© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
The Prince Albert Box Lacrosse Association held its annual Daily Herald Classic on the weekend with competitions taking place in the novice, pee wee and bantam divisions. The bantam division final was a marathon as the Shamrox and Stealth, both from Prince Albert, needed three sessions of overtime to settle the outcome before the Shamrox capped their comeback with a 6-5 triumph. Shown in the photo is Shamrox captain Sam Miller, left, accepting the Daily Herald Cup from Prince Albert Box Lacrosse Association representative Brad Fetch.
It was lacrosse’s turn to claim the sporting spotlight this weekend as local teams in various levels had the opportunity to showcase their skills to large crowds at the Kinsmen and Steuart arenas.
In minor lacrosse it was the novice, pee wee and bantam divisions on display as they competed in the Prince Albert Box Lacrosse Association’s annual Daily Herald Classic while at the junior level the Prince Albert Predators entertained a capacity crowd on Saturday with a thrilling 7-6 win over the Saskatoon Steelers in Prairie Gold Lacrosse League action.
At the Daily Herald Classic just one Prince Albert team captured a championship and the Shamrox’s thrilling 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Prince Albert Stealth in the Bantam Division final proved to be the most entertaining.
Trailing 5-3 late in the third period the Shamrox rallied to tie the game and after a five-on-five session of overtime and a four-on-four segment with no scoring, the teams went down to three-on-three with Ashton Halliwell netting the game winner.
Scott Tillmans, Daxton Ursu, Damrien Pikaluk, Jake Koroluk and Theran Chamberlain also scored for the Shamrox while Logan Bicknell and Rhys Bridge each had a pair for the Stealth with Dillan Cochrane adding a single.
Saskatoon Rush crushed the Prince Albert Stealth 10-3 to win the Pee Wee Division crown while Thompson, Man., claimed the Novice Division title with an 11-1 triumph over the Mistawsis Warriors.
In the consolation finals it was the Fury over the Shamrox 6-2 in an all-Prince Albert novice match, Bauer Swystun had three goals to lead the Prince Albert Swarm to a 5-2 decision over the Saskatoon Tigers in the pee wee game and the Saskatoon Exterminators blanked the Prince Albert Fury 5-0 in the bantam final.
All of the players from the tournament were guests of the Predators for the junior contest and the Prince Albert squad didn’t disappoint - although it wasn’t easy.
The Predators were up 7-3 heading into the final frame, but Saskatoon never backed down and got to within one before Tanner Fetch closed the door in the Prince Albert net.
“The first and second periods I was really happy with them,” said Predators’ head coach Darryl Frenette. “Not to make any excuses, but I think the heat in the building got to us.”
Bennett Hopkins and Taylor Wilcox each had a pair of goals for Prince Albert with Brennan Werrett, Carson Remy and Steve Caswell adding singles.
The stars of the game, however, were the goaltenders with Fetch and Saskatoon netminder Chris Ptolemy blocking a combined total of 69 shots.
The win improves the Predators record to 3-1 and gives them some confidence as they head to Regina next weekend for the first-ever festival where Prince Albert will play Yorkton, Estevan and the Regina Riot on consecutive nights. The league’s all-star game will also be held next weekend.