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Lakers Sink Mariners in Semifinal

Dave Brown scored two goals and Shawn Smith had two assists Monday, but the Ventura Mariners lost to the East Metro (Minneapolis) Lakers, 5-4, in overtime of the Junior B National hockey semifinals in Blaine, Minn.

Ventura defeated East Metro, 6-5, in a pool-play game Friday, but fell behind, 4-1, in the rematch before scoring the last three goals in regulation.

East Metro scored the winning goal 2 1/2 minutes into overtime. The Lakers will play the Suffolk (N.Y.) Silver Shields in the championship game tonight.

Ventura trailed East Metro, 2-1, after the first period, and 4-1 late in the second before Brown scored his second goal on an assist from Smith with three seconds left in the period.

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The Mariners narrowed their deficit to 4-3 with 8:30 left in the third period on a goal by Mike Naismith and tied the score with 4:37 remaining on a goal by Ricardo Hernandez.

Goalie Keith Bartisch had 35 saves for Ventura, which outshot East Metro, 44-40.

“We dug ourselves in a hole early,” Ventura assistant coach Sean McGillivray said. “We had three or four chances at the end of regulation, but we couldn’t score . . . We very easily could have won.”

GOLF

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* Brandon Christianson, 13, of Valencia finished second in his age group in the Los Angeles Junior Championships at Griffith Park. He shot 76-72-75--223 to finish six shots behind Anthony Kim of Industry Hills.

FOOTBALL

* Rolando Aguirre, formerly the coach at Mary Star, has been hired as head coach at Bell-Jeff.

BASKETBALL

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* Crespi and Simi Valley have agreed to a two-year contract to play each other in boys’ basketball beginning Dec. 11 at Simi Valley.

AUTO RACING

* Rick Hendrix of Simi Valley finished fifth in the 30-lap United States Auto Club Western Midget Car main event at Irwindale Speedway’s inaugural program Saturday.

* Greg Pursley of Sun Valley finished second in the Late Model main event Saturday night at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield.

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Pursley, who started second behind winner Kevin Vernon of Bakersfield, is seventh in the points standings with one pole start and one top-five finish.

John Cappi of Reseda finished fourth in the Modified main event.

* Cory Kruseman of Ventura finished eighth in the 30-lap Sprint Car Racing Assn. main event Saturday night at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. He is third in the point standings.


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