A big first-period helped the South Okanagan Flames lock down second place in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League.

Carson Shortreed had a hat-trick and the Flames scored seven unanswered first-period goals to beat the Vernon Tigers 12-7 Monday at Memorial Arena.

With the win, the Flames (5-7-1) secured second spot and home floor advantage in the semifinal series against Vernon (3-9-1).

The Flames won five and tied one of the seven meetings with the defending-champion Tigers this season.

Aiden Danby scored twice and Keagan Allen and Alex Nimmo each had a goal and two helpers as the Flames led 7-0 and 9-3 at the period breaks.

Logan Cote, Cairo Rogers, Ethan Konno, Sam Gabriel and Zander Torres also connected and Chace Moog tacked on two helpers for the winners.

Connor Webb and Jake Pelletier each scored twice and Kaden Doughty collected a goal and six assists for the Tigers. Doughty leads the league in every offensive category – goals with 37, assists with 43 and points with 80.

The Flames close out the regular season by hosting the first-place Kamloops Venom Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Arena.

The game may not mean much in the standings, but the Flames would get a lift with a win after losing the prior six meetings with Kamloops (10-2-0).

Kamloops, which gets a bye into the final, hosts Vernon in the league finale on Sunday.

No dates have been set for the semifinal series between the Flames and Tigers.