Members of the junior B Prairie Gold Lacrosse League's northern all-star team were able to put their differences aside for 60 minutes en route to a 13-6 victory over the southern all-stars Saturday at Kinsmen Arena.
The northern all-star squad was comprised of players from teams — the Yorkton Bulldogs, the Prince Albert Predators and the Steelers and Smash of Saskatoon — that don't particularly like each other.
"When you're playing against them, obviously, you want to kill them," said Smash captain Cody Corriveau.
But the fierce rivals on the north's squad were able to avoid any bloodshed by focusing on a common goal — avenging last season's loss to the south.
"If anything, everyone hates the south," said the Predators' Chase Stevenson.
"We have that in common."
Dan Gyoerick, Kyle Malach, Cody Folstad and Scott Zelensky joined Stevenson as the Prince Albert representatives at the all-star game.
Malach and Folstad combined to score three of the north's 13 goals.
Gyoerick, who's second in Predators' scoring with 22 points in eight games, said he was able to get along with his temporary teammates just fine.
"Everyone's getting along on the bench, getting to know each other a little bit," he said.
"But when we play next time, it will be a little different."
The north's bench was often divided into sections - Predators with Predators, Steelers with Steelers, Smash with Smash and Bulldogs with Bulldogs.
"They don't seem to want to play with each other," said Smash coach Corey Anderson, who got the nod to coach the northern all-stars.
"As much as I try to get them to intermingle and make this a fun game, they seem to be a tight-knit group of guys."
Corriveau said his non-Smash all-star teammates were "just guys, too, at the end of the day" and they are all "friends outside the game."
But "it won't be friends time anymore," said Corriveau, whose Smash host Prince Albert on June 24 in Saskatoon.
"We've done nothing but improve all season," said Corriveau, whose team fell 6-3 to the Predators in May.
"By the time the game comes along, we should dominate them... now we're clicking.
"We'll come to that game pretty confident and I'm pretty sure we'll win."
Taylor Frei of the Regina Rifles was named the south's player of the game, while Scott Anderson of the Smash was named the north's best player.
The Rifles' Ben Pominville and the Smash's Hunter Wongstedt were named the game's best goaltenders.
Cody Folstad, right, of the Prince Albert Predators looks on as Saskatoon Steeler Steven Toporowski, left, faces off against Regina Rifle Logan McMurtry on Saturday at Kinsmen Arena during the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League all-star game. The northern all-stars earned a 13-6 victory over the southern all-stars.
Herald photo by Marty Hastings