Fetch chasing lacrosse dreams

Marty Hastings
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Tanner Fetch is enjoying successful junior B lacrosse campaigns with both the Prince Albert Predators of the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League and the Saskatchewan Swat of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. Herald photo by Marty Hastings.

Tanner Fetch often drives from Prince Albert to Saskatoon for lacrosse. It's his hope the kilometres he's logging lead him to a pro lacrosse career.

"If I could, yeah, I definitely wouldn't mind playing professional," said Fetch, who tends goal with the Saskatchewan Swat and Prince Albert Predators. "That would definitely be a goal that I'm hoping to reach."

The 18-year-old St. Mary High School student is having a lacrosse campaign to remember.

He boasts a perfect 5-0 record in junior B Prairie Gold Lacrosse League play with the Predators and a 2-1 record with the Tier 1 junior B Swat.

"It's been a surreal experience," he said. "Both teams are doing excellent. I feel my game, personally, is doing good, and the teams are doing good."

Fetch has attended Swat evaluation camps in Saskatoon since he was 12. It wasn't until this year that he got the call to play a regular role between the pipes with the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League squad.

"It's actually quite a big jump," said Fetch, who's allowed just 23 goals in 280 minutes of Prairie Gold league play.

"I find that every game I go into when I come from the PGLL, and then go into the Rocky Mountain (league), I have to adjust and switch my style up, because the players can pick the smallest spots (in the net)."

If Fetch is to take the next step in his career, which in all likelihood would be moving to a junior A league in B.C., Alberta or Ontario, he might need to sharpen his work ethic at practice.

"I think, if Tanner really puts his mind to it, the sky's the limit for him," said Predators coach Terry Lange, who's had three years to analyze Fetch's game from behind Prince Albert's bench. "I think, if he improves his work ethic in practice ... his future would be unlimited. He gets up for games (but) he doesn't really bring it to practices."

Lange's one criticism of his goaltender is vastly outweighed by compliments.

"He is the most technically sound goaltender in our league, and I think he's probably right up there in the Rocky Mountain league as well," Lange said.

The problem with playing for two teams at the same time is Fetch can't be in two places at once.

Come playoff time, which is just around the corner, Fetch might be forced to miss out on the Predators' final push for a championship.

Lange and Swat coach Randy Trobak have a "gentlemen's agreement," as Lange called it, in place - the Swat get first dibs on Fetch's services. End of story.

The Prairie Gold playoffs are set for July 9-11. If the Swat don't receive a first-round bye in the RMLL playoffs, Fetch will likely be called on to play with the Tier 1 squad.

"I was hoping to win a championship with the Preds, and then play with the Swat and win a championship there. The Predators ... I don't want to let them down. I've been playing (with Prince Albert) for three years."

Fetch's coach has the same idyllic view of his netminder's future.

"My hopes is the Swat finishes high enough (that) they don't play the same weekend," Lange said. "We're hoping that Tanner is available, because we really need him to be successful."

The outlook on Fetch's career, regardless of whether he's able to make playoff appearances with both squads, is a positive one.

His plan - make a junior A team; try to go pro.

"That's what I'm gunning for," he said.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Tier 1, Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League Saskatchewan Swat Mary High School B Prairie Gold Lacrosse League

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Rocky Mountain, Alberta Ontario

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