Predators split weekend road trip with win over Yorkton

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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The Prince Albert Predators escaped a rough two-game road swing over the weekend with a win in hand.

After falling to the Regina Rifles on Saturday, the Predators bounced right back on Sunday, defeating the Yorkton Bulldogs to improve their Prairie Gold Junior Lacrosse League record to 7-4-0.

As the Rifles lead the pack with a dominating 10-1-0 record, the Saskatoon Smash sit second in the seven team league standings with the Predators just four points behind them in third.

With just one game remaining on their regular season schedule, the Predators can finish no better than third overall, but appear to have a playoff spot all but locked up as the top four teams in the PGJLL head to Saskatoon for the post-season.  

Taking on the Regina Rifles on Saturday, the Predators were heavily outgunned by the league's No. 1 team, losing by a wide 14-6 margin.

Predators captain Brady Leachman scored a hat trick in the losing effort as Braelan Frenette, Rhett Carlson and leading scorer Tyler Tilford also scored for the Predators.

Rifles alternate captain Tristian Frei, who sits second overall in league scoring, tallied six goals with help from teammate Derek Scott who found the back of the net four times.

Up against a weaker team in the Bulldogs on Sunday, the Predators were right back to form as backstop Lucas Wells led the team to a close 7-3 triumph.

After being to just one point against the Rifles on Saturday, Tilford led the offensive charge on Sunday, netting three goals and helping on another.

Wells was solid between the pipes for the Predators, allowing just a single goal in each period as he collected his fifth win of the season.  

The Predators will close out their regular season on Sunday when the Regina Riot make their only visit to the Kinsmen Arena of the season.

The PGJLL playoffs kick off in early July with all games being held in Saskatoon. 

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