 win against the last place Mississauga Tomahawks on Monday night at Ted Reeve, the Beach Boys rolled into a much tougher arena in St. Catharines to battle with the Athletics who were 5-3 going into the game and winners of two straight.

     Even with the absence of assistant captains Jackson Hulbert and Jake Cook, the Beaches took comfort in their affiliated players with Nick Ellerton, Marus Minichiello and Cory Burr suiting up in the contest.

     It was a tight start and it looked as if it was going to be a goalie dual as the Athletics NLL caliber goalie Eric Penney was sharp early and Beaches Rance Vigneux was dialed in and making some phenomenal saves. The 1st period ended 3-3 with two Beaches goals scored by John St. John and one by Ryan Lee.

     The second period was also very tight but the Beach Boys pushed forward and put 3 more goals past the Athletics while Vigneux stood tall and only allowed one in the frame. Beaches goals came from Ryan Lee (2), Tanner Thomson and captain Jordan Robertson.

     The third period was a culmination of a solid outing by the offence, defense and goaltender as the Beach Boys kept their foot on the gas outscoring St. Catharines 5-1 in the final period on route to a dominant 11-5 victory on the road. John St. John picked up his second hat-trick in as many games and Tanner Thomson and Jordan Robertson each scored their second of the game. Solo markers were scored by Chad Levick and Gregory Davidson.

     Offensive player of the game was John St. John as he begins to heat up with the Beaches. St. John now leads the team in scoring with 20 points in 8 games and registering 12 points in the last 2 games. St. John is an important part of the Beaches offense and he stays hot, the Beach Boys will stay hot.

     The defensive player of the game was goalie Rance Vigneux who picked up his second win of 2014, the first coming against Kitchener. Rance turned aside 37 shots and only allowed 5 goals, making numerous breakaway saves and stopping may one touches on the doorstep. Going head to head with an NLL goalie prospect in Eric Penney across the floor from  him, Rance rose to the occasion and showed that he can also be put in the same conversation with the best in the league.

     The Beach Boys move to 3-5 on the summer which is a far cry from the 0-8 start they had in 2013. The team will look to get some revenge on a Brampton team that routed the Beaches 21-4 when they travel to Brampton on Friday night. The Beaches next home game is Friday, June 13 @ 8pm and as always at Ted Reeve Arena.

Beaches Jr. A 3 STARS:

1) Rance Vigneux – 5 GA, 37 SV & 2nd win in 2014

2) John St. John – 3 goals & 2 assists

3) Ryan Lee – 2 goals & 3 assists


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