Predators open floodgates with offensive outburst at inaugural lacrosse festival

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The Prince Albert Predators were well represented at the Prairie Gold Junior Lacrosse League all-star game in Regina on the weekend with seven players and head coach Darryl Frenette named to the elite match. Shown in the photo are members of the Predators following the game on Saturday. From left, Frenette, Brady Leachman, Brennan Werrett, Kyle Sawchuk, Bennett Hopkins, Arliss McCloy (in place of Taylor Wilcox), Tyler Tilford and Lucas Wells.

Daily Herald Staff

The Prairie Gold Junior Lacrosse League held its first-ever festival this weekend in Regina and the Prince Albert Predators appear to be quite fond of the new format.

The festival featured all seven league teams getting together in a neutral site with each team playing three games and all points counting in the regular-season standings.

The Predators had little trouble in picking up three victories and now boast a 6-1 record on the season after getting past Yorkton 11-2, Estevan 20-5 and the Regina Riot 15-10.

Statistically every player on the Predators’ roster got on the scoresheet, but none moreso than star runner Tyler Tilford who had nine goals and nine assists in the three contests.

Tilford had a goal and three helpers in the win over Yorkton and then lit the lamp with five goals and three assists in the rout of Estevan before concluding the weekend with three goals and three more assists against Regina.

Bennett Hopkins also had a huge weekend scoring 10 goals in the three games while Brennan Werrett collected 12 points on four goals and eight assists.

In the game against Yorkton the goalscorers for Prince Albert were Hopkins with three and Brady Leachman with two while Werrett, Tilford, Conner Corrigal, Rhett Carlson, Brendon Beaulac and Jagg Carlson added singles. Netminder Lucas Wells also chipped in with three assists.

The game against Estevan had Tilford lead the way with his eight-point outing while Hopkins contributed four goals and Werrett, Rhett Carlson, and Reid Corrigal each collected a pair of markers. Single tallies were added by Jagg Carlson, Ty Carlson, Steve Caswell, Braelan Frenette and Brody Low.

Hopkins and Leachman matched Tilford’s hat-trick performance against Regina while Arliss McCloy, Caswell, Josh Hopkins, Frenette, Werrett and Jagg Carlson completed the attack with one goal apiece. Connor Toporowski also had a strong game with three assists.

An all-star game was also held on the weekend with the Predators having seven players in the line-up for that elite match. Named to the mid-season classic from Prince Albert were goaltender Lucas Wells and runners Tilford, Werrett, Leachman, Bennett Hopkins, Taylor Wilcox and Kyle Sawchuk.

The Predators will be hoping to continue their recent offensive surge and extend their winning streak to five games when they host the defending league champion Regina Rifles on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena. Prince Albert will also be in Saskatoon next weekend when they take on the Steelers on Sunday.

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Daily Herald, Prairie Gold Junior Lacrosse League Yorkton 11 Steelers

Geographic location: Regina, Yorkton, Saskatoon

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